Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018.” I was going to do this list based on non-debut authors, but it turns out, I did not pick up enough books from non-debut authors who were also new to me in 2018. So today you are getting a combination of favorite authors I read in 2018, debut and non-debut alike. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. Sandhya Menon – I was lucky enough (or maybe I dropped the ball with When Dimple Met Rishi since it took me so long to read it) to read two books by Sandhya Menon this year (Dimple and From Twinkle, with Love). I love how happy her novels have made me and I’m really looking forward to There’s Something About Sweetie.

2. Tomi AdeyemiChildren of Blood and Bone is among the most epic reads I picked up in 2018. It elevates the fantasy genre by existing and I am really looking forward to seeing more books that take their world-building just as seriously.

3. Elizabeth AcevedoThe Poet X was probably my favorite YA debut of 2018. Acevedo astounded with her poetry and gave us a character in Xiomara whose every struggle felt like an extension of my own teen years.

4. Justina Ireland – I’d argue that with Dread Nation, Ireland wrote the most balanced novel I picked up in 2018. I could rave about her world-building, but I’d be neglecting her lead character. I could talk about her lead, but I’d have to mention her awesome world-building.

5. Dhonielle Clayton – While I do have another Dhonielle Clayton novel on my shelf, The Belles was the first one I read from her. Her prose is so luscious in this one. She managed to excite each of my senses with her descriptions.

6. S.K. Ali – I can’t remember the last time I fell so hard for a protagonist, but S.K. Ali’s Janna in Saints and Misfit is so easy to love. I will be following this author’s career very closely because of this one.

7. S.A. ChakrabortyThe City of Brass was another epic read in 2018. I feel like I could spend weeks discovering all the intricate details of this fantasy debut.

8. Somaiya Daud – I think 2018 was a great year for world-building because Somaiya Daud’s Mirage blew me away with its multi-layered world. I need more space books like this one.

9. Carmen Marie Machado – I really want to pick up more short-story collections and I’m glad I ended up reaching for Her Body and Other Parties. It was creepy and weird and sometimes it felt like it was personally written for me.

10. Rebecca RoanhouseTrail of Lightning was my favorite read of 2018 and I read a lot of really good books this year. I read this one at the end of November and have been fighting the urge to reread it ever since. The sequel cannot come fast enough. I’ve already preordered.

Did you pick up any of these authors for the first time in 2018? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.

74 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

  1. …and Sandhya Menon is still on my list of must-read-authors. 😉 “Mirage” looks really interesting, so I will have to look this one up! Looks like you discovered some great new authors this year, Alicia. 🙂

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  2. I’m not a big fantasy reader but the hype around Children of Blood and Bone really makes me want to pick it up. I liked When Dimple Met Rishing but not really enough to make me love Sandya Menon. Although I’ll probably still try From Twinkle, with Love 🙂

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  3. I made the discovery, as I attempted to do a TTT for this week that I actually didn’t really read enough new authors to make a list (non-debut or otherwise)! I did pick up City of Brass this year… I think I’m going to need to reread it before picking up the sequel, a lot happened. (And Trail of Lightning was, of course, fantastic.)

    Anyway. I’m really looking forward to picking up several of the authors on your list, it’s great to hear their books worked out for you!

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  4. I read Children of Blood and Bone this year, although I recognize the book was well-written, it wasn’t really the right book for me last year. I also have read most of City of Brass. Both authors were new to me.

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  5. Sandhya Menon was one of the authors I included on my authors I discovered in 2017 list, so I’m glad you finally got around to reading her! I’m hoping to get to Tomi Adeyemi, Dhonielle Clayton and Elizabeth Acevedo’s novels this year, as I didn’t have the time to read them last year but I’ve already got copies of all of them waiting for me to get around to picking them up.

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    1. Sandhya Menon is one of the few authors who can make me laugh through her stories. Also, she knows how to do dual perspectives. Rare is the contemporary that does more than one POV, but one of the most delightful things about When Dimple Met Rishi is that by alternating between the two leads, the story felt like just as much Rishi’s as it was Dimple’s.

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  6. Elizabeth Acevedo was on my list, too. I’ve heard only great things about Trail of Lightning, but haven’t been able to get a copy yet. Your list has me excited for a couple of books I was on the fence about before now ❤

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  7. Great to see Trial of Lightning on your list — our library just picked it as our city-wide read for January/February! I’ll pick up a copy this weekend. 🙂 I’m listening to the audiobook of Dimple/Rishi right now. It’s so cute!

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  8. Wonderful list! I love that it’s all women of color authors ❤️ I read Somaiya Daud and Elizabeth Acevedo for the first time in 2018 too and loved their writing. I look forward to reading what they publish next!

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  9. Great post!

    I hope to read a few books by Sandhya Menon this year. Her books seem like such fun reads.

    I just finished reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Hoping to read Love, Simon next.

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  10. So many good picks! I’m still so blown away by The Poet X and Elizabeth Acevedo in general. It’s been a year (or nearly a year) since I finished the galley of it and I still find myself drifting off and thinking about it. It’s just beautiful. Sorry, babbling! And Sandhya Menon is a gem!! Thanks for sharing!

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