New to me authors read in 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

So, I went through my list of books for 2018 and I had a lot of good books and a lot of those books were written by authors I’d previously not read, in fact I think a good number of them were also impressive debuts.  I’ve narrowed it down as best I could – I’m still a little over the limit but here goes:

  1. Hazelwood by Melissa Albert
  2. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
  3. Semiosis by Sue Burke
  4. Age of Assassins by RJ Barker
  5. Kin by Snorri Kristjansson
  6. Master Assassins by Robert V S Redick
  7. The Poppy War by R F Kuang
  8. The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) by K.D. Edwards
  9. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  10. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
  11. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell





38 Responses to “New to me authors read in 2018”

  1. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    So many of these are on my to-read list! Age of Assassins, Trail of Lightning, The Poppy War, The Silence of the Girls… Now I’m really looking forward to reading them!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you get time to pick them all up – they’re so good and so very different.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Book Club Mom

    I like discovering new authors (new to me or the rest of the world). I remember seeing your review of The Silent Companion and thinking I’d like to read it. Now I see Kin and know I want to read that too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re both great and so different – the Purcell is gothic and dark, I love the concept for the actual silent companions. Kin – what a great idea to have an early murder mystery in a viking family home – very different indeed.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Carmen

    If some or most of them are debuts, you have their whole career to follow. I read a few new to me authors as well, with backlists waiting to be explored.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Backlists are great too – I love finding more books by authors whose style appeals to me.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’ve not read any of these but own at least 5 in some form or another. Does that count??? Great list.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – yes, that counts, I own so many books, that I’ve had for so long – I do feel a little bit ashamed, but at the same time I can’t stop buying them. They’re like sirens, they lull me.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    Great list! I didn’t put debuts on my list because it would have been way too long, but so many of these I enjoyed. The Poppy War is my big regret, I really need to try to catch up this year:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      So many books – it’s our usual cry isn’t it, you can’t fit them all in but it doesn’t stop the wanting.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Lisa

    The SIlence of the Girls was my first Pat Barker as well. My daughter keeps insisting that I need to read Regeneration — maybe this year!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Mmm, not heard of Regeneration – thanks, I’ll go and take a look at that one.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Nicole Evans

    Ahhhhh,I still need to read Redick, Edwards AND Roadhorse. Shit, and Kuang! Reading your list makes me feel completely behind. *laughs and cries at the same time* Great list, as always, though!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – and they’re all so good. I’d struggle to say which one to prioritise as well because they were all so good. Probably Kuang, no, Edwards, No Roanhorse – damn.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Siobhan @ Novelties

    Ive heard nothing but great reviews for Kuang’s book! Great list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, it was really good and I can’t wait for the next instalment.
      Lynn 😀

  9. PerfectlyTolerable

    Melissa Albert was a new to me author too! I haven’t read any of the other books or any books by any of your listed authors

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was surprised at how long my list of new authors was for 2018. I had to cut quite a lot. I loved the Melissa Albert book and can’t wait for No.2.
      Lynn 😀

  10. waytoofantasy

    Love discovering new authors! I think the only two I’ve read here is Kuang and Roanhorse, both new to me last year as well!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I had such a good year for new authors – I couldn’t believe how many when I drew up my (really) long list!
      Lynn 😀

  11. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    2018 has indeed been a wonderful year for discoveries… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I actually couldn’t believe how many new authors I read last year. It was so difficult to narrow it down to 10 – I wanted to include them all.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Great list! I’m hoping to find the time to read Age of Assassins and Trail of Lightening

  13. sjhigbee

    Fab list – though I didn’t love Mrs Hancock and the Mermaid as much as you did:). But I love the sound of Kin and I think I need to get hold of The Poppy War and The Silent Companions.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think you would love Silent Companions.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes… I’ve been wondering about that!

  14. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Oh I love this idea! And I loved listening to RJ Barker too. And look forward to the future in books she has.

  15. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh, Snorri Kristjansson…you are on my list for 2019! Now if only Kin would come out stateside. And ahh, how could I have forgotten Laura Purcell for my own list this year?

    • @lynnsbooks

      So many books – I think I have a lot of books but your books – well, it’s staggering.
      Lynn 😀

  16. evelynreads1

    I keep seeing the poppy war, I really should read it 🙈


  17. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, so many wonderful new authors! As you know, I loved reading Snorri Kristjansson’s Kin too. I haven’t read any of the other authors you’ve listed, although there are quite a few I’d really like to try. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you get a chance to try some although there’s only so many hours in a day.
      Lynn 😀

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