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) 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:
- 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!