Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

Last year, I was blessed to read and enjoy many new-to-me authors and here are ten of my favourites (ordered alphabetically by surname) and their books I read from across the year:

  1. Catherine Curzon – her light and fun, historical fiction The Mistress of Blackstairs was just what I needed on my flight home from Rome.
  2. Kevin DeYoung – for my church’s book club in November I read his short, down-to-earth and helpful Christian non-fiction, Crazy Busy.
  3. John Ortberg – my first read of the year for my church’s book club was his thought provoking Christian non-fiction, If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.
  4. Chris Packham – the much loved naturalist and TV personality’s memoir, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar was a powerful and emotional read for me.
  5. Emilio Salgari – his Italian classic Sandokan, The Tigers of Mompracem was a rip-roaring adventure and a great escapist read for me.
  6. Trish Sebben-Krupka – brought me lots of new yummy vegetarian recipes in her excellent Plant Based Cookbook.
  7. Jodi Taylor – her fantastical, time-travelling romp Just One Damned Thing After Another was the perfect easy read for my holiday.
  8. Rosy Thornton – I just had to read her wonderful short story collection Sandlands after hearing such praise from other bloggers.
  9. Geoffrey Trease – I took a chance Seven Stages his history about seven influential figures from the stage and found it absolutely fascinating.
  10. William Paul Young – In February for my church’s book club I read his inspirational and controversial, international bestseller, The Shack.

Have you read any of my choices? What new-to-you authors did you read in 2017? Also, please link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.


12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

  1. New to me was N K Jemisin. I read the first two of her fantasy series, The Broken Earth Trilogy. I am looking forward to the third. She takes fantasy to a new level for the 21st century.

  2. I enjoyed Sandlands by Rosy Thornton too. I haven’t read any of the other authors on your list yet, but I’m hoping to read Sandokan, The Tigers of Mompracem soon, and I would also like to read something by Catherine Curzon and Geoffrey Trease.

  3. The only one I’ve read is Rosy Thornton – but too early to count for this year. Goodness, I’ve just had a quick look and I read loads of new-to-me authors last year, many of them brilliant. I’ll shout out just one, who I think is going to be a firm favourite of mine hopefully for years to come – Graeme Macrae Burnet, whose great His Bloody Project led me to read his even better The Accident on the A35.

  4. I’ve read Ortberg and found him thought-provoking and helpful (we also used several video presentations of his books as Bible discussion starters). The shack, however, I found profoundly disturbing. It was so subtlely wrong that I felt it was dangerous and more likely to distract people from the truths about God than to lead to him. Kevin DeYoung I haven’t tried yet – he’s on my list for this year, and some of the others are totally new to me, so I’ve bookmarked the list, thank you.

    1. Margaret, I am pleased to hear you also found Ortberg’s books and presentations thought-provoking and helpful. As before, I’m sorry you found The Shack so disturbing, while I found it a little disappointing there was nothing in it that I or my group found upsetting or dangerous. I hope you will find Kevin DeYoung’s writing more to your liking. 🙂

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