Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish – although sadly this is the last week they will be hosting us. Never fear – Top Ten Tuesday continues over at That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018! This week, I’m all out of order with my prompts, and looking back at authors I read for the first time last year.
I’ve once again done quite well for new authors this year, reading at least one per month (21 in total across the year) – some debut authors, some authors I’d been meaning to read for a while and finally stirred myself to actually read at last. My favourites – in no particular order – are:
Emily Foster | Goodreads
I adored Foster’s debut novella, The Drowning Eyes and will eagerly snap up anything else she writes (as far as I know, she’s not the same Emily Foster writing steamy erotic novels).
Dr James is one of the multi-talented ladies who has finally turned her hands to fiction, and her YA class dystopia where the aristocracy have magic and the rest of us spend a decade
in service to enslaved by them is both creepy and gripping. Can’t wait for the finale this year.
2018 was a year of excellent debut novels, and JJ’s wonderful Labyrinth-esque fantasy of goblins, music and sacrifice was another. Very excited for Shadowsong, which is out at the end of the month!
Speaking of being blown away by debut novels, let’s talk about Jeannette Ng, queen of Victorian Gothic, empress of Faerie and goddess of braid-art. If you haven’t read Under the Pendulum Sun and if Gothic Fae and Victorian missionaries sound like your jam, you really mustn’t miss it.
Moving on to authors I should have read by now and hooray I finally have…
I haven’t yet caught her much-loved fantasy romp The Copper Cat trilogy (I will do), but I fell head over heels with her new and very creepy epic fantasy series starting with The Ninth Rain (sequel The Bitter Twins out next month!)
I delighted in the Memoirs of Lady Trent so much I’ll be seeking out the rest of Brennan’s back catalogue. Clever, funny and full of heart – I’m really curious to meet her other characters.
I’m told Revenger isn’t your typical Alastair Reynolds, but I loved it and will cheerfully dip my toe into the rest of his work as I enjoy grown-up space opera too. I have Blue Remembered Earth queued up ready to go.
Corey isn’t technically one person but two – the pseudonym of co-writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck – but there’s no telling from the writing, a blockbuster space opera of human beings behaving badly given the slightest political motivation.
James Tiptree, Jr | Goodreads
Yes, I’m still tiptoeing through the classics, and my first brush with Tiptree blew my socks off.
Who did you discover this past year?