Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about our favorite new-to-us authors! I probably won’t choose 10 as I read around 70 books in 2018. Choosing 10 would just be too much, especially since it would become a partial recreation of my favorite reads of the year list. Here are some new authors that stood out to me!
Read: Red Sister, Grey Sister, Prince of Thorns
I started reading Mark Lawrence’s books this year, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’d heard nothing but incredible things about his books for years, especially on r/fantasy. However, his books made me feel really intimidated and I just couldn’t get started on them. Until Red Sister came along. I fell in love with this story about assassin nuns and their friendships and relationships. If there’s one of his series you definitely HAVE to read, it’s the Book of the Ancestor series.
Read: If We Were Villains
I picked this up at the library on a whim. I had never heard anyone talk about this before, but it was described as perfect for fans of The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I adore that book, so I decided to give this one a try – and promptly fell in love with it. I’ve seen it mentioned a bit more this year, which gives me hope that more people will read it.
MIN JIN LEE
I bought this because I saw it mentioned on a YouTuber’s favorite books of 2017 list. I can’t remember whose video it was, otherwise I would’ve credited them here. Anyway, this is a generational novel set in Korea and Japan, starting in 1911. It was beautiful and heart breaking, and Min Jin Lee crushed my heart. I will definitely read more of her works.
Read: The Hate U Give
I know I should’ve read this book last year, but I didn’t. I did listen to the audiobook in 2018, and it blew my mind. This book is fantastic. It’s real, and sad, and makes you feel awful because of the world we live in. But it’s also humorous, filled with hope, and highlights healthy friendships and families. I will definitely read On the Come Up when it gets released.
Read: Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, Rich People Problems
I binge-read this entire trilogy in 2018. Is it entirely without its problems? Of course not. Is it still a fantastic and addictive series? Yes! It made me laugh out loud multiple times, managed to teach me some Mandarin as well as make me a bit more familiar with a different culture, had me rooting for so many characters, and oh yeah, made me laugh out loud multiple times. Did I say that twice? Oops.
Read: Nevermoor, Wundersmith
Jessica Townsend captured my heart in 2018 with her Nevermoor series. It’s been a long time since I’ve loved a middle grade fantasy that much. No shade, I’m just not the target audience and it shows most of the time. This, however, was perfect. It felt nostalgic, magical, wonderful, and all the positive descriptors you can think of. But it also addressed some more serious topics, like emotional abuse, being ostracized, friendships and betrayals, and more. It’s just so good.
AMIE KAUFMAN & JAY KRISTOFF
Both authors were new to me. Surprising, right? They’re both incredibly popular in the YA community, but I hadn’t read any of their works. I randomly started the audiobook of Illuminae while commuting in 2018, and immediately knew I’d end up giving it 5 stars. The audiobook is fantastic, but I’d recommend combining it with a physical copy/ebook to get the best reading experience. I’ll definitely continue the series.