Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by The Broke and The BookishThis week's topic: authors I read for the first time in 2016. I try to read a wide variety of books and so I've read a lot of different authors over the years. But each year brings new ones, and so here are ten authors that I'd never read before.



Malcolm Gladwell: On recommendation from my husband, I started listening to his podcast, Revisionist History earlier this year and really enjoyed it. And then I read David and Goliath, and it offered the same kind of interesting perspectives on conventional wisdom. I'll definitely be looking to read more of his stuff in the future!

Dave Eggers: I know a lot of people love him, but I'd never read him before. I'd been intrigued by The Circle when I read a description of it, so I picked up a secondhand copy and got to it. And while I found the ideas behind it interesting, I actually thought the writing was pretty bad. I've got a copy of another of his works already, so I'll read it, but unless I like it a lot more I'm not going to keep reading him.

Ann Patchett: I'd heard praise for several of her books, but Bel Canto is what I found in a local secondhand shop, so that's what I read. And it was really good: she creates well-rounded characters who relate to each others in interesting ways. But this book fell flat for me at the very very end. I enjoyed the reading of 99% of it so much that I'll definitely be looking to read more of them in the future.

Pat Conroy: Conroy writes a lot of books with a military theme, which doesn't tend to be my wheelhouse. But Lords of Discipline was a Kindle sale book that I bought on a whim, and I was happy that I did. Conroy's writing is powerful, and I found myself deeply invested in the story about a cadet at a military college simply through how well he told the story. I'll definitely be reading more of him!

Helen Oyeyemi: I'd heard wonderful things about Boy, Snow, Bird, and that one is on my shelf to read, but my book club's first read was her collection of short stories What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. I found it to be a more intellectually stimulating than necessarily enjoyable experience, but I did come away wanting to read her novel-length work!

Alison Weir: I'm finding myself drawn more and more to non-fiction as I get older, and there's no subject I enjoy more than royalty. The Six Wives of Henry VIII has an intimidating length, but Weir writes their stories with such clean, readable prose that it all but flew along. She's definitely among my favorite historians!

Don DeLillo: He's an incredibly renowned author that I'd just never come across before. But then I got an ARC of Zero K and while he's got magnificent command of language and the ability to create a strong sense of mood, I just didn't get it. I'm still interested in reading White Noise, because I've heard it's his best, but it's always good to remember that just because "everyone" likes an author doesn't mean you have to.

Erik Larson: Devil In The White City has a great reputation, and I read that one too, but I actually started with Dead Wake, in which he tells the story of the sinking of the Lusitania. Of the two, I actually prefer Dead Wake, but both are well-researched narrative non-fiction stories well worth the read!

Lionel Shriver: I remember seeing the trailer for the movie version of We Need To Talk About Kevin and being interested in maybe seeing it someday (I haven't yet). And then I came across a secondhand copy of it and figured I might as well read it. It's incredible, and I've got a couple other of her books on my TBR now that I know what a great writer Shriver is.

Jhumpa Lahiri: I've actually had a copy of The Namesake on my shelves for YEARS...it's a little torn up in one of the corners because one of my mom's dogs tried to eat it at one point. But it wasn't until this year that I actually sat down and read it and I just loved it. I'm far from the only one raving about Lahiri, but she's worth it, y'all!

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  1. You've got some great ones on here! Obviously a huge yay for Pat Conroy! I love Erik Larson, but Dead Wake wasn't my favorite...another of his that's great is In the Garden of Beasts. And Ann Patchett - again Bel Canto wasn't my favorite...preferred State of Wonder and Commonwealth. I'm hoping to read her nonfiction essay collection on marriage sometime soon.

    Finally - if you listen to podcasts, Gladwell's Revisionist History is interesting. Just started listening to it recently.

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    1. I am happily aboard the Conroy train! And I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for State of Wonder on my next trip to the secondhand bookstore. I've got a couple other of Larson's books on my shelves...I've found myself more drawn to non-fiction lately than I used to be, and I really enjoy the way he writes. And I loved Revisionist History! He tells such interesting stories, and his voice is so soothing

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  2. I'm so glad you're reading Gladwell and Patchett! Both are such great authors in very different ways. Great list!

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to read more by both of them!

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  3. Gladwell, Patchett, Eggars, Shriver, Oyeyemi, Lahiri . . . wow! You discovered some great names this year.

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    1. And so many other works by these authors to read! And so many more to discover in years to come!

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  4. I've not read/heard of any of these because I'm like a mostly-strictly-YA reader.😂 Buuuut, I'm glad you found some amazing authors to devour this year! :D

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. Discovering new writers to love (in any genre) is the BEST!

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  5. SO many great authors you read this year! I haven't read an Eggers book in a while, but I remember really enjoying A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which I think is mostly autobiographical. He is definitely an interesting guy!

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    1. I'm definitely looking forward to reading that one!

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