It has been a great reading year for me. This year, I am so happy that I got to read so many new authors’ works. These authors are truly amazing with their writing style, their thought process, and I really adore the authors who include POCs in their book.
Without further ado, let’s get to my Top 5 new favourite authors in 2018.
- Gloria Chao
I love Gloria Chao because she really did so well with Chinese American POC representation through her debut American Panda. I really loved this book so so much. I’ve been talking about it ever since I read it earlier this year. Don’t let the cover deceive you, this book is way more important and not just cute or light. And I can’t wait for her second book coming out next year!
- Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness needs no introduction to the world of books. I first read his book last year, which was A Monster Calls. I thought it was brilliant, I was sobbing at the ending of the book, but I wasn’t really a fan because I was so caught up with YA at that moment. However, this year, when I read his recent release, And The Ocean Was Our Sky, I fell in love once again. Absolutely loved his writing style and the way he created his characters in the book; the whales possess human’s mind and voice(!) and it was not awkward at all. It was incredible! What a journey!
- Holly Black
Holly Black is an author who is so good at creating a fantasy world. The world building was convincing and everything was well supported. The characters were great too. I hoped I read her books earlier. The Cruel Prince was amazing and I can’t wait for its sequel, The Wicked King.
- Brigid Kemmerer
Honestly, I have never heard of her name before this and she has written so many books! Thank you to Pansing and bookstagram community, I’m so glad that I got the chance to read the ARC of A Curse So Dark and Lonely which is coming out next year. Why I ended up loving Kemmerer so much is because when she wrote about a particular disorder, she wrote it wholeheartedly. She did her background research and she went all the way about it. Her sincerity really speaks for itself and I love her so so much for writing about Cerebral Palsy in A Curse So dark and Lonely.
- Fredrik Backman
I’ve heard so many good things about A Man Called Ove but I haven’t gotten the chance to get to it. But hey, I got Britt-Marie Was Here instead, and seriously, I loved it! The characters created all serve a purpose in the book. The plot development was so well done and there’s just something about his writing style really made reading Britt-Marie such a great pleasure! I’d definitely hoard all his books next year!
Special shout out to the sixth author whom written a story that I have fallen in love so badly with,
- Hanna Alkaf
I really admire her courage and passion when it comes to writing a story. She holds nothing back. She wrote The Weight of Our Sky so that people know about her country, so that the people in her country recall what is unity once again. She writes with her heart and what she represents. Thank you for writing such a heartfelt book, you definitely make us proud as Malaysians. The Weight of Our Sky is coming next year, on February 5th, I hope you have pre-ordered your copy!
That’s all for now. Please do share with me your new found favourite authors this year, I’ll be glad to add them onto my list and of course their books into my TBR.
Thank you for reading! 😉