Top Ten Tuesday #194


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I’m back at Uni now (as of Sunday)Β  and I’ve got to be honest, it’s a bit weird not having classes this semester, like I actually have to motivate myself to work now, what? Anyway, I’m not doing too badly, I’m still in the emailing phase of my project, but it feels like I’m getting stuff done and laying the groundwork for the actual writing, so I’m not panicking yet.

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today we’re talking about our favourite New To Me Authors We Read In 2018, which is always one of my favourite topics every year, because I love sharing all the amazing new authors that I get to read every year, it’s one of the best parts of being a reader, discovering new authors to love. Now obviously not every new author I read last year was one whose books I loved, so I’m going to stick to just sharing the authors that I’m likely to read more books from:

  1. Tomi Adeyemi-Author of Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel was one of my favourite books of last year, it just completely blew me away with the characters, the world-building, everything about it. I am so excited to see what she has in store next for Zelie and Amari when Children of Virtue and Vengeance comes out in March.

2. Nadine Brandes-Author of Fawkes

Nadine Brandes’ historical fantasy was another of my favourite books of last year, the magic system with different colours being controlled by masks and the way that she integrated that into a retelling of the Gunpowder Plot was so ingenious, I can’t wait to see what she does with the Romanovs in her next historical fantasy retelling Romanov.

3. Laura Steven-Author of The Exact Opposite of Okay

Laura Steven’s debut was yet another of my favourite books of last year (there seems to be a pattern here), it was hilarious and truthful and just wonderfully angry and feminist and my god I love Izzy O’Neill so much. I can’t wait to see what Izzy does next when A Girl Called Shameless comes out in March.

4. Sara Holland-Author of Everless

I loved Sara Holland’s fantasy debut, it was another of my favourite books of last year (I promise I will stop saying that eventually!), I loved the creativity of the magic system, with time being used as currency, I thought it was awesome. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens in the conclusion to this duology when I read Evermore.

5. Jaime Questell-Author of By A Charm and A Curse

Jaime Questell’s debut was another of my favourite books of 2018, it was such a unique take on the Circus themed story, being kind of a cross between Pinocchio and Disney princesses and it was super fun to read a standalone fantasy for a change, since I am nearly always reading fantasies as part of a series.

6. Amanda Foody-Author of Daughter of The Burning City and The Shadow Game series

I really loved getting the chance to dive into Amanda Foody’s weird little dark tales last year and I cannot wait to red more of them. Daughter of The Burning City was a super fun magical murder mystery set in a carnival and Ace of Shades was a great mobsters mixed with magic book. I can’t wait to see what happens next with Enne and Levi in King of Fools.

7. C.G. Drews-Author of A Thousand Perfect Notes

Yes, it’s Cait! I won’t say that A Thousand Perfect Notes was my favourite read of the year, but it was a really solid debut and of course, I love Cait’s blog and she’s been talking about becoming an author for so long, so I’m so happy that it finally happened for her. I’m looking forward to following her career for hopefully many years to come!

8. Jennifer Mathieu-Author of Moxie

I really enjoyed Moxie when I read it back in March, I thought it was a really fun, feminist book, even if probably aimed a little bit more at new feminists than at me, so I’m quite looking forward to seeing what else Jennifer Mathieu comes out with.

9. Sally Nicholls-Author of Things A Bright Girl Can Do

I thought Things A Bright Girl Can Do was a really cool take on the suffragettes, and though it could have been better, I enjoyed it enough that I’d quite like to check out some of Sally Nicholls back catalogue, and will be looking out for whatever she releases next.

10. Matt Killeen-Author of Orphan Monster Spy

I appreciated that Matt Killeen did something different with a WWII story, since the market for those is so saturated, it’s difficult to find a new and interesting take. I won’t say that Orphan Monster Spy is one of my favourite books, but it intrigued me enough that I will be quite happily picking up the sequel.

So there we go, the best New To Me Authors I Read In 2018! Did you read any of these authors in 2018? Did you enjoy their books? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back next week with a new TTT, this time we’ll be talking Books We Meant To Read In 2018 But Didn’t Get To (Ooh boy, list of shame time, I’m excited!), so yeah, be prepared for probably a quite lengthy list next week!

I finished my first book of 2019 on Sunday, so I will have a review of that book, Siege and Storm up for you guys pretty soon, stay tuned for that!

50 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #194

  1. taylortalksbooks 15/01/2019 / 1:31 pm

    omg Amanda Foody!!! I’m so mad at myself for not putting her on my list because she’s truly a gem! You mentioned such an amazing group of authors! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 15/01/2019 / 3:30 pm

      She is-I love her Instagram, her cat is the most adorable thing ever! Thank you, obviously I think so too πŸ™‚

  2. lydiaschoch 15/01/2019 / 1:40 pm

    What did you like the most about Children of Blood and Bone?

