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