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Thank goodness for authors! Where would we readers be without their tireless efforts and stunning creativity? Every time I read an amazing book, I wish I could personally thank the author and fangirl all over him or her. Instead, today I’m joining this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) in celebrating new-to-me authors from 2018. Back in December, I shared ten new-to-everyone authors in my DEBUTS – My Favorites of 2018, so today I’m focusing on established writers that I had the pleasure of reading for the first time last year.
When looking at new-to-me authors I wanted to highlight, they fell into three categories: those I liked so much I read more than one of their books, writers I’m eager to read more from, but have not yet done, and (for a little added fun) a couple of wildly popular authors who completely turned me off!
Authors I Couldn’t Get Enough Of
- Every Last One – I adored it.
- Alternate Side – Not quite as good, but I appreciated Quindlen’s writing and what I began to see as her trademark focus on relationships. (my reviews)
- One True Thing – Also, excellent.
- I’m excited to see that Quindlen has a small nonfiction book coming out this spring that will be perfect for me, Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting.
- Circe – Had me captivated from start to finish. (my review)
- The Song of Achilles – In very short order I picked up her debut and loved it every bit as much. (my review)
- An American Marriage – A WOW! book for sure, packed with real characters you can’t help but care about. (my review)
- Silver Sparrow – Another winner focused on real life family dynamics.
Authors I’m Eager to Read More From
- Rebecca Kauffman – I loved the quiet story of lifelong friendship in The Gunners. (my review)
- Kelly Corrigan – How had I never read Corrigan before? I need to rectify that because I loved her poignant stories in Tell Me More. (my discussion)
- Rebecca Makkai – She wrote my favorite book of 2018, yet I admit I’d never heard of her before The Great Believers. (my review)
- Cherise Wolas – I was nervous to read The Family Tabor because Wolas’s debut had mixed reviews. I think I need to find out for myself! (my review)
- Elliot Ackerman – I found Waiting for Eden so thoroughly moving that I’m eager to read Ackerman’s memoir, Places and Names, coming out in June. (my review)
These Might Be One and Done
- Julian Barnes – I know Barnes is a beloved author to many, but I so completely disliked The Only Story that I’m not sure I could ever read him again. (my review)
- Riley Sager – I thought The Last Time I Lied was a hot mess. I still can’t understand how people overlooked what I saw as huge flaws. (my discussion)
Who were your favorite new authors in 2018?
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