While I usually find end-of-the-year posts with favorite books super easy to write and only struggle with limiting myself to a certain number of books I always have a hard time putting together my „Top new-to-me authors of the past year“ list – mostly because I feel like I don’t give enough new authors a chance to impress me with their books so when I count all the new authors at the end of the year there are often barely enough to fill a Top 10 list.

This year though I found more than enough new-to-me authors and while part of my list proves once again that I’m always late to the party when it comes to hyped authors I’m also a little proud of myself for finding one or two gems on my own.

  • Mark Roberts – Totenprediger (Blood Mist)
    It didn’t take me long to realize I found a new potential favorite author of mine when I read Mark Roberts‘ first DCI Eve Clay thriller – it was so shocking and disturbing, I just couldn’t put it down and am already impatiently waiting for the German translation of the second one.
  • Victoria Schwab – Vicious
    Shame on me for not having read a Schwab book earlier but I’m finally no Schwab virgin anymore. I have to say that I was a tiny bit disappointed that I found „Vicious“ just very good and not as awesome as everyone else but for my taste the plot was a bit too predictable and the worldbuilding not good enough.
  • Oscar de Muriel – The Strings of Murder
    I’m always a sucker for Victorian crime novels but I have to admit I bought „The Strings of Murder“ mostly for its amazing cover. However the story didn’t disappoint and provided an exciting murder mystery, great atmosphere and two wonderfully snarky detectives.
  • Becky Albertalli – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
    Becky Albertalli only made it onto this list last-minute since I’ve only just finished her book a few days ago and while I think that it couldn’t completely live up to the hype I still found the story quite cute and had a great time solving the mystery of Simon’s secret lover.
  • H.P. Wood – Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet
    „Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet“ was one of my favorite books in 2016 and it makes me a bit sad that so few people have read it so that I don’t have anyone to discuss the book with. If you like diverse characters, have a thing for freak show settings and enjoy historical fiction in general, then you really shouldn’t miss this one!

Hideo Yokoyama – Six Four
I definitely wouldn’t recommend Hideo Yokoyama’s crime novel to every crime reader because the book is quite slow-paced and you need to pay a lot of attention to not miss important details and to not confuse all the Japanese names but I found it super interesting to see how Asian culture influences the police work and was blown away by the fantastic plot twist.

Linus Geschke – Die Akte Zodiac
It makes me happy that I also found a German author to add to this list. I didn’t have the highest expectations when I started this thriller about a Zodiac killer copycat but was positively surprised by how entertaining and suspenseful it was.

Mira Grant – Feed
While I love reading horror novels I’m not really a fan of Zombie stories because a lot of them are just dumb action stories with lots of splatter and no real plot, but experiencing the Zombie apocalypse through the eyes of some fearless bloggers (!) was pretty interesting and exciting.

David Hewson – Macbeth
I really can’t claim to be a Shakespeare fan so it’s quite a surprise that the author of a Macbeth story made it onto my Top 10 list, but David Hewson turned Shakespeare’s play into an epic Game of Thrones-like audio drama that was just fantastic. I want more of that!

Jennifer Lynn Barnes – The Naturals
I wouldn’t have expected to add the author of a YA thriller to this list since I usually don’t find those books exciting enough but Jennifer Lynn Barnes‘ teenage version of Criminal Minds was actually pretty addictive and even a love triangle couldn’t keep me from devouring it.

Which authors have you read for the first time in 2016 and
which ones can you recommend the most?

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