Hello readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is new-to-me authors I read in 2018.
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This post will wander between genres, so get ready for an eclectic mix!
The Essex Serpent was a meandering tale but it sucked me in. I read it at the beginning of the year, before moving onto Sarah Perry’s Melmoth; a brilliant story of betrayal in snowy Prague.
What can I say about The Hate U Give that hasn’t been mentioned already? Angie Thomas is an outstanding author and her next book is right at the top of my must-read list for 2019.
Blood, gore and a rising sea of the undead. If you’re looking for a twist on the zombie apocalypse try the Surviving the Evacuation series. These easy-to-read page-turners are set in the UK and full of implausible, entertaining plot twists.
I read Half Blood Blues early in 2018 and the amazing Washington Black between Christmas and New Year. Like so many others, I was blown away by this story of a young man’s escape from slavery and his journey around the globe.
Karen Joy Fowler
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was one of the highlights of my reading year. The Jane Austen Book Club didn’t grab me to the same extent but was fun for any self-proclaimed fan of Pride and Prejudice.
The author of Sorcerer to the Crown combines two of my favourite genres – fantasy and history – in one novel. The sequel to this fun, fantastical read should be published in 2019.
The Silent Companions was a chilling gothic story that had me on the edge of my seat. I still need to pick up The Corset, Laura Purcell’s latest book.
Regular readers have heard me banging on about The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle for a while now. Stuart Turton’s debut novel was a brilliant twist on the classic country house murder mystery.
Home Fire is a modern retelling of Antigone that’s really worth a read. This tragic story is beautifully written and raises important contemporary issues.
The Wicked Cometh was part of my Christmas haul and did an amazing job of conjuring up London’s slums in the 1830s. Hopefully it’s the first book of many from this newly-launched author.