New Authors I Discovered in 2018!

I love reading books from new-to-me authors! It’s very easy to read familiar authors and keep reading old favorites – How many times can I reread The Chronicles of Narnia or Percy Jackson??? (the answer – never too many times)

One of my favorite parts of the book blogging community is the great amount of book recommendations – so many new author recs! And even when I nearly forget about an author rec, I’ll see the book on the library shelf and pick it up. Yay for libraries!

2018 was definitely a year for discovering many new favorite authors! Here’s just a few. 

Adam Silvera


Look how blue his books are 👀

I read all of Adam’s books this year! His stories are so gripping, and I can promise that you will probably cry. But they’re so diverse and good!

Adam is publishing a fantasy book in 2020, and I’m very excited to read it! All of his books so far have been contemporary, and I’m excited to see him pair his intense emotional characters with a fantasy setting. Eeek!

Mackenzi Lee


Now, I’d heard of Mackenzi Lee BEFORE 2018, i just hadn’t picked up her books yet! I read Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in January, and I’m so glad I started her work! Lee’s writing is quirky fun, and full of lovely history!

I loved the Montague Siblings duology and her historical anthology Badass Bygone Broads. And what’s super fun is that Mackenzi is publishing a book about dogs next year! 50 dogs that changed history! As a dog lover, i’m very excited, hehe.

Also, I was able to meet Mackenzi Lee last spring, and that was so fun! Getting to ask one of my favorite historical fiction authors questions about writing historical fiction was an incredible experience. 10/10 recommend. 

Laini Taylor


I might have read Daughter of Smoke and Bone in 2017, I can’t remember, oopps! I know I read Strange the Dreamer this year, and I loved Laini’s writing! Laini writes very descriptively, and sometimes I can be mildly annoyed, i.e. bored, by descriptive writing.

But pair descriptive writing with a character as lovely as Lazlo Strange, and I’m hooked. Currently, over winter break, I’m reading Muse of Nightmares…and kind of sad to be finishing Laini Taylor’s perfect books.

Jenny Han

I can thank Netflix for finally getting me to read Jenny Han’s books. And my mom. Because my mom always said I should never watch the movie until I’d read the books, so of course, I absolutely had to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before when Netflix announced the movie. 

This series was such happy summer reading, romance + contemporary stories are just PERFECT for early June. And while Netflix has only adapted the first book, I really kind of hope they adapt Always and Forever, Lara Jean, because it’s my absolute favorite from the series. And we really definitely need more of John Ambrose McLaren. 

Becky Albertalli


Becky is one of those authors I kept meaning to read but didn’t read until 2018. I’m so glad I picked up Simon vs and Leah on the Offbeat this year! (I mean, it would have been hard to pick up Leah another year, since the book was published this year)

And to top off a great year reading Albertalli books, I was able to meet Becky on her What If It’s Us tour!!! She is incredible and so kind in person.

Marissa Meyer


How had I never picked up any of The Lunar Chronicles??? I don’t know how I completely missed these lovely books when they were first published, but I definitely enjoyed reading this series in 2018!

They’re one of those book series you wish you could forget, so that when you read them again, it’s all magical just like the first time reading them through! 

I also really enjoyed Renegades, and while I haven’t been able to read Archenemies yet, I look forward to checking it out in 2019.

Madeline Miller


I love ancient mythology, so when I heard about Song of Achilles, I HAD to pick it up. And Madeline Miller blessed us with Circe this year, and wow, both of these books were incredible.

I love the way Miller writes these ancient stories in achingly beautiful ways. Patroclus and Circe both deserve the BEST.

Roshani Chokshi

I just discovered Roshani’s Chokski’s writing when I picked up The Star Touched Queen! Her writing is so magical and poetic, and I LOVED how the entire story tied together in The Star Touched Queen.

Now, I haven’t read any of Roshani’s other books, but I plan on reading more in 2019. Super glad I discovered a new fav to add to my TBR for 2019. 😊

There are probably many, many more authors that I discovered in 2018. And of course, there are lots of old favorites ahem, Rick Riordan, that I read in 2018. But for today, these are my top eight new favorite authors from 2018!

I can’t wait to keep reading their books in 2019, especially all the new books they’ll publish!

lets chat

Who are some of your new favorite authors of 2018? Did we discover some of the same new favs? What author do you always recommend? Any authors that you think I should pick up in 2019?



  1. December 18, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    I read Emiko Jean’s book “Empress of All Seasons” and while I wouldn’t say that her book’s my favorite release this year, I thought her recent novel kept me engaged. So I might actually pick up any book from her in the future.

    • December 25, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      Oh, I want to read Empress of All Seasons! Adding it to my TBR 😊

  2. December 19, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    Oh what a great idea for a post and what a great list, I love it 🙂 I’m glad you discovered Jenny Han’s books this year, I really love everything she writes and the Lara Jean series was so adorable and sweet and ahhh, I loved it 🙂 and yay for the Lunar Chronicles! One of my favorite series of all times 🙂

    • December 25, 2018 / 10:02 pm

      I’m so glad I read both Jenny Han and the Lunar Chronicles this year! I kind of want to get The Lunar Chronicles on audio and read them, because I’ve heard the audiobooks are really great!

  3. December 21, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    Love when you find a new favourite. Found so many new ones this year like Christina Lauren and Tricia Levenseller.
    Let´s hope next year will send us new ones!

  4. CG @ Paper Fury
    December 24, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    I’m SO glad you discovered Laini Taylor, Adam Silvera, and Becky Albertalli this year!! I absolutely love all of them so much omg. I read What If It’s Us twice this year 😂and reread Simon Vs and got Leah On the Offbeat (of course!) so it was a truly wonderful Albertalli/Silver year haha. And next year I’m determined to read both of Madeline Miller’s books! Trying to prepare myself for pain. 💀😂
    I discovered K Ancrum and Natasha Ngan this year and LOVE their work!

    • December 25, 2018 / 10:18 pm

      I really want to check out K Ancrum’s work! I also read Natasha Ngan’s book this year, and I can’t wait for her next book!
      I really want to reread Simon vs, it’s been almost a full year since I’ve read it!

  5. December 27, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Becky Albertalli is a new to me author this year too and I love that I finally read her books! She’s such an amazing author! I plan on reading Jenny Han’s books soon as well! 🙂

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