I’ve read 201 books last year. That’s the biggest number of books I’ve read in a year. I’m proud of that. I’m also proud that I started branching out as a reader in 2018. I’ve tried authors, and genre, I’ve never read before. And for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I get to share ten of the new-to-me authors that I ended up loving. Some of their books even made it to my all-time favorite books or Reread shelf.
By the way, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana, @That Artsy Reader Girl, and she’s the one to thank for this amazing topic. And this list is me saying if you haven’t read a work of any of these authors, hope you give them a chance because you might end up like me-falling in love with their works. Also this list doesn’t include debut authors.
1.) Mariana Zapata
MZ is the queen of slow burn. I thought I knew slow burn until I read “The Wall of Winnipeg”. It was July when I read it and since then I’ve read 4 other books written by this author. My ratings range from 3.5 to 5 and “The Wall of Winnipeg” is her best work, for me, so if you haven’t read any from this author, maybe start there. Also, I must admit, I’ve reread her books, all 5 that I own, at least twice each. I am THAT addicted to this author.
2.) Taylor Jenkins Reid
TJR is one of those authors I was afraid to read. I’ve read only one of her books last year – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – and it has everything I don’t like in books. No kidding. And yet she’s in this list. Evelyn Hugo, the MC, also made it to my all-time fave characters. The hype surrounding this author and her books is well-deserved. You want a fiction with quality? Read at least one of her books. (I think I’ve never used the phrase ‘fiction with quality’ before. LOL.)
3.) Stieg Larsson
I can’t even… This author is dead and his books were even published post-partum and yet he’s really, really famous. So why, I wonder, I didn’t read his books sooner? I was kicking myself realizing how foolish I was. I’ve been reading Mystery and Crime Fiction since I was 8 and I can say “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” IS ONE OF THE BEST I’ve ever read in the said genres.
4.) Patrick Rothfuss
This author writes Epic/High Fantasy. Well, I’ve read a lot of fantasy but Epic Fantasy, not so much. Though LoTR and The Hobbit are on top of my favorite books of all-time, still I don’t read much of Epic Fantasy. The genre is a bit different than normal fantasy and not easy to read. But Patrick Rothfuss knows his craft. Just look at the overall rating of “The Name of the Wind” on Goodreads. As I write this post, it has 4.55 stars rated by 565,533 readers. That’s something, isn’t it?
5.) Roshani Chokshi
I thought I knew beautiful writing until I read an anthology from this author. It’s called “Star-Touched Stories” and it had me at first sentence of the chapter of the first story. Roshani writes so beautifully, her words are gems. And her descriptions, especially with her settings, are might as well charms and spell because they make me feel like I’m a part of the book, of the story. THAT, my friends, is something you can’t deny yourself of.
6.) Penny Reid
I have a funny experience with this author’s works. I’ve read, or rather, started her ‘Knitting in the City’ series because that time I was looking for a long series to invest my time in. That series has 8 books, including novellas. But I only made it to book 3, DNF’ed it and drop the series. But then I read her other series “Winston Brothers” and LOVED all the books in it. I questioned everything I knew about the first series I didn’t like. I mean, the writing is the same, the jokes are the same, so why? That said, I’ll be rereading “Knitting in the City” series this year.
7.) Melina Marchetta
Have you read “On Jellicoe Road”? No? Hope you read it someday because it’s a beautiful book though you must read it minding the triggers it has. But I read it when I, myself, was in bad state and yet I couldn’t stop reading. I enjoyed it so much guys. It was really an emotional read and I was a mess while and after reading it but it’s worth it.
8.) Fredrik Backman
I read “A Man Called Ove” in our 24-hour Readathon. It was 1 a.m. and I was sleepy and I thought, based on the concept of the book, I’d be asleep before chapter 2. Man was I wrong. Fredrik Backman’s storytelling captivated me the moment I met the MC. I never thought I’d care so much that I didn’t sleep until I finished the book which is three hours later. This author certainly knows how to write compelling characters and play with his reader’s emotions.
9.) Becky Albertalli
I’ve been wanting to read Becky’s books but I always put them aside because I stopped reading YAs in general. Foolish Me. I should’ve read her book sooner and met Simon Spier.
10.) Tessa Dare
I love Historical Romance but really, I’ve been choosy when it comes to the authors I read from this genre. In fact, I came to a point that whenever I’m in a mood for a Historical Romance, I just reread my favorites. Then I discover this author and she’d written plenty already. More books for me. So far, I’ve read 6 of her books already and my ratings ranged from 3.5-5 stars. 🙂
So what do you think? Have you read these author’s books? Or planning to try them? Let’s chat.
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