New to Me Authors Read in 2018

2018 was focused very much on finishing series I had already started, so a lot of the authors I read were returning favorites. However, I did mix it up a little, so here are the top ten new to me authors I read in 2018. (Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so I will be linking this post to her blog.) 

  1. Laura Lee Gulledge
    She wrote Will and Whit and Page by Paige. After reading the first graphic novel of hers, I went to Goodreads and added all of her books (only a few at the moment) to my TBR, since I absolutely love her reading and writing style. 
  2. G. Willow Wilson
    I really tried to get into graphic novels and comics in 2018. After Laura Lee Gulledge, G. Willow Wilson was probably my second favorite author of the year. Ms. Marvel is an awesome series that I definitely need to catch up on. 
  3. Jennifer Smith
    I read her book Windfall at the beginning of this year and quite enjoyed it. At the time I didn’t even realize how many of her books I already had on my TBR. The next one of hers I want to pick up is probably going to be The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. 
  4. Marie Lu
    Believe it or not, Warcross was the first book I ever read by Marie Lu. The book was intriguing enough that I want to pick up the next one in the series. Plus, I’ve heard such great things about Marie Lu’s other series’ that I should probably pick those up too! 
  5. Brandy Colbert
    She wrote Life In Motion with Misty Copeland. I absolutely loved this non-fiction book. I’ll have to check out some other books that she’s written! 
  6. Marie Kondo
    I’m going to be honest, I’m not sure if I like Ms. Kondo’s writing style so much as I like the ideas presented in her book. Regardless, she is a new to me author that I read last year. (I should also note that the book I read was translated by Cathy Hirano, so I’m sure some of the writing skill/voice also came from her!) 
  7. Patty Hall
    She writes historical romances – the one I read was set during World War II. I’ll have to read her a little more to tell you if I’m in love with her writing style, but I liked the book I read enough that I want to pick up the next one in the series. 
  8. Leddy Harper
    She wrote well enough to get me quite invested in the story! Which is the goal of any author, really.  
  9. Carol Benjamin
    This author writes dog-themed books, both fiction and non-fiction. The book I read of hers, Second-Hand Dog, was a quick, easy read, but was also full of very useful information. I think I might pick up one of her fiction books next. 
  10. Bryan Lee O’Malley
    I didn’t know it when I read the graphic novel Seconds, but Bryan Lee O’Malley is also the author of Scott Pilgrim. Before reading Seconds, I didn’t think I’d enjoy this author’s works, but Seconds definitely convinced me! 

What are the best new to you authors you read last year? Have you read any of mine? 

❤ Annette 

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Authors I Loved in Elementary School

For a large portion of my childhood I would find an author I loved, and then read every book they ever wrote. So a lot of these authors I have read a large majority of their books, except those that came out after elementary school. 🙂 Looking back I’m not sure if I would like all of their styles now, but I certainly enjoyed them when I was reading them.

I put the authors in alphabetical order (by last name), so I don’t have to try and put them in order from least favorite to most favorite. I’ve included pictures to four of my favorites from each author.

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Andrew Clements

If you haven’t read any of his books, you should, even if you’re an adult. They’re great! Frindle is probably his most famous, but The Report Card is my favorite. (The Janitor’s Boy comes in at a close second.)


Sharon Creech

Her books are quirky, and often told in uncommon formats. For example, Love That Dog is written in poems.

Roald Dahl

How can you make it through childhood without reading at least one of his books? They were so unique and fantastical. The only book of his I didn’t enjoy was his auto-biography. My favorites of his are The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Gordon Korman

His Dive series is the first series I remember eagerly anticipating the release of the next book. Each of his books were short, but detailed, and kept me on the edge of my seat. As a child I read his Everest, Dive, Island, and On the Run series. When I got older I read Son of the Mob, and now as an adult I’m trying to catch up on the other books of his that I missed.


Ann M. Martin

The Babysitter’s Little Sister series were the first chapter books I ever read. I know I read at least the first 100 in the series before I got too old for it. Then I just moved on to The Babysitter’s Club.

Donald Sobol

His Encyclopedia Brown series is another favorite of mine. They contain short little mysteries that you as the reader can solve. I swear I remember a non-Encyclopedia Brown book of his too, but I can’t for the life of me find it. 😦

What were your favorite authors in elementary school? I loved taking a trip down memory lane, and I’m very tempted to pick up more books by these authors.

❤ AnnetteElementary Books

Top Ten Authors I Discovered in 2017

I worked hard to finish a lot of series in 2017, so this list was sort of hard to come up with! The ten authors below were new to me in 2017. They either had a five star book (although some series had letdowns near the end), or are just an overall new favorite of mine. If applicable, I will also list some books of theirs I am looking forward to reading. I will be linking to The Broke and Bookish.

Rachael Anderson

I’ve only read her Meet Your Match series, but I absolutely loved them! She writes clean romances that are more realistic than average, but still incredibly adorable. The next books I want to read of hers are The Fall of Lord Drayson (a historical romance) and Not Always Happenstance (a contemporary romance).

Jennifer Nielsen

She wrote the Ascendance Trilogy. I loved the first one, but my feelings for the series went downhill with each book. I do want to give her book The Mark of the Thief (middle grade historical fantasy) a try though!

Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoff

I’ve counted these as one author, since it was their joint book Illuminae that made me fall in love with them. However, I’ll easily read a book by either of them! Other than finishing the Illuminae files, I have These Broken Stars and Unearthed by Amie Kaufman (both young adult science fiction) and Nevernight and Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (both young adult fantasy) on my to-read list.

Susan Ee

A friend introduced me to the Angelfall series, and I’m so glad they did! Although a bit dark, her books were full of action, which made it hard to put them down!

Cecil Castelluci

Her Tin Star series is another one that started off great but petered out at the end. I didn’t have any books of hers on my to-read list, but then I discovered The Plain Janes (young adult graphic novel), which hopefully won’t let me down. 🙂

Jennifer Mathieu

Okay, so I loved her writing style, but didn’t like the content of the first book I read of hers, The Truth About Alice. So I’m hoping I’ll like a different book of hers. Moxie (young adult contemporary) is the one I want to read the most.

Lisa Papademitriou

This is a middle grade author who writes the Confectionately Yours series. I’m still working to finish that series, but I’ll most definitely be picking up some of her other books once I’ve finished it.

Jon Ronson

A lot of non-fiction writers only have a book or so out there on their expert subject. But Jon Ronson chooses a subject, researches it, and then writes a book. In 2017 I read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. Next on my list is The Psychopath Test (non-fiction psychology).

Sarah Price

I read her Plain Fame series in a very short amount of time in 2017. Although none of her books were “wow” books, I enjoyed most of them. Next of hers on my list is Fields of Corn (Christian romance).

Jacqueline Davies

I picked up an ebook by her, The Lemonade Wars on the last day of 2017. It was really well written, and I look forward to reading the next in the series, The Lemonade Crime (children’s chapter book).

What great authors did you discover this year?

❤ Annette

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