    This is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

    • iloveheartlandx 15/01/2019 / 3:30 pm

      Probably the worldbuilding, it’s quite a familiar system but the book is so diverse that it feels really fresh.

  3. ich lese 15/01/2019 / 1:52 pm

    I have several of those still on my TBR. I’ll refer back to your post when it’s time he to pick one from it.

  4. Jess @ Jessticulates 15/01/2019 / 1:55 pm

    Great list! I really need to get to Children of Blood and Bone soon and Things a Bright Girl Can Do is another one that’s on my TBR.

  5. daneelolivaw33 15/01/2019 / 3:03 pm

    So many interesting authors! Makes me want to read faster, so I can read more.

  6. Poinsettia 15/01/2019 / 3:34 pm

    Everless sounds intriguing! Thank you for visiting my post at Long and Short Reviews.

  7. Tangled N Books 15/01/2019 / 5:14 pm

    Def want to give Children of Blood and Bone and Fawkes a try πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 16/01/2019 / 4:42 pm

      I have no idea, at this rate we won’t be seeing it till the book comes out!

      • Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 19/01/2019 / 1:17 am

        I just saw that the release date has been moved to June, so we might have to wait a little longer.

      • iloveheartlandx 19/01/2019 / 3:39 pm

        Yeah I just got that message too-makes sense why the cover reveal hasn’t happened yet now.

  8. agreatreviewer 15/01/2019 / 9:35 pm

    Ooh nice ones! See some new to me ones, some familiar and some that are in my TBR! Great picks! Thanks for visiting my TTT post!

  9. Louise 15/01/2019 / 10:44 pm

    I loved both Amanda Foody’s books! I’m looking forward to the sequel.

  10. Kay Wisteria 15/01/2019 / 11:30 pm

    Ahh I really need to read Cait’s book this year! Happy reading πŸ™‚

  11. kozbisa 16/01/2019 / 12:48 am

    All Mathieu’s books have been solid reads for me. I love how different each one was, and I am eagerly awaiting something new from her.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/01/2019 / 4:40 pm

      I will have to check out some of her old books, I think I’m going to try out The Truth About Alice next.

  12. thebookishlibra 16/01/2019 / 3:39 am

    Great list! Amanda Foody is one I’m hoping to read this year.

  13. Kathy @ Books & Munches 16/01/2019 / 6:59 am

    So many authors on here I’ve read books from as well!

    As you know, Laura Steven is on my list. I also loooved Children of Blood and Bone.
    Daughter of the Burning City is actually one of the next books I’ll be picking up this month, if all goes right. Really looking forward to it even more now! πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 16/01/2019 / 4:38 pm

      Yay! Ah both of them were amazing. Oh cool, I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

  14. Tiffany @ String of Pages 16/01/2019 / 11:49 am

    i’ve only read Sara Holland’s book from this list, but some of them are already on my TBR. i’m planning to read them soon! great list πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 16/01/2019 / 4:36 pm

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy the books that are on your TBR πŸ™‚

  15. Marissa Writes (@Reading_List1) 16/01/2019 / 12:10 pm

    I loved Everless so much last year. I hope to get to Evermore soon, although I’m nervous my expectations are too high.

  16. Heather Cilley 17/01/2019 / 5:28 pm

    I haven’t read Fawkes yet but I am really excited for Nadine Brandes’s book Romanov!! I need to pick up Fawkes soon! Amazing list! πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 17/01/2019 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks! And Fawkes and Romanov are both standalone books, so it doesn’t matter what order you read them in-you could always read Romanov first and Fawkes after if that’s what takes your fancy!

  17. Tracy (@Cornerfolds) 18/01/2019 / 4:15 am

    Great list! Sara Holland made my list this week too! I really want to read Fawkes so I’m glad to see you liked it!

  18. Annemieke 21/01/2019 / 9:09 am

    I STILL need to read A Thousand Perfect Notes. I swear, this year!

  19. kath-reads 22/01/2019 / 6:57 pm

    I’ve been meaning to read Cate’s book! She’s one of my favorit people on Twitter. β™₯

  20. Sarah Ellis 24/01/2019 / 12:36 am

    So many of these authors are on my to-read list and I just didn’t get around to reading their books in 2018! Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/01/2019 / 1:14 pm

      There are just so many new books coming out every year, it’s hard to get through them all! No problem πŸ™‚

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