Last year, I listed ten authors whose books I finally got around to reading in 2015—much later than I should have. I decided to do a follow-up for 2016, but when I began compiling this year's post, I ran into an issue: I've only read 51 books since January. Between finishing high school and starting college, I've struggled to keep up with new releases, debuts, and new-to-everyone authors, let alone backlist, new-to-me authors' books.
What I did manage to read, though, was excellent, so I now present you with
Six of Crows
I didn't read Six of Crows until July of 2016. I know. Please don't hurt me. (Shoutout to Aneeqah and Willa for finally convincing me to give Leigh Bardugo a shot! I was not disappointed.)
Emery Lord // Open Road Summer
I've been hearing amazing things about Emery Lord for ages (and I've been following her clever Twitter since her debut), but it took me until this summer to read Open Road Summer, which I loved.
Tim Federle // The Great American Whatever
Tim Federle has a repertoire of middle grade and adult novels, but I first tried his work after his YA debut hit shelves this year. It made me laugh, cringe, and cry, and it left me with an urge to pick up Better Nate Than Never.
Tiny Pretty Things
If you haven't yet read Tiny Pretty Things, you should fix that immediately. It features dance, diversity, and drama—and it's beautifully written.
Kate Hattemer // The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy
This 2014 title is full of so much life and humor and so, so many antics. I'm now hooked on the author's writing and can't wait to read her 2016 and 2017 releases.
Martha Brockenbrough // The Game of Love and Death
2015 was a great year for magical realism, but it took me until 2016 to read this particular novel about a personified Love and Death orchestrating two characters' lives. I loved the concept, the characters, and the 1930s Seattle setting.
Tamara Ireland Stone // Every Last Word
I heard plenty of buzz for this author's Time Between Us when it came out in 2012, but for some reason I never picked up. I did, however, read her fantastic contemporary novel about poetry, friendship, romance, and mental health—and now I want to read her time travel title.
What backlist authors did you read this year? Are there any titles on this list you still need to catch up on? Let me know in the comments!