TTT: My 2018 DISCOVERIES, author-wise

Top Ten Tuesday

Every single one of us hates it when people asks us what our favorite book is, who our favorite author is. My first reaction will always be “in what genre?”, although even that doesn’t really help narrowing things down most of the time. When being asked what authors I discovered? Let’s just say it isn’t a very easy question to answer either!

But.. Since I felt like I should at least try torturing myself – see what I do for you guys?! – I’m actually sticking to this week’s TTT-topic for once! Although I am narrowing it down to authors I discovered and love.

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Without further ado, here are my “New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2018”!

All covers link back to Goodreads if you feel like checking them out!

The Novice (Summoner, #1)Merry InkmasA Quiet Kind of ThunderNevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

Let’s start by saying I’m not focusing on 2018-releases all that much – at least.. I don’t mean to! Actually, I’m pretty sure most of the books in this post are older releases, which makes this even more beautiful, really. It shows how you don’t have to stick to new releases and new authors to discover amazing books!
I know it might be cheating to put Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight on here since I did read Illuminae in 2017, but since that one’s co-written, I’m still counting him as a new-to-me author! His writing by itself is so different compared to The Illuminae Files that I feel I can do this without feeling bad about it, haha.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder is one of the books that left a huge mark on me. I loved the deaf / mute rep in that one and I honestly can’t wait to read more of Sara Barnard’s work. I already have some on my TBR!

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)StarfishThe Exact Opposite of OkayConsort of Secrets (The Witch's Consorts #1)180 Seconds

Then we have these five. I think the most surprising of the bunch is Eva Chase. 2018 is the year I discovered reverse harem and I’m hooked. I haven’t read nearly as much in the genre as I want to, but she’ll always be the author who introduced me to it and, for that, she deserves a spot on this list.
Jessica Park’s 180 Seconds broke me – twice – in 2018, since I actually reread it not even six months after reading it the first time. I still need to get my hands on her older work, but I will eventually! No doubt!
Starfish and The Exact Opposite of Okay are both books with important themes, at least to me. Bullying, mental abuse and strong female characters finding themselves. So much yes! I cannot wait to read more of these authors. And as for Natasha Ngan? As if I cannot put that book on here. I’d love to read more!

What do you think? Do we have any of these authors in common?
Are there genres you discovered in 2018 and want to read more of?
What are some new favorite authors of yours?

Feel free to leave a link to your TTT so I can check it out!




42 thoughts on “TTT: My 2018 DISCOVERIES, author-wise

    1. Especially his. After reading Godsgrave, I find it so weird how co-writing can have such an influence on an author’s writing. I should look into reading something of Kaufman’s so I can compare that as well.


  1. I bought Girls of Paper and Fire on my Kindle and then I got it with Owlcrate. Now I have two copies and haven’t read it yet. Hopefully I will soon though. Great list!

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  2. There are too many great novels and great authors to choose from. I do think of it as a privilege to read some of the classics though…I guess so many are trying to stand on the shoulders of giants. 🙂


  3. I read Jay Kristoff with Illuminae last year. I’m counting it though. Same as Leigh Bardugo even though I only read her short stories.

    I’d like to read Akemi Dawn Bowman at some point. I got Starfish when it was on sale over the summer, but I have yet to read it. Even though it’s in my January TBR jar. It hasn’t gotten picked yet.

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    1. Kristoff’s writing on his own is very different compared to The Illuminae Files though – just so you know, haha. At least I feel like it is. 🙂

      Absolutely loved Starfish! Haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of Summer Bird Blue yet, but I definitely will at some point.
      Fingers crossed you’ll pull it out soon!


  4. This is such a great list, Kathy! ❤ I loved Sara Barnard's A Quiet Kind of Thunder and want to read everything she writes, she's such a great writer ❤ I also love Starfish from your list and 180 seconds (we both know I cried way too much while reading that one haha). I can't wait to read Girls of Paper and Fire at some point 😀

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    1. Thank you! ❤
      Right? I have Beautiful Broken Things and Goodbye, Perfect at home – somewhere – so I'm bound to read those at some point. 🙂
      I hope you end up loving Girls of Paper and Fire – even though it isn't the contemporary you prefer, haha. ❤

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    1. Love her book! And cannot wait for the next one to release either, haha.
      I hope you enjoy Stalking Jack the Ripper! Definitely books you should read when it’s dark and cold out, if you’re one for fitting books with a certain atmosphere. 😀


  5. Great list! I’m hoping to read Girls of Paper and Fire really soon; February is actually LGBT+ History Month in the UK, so I think I’m going to read a bunch of LGBT+ fantasy next month. I need to check out Kerri Maniscalco, too!

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