2017 was a fantastic reading year for me! I accomplished more than I ever could have imagined, and I made some great life decisions, like starting my blog and meeting new bookish people! One thing I want to start doing more of in the coming years is focusing on authors. I’ve never really been an author kind of reader. I tend to read something that looks good to me, and I really only had a handful go-to authors as of 2017 (I’m looking at you Alice Hoffman, Kristin Hannah and Janet Fitch!). But now that I started blogging and reading a ton more, I’d like to start “collecting” authors. Sorry, there’s really no better way for me to put it right now!
With so many new releases in 2017, there are a plethora of new authors I was introduced to last year that I’d like to highlight. I wrote briefly about some of them in my 2017 Reading Goals post a few weeks ago, but here I will start zooming in on them more in-depth. Here we go!
2017 Authors I Now Love!
Although Riley Sager is a native of Pennsylvania, he now resides in the fine state of New Jersey, which is where I hail from. So how could I not love an author who chose my beautiful state to live in?! Now, that’s not the only thing he’s got going for him, trust me. His bestseller, Final Girls, was a brilliant introduction to a writer with some serious skills. I love horror movies. I especially love horror movies featuring a final girl in which one girl is always left alive by the serial killer. It’s a rite of passage, and an idea that horror fanatics just can’t pass up. So the fact that Sager brought this idea and translated it so well into book format really resonated with me! I’m already eyeing up his 2018 release, The Last Time I Lied, out this July!
Elise Hooper basically brought to life my favorite Little Women character in her 2017 novel The Other Alcott. Amy was always overlooked and seen as a self-righteous brat, but the woman who inspired her may have been anything but. It must have been difficult living in the shadow of your famous writer sister, and May Alcott was a force to be reckoned with in the art world. She just wanted to make a name for herself rather than live in big sister, Louisa’s, shadow. Hooper brought this to life for me, and I will be forever grateful to her. Plus, she is just the sweetest person ever, even if we’ve only exchanged brief conversations on Instagram! I’ve heard whisperings of a new release this year, so I will most definitely be on the lookout!
I read J.T. Ellison’s novel, Lie To Me, as part of the Salt Water Reads book club this past November, and I was definitely not disappointed at all! This was my first Ellison thriller, but I promise you it won’t be my last! I honestly thought Lie To Me would be like every other domestic thriller since Gone Girl, but I was so very surprised and proven wrong by the ending. Her character development was fantastic here, and a few of her characters just resonated with me. I’ve picked up a few of her other novels and a book of short stories edited by her, but I’ll be watching for any new release by her!
Laura Lippman is a name I’ve heard before but have never experienced until this year. After I’m Gone offered so much more than just your average thriller. It’s got a domestic twist to it, but also offers us multiple family perspectives and a decades-long plot. These factors kept me reading into all hours of the night! She’s got a new novel coming out in February, Sunburn, and I already have it ready to read in a few short days!
Julia Heaberlin is another name I’ve come across in the reading world, but I read Black-Eyed Susans this past year when I snagged it from Thriftbooks.com. Appearing to me more horror than thriller with a psychological twist, Heaberlin gave me an unreliable, seemingly crazy narrator. Despite that, I rooted for her through the whole book. I found myself hiding under the covers at night while reading every word. Look out for her next release this may, Paper Ghosts, which I’ve already secured my copy from NetGalley!
If I had more time I could go through more 2017 authors I read and add to this list. But I wanted to keep it short and simple, and really make it special. These authors’ works all connected with me in some way, and I wanted to showcase them for the talented people that they are. They have been added to my go-to author list, and I’m excited to see what else they have to offer in the future! Are there any authors here that you love as well? Any authors you think I should check out? I’m all for recommendations, so leave me a comment below!