Hi, friends! This is my fourth post during my judgy week and I’m having a blast posting every day! I feel like 2019 will be the year when I really come into blogging. Or at least I hope so!
Today I want to share with you my recently found favorite authors of 2018. I found quite a few new writers I love this year and wanted to share my appreciation for their work. If you have never read any books by them, I highly recommend you do!
I want to say thank you!!!! to all the authors who spend their time trying to put their original ideas into words. Writing is not an easy job at all, especially if you’re trying to craft original, flawless content! If it weren’t for writers slaving away at the keyboard/notebook/phone/crying into their WIPS, we would be nearly as happy. Thank you thank you thank you!
To narrow down this list, I decided to only pick authors I discovered in 2018. Not necessarily authors that debuted in 2018, though, but who wrote books I read in 2018. Let this be an appreciation post to finding new things and hoping 2019 will also bring me more amazing writers!
In May, I read Crazy Rich Asians and ended up loving the whole series! Kwan has easily become one of my favorite contemporary writers of all time. He crafts amazing plots, has a way with creating drama, and comes up with complex and interesting characters. Not to mention that he masters the art of settings! I swear, I was never bored by his book. From perfectly crafted dialogue to stunning descriptions of vibrant settings, Kevin Kwan is a superb writer.
Yuval Noah Harari
This year I got a lot more into history and nonfiction books. And this was a writer I fell in love with when I read Sapiens (which also ended up being one of my favorite books of the year). He researches everything so well and turns commonly held ideas on their heads. Plus, he writes of history in such a compelling tone that reading his books never gets boring!
I already wrote that Red Clocks was one of my favorite books of the year. Besides having a super interesting plot and incredibly well-developed characters, the writing is just outstanding! I really like Zumas’s writing style. It’s sober and yet it can be very flowery in its own way. Also, the way she uses contrasts, irony, and sarcasm are amazing. The writing alone makes me want to read more of her works!
To say that I loved Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is an understatement. The characters, the writing, the setting — everything was perfect. And to think that this was Honeyman’s debut novel is crazy!!! I am so excited for her to release new books, I’m sure I’ll buy them as soon as it hits the shelves.
The odd one out on this list is John Steinbeck. Both because he’s not writing anymore and because everyone and their mothers has heard about him. After all, he’s one of the biggest 20th-century American writers! This year, I picked up Of Mice and Men and loved everything about it. The metaphors, the characters, the dialogue, the writing style, and the foreshadowing were amazing. I have his other works on my shelf, waiting to be read, and I’m certain I’ll read them in 2019!
What authors did you find out about in 2018 and loved? I’m always looking for books to read in 2019!!!