Top Ten Tuesday: Authors who were new to me in 2018


Last year was not a good reading year for me, so I only have seven authors on this list. I wanted to read a lot more than I did, but with moving a couple of times, a new job, and lots of changes I wasn’t really prepared for, I spent a lot of time…not reading. But I did finish my novel (again) so I was productive in other ways.

These authors are ones that I’d been recommended by other readers and authors I’ve meant to read and only got to them last year. I tried to keep my list to books that have been out for awhile that people love. I wanted to keep to what I thought the spirit of the prompt was! So here are my top seven!

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Susan Dennard is basically my new favorite author. I read both Truthwitch and Windwitch, and I can’t wait until the third one comes out! It’s one of my most anticipated releases of 2019.

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Ursula K. Le Guin is an author who did so much in her lifetime. I really liked what she did in A Wizard of Earthsea. It allowed for a great discussion in our bookclub.

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Hannah West wrote a really great fantasy that was a mix of fairytale retellings! I really want to check out her other books as soon as I can.

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Ten of my favorite character names

I had a whole post planned around things I like in names and name creation but then life happened and I only had four things written by the deadline. It will come in the future! Instead, I wanted to focus on some of my absolute favorite names (and oftentimes some of my favorite books) in today’s post.

Names are a big part of writing and reading for me. I spend so much time finding the perfect name when I’m in the middle of writing. I usually set a chunk of separate time aside because I can get stuck looking at names for hours. Because of my own naming tendencies,  I love when authors pick names that fit their characters well. Here are some that have stuck in my mind!

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Names in Books

The Raven Cycle. I just love his name. It fits his personality perfectly. I’m beyond excited that he’s getting his own series soon!

Charmed. I read the companion novels a long time ago but I loved the show more. I also really love the name Piper.

The Mortal Instruments. Despite the problems I have with this franchise, I do really love these names.

The Hunger Games. I love this name so much I’m using it as one of my character names!

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Ten books I disliked* but still appreciated something about them

*Sometimes dislike is too strong of a word. So a lot of these are disappointments, which––for anyone who’s ever disappointed someone before––is far worse than if they just dislike you.

I’m going to try my best to not be super negative in this post because I tend to go all angry English major when I read books that disappoint me in some way. As a result, I tend to avoid books that I know I’ll dislike because I don’t want to spend time on something that makes me unhappy. But sometimes, a book comes up to you with a beautiful premise and a visually engaging cover, promising that it will be the next thing you’ll love, only to disappoint you in the end.

I’m splitting my post up between dislikes––or changed opinion––and disappointments. I think that better reflects my readings of these books.

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Disappointments

I’m finishing up my review on this upcoming novel this week, but if I had to sum it up in one sentence, it would be about the unfulfilled promise of its premise. I wanted to love this one––and there’s two more in the series so maybe things will be better in the next ones––but ultimately it just was looooonngggg without much going on. There’s a lot of potential, though, so I’ll be continuing it!

The one Scott Westerfeld book that has disappointed me. Somehow the fact that he wrote this with two other authors makes it worse. Someone should have had the writing power to make this interesting.

I fully expected to like this one when I read it. I’d liked her sister’s Jane Eyre and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. But Wuthering Heights wasn’t what I was expecting and that made this a difficult one to get through. I’d like to think that if I gave it another chance I may find enjoyment in it, but I also don’t know if I can get over Heathcliff’s aggression. I don’t really see how this is a great love story.

The disappointment I felt for this one tasted especially bitter. Seraphina was such a unique and fascinating story, but the sequel did not bring back everything that I loved about the first novel. I’m really interested in checking out Tess of the Road, as it’s set in the same world.

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Ten books with bits of green

Today’s prompt is to write about books with your favorite color on their covers. I decided to go with green, because spring is finally here and I wanted to celebrate! Green always makes me think of fresh and happy things. I really like this prompt, so I may do some more later, but with different colors!

The books I picked today are ones that I’ve read before and have had an impact on me, or books that I really want to read, because––you know––endless TBR pile and all that.

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Just add it to the pile––I’ll read it eventually:

A retelling and an evil queen origin story? Sign me up! This one also has a setting that I love reading so I’m super excited to read this one! I really hope it’s everything I want it to be.

I’ve heard that this one has art in it, which makes sense since the protagonist is the artist of an online web series. I love when books have more contained in them than just words!

I’ve talked about this one before, so I’m not going to today. I love how the colors in the titles of  Eliza and Gentleman’s are nearly the same though. Such a lovely green!

I’ve heard so much about this series including that it’s “Harry Potter for adults” so I need to read it.

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Ten books I’d slay a lion to get early

I love the prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. There’s a lot of books I want this year that I have to wait for. And for some of them, I have no problem waiting. But for others…others I truly would do most anything to get one early. Apparently that extends to slaying a lion. (Though truthfully, if it came down to it I’d never be able to do it. It’d be too scary!)

Anyway, this is my ultimate list of books I really, really, REALLY want. I will probably cry tears of joy if I got any of them earlier than other readers.

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January 8th, 2019. (I don’t know how I’m going to wait this long!)

This is my number one right now. If I got this one I would disappear to read it in one go. I really loved the first and am so excited for this one!

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July 10th, 2018

This is the final installment in my favorite alternate-historical fiction. Lada is one of the most powerful female characters I’ve ever read. And her brother, Radu, is also extremely well-written. These siblings are two of my favorite characters.

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October 9th, 2018

I loved the first novel in this series and have been eagerly anticipating the second since I finished. I must see how it continues!

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June 7th, 2018

I’m intrigued by this because the author is a bookstagrammer and book blogger who writes books in two days. The story also sounds really sad but hopeful, so I want to check it out.

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Ten reasons why reading is the best

Why do I read books? Well…

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You can escape into worlds more interesting than your own

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Magic

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Taking down horrible regimes alongside characters is cathartic

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Reliving the excitement of first love can happen more than once

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It’s fun to explore the idea of “What if…?”

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Ten books I loved but will (probably) never reread


Every bookworm has this same problem: 

There’s just not enough time to read everything!

As such, there’s a lot of books I’ve read and loved, but I won’t ever read them again. There’s so many books on my TBR list that I can’t afford to reread everything I’ve loved. Of course there’s books that I love so much that I reread them every couple of years, but they’re things like Harry Potter and Shades of Magic

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books I loved but will never reread again. I’ll definitely keep recommending them to readers, but I won’t be reading them myself. 

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Throne of Glass

While I may reread the other books in this series, the first one is really painful to get through. I never would have continued this series if I hadn’t been encouraged to. If you’re on the fence about this series, I recommend giving yourself until the end of the second book before deciding if you’ll continue or not.

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Out

This was such a creepy book but I devoured it. It’s about a woman who kills her husband and then asks her coworkers to help hide his body. It’s female centric too!

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Battle Royale

knew this one was going to be violent and grotesque, but I was still not prepared. I really enjoyed it but it’s so long!

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth series

One of the first YA zombie stories that I read! I remember really liking this series but it was so depressing! I don’t know if I’ll read it again because of that.  Continue reading