I know, I know. It’s Wednesday now but I didn’t have a chance to finish this post in time, so I’m posting it now!
I haven’t done a ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ in forever and I thought this would definitely be a fun post to do! I’ll be listing each author with the book or books I read by them last year as well as linking my full review if it’s available.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.
****These are in no particular order ****
10.) Tasha Suri – “Empire of Sand”
This book is actually Suri’s debut novel so she’s technically a new author to everyone! However, this was fantastic especially for a debut novel I’m very excited to read more in this series and more by her period. She has a very lyrical way of writing and the world building was amazing though I wish there would have been a ton more but that’s just because it was so good!
9.) Brandon Sanderson – “Mistborn”
I FINALLY READ A BOOK BY BRANDON SANDERSON! And now I must read all of the others because he’s amazing! If you haven’t already heard of him he’s a YA and adult fantasy author that’s basically essential if you love fantasy books, I can’t believe it took me so long to finally read his books. His world building is everything!
Rachel Hawkins is an author I’d normally be kind of “on the fence” about because she seems to write more YA contemporary style books and normally I wouldn’t read something that looks and sounds as fluffy as “Royals”. However, I’m a sucker for a modern royalty story so I gave it a whirl and fell in love! It was hilarious, adorable, and just a fun time. I’m definitely excited to see what else Hawkins has in store for me.
7.) Madeline Miller – “The Song of Achilles” & “Circe”
Why did it take me so long to discover Madeline Miller? Her writing and stories are literally perfection. I enjoyed both of these books so much and they are some of my new all time favorite reads, her writing is so gorgeous and she weaves the tales so enchantingly. Both books are retellings of Greek myths and I’m a fan of mythology so these were such treats. I will throw my money at any and all things she writes now, probably even her shopping list!
Margaret Killjoy and her novellas are very underrated and deserve a lot more love. They are diverse featuring both POC and LGTBQ+ characters and unique with some fantastic world building. They focus on a group of punk rock travelers who hunt demons and are a ton of fun. I wish she would write more like ASAP!
5.) Jeff Lemire – “Descender Volumes 1-5”
This series of graphic novels is SO FREAKING GOOD! I picked up the first volume from the library on a whim and fell in love, it’s a sci-fi adventure with some very endearing characters and a morally gray plot. It’s not straight good vs. evil and that makes the story that much more interesting. I really need to check out more of his works if they’re anywhere near as good as these!
4.) Heather Demetrios – “Bad Romance”
As you all probably know by now I’m not the biggest contemporary reader so it’s not a big surprise I have never picked up a book by Heather Demetrios (even though she has a fantasy series….). However, I hear tons of great things about her and “Bad Romance” just sounded like a great book and it was. Her style of writing just pulled me in all the way and even though the subject matter was hard to read through it was done so, so well. I’m definitely curious to pick more books by her up!
Another debut author and novel but it was one of my five star reads from 2018 so I pretty much have to feature it, right? This book was very well written and I loved how unique the story was even if it did completely crush me by the end but I like to think if you can make me cry over characters then you’re doing something right. Hopefully she writes more books because I’d be all over them!
2.) Kealan Patrick Burke – “Blanky”
I’ve heard so many good things about this author’s work especially from Destiny @ Howling Libraries whose book opinions (particularly her horror opinions!) I trust completely! I decided to give one of his short stories a try and while I still feel a bit confused because of the ending, it’s in the best way possible. He really knows how to grab your attention, terrify you, and blow your mind! I can’t wait to read more of his books/stories/everything period.
1.) Jonathan Janz – “The Siren & The Specter” & “The Sorrows”
Is there such a thing as “hidden gem” authors? If there is Jonathan Janz is definitely one of them! I can’t believe I could have gone on reading books and never discovered him! I had the honor of reading an ARC of “The Siren & The Specter” his newest book and it blew me away it was just that good, it had everything I look for in a book or horror book if we want to be specific. It was terrifying, well written, had fantastic characters, and the story just pulled me in completely.
I was even more excited to read “The Sorrows” after that and while “Siren” is still my favorite this one didn’t disappoint! I need all of his books now! Also he’s a super nice guy so that helps!
Have you read any books by any of these authors as well? What did you think?
Who were some “new to you” authors you read in 2018?
Let me know in the comments!