Top Ten Tuesday belongs to The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s prompt asks us for the best authors that we read for the first time in 2016. In no particular order, here are mine.
- Gillian Bradshaw
I read Bradshaw’s The Beacon at Alexandria, the story of a young woman growing up in the fourth century of the common era who yearns to be a doctor. Reading that book, which, sadly, appears to be out of print, opened my eyes to the rest of Bradshaw’s impressive oeuvre of historical fiction. Next up? I think The Sand-Reckoner, a fictional take on the life of Archimedes.
- Ellis Peters
There’s nothing like a good series, especially a good mystery series. I’d been feeling a lack of one to follow for quite some time, until I read the first book in the Brother Cadfael series, A Morbid Taste for Bones (mentioned in my post on crime-solving clergy) – and just like that, problem solved.
- Charlie Jane Anders
I read Anders’ short story Six Months, Three Days online for free and it did just what it was supposed to – made me interested in trying out more of her work! Next, I’d like to read her novel All the Birds in the Sky, which is sold as a cross between science fiction and fantasy, my two great loves.
- Zen Cho
I read Sorcerer to the Crown in February and I am eagerly awaiting its sequel. In the meantime, I have the novella The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo to tide me over.
- Barbara Vine
Although I enjoyed reading A Dark-Adapted Eye when I was in Colorado this year, something about it didn’t click with me until I realized that Vine’s books were more works of suspense than mystery. Now her A Fatal Inversion is on my list.
- Shirley Jackson
After reading “The Lottery” in middle school (I know, what were they thinking?), I took a fourteen year break from Shirley Jackson. Although I was a bit nervous about picking up a “horror” novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle‘s masterful writing and characterization (with a good helping of suspense!) struck just the right note with me.
- Randy Shilts
Shilts’ And the Band Played On, a history of the AIDS epidemic in the 1970s and 1980s, was my favorite nonfiction read of 2016. He’s also published a biography of Harvey Milk and a history of gay and lesbian soldiers. If he tells their stories as well as he did in And the Band Played On, they are more than worth reading.
- Amy Stewart
Normally, I couldn’t care less about the Roaring Twenties. But Girl Waits with Gun, where the protagonist is the one of the first women to become a sheriff’s deputy in the United States, is an exception. Luckily, Stewart written a sequel, Lady Cop Makes Trouble.
- Mary Stewart
For our second author named Stewart, Nine Coaches Waiting was an excellent example of modern Gothic suspense – next time you’re in a Gothic mood, check her out!
- Daniel José Older
I read Half-Resurrection Blues, the first book in the Bone Street Rumba trilogy, and I really wish it had been longer. Luckily, the sequel (Midnight Taxi Tango) is already out – and focusing on a minor character who I really wanted more of! The final book is expected to be out in 2017, so don’t be left out, fantasy fans! Catch up on this trilogy soon