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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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?