There is nothing better than finding a new author whose stories just click with me. Sometimes they are debut authors and sometimes they are authors who have been around for years, but I’ve ignored because I’m dumb. Either way, I love finding new to me authors and I’m here to celebrate the ones I found in 2019.
Katharyn Blair – The Beckoning Shadow was Katharyn Blair’s debut novel and dang, it was one heck of a story. It was gritty and magical and emotional. There was so much to love about this one and I try to get people to read it whenever I can. I am desperately looking forward to more books from Blair.
Emily Lloyd-Jones –The Bone Houses intrigued me from the moment I read the synopsis and I ended up devouring the book in a single day. Haunting and magical, that book still creeps into my thoughts months after I finished it. I am so happy I found Emily’s books and I am dying to read more from her in the future.
S.A Chakraborty – Okay, yes, technically I first read The City of Brass in 2018, but it was the last week of 2018, so I’m bringing her into my 2019 list. And honestly, City of Brass and Kingdom of Copper are so dang good, they deserve to be celebrated every year. Not only am I in absolute anguish over the wait for Empire of Gold (book 3 of the Daevabad Trilogy), but I am also dying for her next series which is about LADY PIRATES!
Martha Wells – Y’all need Murderbot in your lives. Just, trust me on this. Wells has written A LOT of books, but I only just found her this year through a delightful sci fi novella series that centers around a social awkward killing machine that likes to binge watch tv. I will definitely be diving into more of Wells’ backlist in the future.
Neal Schusterman – Sometimes it shocks me how much I end up liking a book that has been sitting on my TBR for years. Scythe had been on my radar for ages, but I was never hugely tempted to pick it up. Then a friend convinced me to buddy read it with her (it was a reread for her) and holy heck was I so glad I finally read the dang book. Hugely unique and full of interesting world building, Scythe was one of my surprise favorite reads of the year.
Maggie Steifvater – I knew that I would love the Raven Cycle books, if I could ever get myself to read them. Then the same friend who convinced me to read Scythe also wanted to do a reread of The Raven Cycle. So I tagged along for the journey, and oh what a journey it was. Whimsical and creeping and full of raw emotion, The Raven Cycle is a series unlike any other. I am so glad I finally read some Steifvater and I know I’ve got a few more from her in the hopper for next year.