I love this topic because 2018 was a lot about discovery for me. I started interacting with more bloggers and following the community members on Twitter and Goodreads, which means I discovered a loooooot of new authors and their amazing books. And once I really like a book, I particularly enjoy going through the author’s backlist and I did the same this year. Now I’m quite excited to share with you all about these wonderful authors I read for the first time…!!!!
Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
One thing that really surprised me in 2018… I realized I loved reading sports romances, especially hockey – a sport which I had never even watched before I read these books. It started with The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen, which led me to reading all her books in The Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers series. And then came Him/Us – her collaboration with Elle Kennedy and one of my favorite books of the year. This made me read and fall in love with Kennedy’s hockey romances – Off-Campus series and her latest Briar U, my favorites being The Deal and The Chase. I’m pretty confident I will be continuing their hockey romances with Bowen’s next Overnight Sensation and Kennedy’s upcoming book The Risk.
I’m not much of a reader of historical fiction, but Lee has definitely been instrumental in making me want to try reading them again. She writes such delightful and lovable characters that I don’t want the books to end. I enjoyed the experience of reading both Gentleman’s Guide and Lady’s Guide but it’s Monty and Percy whom I’ll always carry in my heart. Can’t wait to read whatever the author comes up with next.
I have had this author duo on my radar for some time, but I finally read four of their books in 2018. While I absolutely adored the beautiful Autoboyography and the hilarious Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, I didn’t enjoy the very popular Love and Other Words and I actually found the premise of My Favorite Half-Night Stand slightly problematic. However, I’m still very much looking forward to whatever they write next.
I’ve only read Radio Silence by Alice and followed the Heartstopper webcomic for a while, but these characters have really left a mark on me and I’m very excited to read all her other books.
Nisha Sharma and Sangu Mandanna
These two wonderful ladies write in two very different genres but their writing means so much to me. Nisha’s book My So-Called Bollywood Life truly represented my love for the Hindi movie industry in a hilarious manner while Sangu’s A Spark of White Fire was a Mahabharata retelling I never knew I needed in my life. I feel blessed to have read these books and can’t wait to read The Takeover Effect and A House of Rage and Sorrow.
I really didn’t realize how much I would enjoy British humor until I read the Mixed Messages series by Lily Morton and recently Oz. These books are just so hilarious, there should be a warning not to read them in a public place. I have had that experience and I promise you, it was very difficult to control my laughter. I can’t wait to see what her next book is and I really hope it’s about Niall and Milo.
Suanne has written (I mean I have read) two of the most beautiful books ever and I would probably start crying even if I think about them. They are just WOW !!!! Her next book is a fantasy and it’s also the book Javier is writing in A Charm of Finches, so I’m just doubly excited for it’s release.
C. S. Pacat
I’m totally in awe of this author’s writing. When I first read Captive Prince, I was fascinated but I wasn’t sure why all the praise for the romance. But Pacat writes some of the best character development I have ever seen in Prince’s Gambit and King’s Rising and I just can never forget the relationship between Damon and Laurent. And then I decided to read all the 12 issues of Fence and it’s such a fun graphic novel series with beautiful art and much more amazing friendships. I don’t know how I will wait for probably an year for the next volume to release.
Have you read any of these author’s works and loved them too? Who are some of the authors you discovered in 2018? Do share your thoughts with me… !!!!