I’ve had a really good reading year so far in 2019, and I’m really happy to have discovered some new favourite authors. A lot of the books I’ve read this year have been by authors not new to me, but I have read multiple books by a few new authors that I’ve fallen in love with. Here’s a selection of authors I definitely want to read more of in the future.

1. Donna Tartt

I can’t believe I hadn’t read any Donna Tartt before this year. I’ve owned both The Secret History and The Goldfinch for years now, but I think the size of them intimidated me a bit. I read The Secret History first, and I absolutely loved the college setting, the classics references and the dark academia genre. I recently read The Goldfinch because I wanted to get to the book before the film comes out this year. Despite it being 800 pages, I flew through this book and I loved it so much. It’s hard to describe why I loved it, but I just did. I’m excited to read more Donna Tartt!

The Secret History Review

2. Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was really hyped last year, but I never got around to reading it. I so regret not picking it up sooner! Hearing that there was LGBT rep was what finally motivated me to buy the book, and it didn’t disappoint – it’s now one of my new favourite books. Then, Waterstones was selling a signed special edition of Daisy Jones and the Six so I just had to get it! I loved the interview format of the book and the characters were all so distinct. Taylor Jenkins Reid has a lot of books from before these too so I definitely want to check them out.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Review

3. Alice Oseman

Having owned Solitaire since 2014, it’s a bit shameful that it took me 5 years to read it. I went to see Alice Oseman at a signing earlier on this year, which finally prompted me to read the books of hers I owned: Solitaire, Heartstopper and Radio Silence. I read Solitaire in one sitting! Heartstopper was the first graphic novel I’ve ever read, and it was heartwarming and cute. My favourite, however, is Radio Silence – it has so much diverse representation and I think I just read it at the right time in my life, as I related a lot to the characters and their situations. I still have to read I Was Born for This, and I’m so excited for the upcoming book, Loveless.

4. Stephen Fry

I’ve been reading a lot more mythology-related books this year – I love classics a lot, and especially Greek mythology. I originally bought Mythos in the Boxing Day sales because the hardback was such a bargain! Stephen Fry did such a great job narrating the origin myths in Mythos and Greek heroes in Heroes. The books were hilarious and a great introduction to Greek mythology. I’m so excited for the final instalment of the series concerning the Trojan War.

Mythos Review

So those are some new favourite authors of mine! I’m hoping I discover some new favourites later on this year.