It’s the second day of the Top 10 of 2019 event I’m hosting with Ginger and I’m excited about the topic. Each year I try to make it a point to read new and new-to-me authors. I don’t participate in any specific challenges or set a numeric goal, but it’s in the back of my mind as I pick books to read. So far this year I’ve read 48 new or new-to-me authors and, well, the year isn’t finished yet. Here are a few of my favorites so far.
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Abby’s debut, The Friend Zone, was one of my most highly-anticipated books of 2019. It’s also one of my favorite books of the year. But more on that later this week. The second book, The Happy Ever After Playlist, doesn’t release until April 2020 but I’ve already read and fallen in love with it.
Lyssa Kay Adams
The Bromance Book Club was another of my most highly anticipated books of the year and I fell head over heels in love with it, too. I’ve not read the follow-up, Undercover Bromance, yet but it’s coming up soon(ish) on my TBR.
Another highly anticipated debut that totally struck my fancy. I’m not sure when Casey’s next book is coming, but it can’t get here soon enough for me!
I’m not sure why in the world I waited so long to read one of Julia Kent’s books, but I’m so glad I started with Fluffy. It was freaking hysterical. I really enjoyed the follow-up, Perky, too. I can’t wait for the next in this series… and to make time to binge Julia’s backlist.
Why yes, I DID just finally read Lord of Scoundrels in 2019. So many mistakes have been made. I can’t wait to make time to read more of her books.
Another amazing historical romance author I finally made time to read in 2019. I own dozens of her books, but the only one I’ve read so far is a novella. She has quite the extensive backlist to pick from… I just need to make time to do it.
I met Jen nearly three years ago at ApollyCon in Orlando. She was so wonderful. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her debut. It totally exceeded every one of my expectations, too. Ren Faire romance is where it’s at.
I can’t tell you just how much I loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown. Talia is an author whose books have been on my TBR for ages, but this year was the first time I actually picked one up. I can’t wait to tackle her backlist.
I’ve wanted to read Melissa Foster for AGES, but her backlist is totally overwhelming. I didn’t know where to start. As much as I prefer to read book series in order, I knew I had to jump into this one in the middle. She has SO MANY spinoffs, so I just started with the first book in one of those. You know what? I loved it. It was far sexier than I thought it would be, too. (Which is not a bad thing, btw.)
Devney Perry’s books have been all over bookstagram for the last couple of years. Every time I see one of her freaking amazing covers, I want to jump right in. I finally made time to do just that earlier this year. The stories totally live up to the covers, in case you’re curious. I can’t wait to read more.
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Do you make it a point to read new or new-to-me (er, you) authors each year?
Who were some of YOUR faves of 2019?