Discussion: Authors I Plan to Read in 2019 That Wouldn’t Even Be on my Radar If Not for Book Bloggers
A couple of weeks ago, Grace at Rebel Mommy Book Blog wrote a post where she shared some authors she’s planning to read for the first time this year. Her post really got me thinking about all of the authors I really want to try this year. I’ve had some authors sitting on my to-read list for a couple of years now and still haven’t gotten around to them. Others are fairly new additions, but I’ve just heard such great things about them so I’m anxious to give them a try. As always, there are also authors from a variety of different genres represented.
The one thing all of these authors have in common though is you guys. As I scrolled down my to-read list, it really impressed me just how many books I’ve added to that list since I started blogging and reading other book blogs. I literally add numerous titles based on your recommendations and reviews every single week, and although I hadn’t really given it a tremendous amount of thought before, it really adds up! It’s no wonder my TBR is so enormous, haha!
I think back to those ‘Must Read’ or ‘Most Anticipated’ book lists from major publications where I used to get most of my recommendations before I started blogging and just cringe on how many bad books I suffered through. I finally gave up on those because the selections were almost always awful and I really started to wonder if people had bought their way onto the lists. Thinking about this just really makes me want to give a shout out to all of my fellow book bloggers. Whether you love or hate a book, I love that I can trust that you’re giving me your honest opinion. In fact, I trust your judgment so much that I rarely add books to my TBR that haven’t been recommended by a fellow blogger.
All of that said, whether you run a big blog or a small blog, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re not an influencer because every single author on the following list of authors I plan to try this year is an author that wouldn’t even have been on my radar if not for recommendations from you.
Authors I Plan to Read for the First Time in 2019
1. ABBI WAXMAN
2. EMMA MILLS
3. MARTHA WELLS
4. KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY
5. SABAA TAHIR
6. SUSAN MEISSNER
7. BECKY CHAMBERS
8. ILONA ANDREWS
9. ANNETTE MARIE
10. RENEE AHDIEH
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Look like some cool books!
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Thanks, I hope they will be. 🙂
I totally have almost all the books on my TBR thanks to bloggers!!! You have sone great ones up there! Abbi Waxman, Emma Mills, Kristy Woodson Harvey! I want to to read some up there myself! Hope you love all these when you get to them.
Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted…What I’ve Been Reading ~ April 2019 Challenge Books
Thanks Grace. I hope so too!
There are definitely a lot of authors I’ve read or plan to read because of other bloggers – Leigh Bardugo, Morgan Matson, Kasie West. I want to read Becky Chambers this year, too! For me, it seems to be a lot of YA authors that I probably wouldn’t have come across because I wasn’t reading as much YA before I started blogging.
Oh yeah, I’ve definitely added a lot of new YA authors to my auto-buy list that I probably never would have tried if not for other bloggers.
Emma Mills is so fantastic, I hope you love her books!
I’m really looking forward to trying them. 🙂
Thank God for bloggers, I’m always discovering new authors!
Illona Andrews is on my “someday” list too.
Right? It’s one of my favorite things about blogging.
I hope these authors live up to the hype! I also want to read Becky Chambers and Sabaa Tahir because bloggers love them so much.
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Thanks, I hope they do too!
Love this post, I also have an ever growing TBR based on blogger recommendations. I haven’t actually sat down to see what new authors are on my list, but now I’m curious!
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I have so many new ones I want to try because of blogger recs. This is really just the tip of the iceberg, lol.
Same here-other bloggers have introduced me to SO many new authors. .
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I love how it has really expanded my reading horizons.
So true, most of my TBR is because of book blogger reviews. And I’ve found so many authors that are now on my auto buy list.
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Same. It’s rare these days that a book on my TBR hasn’t come from a blogger rec.
I plan to read Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman who are both new to me <3
I hope you love all your new authors! Happy reading 🙂
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Terry Pratchett is an author I’ve not tried but have always wanted to. I always hear such good things.
I LOVED #s 5 & 10!! Hope you enjoy them all!
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Thanks, I hope so too!
These all look very interesting! I’ve only heard of one of these authors, so there ya go. I want to read Slightly South of Simple. You’ve introduced me to some new names, Suzanne. I easily get into a rut of ‘favorites’ but it is limiting when you think about the number of wonderful authors out there. Book blogging has been a great awareness and connection with other readers, that has made a difference to my reading as well. Nice post and happy reading to you!
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I used to just have a few favorites that I always turned to but blogging has really expanded my reading horizons.
I think you won’t regret giving Emma Mills a try. She writes YA contemporary perfection. I read Waxman’s last book, and will be reading her newest. Women’s fiction is hit or miss for me, but I liked her writing and her humor worked for me. I read TWatD duet and thought it was amazing. The writing was gorgeous.
I’m really looking forward to Mills. I bought First & Then at the last bookfair I went to and have heard nothing but good things about it.
What an awesome post! I *did* have my TBR down to 50-some books, but it’s crept up close to 90 thanks to follow bloggers. What a wonderful problem to have, right? 🙂
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Agreed! I will take too many books to read over not enough any day of the week, lol.
Yes to Martha Wells and Becky Chambers. Both are such great sci-fi authors. And I really liked first & then by Emma Mills (as a non-contemporary reader that says a lot 😉 ) I hope you will end up enjoying them all though!
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Thanks, I hope so too! 🙂
Virtually all my recommendations come from book bloggers. I know where to go for recommendations in different genres, like romance, adventure, fantasy and who reads romance or young adult. It annoys me that so much emphasis is placed on these star ratings from paid review services because the average reader couldn’t care less. Bloggers are such an underappreciated and important resource aren’t they.
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Yes, they really are. I always love it when I hear authors acknowledge how important the book blogging community is to them.
Oh yes! I discovered CV Wyk, Jay Kristoff, Brandon Sanderson, Heather Demetrios, Helen Hoang, Laura Thalassa, Chloe Walsh, Brigid Kemmerer, Rachel Caine and I could go on and on thanks to other bloggers and now they’ve become my favorites! Isn’t that incredible?
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Yes, it is. It’s one of my favorite parts of being a book blogger. 🙂
Aww I’m loving all the book blogger love in this post! I’ve only read one of these authors, but I’ve seen some of the other on book blogs! And the one I have read, Annette Marie, I would definitely recommend 🙂 (Although my favorite of her series so far is Steel & Stone, in case you want more books for that TBR lol.)
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Your book reviews for some of Annette Marie’s books made me add The Guild Codex series to my TBR. 🙂
I am so thrilled to be included on this wonderful list! I hope you enjoy the Peachtree Bluff Series!
Thanks! It sounds amazing so I’m sure I will. 🙂
Book bloggers are always making me read books and try authors. I love it! I get most of my recommendations this way. Authors I hope to read this year (due to bloggers): Christina Lauren, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Martha Wells, and more.
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I hope you enjoy both Taylor Jenkins Reid and Christina Lauren. Those are fast becoming favorites of mine.
I love the idea of a discussion post. I wanted to commit to doing this during the year, but I was afraid it might be too much. I think too often I stay on the surface of things in my posts, when I really want to speak up more.
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I try to commit to doing it every year but then then it’s the first thing I cut from my schedule every time I get busy, lol.