I have talked about my favorite fantasy and sci-fi books, contemporary books and novellas read in 2018 on my previous posts, so now it’s time to look at the people who made those books come to life and live in my heart. But first let’s look at my most read authors in 2018 and then I’ll introduce you to my 10 favourite authors of 2018.
*Note. If you click on an author’s name the link will take you to their author’s page on Goodreads.
TOP 5 most read authors of 2018
4. Elle Kennedy – 6 books
3. Erin Watt – 7 books (includes 4 re-reads with 1 novella )
2. Penelope Douglas – 9 books (includes 1 novella and a bonus collection on Wattpad)
TOP 10 favourite authors of 2018
*Note. The information about authors are from their Goodreads author’s page or their website.
10. Lindsey Duga captured my heart with her YA fantasy debut ‘Kiss of the Royal‘
Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.
Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.
9. Olivia Wildenstein stole my heart with her upcoming new release of NA paranormal romance ‘A Pack of Blood and Lies‘ and Liam Kolane
USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.
When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).
Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community
8. Stephanie Garber captured my heart with her YA fantasy ‘Legendary‘
I’m the #1 New York Times bestselling and international bestselling author of Caraval, Legendary, and Finale (coming May 2019).
When I’m not writing, I teach creative writing at a private college in Northern California, where I’ve been known to turn assignments into games and take students on field trips that involve book signings.
To help pay my bills during college, grad school, and the breaks in between, I worked as a barista, a waitress, a bartender, a customer service representative for an energy consulting company, and as a sales girl at Bath and Bodyworks. I also spent years working with youth; I worked as a counselor at space themed summer camp, volunteered at a school for deaf children in Mexico, and I took multiple groups of college students overseas to spend their winter vacations serving at youth hostels in Amsterdam. But out of everything that I’ve done, writing young adult novels has been my favorite job.
7. Holly Black stole my heart with her YA fantasy ‘The Cruel Prince‘ and Cardan
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.
She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.
6. Elle Kennedy stole my heart with her NA contemporary romance ‘Off-Campus’ series, it’s new spin-off ‘Briar U’ series and Garrett Graham
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
5. Erin Watt captured my heart with their NA contemporary romance ‘The Royals’ series. (Pseudonym for a romance author duo – Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick)
From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.
These Royals will ruin you…
Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.
Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.
Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.
He might be right.
Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.
4. Penelope Douglas captured my heart with her NA contemporary romance ‘Fall Away’ series, and actually with every single book that I have read of hers
Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and Birthday Girl.
She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.
3. Sarah J. Maas stole my heart with her NA fantasy romance ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ series and Rhysand
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series).
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.
2. Jennifer L. Armentrout stole my heart with her YA sci-fi romance ‘Lux’ series and Daemon Black
# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.
All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.
Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn.
1. Mary E. Pearson stole my heart with her new YA fantasy romance ‘Dance of Thieves‘, a spin-off series of The Remnant Chronicles, and Jase Ballenger. Mary E. Pearson receives the title of the best author of 2018.
Mary E. Pearson is the NYT bestselling and award-winning author of eleven YA novels and one novella. Her works include the completed trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, which in a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called “masterfully crafted.” Her favorite activities as a child were climbing tall trees imagining she was a hero in some fantastical world, or running along fence tops and roofs pretending she was a spy with a bagful of amazing gadgets. She was rarely herself. Amazingly, she never broke a bone until she caught a basketball in gym class. Catching real balls was not her forte. These days she continues to live in make-believe worlds she creates in her books. Her latest 2-book series, Dance of Thieves, allows her do all kinds of dangerous things without breaking any bones. So far.
So here you go my lists of the most read authors and my favourite authors read in 2018. I’m going to be reading their new and some older books this year as well. This means that they could reclaim this list next year again. Let’s see how it will go because the battle for the best author of 2019 has began.
Have you read anything from these authors? Who were your favourite authors of 2018? Are any of my authors on your list as well?
Lady of Bookland