Top Ten Tuesday: Ten authors new to me in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016. I’ve discovered lots of new authors this year, so I thought it would be interesting to join in this week and list some of them. Here, then, are ten books by authors I’ve read for the first time in 2016:


1. Jane Smiley

Some Luck

Some Luck is the first in a trilogy following one American family over a period of one hundred years. I read this book in February and have the second one, Early Warning, on my shelf ready to start soon. I’m hoping I haven’t left it too long and will be able to pick up all the threads of the story again.


2. George Sand


I read Mauprat in April for the Women’s Classic Literature Event and really enjoyed it – I remember being surprised as it wasn’t quite what I had expected Sand’s work to be like. I will be reading more!


3. Jules Verne

Around the World in 80 Days

I had never read anything by Jules Verne until this year, but I found Around the World in Eighty Days a fun, entertaining read and am now keeping Verne in mind for future reading.


4. Rosemary Sutcliff

The Rider of the White Horse

I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get around to reading Rosemary Sutcliff! The Rider of the White Horse wasn’t the book I was intending to start with, but I liked it enough to want to read more.


5. Charlotte M Yonge

The Heir of Redclyffe

I love Victorian novels and The Heir of Redclyffe was a book I had been meaning to read for a long time. It didn’t become an instant favourite, but I did like it and will consider reading more books by Yonge in the future.


6. Patrick Gale

A Place Called Winter

I probably wouldn’t have read A Place Called Winter if it hadn’t been on the list for my Walter Scott Prize Project, but I’m so pleased I did read it, because I loved it. Patrick Gale’s other books sound quite different from this one, but I’m still interested in trying them.


7. Debra Daley

The Revelations of Carey Ravine

I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing The Revelations of Carey Ravine for Shiny New Books earlier this year. I loved it and am looking forward to going back and reading Debra Daley’s earlier novel, Turning the Stones.


8. Lesley Downer


The Shogun’s Queen is one of a quartet of novels set in 19th century Japan. I found it fascinating and am sure I’ll be reading the other three at some point.


9. Edmund Crispin


The Moving Toyshop was another book I’d been meaning to read for years – and another one that I loved. This is one of Crispin’s Gervase Fen mysteries and luckily there are ten more books in the series for me to look forward to.


10. Ray Bradbury


I read Something Wicked This Way Comes for a readalong hosted by Lory. Although I wasn’t sure if Ray Bradbury would be my sort of author, I enjoyed this one much more than I’d expected to and would be happy to read more of his books.


So, these are ten authors who were new to me in 2016. Are they new to you too or have I listed any of your favourites? Which of their books would you recommend I try next?

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten authors new to me in 2016

  1. jessicabookworm says:

    Ray Bradbury is one of my favourites, so I am very pleased to see he made your list. Other books of his I have read and can recommend are Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine and The October Country; my favourite of which is Dandelion Wine. Happy reading 🙂

  2. Debbie Rodgers @Exurbanis says:

    I read Rosemary Sutcliff’s Eagle of the Ninth as required reading in grade nine English class. I loved it then, although a reread in 1998 didn’t hold up so well.

    Try Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. It’s one of my all-time favourite books – and has held up to many rereads over the last 50 years.

    • Helen says:

      I wish I’d read Eagle of the Ninth when I was younger too. I’m hoping it’s the sort of book I can still enjoy as an adult. And as you’re the second person to recommend Dandelion Wine, I think I’ll definitely have to try reading that one soon!

    • Helen says:

      The memoir sounds interesting, though I would like to try some more of her novels first. I have a few of her books on the TBR which I’m hoping to read next year.

    • Helen says:

      Oh, I’m sure I will. I have the other two books in the Hundred Years trilogy on the TBR and hopefully I’ll get round to reading them soon. 🙂

  3. Judy Krueger says:

    Nice! I have been reading Jane Smiley for years and have liked all I have read. My most recent new author is Mary Renault. Just finished The King Must Die. So good. I bet you have read her.

    • Helen says:

      The King Must Die is actually the only Mary Renault novel I’ve read. I’m glad you enjoyed it – and thanks for reminding me that I really need to read the sequel soon!

    • Helen says:

      Neither of those books are well-known classics, but I liked them both. I hope you and your friend enjoy whichever classic you choose to read next year. 🙂

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