After reading this post by Stephanie from Adventures of a Bibliophile, I knew I had to write this post because I have become a fan of quite a few authors this year. And they deserve all the praise they get here. While I won’t say that I would read every work of theirs but it’s a possibility and that’s more than enough for me. Obviously, some of them are new authors and some of them are new to me. They all left enough of an impression on me that this post came to be. So, there’s that.
Let’s get on with it, then, shall we?
I had to start this list with Shannon Messenger because I started the Keeper of the Lost Cities series this year and boy, Messenger’s writing is superbly engaging and is a perfect middle grade fantasy series that’s gripping and has all the awesome things. She somehow managed to bring real life issues with the gravitas that it deserves despite it being a fantasy series. I have finished four books in the series and I am holding out on myself by not reading them all because it’s not a finished series.
Oh, gosh. When I read Once Upon a River, I was continuously in awe of the imagery and vivid imagination of the author. The plot was also so great and I was just in love, okay? This was my first ever Diane Setterfield and I do want to read more. I have heard so many great things about her other works as well!
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni:
So, mythology is my thing and reading Indian mythology from a woman’s perspective had its appeal and goodness gracious, the author managed to make me so happy on that front because mythology in general does not tend to be kind to women in those myths and there’s never agency but with this author, I trust her with Indian myths and the women in them. The Forest of Enchantment was so good that I really want to read her other book based on mythology too! I really do want to read more from this author but have been unable to read so far.
I was obsessed with the Murderbot Diaries this year and frankly, I wouldn’t mind if I were to read them all over again because they are just absolutely amazing! They are quick and fun and introspective all at the same time. There’s a fantasy series of hers that I do want to read but I doubt I will get any physical copies so I might have to buy it as an e-book. She’s just brilliant and that’s it.
I have only read Home Fire by this author and I have no idea what her other books are about but! Home Fire left such an impression on me and she did such an amazing job of blending the myth and the current times and it’s just brilliant.
Oh, god, where do I start with this author? Her writing is magical and every thing else in her books is just….I have absolutely no words to convey how much I adore this author’s writing style and her decisions to write what she does. I thought I couldn’t like Sorcery of Thorns as much as I loved An Enchantment of Ravens but somehow I do. I really do.
Oh, goodness. I feel bad that I didn’t pick up her books before this year because when you are in the mood for your heart to be broken, Sepetys is the author for you. I can honestly say that I might have sobbed while I read her books. Both (Salt to the Sea and The Fountains of Silence) the books I managed to get my hands on. Also a little bit of education on lesser talked about events of the history, so, that’s always a plus!
So, most of my absolute favourite fantasy books comes from this author. The Farseer Trilogy is an absolutely brilliantly written series but what really makes it such a good series is the very human characters that Hobb has managed to write. Fitz never gets a break but he does have peaceful moments sometimes (rarely) and the other characters are flawed and just so human. Ugh.
I have only read one book from this author and that’s enough for me to love her way of writing. The Unseen World opened up a whole new genre for me, the quiet mysteries and the very human characters. Also the mystery was done so well and I was really invested in the plot and where it was going.
So, once again, I have only read one book by this author and it’s not even a full length novel. I read To Be Taught, If Fortunate and fell in love with the author’s way of telling a story. You can bet I am gonna be reading her other series in the new year. So yay for that.
These are not the only authors I read this year or the only books I loved obviously but these ones hold a special place in my heart and deserve all the praise I can shower on them. So, that’s that. I am sure I will discover some more authors that would be on my auto-buy list in the coming year so be on the look out for that at the end of 2020.
What about you? Have you discovered any new authors this year? Tell me so I can make a note of it to check them out too!