When it comes to convincing me to try a new author…dude, you will have zero problems at all.
I WANT TO READ EVERYTHING. Things keep getting in my way, however. Like the fact that there are only 365 days in the year (rude) and I can’t read all day anyway (ruder) and I’m expected to do other human things occasionally (so so rude wow).
Of course I have my old favourite authors and I’ll read everything they write and obsess over it completely (DID YOU SAY MAGGIE STIEFVATER) but the shiny prospect of finding new favourite authors???? Bring it.
I am so easily convinced to read new authors, eat more cake, and wear a red cloak so I can skip into the woods and eat wolves. (That seems how the story went??)
I discovered some marvellous authors in 2018 that I’d never read from before! I’m about to whack you with a list of them (but I’ll whack you softly because I’m secretly nice, despite my fearsome demeanour) and you are so welcome.
[Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018]
1. NATASHA NGAN
I confess to being one of the deluded marmots who was like: “OH THIS DEBUT AUTHOR IS GREAT!” after I read Girls Of Paper And Fire. But…ah no, she actually wrote other books before that. Including The Elites and The Memory Keepers. So what do I know? Nothing, Jon Snow. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But I read GIRLS this year and ajfsdkald it was harrowing and powerful.
2. ELIZABETH MAY
Not only did I discover the stabby faerie goodness that is The Falconer…this author actually follows me on twitter and has said nice things about my book. afjksdlad my heart. Does that make me a lifelong fan?? Is my loyalty so easily bought???
UM, HECK YES.
(Also The Falconer contains a girl waging ware against 99% of faeries while falling in love with one AND it’s Scottish, steampunk, and she has a sassy pixie friend. What is not to love here.
3. KRISTEN CICCARELLI
FOREVER MAD THAT I DIDN’T READ THE LAST NAMSARA SOONER!! It’s so so good. Dragons! And the heroine is an absolute burnt crockery pot and she meets a marshmallow boy who she frequently has to save. She is very grumpy while she does this. It’s beautiful.
(Also there’s like rebellions and magical-stories and swords and things, but like: DRAGONS. That’s what’s important here.)
4. NORA SAKAVIC
Ok I couldn’t find a high enough quality author photo so instead = HAVE MY SOCKED FEET. And also my precious damaged boys from The Foxhole Court, who have anxiety and an urge to kill things and kiss on occasion and also hit things with sticks and call it sport. (I HATE SPORT. WHY DO I FREAKING LOVE THESE BOOKS.)
Literally my favourite things ever uggghghgh. I’m so obsessed.
Also there are THREE and I ate them whole in like A WEEK and there are NO MORE and I am lost.
5. COURTNEY SUMMERS
So also apparently this author has a heck ton of books…definitely more than FIVE. (This is as high as I can count, ok, I grew up a musician and we only needed to count to four mostly.) But the first one I’ve read of hers was Sadie and after it broke me into millions of pieces, I logically decided I need to read MORE. MUCH MORE.
(But seriously, Sadie is about sisters and poverty, it’s about sexual assault and hunting for revenge, it’s about a girl with a stammer who’ll stop at nothing to find her sister. THE ENDING THOUGH. AJFDKSLAD.)
6. SARA WOLF
Again, she has toooons of books, but Bring Me Their Hearts was my introduction to Sarah Wolf and ooffph was this book just so super funny. It’s about witches who keep Heartless servants, aka bodyguards who need flesh to survive but will die for their witch master. Zera is just the SASSIEST Heartless ever and 10/10 will talk herself out of trouble. It’s just such a good fantasy romp, ok?! And I don’t talk about it enough!
7. MEGAN SHEPHERD
My very first read from this author is Grim Lovelies (which I keep typing “Grime Lovelies”??? But it’s ok, these little Parisian witches do take baths.) And it was FANTASTICALLY MAGICAL. It’s pretty and wicked and features the enchanted beasties that witches make in all the fairy tales. But what happens if the enchantment ends?! Or the beasties-as-humans are lowkey DONE with being slaves? It’s glorious. 10 more thanks.
8. MARK OSHIRO
Anger Is A Gift is an actual GIFT as well, thank you very very much book for existing. Also prepare to cry yourself a small salty dead sea. It’s brutally accurate with the anxiety rep (like you will ache with Moss) and, omg, the things these kids go through just to gET AN EDUCATION. They’re poor and black and queer and disabled…and this book is such an equally bitter and loving view into their lives. (Also excellent writing and characters you would die for. JUST EVERYTHING.)
9. MARGARET ROGERSON
AND HI, I LOVE FAERIE STORIES. And “love” is a little word which here means am obsessed with magical catlike fey who are curious about humaning but do it badly themselves and may yell at a teapot or kidnap a painter and then halfway through the kidnapping feel bad and pet her hair and let her save him from monsters.
Aka ROOK. I love Rook. I love Isobel (a human dealing with faeries and, tbh? Most likely to survive them all.) An Enchantment Of Ravens her first book so I’m not behind but SO excited for A Sorcery Of Thorns this year ahhhhhhhh.
10. K. ANCRUM
I LEFT THE BEST TILL LAST. Because ohhhhh wow where do I even start with one of my all-time favourite books?! The Wicker King just stole my entire heart. I read it twice last year and each time it was just…everything?!? It has soft messy neglected boys, and hallucination mental illnesses, and codependency and queer kids just trying to Do Their Best when the world lets them down. It’s dark. But hopeful. AND THE AUTHOR’S NOTE NEARLY MADE ME CRY.
(If I could only recommend one book from 2018…thiiiiis.)