Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic.
Tanaya’s Top Ten!
- Celeste Ng
I was lucky enough to visit Book Expo America in 2017, and one book I saw so many times whilst I was there was Little Fires Everywhere. The cover intrigued me so much, but I was unlucky in trying to get an advanced copy. Flash forward to its release, I picked the book up and went into it having no idea that it would be one of my favourite books of 2017. I absolutely adored this book, and have since ordered Ng’s other novel, Everything I Never Told You. I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can read this one too!
- Libba Bray
This is an author I cannot believe took me so long to read. I’ve owned the Gemma Doyle trilogy for quite some time and I’m so happy to say that I’ve now made a dent in the series (I have one book to go!). These were books I thought I had lost interest in, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed them. Hopefully I’ll get around to Bray’s Diviners series next.
- Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is one of those authors that I feel like you just know even if his books are completely outside of your genre. I’ve heard so much praise for this author and finally felt the pressure to pick up one of his books when he visited my work early 2017. I ended up choosing The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and whilst this wasn’t a book I loved it has definitely intrigued me and I will definitely be trying more Neil Gaiman in the future.
- Elan Mastai
Mastai’s debut novel All Our Wrong Todays debuted in 2017, so not only was he new to me, he was new to the world! I really enjoyed this book – it was fast-paced, entertaining and featured one of my favourite things to read about, time travel! I will definitely be picking up future works by this author.
- Emily Bronte
Yes, the Emily Bronte. I finally got around to reading Wuthering Heights. For the most part I struggled with this novel. I didn’t care about any of the characters and their actions annoyed me the entire book. I can definitely see how people love this book so much, but for me it is not one of my favourite classics.
- Erin Morgenstern
After wanting to read it for years, Morgenstern’s The Night Circus enchanted me. From the very first page I could not put this book down, and it ended up being one of my favourite books of 2017. I definitely can’t wait to see what Morgenstern writes next!
- Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything is one of those YA books that from its release has been so incredibly popular. Unfortunately for me, the ending of the book was spoiled for me and so I never felt the need to read the book. With news of the movie, I decided to give it a go. It was a cute, light-hearted contemporary and I’ve already bought Yoon’s next novel to try soon.
- Dave Eggers
It was The Circle movie trailer that made me curious about The Circle. I thought it had such a cool premise and I decided to read the book before seeing the movie. Whilst I didn’t end up enjoying neither the book nor the movie all that much, I am willing to give Dave Eggers another go. I’ve heard that The Circle is not his strongest work, and so I am curious to see what else he’s written and to work out if they’re more my cup of tea.
- Adam Silvera
Whilst at Book Expo I managed to meet Adam and get a copy signed of his latest book, They Both Die at the End. I really enjoyed this story, and Adam’s writing style and will definitely be picking up some of his previous works soon.
- Jane Harper
Crime fiction isn’t normally something I reach for. I mostly enjoy it when I read it, but it’s not a genre that I think about wanting to read when working out what books to buy and read next. The Dry is one of those books that everyone seems to love, and I just managed to squeeze this into the end of 2017. Whilst I enjoyed Harper’s writing, I did find myself a little bored in the middle. I will definitely be picking up her latest book, Force of Nature, in the new year.
Emily’s Top Ten!
- Ally Carter
I binge read Ally’s Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series as part of a buddy read. They are the most glorious, rollicking stories I have ever read and they just left me wanting SO MUCH MORE.
- John Allison
The Giant Days series of graphic novels speaks to my soul. Three very different girls learn to live together at college. Their adventures are fairly mundane college experiences but their reactions are priceless and so true to life.
- Agatha Christie
I had never ever read an Agatha Christie novel before this year. Which is ridiculous given how much Miss Marple I was forced to watch whenever I visited my grandmother! But I read two this year – Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile. I loved them both and want to continue reading the glorious tales of the queen of crime.
- Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven has definitely been one of my favourite reads this year. And I’m always partial to an author who shares my name. Her grasp of human nature is phenomenal and her view of the future is dreary but hopeful. I cannot wait to find and devour more of her work.
- Eliza Henry-Jones
I have had Eliza on my radar for a while, but I didn’t pick up her stunning debut In the Quiet until after I had read this year’s release, Ache. Both are devastating, but they are absolutely incredible. I also read her YA book due for release in March, P is for Pearl in addition to an extract about her life in the anthology Rebellious Daughters. I cannot get enough of her writing.
- Jessica Townsend
Nevermoor is the first book since Harry Potter to give me a complete and utter sense of wonder. I fell into her marvellous world and absolutely CANNOT wait for the next one. Every bit of praise is well-deserved for this wonderful Australian debut author!
- Naomi Alderman
The Power was probably the most intense book I read this year. It was sold to me as The Handmaid’s Tale, but if the women won. I don’t think it was a completely apt descriptor, but I’m so glad I picked up this book. It was an amazing read. I also did it is a book club book and found that such a great experience!
- Maggie O’Farrell
Maggie O’Farrell has written the most incredible biography I have ever read. Told as seventeen vignettes about her brushes with death, I had goosebumps and my heart was in my throat the whole time I was reading I Am, I Am, I Am. It is INCREDIBLE and I need everyone to read this book.
- Caitlin Doughty
A little bit obsessed with mortality biographies this year! I also found Caitlin Doughty’s voice incredibly refreshing. She has worked as a mortician for a number of years and wants to overhaul the way the Western world thinks about death. Both of her books (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity) raise some very interesting points about why we are so scared of death and dying.
- M T Anderson
I had only heard M T Anderson’s name mentioned with shivers by those unfortunates forced to study Feed in school. So I had steered away. But then Landscape with Invisible Hand fell into my life through a colleague’s recommendation! It’s about aliens and class and was absolutely amazing. Maybe next year I will even give Feed a try! 😛
Which authors did you discover in 2017? Did you love them or hate them? Recommend away in the comments below!