Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This time’s theme is“New to me Authors that I read in 2018”.
Last year was a big year for me when it comes to new authors. I read a lot of books from authors I had never read before and fell in love with them. So, here are some of the authors I discovered in 2018 and the books that introduced me to them.
1.C.S. Pacat – Captive Prince: The best decision I made last year was buying Captive Prince on Kindle. I had always been interested in reading it but thought I would take my time going through the trilogy. Instead, I bought and read all three of them in three days. I fell in love with C.S. Pacat’s writing, with her world building and most importantly with her characters. She gives a depth to them that only a few other authors can manage in my opinion. She is definitely one of my favorite discoveries of the year.
2. V.E. Schwab – Vicious: I have heard so much about V.E. Schwab and VIcious and A Darker Shade of Magic that I was going crazy. This year I went to New York and found I beautiful exclusive signed copy of Vengeful and I thought to myself “I’ve got to have this.” That is mainly why I bought Vicious (I found a signed copy for it too.) I loved the writing of the book, how the story moves from present to past in a way that is not confusing but rather appealing. Also, Victor became one of my all-time favorite characters! I am looking forward to reading every other book V.E. Schwab has ever written.
3. Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Boys: The Raven Boys was a beautiful surprise for me this year. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is so beautiful you can read each page twice and still want to read it again. There is a musicality in her writing that makes it so beautiful, her characters all perfectly flawed and lovable. I fell so hard for Gansey as I bet we all did. I have to be honest, I liked every character except Blue, but I love the series despite her. I will hopefully be finishing it this year.
4. Kerri Maniscalco – Stalking Jack the Ripper: This first book was so fun to read the whole series caught my attention. It was a nice path to a story we know well, having been used over and over again in books, movies, and T.V. Shows. Nevertheless, Kerri Maniscalco manages to give it a fresh twist that I appreciated.
5. Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl: Every single reader I know has told me to read Fangirl at some point. I have to say now that I finally have, it bored me a little. It took me almost two months to finish it because I simply couldn’t, for the life of me, pick it up. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed Rowell’s writing so I do want to give her another chance. I have a copy of Snow so I will be reading that next.
6. Nina LaCour – We are Okay: This is a writer I sadly didn’t fell in love with. We are Okay didn’t get my attention at all. Believe me, I really wanted to like it. I was expecting to read a beautiful and diverse story about ache but it simply made me bored out of my mind. I couldn’t get past 30% of the book and at one point I just stopped trying. I didn’t find the story moving forward or even the writing appealing. I might give the author another try with a different book though.
7. Madeleine Miller – The Song of Achilles: This story is known by everyone as a tragedy, and that’s because it is. Madeleine Miller was able to recreate such well-known story with beautiful writing and heartbreaking scenes. I knew I was going to cry, I just didn’t know how much. I want to buy a copy of Circe so that I can read it this year.
8. Andre Aciman – Call me by Your Name: Here is a book that I didn’t know I needed until I desperately did. I read this book twice this year, just to give you an idea of how much I loved it. The story was so painfully slow burn it drove me crazy, and Oliver and Elio were so flawed as a couple but also so complex. If you want to read about complicated and potentially toxic relationships, drop Fifty Shades and pick up this book. I loved Andre Aciman’s writing and I want to read more from him.
9. Holly Black – The Cruel Prince: I wasn’t planning this to be my introduction to Holly Black. I had initially bought The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, but The Cruel Prince had just come out and I wanted to know what the fuss was all about. I enjoyed Holly Black’s writing a lot. I liked the way she described the world, actions and my favorite was the descriptions of the clothes. I truly pictured myself in the world. Needless to say, I’m drooling over the Wicked Prince and I will be reading everything she ever wrote.
10. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Illuminae: This series was just too much to bear. I normally don’t have Sci-fi as my genre of choice, but I must say this trilogy is so well written and carefully designed that it stole my heart and then wrecked it over and over again. I loved the originality of these books, I had never seen anything like Illuminae before. I’m looking forward to reading their next series together.
So, here are the authors I discovered in 2018. Tell me about you! Did you know these authors? What are some authors you discovered last year? Let me know!