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.

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Do you plan to try any new authors this year thanks to recs from fellow bloggers?

42 replies
  1. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog says:

    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.

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    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.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      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.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I have so many new ones I want to try because of blogger recs. This is really just the tip of the iceberg, lol.

  3. Brittany
    Brittany says:

    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 🙂

  4. lisa thomson
    lisa thomson says:

    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!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I used to just have a few favorites that I always turned to but blogging has really expanded my reading horizons.

  5. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    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.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      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.

  6. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    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? 🙂

  7. Annemieke
    Annemieke says:

    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!

  8. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    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.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, they really are. I always love it when I hear authors acknowledge how important the book blogging community is to them.

  9. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    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?

  10. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight says:

    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.)

  11. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    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.


    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I hope you enjoy both Taylor Jenkins Reid and Christina Lauren. Those are fast becoming favorites of mine.

  12. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    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.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      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.

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