Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! Once hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, it is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a weekly book feature where a topical list-prompt is posted and readers respond with their top ten for that prompt. Yours truly tends to go over ten, but hey, what can a passionate reader do?
This week’s topic is: New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2018
I was very lucky to be introduced to not only a wonderful batch of authors last year, many of which turned into top favorites. A few of these authors have been on my radar for a while and I finally read them last year (so I’m still counting them, though I’m not sure if I’m supposed to or not?). So, feast your eyes and be prepared to find some new favorites, too, if you haven’t read these wonderful stories yet.
RJ Barker: I almost didn’t believe that this was a new-to-me author, because I feel like I’ve read Barker for years, even though I banged out his entire trilogy last year. The way he writes is just so unique and he doesn’t hold back creating characters that make you feel something–and no character is safe from making your heart break. Whatever this man pens, I’ll read.
Sebastian de Castell: One of the most pleasant surprises I discovered last year. I did not expect to fall in love with this series as much as I did, but Kellen has definitely snuck his way into my heart and I can’t do anything but love the guy all the more. I’m really excited to read the second half of this series this year and then I definitely plan on checking out his other series, too.
Brian McClellan: Man, oh man, oh man, oh man. This is the writer who broke me and put me in a reading slump for the last two months of the year, because I just wanted to read more of this series. I kept putting off reading him unintentionally and I will never make that mistake again. This man is straight on the To-Buy list (and now I’m also fervently searching for all of his novellas, to boot).
Nicholas Eames: Was Eames really a 2018 discovery? Goodreads tells me I read both of his books last year, so apparently so? I guess we’re going to stick with it, but there is no doubt that Eames is one of my favorite authors of all time now and the third book in this series, my most anticipated read…ever. I can’t praise his books enough and I will support him and his career until the end of eternity.
Michael J. Sullivan: I finally read a Sullivan book! And I quite enjoyed it, honestly. It’s an interesting read, too, in the sense that I don’t remember a ton of the details, but there are flashes of scenes and characters that always seem to pop up as I’m reading other books, which reminds me of Age of Myth and how I want to go through and finish that series. He’s definitely an author I plan to read more of.
Gareth L. Powell: Had to get some sci-fi in here and no better author introduced me to that than Powell. He’s a powerhouse and I really think this trilogy of his is going to make waves in the genre. I’m really excited to read the sequel here after it releases in February! Also, if you’re not following him on Twitter, you need to. He’s so supportive and kind and definitely a great mentor.
David Mealing: One of the most underappreciated authors EVER?! Seriously, I read the first book of this series and I was absolutely floored and I’m really confused how the entire book community isn’t worshipping this series like it deserves? I’m definitely reading the sequel this year sooner rather than later and I’m keeping my eye out for details about the third book. Two eyes, as often as I can spare them, actually. As all good wizards do.
R.S. Ford: Another great author that I wish was getting a little more attention. His worldbuilding and characters are stunning and I’m definitely really excited to see where this series goes!
Ashley Poston: Oh, Poston has slipped into my heart and she will most certainly not let go. I hadn’t heard a lot about her, but when I heard this was an Anastasia retelling in space, I knew I could not pass that up. The book turned out to be even more than I expected in all the best ways and now the sequel, Soul of Stars, is one of my most anticipated reads this year!
Tyler Whitesides: THIS BOOK. THIS AUTHOR. Holy shit, I just can’t get enough of it. Prolly one of my favorite books of last year, honestly? I didn’t make a list, but my gut tells me that it totally is and the fact that we get a sequel out this year (I’m pretty sure) just makes this bookworm happier than being in my natural element inside a bookstore with an unlimited spending amount. This heist novel is one of the greats and I’m just so.in.love.
There are a lot of great authors here, friends. Also, I’d be reminisce if I didn’t give a very warm thank you to both Titan and Orbit Books, as many of these were ARCs given to me in exchange for honest reviews, which helped get quite a few of these authors on my radar. A handful of them, I would have read regardless, thanks to the library, but not nearly as quickly as I did. Others, I doubt I would have ever read, which is just…mental to think about now, considering I love all of these so much.
If you haven’t read them, please do! I always love finding new people to fangirl with. 😉