24 comments on “Top 5 New to Me Authors in 2017

  1. When I first picked up an Agatha Christie book I fell in love immediately. Since then, over the years I’ve been going to used book stores and collecting her books vintage. This is a great list, I’ll have to check out the other authors you’ve posted.

  2. I thought I was the only one that discovered Agatha this year XD I saw everybody talking about her and then the movie XD
    We have Always Lived in Castles is so good! and so dark! I think the crime was a bit obvious but I don’t remember how I felt the first time I read it XD I am listening to the audiobook and it is really good!

    Thank you for sharing!

  3. I feel like half my comments on your posts are ‘I really need to read some more du Maurier’ BUT I fully intend to in 2018 and I am looking forward to it. Also I came very close to including Donal Ryan on my list, and I think All We Shall Know may make my top ten of the year… and I can’t wait to check out Cynan Jones when Cove is published in the US.

    • I’m excited to read more du Maurier next year as well. When I fell in love with Rebecca, I went through a phase of reading one of her books each month, but took a break for a little while so I don’t run out of her books too fast, haha.

      I suspect All We Shall Know will make it onto my list as well. Not only did I love it at the time, but it has really stayed with me ever since, which is definitely a good sign.

  4. Well, you already know how I feel about Daphne du Maurier, Callum, but I’ll say it again. She is, hands down, my most beloved author, ever. And you hit on every reason why in your comments above.

    Believe it or not, I’ve never read Agatha Christie. I’m not a big fan of cozy mysteries, but I do know that she’s more than just your average cozy mystery writer. And I keep meaning to read her work. No one becomes such an enduring favorite as Christie, unless they are very, very good.

    I’ve read Shirley Jackson, and always enjoyed her, but your last two are new to me, and I must add them to my always-growing list, so I can see for myself.

    I’m glad you had the pleasure of discovering each of these authors this year. (My year has been spent discovering epic fantasy, a genre I’ve pretty much ignored all my life. Now I wonder what possessed me to miss out on so many wonderful worlds and stories. The best form of escape I’ve ever found.

    There’s always something new to read and learn, isn’t there?

    Lovely post, and a nice retrospective of your year’s discoveries!

    • I often think of you when I consider my own love for du Maurier, as I know how fond you are of her work.

      Christie definitely delivers cosy crime vibes in terms of the nostalgic feel of the era she evokes, but her plots are masterfully intricate and she’s definitely not averse to a good dose of the sinister, so she’s certainly worth giving a go, I’d say 🙂

      Let’s hope 2018 is full of exciting new (and old) author discoveries for us both!

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  6. I also discovered Shirley Jackson last year. Such a brilliant author. I have also recently discovered Patricia Highsmith, Ruth Rendell, Frances Hardinge, and Margaret Atwood. I didn’t massively like Margaret Atwood that much, but I really like books from the rest! ☺️

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