Top 10 of 2017: New-to-Me Authors + Bonus Content (and Giveaway!) from Mariana Zapata

Posted December 25, 2017 by Kim in Top 10 of 2017 / 7 Comments

Top 10 of 2017

It’s time for the Top 10 of 2017! *raucous cheering* This’ll be the fourth year I’ve done one of these “best of the best” series and, for the second year in a row, I’m opening it up for others to join! I love discussing my bookish bests. So … I’ll be doing that from now until the end of December. Interested in joining? Check out the sign-up post. I also love seeing other blogger and readers “best” lists so I can see which books I need to add to my TBR ASAP.

Every year, I try to read “new-to-me” authors. Often times these are authors I’ve heard of — and in some cases even purchased books by — but just never got around to reading for one reason or another. At last count, I’ve read 34 such authors in 2018. (There may or may not be debut authors included in this list. It’s too difficult to keep track of all of them.) 😉 The 10 I’m highlighting today are my favorites… since I have to play favorites in these posts.

One thing’s for sure, I have quite a few backlists to attempt to conquer in 2018…

For a little extra added fun this year, I asked some of my favorite authors to join me in the Top 10 of 2017 celebration. Today Mariana Zapata is sharing five of HER favorite authors she’s fell in love with over the last year-(ish). AND she’s offering up a signed paperback of one of MY favorite books of this year — The Wall of Winnipeg and Me — to one super lucky winner!

Mariana Zapata

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me Mariana Zapata    Wait for It Mariana Zapata Rhythm Chord & Malykhin Mariana Zapta Under Locke Mariana Zapata

Y’all, I can’t tell you just how much I love Mariana’s books. I’ve read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me five times since January 2017. Kulti — four times. Lingus — two times. I’ve only read the others once, but I have plans to reread them early in 2018. Her writing totally does things to my heart. I was lucky to meet Mariana at ApollyCon in Orlando, too. Love!

Kate Stewart

Drive Kate Stewart

I’ve only read one of Kate Stewart’s books but oh my gods. (Ok, and her story in the Team Player anthology, which just made me want to binge her backlist that much more!) Drive was incredible. Forget “best of 2017,” this one is on my all-time favorites list. I almost don’t have words for how much I loved it and the things it did to me.

Rachel Higginson

The Opposite of You Rachel Higginson The Difference Between Us Opposites Attract Rachel Higginson

Two things drew me to The Opposite of You — glowing reviews from several friends and that (hot, bearded man on the) cover. I’ve only had occasion to read one other of Rachel’s books this year, but The Difference Between Us was incredible, too. This series is amazing, but I do need to make time for her backlist sooner rather than later.

Sally Thorne

The Hating Game Sally Thorne

I was a little late to the game with Sally Thorne and The Hating Game, but after seeing it on so many people’s “best of 2016” lists last year, it was one of the first books I read in 2017. It didn’t take long at all before I understood exactly why everyone loved it as much as they did. I loved it so darn much.

London Hale

Daddy's Best Friend London Hale The DILF London Hale Nanny with Benefits London Hale  Sinful Distraction by London Hale Reunion London Hale Knocking Her Up London Hale Seducing His Student London Hale Tapping That Asset London Hale Bedding the Billionaire London Hale

London Hale isn’t exactly a new-to-me author — or at least the Brighton Walsh half isn’t — but there was no way I could do this list without including them on this list. If you like filthy romance with feels and you’re not reading these books, you need to change that. They’re delicious little bite-sized stories that I just can’t get enough of.

Eden Butler

Chasing Serenity Eden Butler Behind the Pitch Eden Butler Finding Serenity Eden Butler Claiming Serenity Eden Butler

One of my bookish besties recommended Eden Butler and this series to me earlier this year and it was like a breath of fresh (new adult) air to me! I still need to finish the series — I know, I’m the worst — and then promptly read the rest of her backlist.

Lorelei James

What You Need Lorelei James Just What I Needed Lorelei James All You Need Lorelei James When I Need You by Lorelei James

I’m almost embarrassed to admit I’d never read a Lorelei James book before this year. I’d received an ARC of What You Need back before its release in 2016, but for whatever reason, I’d never gotten around to reading it. This is one of those series that just keep getting better and I loved each of the books!

Sara Ney

 The Failing Hours Sara Ney The Learning Hours Sara Ney

I have to admit, I’d been eyeing these books for several months before I decided to read one. I was intrigued by them, but I’m also not a huge fan of douchebag heroes in books. I’m really glad I decided to try them, though, because I totally fell in love with Sara’s writing and her characters. These books are fun, sexy and have a load of character growth with men who are d-bags on the outside, but have a lot more than that to offer.

Alisha Rai

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai Wrong to Need You Alisha Rai

Oh, Alisha Rai! Where have your books been all my life? Her writing is GORGEOUS and I love the diversity of characters and unique spin on some old favorite tropes. I can’t wait to read the third book in the Forbidden Hearts series.

Stacy Kestwick

Drumline Stacy Kestwick Wet Stacy Kestwick Soaked Stacy Kestwick

The first time I actually heard of Stacy Kestwick was when she was promoting her upcoming release, Drumline, in another author group I belong to. As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I had to read the book. I anxiously awaited its release with grabby hands and basically read it from cover to cover in one sitting. I loved it so much, I promptly purchased her backlist and binged them. I’ve even re-read Drumline on audiobook after it was released. So good!

Bonus Content

I spend so much time talking about the authors and books I love, but I seldom think about what those authors are reading. I was so happy when Mariana Zapata agreed to send me a list of some of the authors she fell in love with over the last year-(ish).

Here they are:

I’ve only read two from her list — Lucy Parker and Santino Hassell — but I LOVED them. Looks like I have a couple new authors to check out myself! (Editor’s note 3/13/18: due to the recent revelations about Santino Hassell, I have removed links to his work.)

If you’ve never read any of Mariana’s books, you’re missing out. Make sure you check out her books on Goodreads and/or Amazon!

A HUGE thank you to Mariana for this prize!
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Do you try to make it a point to read new-to-you authors?
Do you have any favorites from this year?

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7 responses to “Top 10 of 2017: New-to-Me Authors + Bonus Content (and Giveaway!) from Mariana Zapata

  1. Sara R.

    I’ve read a lot of new-to-me authors in 2017. My favorites are Rachel Higginson, Colleen Hoover (I can’t believe it took me so long), Isla Madden-Mills, Katie Ruggle, and Loretta Anne White. Mariana Zapata was my favorite new-to-me author in 2016. She’s still one of my all-time favorite authors ever!

  2. Lucy Parker and Sally Thorne are two new to me authors that I will most definitely be reading more of. I adored their books and am excited for new releases from both.

  3. Laura Gauthier Turcotte

    Mariana Zapata is my absolute favorite!!! I discovered her last year, and wow!! Just wow!! I adore Sarah Ney, too. My TBR list is growing more and more…