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.

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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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