Friday Favorites: New to me Authors in 2019!

It’s time for another Friday Favorites hosted by Kibby @ Something of the Book! This weekly meme is where you get to share a list of all your favourites based on the list of prompts on Kibby’s page. Sounds fun, right? This week’s prompt is: favorite new to me authors in 2019. 2019 has been one of the most incredible years of reading for me. I’ve never in my life read near on 200 books in one year before and I’m shocked to know that it’s a good possibility that I might even read over 200 books at this point. As a result of all this reading, I’ve discovered so many new authors that I now love and some have even made it onto my auto-buy list! There are actually quite a lot of new authors that I have loved discovering this year and I honestly want to name them all, but this list might go on for ages if I do, so for now I’m sticking with this list of fivesix new to me authors from 2019

Taylor Jenkins Reid
TJR has shot straight into my favorites and auto-buy authors list this year with Maybe In Another Life, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six. I still have plenty of her backlist to work my way through but these three are possible contenders in my top favorites this year. TJR never fails to make me feel all the freaking emotions while reading and I always get so invested in her character’s lives; most feel like friends at the end!

Jane Harper
Wow am I glad that I discovered Jane Harper this year. I wouldn’t say she writes the traditional thrillers but they’re certainly gripping slow-burn mysteries that keep you on the edge of your seat and eager to learn the truth. Her writing is so atmospheric that it practically feels like you’re reading in the outback, drowning in the Australian heat!

Kristin Hannah
I’m so glad I finally picked up Kristin Hannah’s books this year. Both of these books fall into categories that I love to read about: historical fiction and family sagas. Both made me weep like a newborn babe and tugged so deeply at my emotions. They’ve made me excited to keep reading Hannah’s books and I have many of her backlist to catch up on!

Mariana Zapata
The absolute queen of slow burn romances! Before Mariana Zapata’s books I never thought myself a fan of slow burn romances; I mean, I liked them well enough but never the ones that left me hanging so far into the book that it almost feels like nothing will happen between them in the end. But then there’s Zapata and her slow-burns are always so damn satisfying. Definite a new favorite and auto-buy author moving forward!

Riley Sager
I’ve only read two of Sager’s books but I’ve loved both of them! Nothing is ever as it seems and they’re riddled with twists right until the very end, where you’ll usually end up getting the biggest twist in the story! His books are eerie and have unreliable narrators, which I don’t usually like, but damn if he doesn’t hook me in every single time!

Bonus Author: Jay Kristoff
Okay look, I know Kristoff isn’t really a completely new author to me as I read The Illuminae Files last year but those books were written with Amie Kaufman and this year I finally read a book written by just him. Naturally, it became one of my favourite series and I think it’s brought Kristoff even further up on my auto-buy authors list!

What new authors have you discovered and loved this year?
Would any of my new favorites make your list?

15 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: New to me Authors in 2019!

  1. I am so here for the festive pandas!!!!!!!! These themes are hard Dini, I can’t think of one author that I’ve fallen in love with this year and yet I know there are tonnes lol!!! This is why I need GR open beside me when I blog ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. YAY FESTIVE PANDAS! Hehe I thought I might as well go the whole hog instead of just for one or two post headers ๐Ÿ˜‚ And Emer, Goodreads is ALWAYS open beside me whenever I write these posts. There’s no way with my shady ass memory that I’d be able to write any of them if not for GR! Hahaha ๐Ÿคฃ

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    1. Final Girls was great although I liked Last Time I Lied more as the pacing was just better! I love his twists though ๐Ÿ˜‚ I still have to read Lock Every Door although I’m honestly a little terrified haha so awesome to hear it’s your fave thriller of the year! Will defo pick it up soon I think!

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  2. ZAPATA ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ you know Iโ€™m a auto buy fan haha. Sheโ€™s coming to Sydney next year and Iโ€™m so sad… because itโ€™s so close and yet so far ๐Ÿ˜ญ I havenโ€™t read Jane Harper yet but Iโ€™ve been looking for more mystery than thriller books for a while now. Does her writing seem similar to Liane Moriartyโ€™s mysteries at all?? Awesome post Dini! Jen

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    1. YAAAH GIRL! You defo helped fuel my love for Zapata and I’m so thankful ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Her books are amaze! Never thought I’d become a huge fan of the slow burn but kween made it happen! Haha I would defo recommend Harper, Jen! They’re making her book The Dry into a movie (or maybe it’s a series) next year with Eric Bana and I’m pretty keen to check it out ๐Ÿ™‚ Not similar to Moriarty’s although tbh I don’t think Moriarty and I jam as well as I’d hoped… Harper’s writing is more atmospheric and intense, I think!

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