Top Ten Tuesday – new-to-me authors I read In 2018

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It’s TTT time! As usual, if you’re curious about this, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info). Today’s theme features new-to-me authors I’ve read in 2018. Since I had a pretty long lull of not reading much fiction during grad school and have only been picking up the pace again since 2016, I encounter a lot of new-to-me authors. Fingers crossed this TTT will be easy for me. I am listing the ones who have had either multiple publications or whose first publication is several (3+) years old (aka I missed the buzz about them) AND who I want to see more off in the future.

 

Contemporary Lit

One of my favorite things is to read books that live off of their language. I read Snow Child and Never Let Me Go in early 2018 (January and February, respectively) and both authors had unique and beautiful writing styles.

Eowyn Ivey

Kazuo Ishigiro

Children’s Lit

I know I am late to the game when it comes to most English children’s books. I instantly fell in love with The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane in April.

Kate DiCamillo

Horror

I’ve read a lot of horror in 2018 but these three authors stayed in mind throughout the year. Sour Candy (April) was so creepy and weird that I immediately bought it again and sent it to a friend. Fury of the Orcas (April) and Jurassic, Florida (May) were my introductions to gory, b-rated (in the best way possible!) type stories.  And I’ve always loved Krampus as a child and thus reading Krampus: the Yule Lord in December made for the perfect ending of the year. What I like about each of these authors are their unique viewpoints and diverse styles.

Kealan Patrick Burke

Hunter Shea

Brom

Sci-fi

Heavy sci-fi books are (to me) an acquired taste. I am glad I discovered these authors as each one got me more excited about this genre. I love that sci-fi now spans across contemporary lit to philosophy to graphic novels (and more). I read The Three-body Problem in April and was blown away by how much the topic frightened me but also by how bloomy the author’s language was. I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (March) was such a fun read. I could tell that the author spent a significant amount of time researching the various physics, mathematics, and other science topics, and I love that the author is female (yay for women in STEM fields). I am still making my way through The Silvers (book 1 April, book 2 June, book 3 eagerly awaiting) series and the Saga graphic novels (Vol 1 and 2 December).

Liu Cixin

Daniel Price

Claire North

Brian K Vaughan

Fantasy

Yes, yes. I know. How is it possible I missed the Six of Crows Duology?! I don’t know but I am glad I read both books in 2018 (Six of Crows April, Crooked Kingdom October). Reading them during Dewey’s readathons made them extra special! Discovering the Riftwar Saga (book 1 December) opened up a whole new world to literature inspired by tabletop games such as D&D!

Leigh Bardugo

Raymond E. Feist

Poetry

I have only recently decided that I should spend more time reading poetry. Milk and Honey (April) as well as The Sun and Her Flowers (May) both blew me away and touched my heart in ways I wasn’t expecting.

Rupi Kaur

 

What authors did you discover in 2018? Leave your answers in the comments. 

 

37 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – new-to-me authors I read In 2018”

  1. Ooh I read the Riftwar Saga but it’s been a while. And Brom I mostly knew for this darker artwork but I see he’s writing stuff now too. Kate Dicamillo I’ve heard good things about… and Ishiguro as well.

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  2. I still haven’t read Six of Crows yet. I want to read the Grisha Verse books first. But I can say that Leigh Bardugo was a new to me author in 2018, because I did read one or two of her short stories last year.

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      1. Yes, I think so. One of the reasons I haven’t picked up any of the Grisha books is because I am afraid I won’t love them as much as the Six of Crow books. I don’t want to be disappointed in the author’s writing 🙂 … Did you not like the ending of Crooked Kingdom?

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      2. Oooh, the writing is not too bad. I have other issues with the Grisha trilogy. But they’re heavily contested haha. I liked the end of Crooked Kingdom, I just wish there was more lol

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