Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors of 2018

For That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday:


January 15: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

41Krb0iOt7L._AC_US218_1. Laura Purcell- I really enjoyed The Silent Companions, and I look forward to reading Laura Purcell’s Victorian gothic follow up, The Poison Thread. Before she wrote gothic creepiness, Purcell wrote historical fiction, and I’m also interested in checking out her Georgian Queens duology.



51culgbrdcl-_ac_us218_2. Simone St. James-  I binged The Other Side of Midnight, An Inquiry Into Love and Death, Silence for the DeadLost Among the Living, and The Broken Girls. The Haunting of Maddy Clare is the only book that she’s written at this point that I haven’t read! Her historical gothic romantic suspense is a lot of fun.



51mxt4oifll-_ac_us218_3. Katherine Arden- I really enjoyed The Bear and the Nightingale in 2018 and the two follow ups, The Girl in the Tower, and The Winter of the Witch are on my 2019 TBR.




51dir0tpoel._ac_us218_4.  Ruth Hogan- I really enjoyed Ruth Hogan’s The Keeper of Lost Things. Her follow up, The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes has really good reviews so far, so I hope to read it soon.




51dwdwqvoal._ac_us218_5. Vita Sackville-West- I’d heard of this author before but never read any of her work. I really enjoyed All Passion Spent, and I look forward to exploring some of her other novels like Family History and The Edwardians. 




51qphks8hyl-_ac_us218_6. Eve Babitz- I really liked Eve Babitz’s essay collection Eve’s Hollywood and autobiographical novel Sex and Rage.  I hope to read some of her other books like LA Woman, Black Swans, and Slow Days, Fast Company.




51uywe9mfql-_ac_us218_7. Julia Brannan- I enjoyed Brannan’s Mask of Duplicity, and I hope to read her follow ups in her Jacobite Chronicles series.




51islkdgaql-_ac_us218_8. Bee Ridgway- I really enjoyed Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return. That was written in 2013, but it definitely leaves off on a cliff hanger, with teasers for a sequel. In 2014 Ridgway released the novella The Time Tutor, which was a prequel. Since then, there’s no word of a sequel though. I don’t know if I want to invest any more time in this until there is!


51aacv7edrl._ac_us218_9. Kat Howard- I enjoyed Roses and Rot, and I look forward to reading A Cathedral of Myth and Bone and An Unkindness of Magicians.




I realize that all these writers are female, which was a coincidence. It was not my intention when I made the list!


13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors of 2018

  1. So many authors to choose from. For many, me included, it all comes down to a connection. That magical feeling a reader gets when the author creates a world the reader feels they belong.

    Just read about the release of your novel. So exited for you. Congratulations!!!!!

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  2. I haven’t read any of these yet, but want to read The Bear and the Nightingale — I think that’s going to be a 2019 read. I also love the sound of the Simone St. James books you listed, so the first one of that series has been added to my TBR, too!

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  3. I absolutely adored The River of No Return as well – to the point where I went to purchase a copy. (My rule: Read it at the library first — if it’s 150% amazing, then buy a copy for my own library.) … The two bookstores I visited told me that it’s out-of-print. Such a shame – I suspect the sales simply weren’t there.

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  4. Looks like you discovered some excellent women authors in 2018! Laura Purcell is the only one I’ve read so far, but I’d like to check out Simone St. James, Vita Sackville-West, and Katherine Arden soon.

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