Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I read for the first time in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:

January 15: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

I picked up quite a few new-to-me authors last year and some were instant favourites. I’ve tried to go for authors who have multiple books that I hadn’t discovered yet, but a few debuts slipped in because they were just too good not to include.

I’d heard a lot about all four of these authors, but had never read any of their works until 2018. I read my first Alice Oseman book (I Was Born For This) in May, and enjoyed her writing style so much that I read Radio Silence and Heartstopper soon after. Tasha Suri and Samira Ahmed were both debut authors last year, but I read and loved their book so much that I’ll definitely be picking up their future works. I didn’t love Giant Days as much as I’d hoped, but I’ve heard that some of Non Pratt’s other books are better, so I’ll pick up one of those at some point.

I’d never read Becky Chambers and Akemi Dawn Bowman until last year, but I know I’ll picking up more books by them soon, especially since Akemi has another coming out this year in the UK. I also discovered Christina Lauren last year and boy was that a discovery. Autoboyography was one of my favourites of 2018, so I’ll likely pick up Roomies at some point in the future.

I promised myself in 2018 that before the end of the year I’d read We Should All Be Feminists. And it did. And I loved it. So now I guess I’ve just got to read everything else Ngozi Adichie has ever written? Cool. On it. Surprisingly, I’d never read an Adam Silvera book until last year, but I flew through What If It’s Us over summer, then read History in autumn, and now I have More Happy Than Not to pick up. I’d also not read anything by Sayaka Murata, despite having heard how good her work was, so I finally rectified that in 2018.

Which authors were new to you in 2018? Do you have any recommendations for other books I should read by these authors?

Until next time,KateNEW

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I read for the first time in 2018

  1. I read my first Adam Silvera in the early days of 2019! I liked him pretty well, though I think I’d probably like his other titles more than the one I read, They Both Die at the End.

    1. Ah, that’s exciting to hear! Yeah, I’ve actually heard quite a few people have mixed feelings about TBDATE, and it makes me curious to see what I think when I finally get round to reading it. I’ll probably be reading More Happy Than Not next, because I got that one for Christmas 🙂

  2. I’m so happy that you discovered Christina Lauren last year! I love their writing style and always find myself chuckling while I read. I’m dying to read a book by Adam Silvera, and If It’s Us is at the top of my list (I love Becky Albertali so much). So many beautiful covers on this list, I kinda want to read them all. 😉

    If you’re interested, I dug up an old topic this week that I missed: TTT

  3. Great list! I’m so pleased you enjoyed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – it’s one of my favourites. 🙂 I haven’t read any of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels yet but highly recommend her short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck – it’s fantastic!

  4. I definitely need to read something by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! And even though Starfish isn’t one that’s been on my radar, but I have to say I’m tempted now that they’re going to be at NYALitFest!

    1. Have you read We Should All Be Feminists? For some reason, I could have sworn you’d read it before me? 😂 I’m thinking I might read her other short essay next! Starfish is really good, it explores social anxiety and emotionally manipulative parents in such a profound way. I’m really looking forward to her second book being released in the UK later this year, and I’m hoping to get her to sign my copy of Starfish 🙂

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