Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2018.
Every year when it comes to this Top Ten Tuesday topic I always find myself doubting I’ll be able to come up with ten new-to-me authors to feature; because of many series I love, favourite authors I keep going back, and old books I just have to re-read I don’t dedicate enough time to discovering new authors out there. Maybe it’ll end up being one of my resolutions for this year, to make a conscious effort to discover more new authors.
I actually got a copy of Laura Steven’s debut novel at YALC back in 2017, but didn’t get around to reading it until the beginning of 2018. The Exact Opposite of Okay is a book (and Laura Steven is an author) who deserves a lot more recognition, and her next release it high on my TBR list for sure.
Everyone has been raving about The Bear and the Nightingale. It remained on my TBR list for a long time before I picked it up but now I’m one of the people raving about the Winternight trilogy. it’s incredible, and now Katherine Arden is one of my auto-read authors.
The Diabolic was a release which yo-yo-ed on and off my TBR list, but I finally picked it up in 2018 and I am glad I did. S.J. Kincaid has written an addictive story which is so fast-paced, brutal and action-packed that after that cliffhanger ending to The Empress I can’t wait for the last in the trilogy.
Another debut author I discovered in 2018. Emergency Contact only ended up on my radar thanks to Marie’s glowing review, but I’m always on the look-out for incredible YA contemporaries to pick up and this one ticked all my boxes. I had high hopes and Mary H.K. Choi actually exceeded them.
Neal Shusterman is one of those authors I have heard so many amazing things about; everyone seems to have loved his Unwind series (which is still on my TBR list), and after reading Scythe I can see why everyone is raving about his writing. It’s incredible, and I need The Toll in my hands now.
Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka are a writing pair so I’m counting them as one author for the purpose of this list. Always Never Yours is another book I discovered thanks to Marie. Megan ended up being one of my favourite main characters, and I have high hopes for the second book from these authors.
Darius the Great is Not Okay is a book which deserves so much more hype than what it currently has. Darius the Great is my favourite YA contemporary read of 2018 (if I can only pick one); it has incredible diverse representation, an amazing platonic friendship and overall it’s just a beautiful and moving story.
I brought Spellslinger a few years ago and then left it on my TBR list for ages. When I finally got around to the first book I enjoyed it so much I binge read all the books in the series I could get my hands on. De Castell is definitely going to be an author I read more from in the future.
There seems to be a massive following for Sakavic’s All for the Game trilogy on Tumblr, which is where I first came across this series, but it was only hearing Malanie and May talk about it so much that I was finally convinced to pick up the first book. It was addictive, and I pretty much sped through all three books.
Towards the end of the year there seemed to be so much hype for Sadie. This ended up being the first ever audiobook I tried listening to (some reviews mentioned it was better listening to it as an audiobook) but I am definitely going to add more of Summers’ books to my TBR list.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know some of your favourite new authors who you discovered last year. Would you struggle to come up with ten (like I always think I will) or is the challenge for you narrowing it down to just ten?