Top Ten Tuesday: New to me Authors in 2018

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: New to me Authors in 2018

  1. Wonderful list! I read Madeline Miller for the first time in 2018 too. I’ve only read Circe, so I’m very excited to read The Song of Achilles. Hopefully I’ll get to it this year! I hope you love Circe!

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  2. I never even made it through Fangirl, so you’re doing better than me! I own Attachments, so I’m hoping that my second go at a Rowell novel goes better than the first.

    I’ve heard great things about Stalking Jack the Ripper–I hope to read it someday!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Marti!

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  3. I never knew much about the Vicious books, even though I saw them everywhere, until I played The Bookish Games a couple months ago and they were based on Vicious. So now I feel like I know a little bit at least about some of the characters. 🙂

    Circe is one I definitely want to read. And Holly Black is high on my list too- I want to start The Cruel Prince soon.

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  4. Loved The Coldest Girl in Cold Town but I have’t picked up her newest series yet. Loved Attachments! The audio was fun. And you’re right Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is beautiful! Great TTT and thanks for visiting mine! 🙂

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