(un)Conventionally Backwards is my look back at 2017, what happened on the blog. Off the blog. What books did I read? Did I find new authors I loved? You know the drill, right? We all seem to look back when we arrive at the end of a year, so that it’ll be easier to look forwards once we start 2018.
I read more than one new-to-me author in 2017, and some of them have become new favorites! Here they are, in no particular order – including the book I read that got me ‘hooked’ on them 😉
(un)Conventionally Backwards – New To Me Authors that have become faves:
Becky Albertalli is awesome! I read The Upside of Unrequited this year, and I loved it. Now, I want to read her other books as well, because her writing was so good. And her characters really touched me deeply!
I had heard of Tarryn Fisher for years! Not only is she friends with one of my other favorite authors – Colleen Hoover – but so many of my fellow bloggers have read and loved her books. I finally took the plunge this year, first with Atheists Who Kneel and Pray, then with some of her backlisted books. And I have been blown away!
I’m not sure how, but I didn’t read any Elle Kennedy books until this year. Many of my blogger friends have been singing her praises for a long time, and I met her at the RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta in May this year. Now, I have actually read most of her books, and I absolutely love them! The Deal (Off Campus #1) was the first of her solo-written books I read.
I also met Sarina Bowen in May, and again in September. In May, I hadn’t read any of her books, in September, I had read almost all of them 🙂 See a pattern here? The first book I read by her was Hello Forever – which is the second book in a series, but I still loved it!
Next up is yet another author I met at RT, Anne Eliot. She’s one of the nicest persons I’ve ever met, and her Unmaking Hunter Kennedy was awesome!
T. Torrest writes really good New Adult romance with a twist. And the first of her books I picked up – Remember When Part 1 – brought me down memory lane. Part of the story unfolded in the 90s, and there were just so many things I remembered from my own youth, it made me laugh in some places, and cringe in others 😉
I can’t really have a list with new-to-me authors who have become favorites without mentioning Ginger Scott! Her books are new adult, too, some set during the characters’ college years. And she was able to bring to life characters whose struggle was a bit more than simply finding the right person to love, or what classes to choose next semester. The first book I read by her was This is Falling, and I promptly one-clicked and read several others.
These are just some of the new-to-me authors I read this year, there are more, and I truly loved their stories as well.
Did you discover any new authors this year? Were they good? Should I read them, too?