Hello everyone! So, this year I decided that it would be a good idea for me to get involved in a few more Book Blog tags and memes. The more regular ones, like Top Ten Tuesday, would help me be a bit more consistent with my blog as well, though I might not do them every week. We will see! Plus, as a bonus, I won’t need to come up with the idea all on my own so saves some of my precious brain energy. Woooo!
Anyway, this is my first Top Ten Tuesday and if you didn’t know Top Ten Tuesday is a book blogger meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It combines two of my favourite things: books and writing lists.
This week’s TTT is New-to-Me authors. I have tried to keep debut authors out of this as I read ‘New-to-Me’ to mean everyone but me knew about knew about them! However, I then ran out of those and so the last five are all debut authors. Woops! sorry!
Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology is pretty much as good as everyone says it is, and A Language of Thorns, a collection of short, dark fairy tales is an incredible book with some AMAZING art work in it. I certainly plan on reading more of her work soon!
Stephen Fry is practically a national treasure for us Brits. So, it is a little strange that I have never read one of his books before. I’ve long been a fan of his other work, and suffice to say, I am a fan of his writing in Mythos and look forward to getting my hand’s on Heroes.
Kieran Larwood writes the Five Realms series, a middle-grade series of fantasy adventures set in a universe populated by walking and talking rabbits: a bit like the Redwall series but with rabbits. I was reading them to a class (I’m a supply primary school teacher) and wanted to find out more so sought them out.
Everyone seems to love her Winternight Trilogy and so do I! The books are just so atmospheric and Vasya is a heroine you can really get behind. You probably can’t move for hearing about her at the moment as the third book in the series has just come out – it is in f fact my current read – but that should only tell you just how good the books are!
Naomi Novik’s Uprooted is a brilliant, dark fairy-tale that has an unbelievably creepy forest in. It really is a mystery why I haven’t read Spinning Silver yet, but I have finally managed to be able to get it out of my library, so I’ll get to it soon!
True epic fantasy is the best way to describe Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles. Everyone and their dog seems to have read this series before me, but hey, I got to it eventually! I may not actually be a huge fan of our hero, Kvothe, but I love just about everything else about the books and am eagerly awaiting the final book. I won’t hold my breathe though; him and George. R.R. Martin seem to be having a game of chicken about who can write slower. Though Rothfuss is certainly the more poetic of the two with his language. Oh, and might I add, this is one funny man. His Goodreads reviews and any interviews he do are brilliant, if very random.
Kiran Milwood Hargrave
Kiran Milwood Hargrave writes middle-grade books, but don’t worry about that. Her use of language is masterful and wonderful. I picked up The way Past Winter as a quick, wintery read. I did get that, but I was blown away by her writing. It is a shame it isn’t part of a series!
Yes, I hadn’t read The Book Thief until this year. I knew the story – I had seen the film – but I hadn’t got around to reading the book. Honestly, I get all the hype. It really was an emotional rollercoaster!
The Grey Bastards was one of my most surprising reads of 2018. I picked it up, and I didnlt have hugely high expectations. Boy was I wrong. I loved it! Yes, it was crass, but it was laugh-out-loud funny, packed full of energy and excitement. Plus, it is high-time that orcs got some good press.
Tomi Adeyemi may be the book world’s big success story of 2018; her Children of Blood and Bone book quite literally blew up, winning a tonne of books along the way. For me, it maybe a little over-hyped, but I’m still looking forward to the follow up and I suspect half the world is as well!
Tasha Suri’s Empire of Sand wasn’t in my reads of the year blog post, but it should have been. Unfortunately, I read it right after writing the blog post. Note-to-self, leave best books of the year post until even later next year! I was drawn in from the word go with this one and honestly am so excited for the next book in the series. Whenever it comes out.
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So, there you have it, ten new-to-me authors from last year. Where any of these new to you last year? What did you think of them? Let me know!