Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

December 6, 2016 Whitney Top Ten Tuesday 16 Comments


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Five Authors I’d Read Again

  1. Ariel Lawhon — I read The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress this year thanks to an earlier approval from Netgalley.  I loved how she effortlessly switched from different voices and  has a gift for keeping the reader in suspense.
  2. Agatha Christie — In the six years I have been blogging, countless bloggers have suggested I try Agatha Christie.  Until 2016 I had blown them off.  I finally read And Then There Were None and liked phonics I am hooked.  They don’t call her “The Queen of Crime” for nothing.
  3. Sophie Hannah — Sophie Hannah has actually written a few Christie novels herself, but my introduction to her was through Little Face the first book in the The Waterhouse and Zailer series. I had originally decided to read Sophie Hannah’s novels to fill the time between Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. However, I think she will become much more than just filler.
  4. Patricia Highsmith — I read The Price of Salt or Carol this year due to the release of the movie. While I wasn’t 100% over the moon about Carol I really liked her writing style and would be interested in reading some of her other works.
  5. Annie Proulx — This year, I read Brokeback Mountain.  Proulx has crisp, clean way of telling a story.  Getting to the point eloquently, choosing her words wisely to create a deeper meaning.


Authors I’ll pass on in 2017

  1. Ruth Ware — There was a long wait at the library for The Woman in Cabin 10 so opted to read In a Dark, Dark Wood first.  I was so disappointed.  The writing was a little too high school for me and was not impressed by the simplicity and predictability of the plot either.  Needless to say, I won’t be putting a hold on her second book.
  2. Paula Hawkins — Yes, The Girl on the Train had hype and was a bestseller but like Ruth Ware, I don’t think it was met with the story being a little too discombobulated for my taste.
  3. Cecily von Ziegesar — I was looking for a short, fun read during Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon and as I had heard good things about the show thought I would give the book a try. It was a little too “Mean Girls” for me. As I realize its target audience is middle/high school it was a little too much for me and wasn’t thrilled by the storytelling either.
  4. Dinah Jefferies — I am not a fan of simplistic writing or contrived storylines which is what I found Dinah Jefferies approach in The Tea Planter’s Wife to be. Because she has interesting concepts I’m sad to say this but I don’t think I will be venturing into another novel by her anytime soon.
  5. Ransom Riggs — he has interesting plot devises but they are a little too young adult driven for me — again, I realize that is the target audience for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  There is nothing wrong with this but my time reading could be better spent elsewhere.


16 responses to “Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed Brokeback Mountain, it was a great novella, and though I don’t know if I will read Annie Proulx again but I did enjoy it. I like the way you did your list with author’s you’d pass on for next rear. I certainly had my share of those for 2016.
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT Whitney.

    • I’d really like to try The Shipping News at some point, although I’m not sure when I’ll get to it. Thank you for commenting Kimberly.

  2. I’ve read a smidgen of Agatha Christie (started her Halloween one and got bored- I know, isn’t that awful?) and I may have started another one years ago- as a book blogger it’s a little embarrassing to admit ha ha! I need to try again in 2017, I’ve had my eye on Death on the Nile.

    Ruth ware is hit or miss for me, I thought Cabin 10 was pretty good but it didn’t blow me away or anything. And same with Riggs- I don’t think Peregrine’s is my thing either.
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    • I think if I was a young adult reading Ransom Riggs I would have enjoyed it more, but I have sadly grown out of that and just din’t translate.

  3. I still haven’t read any Christie! I need to remedy this seeing as I have a great fondness for cozy mysteries – although Murder on the Orient Express looks more up my alley than Miss Marple. Hmmm I bet Christie books are good audiobooks – I should look into that for my next car book!

    • I actually listened to And Then There Were None read by Dan Stevens and it was excellent. Although, Matthew Crawley could read the phonebook to me and I’d be happy. Anyway, I hope you get the chance to give Agatha Christie a try.

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