Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

To be honest with all of you, at first I wasn’t sure if I should participate in this week’s prompt. I spend so much time reading new titles from authors I discovered years ago that I wasn’t positive I’d be able to come up with enough people to fill out all ten spots on this list.

Then I remember all of the short stories I read in the average year. My favourite genre has always been science fiction, and my favourite kind of sci-fi  to read is the short stuff. There’s something immensely satisfying about seeing how much world- and charcter-building an author can squeeze into a few dozen pages…or less!

Not only will you get to read my thoughts on today’s list as usual, you’ll also be able to check out the stories that first introduced me to these authors for free if any of them grab your attention. How cool is that?

1. Author: Sara Norja

What I Read from Them: Birch Daughter 

Why I Loved It: The main character’s mother was turned into a tree before the first scene began. If that’s not the makings of a must-read, I don’t know what is!

2. Author: A.C. Buchanan

What I Read from Them: Girls Who Do Not Drown 

Why I Loved It: So many stories are written about young women dying in ghastly ways. I adored the fact that this steadfastly refused to be one of them.

3. Author: Shiv Ramdas

What I Read from Them: Guardian

Why I Loved It: For something that took only a couple of minutes to read, this sure did pack an emotional punch at the end. That’s all I can say without giving you all spoilers.

4. Author: Adam R. Shannon

What I Read from Them: On the Day You Spend Forever With Your Dog

Why I Loved It: So many of us have outlived beloved pets. Imagine what it would be like to be reunited with them again in this lifetime…or maybe even forever. If the death of animals is a trigger for you, you might want to skip this even though it’s not really meant to be a tearjerker.

5. Author: Kathryn Kania

What I Read from Them: Tablecloth

Why I Loved It: In the very first scene, a mischievous (and possibly magical) cat shows up in the main character’s life and refuses to leave. That was such a cat-like thing to do that I couldn’t help but to keep reading.

6. Author: Chesya Burke

What I Read from Them: For Sale: Fantasy Coffins (Ababuo Need Not Apply)

Why I Loved It: The unique title was what grabbed my attention at first. I stuck around because of how kind the main character was despite – or maybe because of? –  the fact that people feared her.

7. Author: Beth Goder

What I Read from Them: How to Identify an Alien Shark

Why I Loved It: Now I know exactly how to identify an alien shark. Ha! Also, I love the idea of an alien invasion happening in our oceans because the invaders were an aquatic species.

8. Author: Alexandra Rowland

What I Read from Them: Love in Every Stitch

Why I Loved It: Sewing isn’t as easy as it might first appear to be, and even the most ornate handmade articles are rarely respected enough to be thought of as art. It’s nice to see stitches get the attention they deserve even if they aren’t quite the same sort of stitch you’d use to patch up a hole in a jacket or sew on a button.

9. Author:  Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

What I Read from Them: Talking to Cancer 

Why I Loved It: I know I’ve wished I could talk to cancer before. It’s a truly awful disease that has prematurely ended far too many lives. The thought of actually convincing it to go away like the main character did in the first scene is too good to be true.

10. Author: Kristi DeMeester

What I Read from Them: With Lips Sewn Shut 

Why I Loved It: The metaphor in it was outstanding. Oh, there’s so much more I want to say about it, but everything I can think of will give you unforgivable spoilers for why lips are sewn shut in this universe.

Who else loves short stories? I’m hoping at least a few Top Ten Tuesday bloggers will say yes to this question!

145 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018

  1. I don’t get around to reading short stories nearly as much as I should. I love them and sometimes you really only have enough time to squeeze in a short story. I’ve heard fantastic things about Kristi DeMeester. I’m going to have to check her stuff out myself one of these days. 🙂

  2. I love your list this week; these all sound amazing! When I’m next free I’m going to curl up and read all of these. I especially love the sound of How to Identify an Alien Shark – considering 71% of the earth is covered in water, it makes sense that an alien invasion might happen via the ocean rather than the land.

    • Yay! I’m so glad. I hope you love all of these stories. And exactly! Why wouldn’t aliens assume that the water was the best place to attack us!? It’s only logical.

  3. I found it more difficult than I thought it would be to fill up 10 slots myself. We tend to like what we like. I am going to add With Lips Sown Shut to my TBR.

  4. I haven’t read any of these authors – but that doesn’t surprise me as I read very little science fiction and am not too keen on short stories. Maybe I should try some – Talking to Cancer sounds interesting.

  5. These are SO GOOD! Thanks for this list! The alien shark, and the Glashtyn (are you familiar with SJ Tucker’s song about the Glashtyn?) and the Birch Daughter, and the Fantasy Coffin story…so good.

  6. Since you like short science fiction, have you read The Lady Astronaut of Mars? It can be read in 20/30 minutes and is available for free on It’s written by Mary Robinette Kowal and packs a serious emotional punch.

    This is a great list! I’ll definitely be adding How to Identify an Alien Shark to my list!

    • Yes, I have! It was an incredible story. Thank you very much for the recommendation, though, and I hope you like How to Identify an Alien Shark.

  7. I need to make more time for short stories. I think my problem is that I tend to buy collections and then I’m never in the mood to read lots of short stories in one go. But I must remember I can just read one and put the book back on the shelf!

  8. I got teary eyed just thinking about the one with the pets. I would love to be reunited with my first pet, and I know I’ll be devastated once my two babies are I have now are gone. I do think it sounds like an amazing read though, so I’ll definitely check it out. I’m so curious about a lot of the stories you mentioned, so I’m going to add them on my TBR.

  9. I’ve never been much for short stories, I prefer big chunky novels (unless it’s a contemporary) or long series – mostly fantasy. But I do enjoy Sci-Fi occasionally and some of these sound pretty interesting!!

  10. What a fun bunch of stories! I especially enjoyed numbers 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 from the list. I used to read more short stories, but now I usually only do if I already know the author. I used to always check out the Best American Short Stories collection each year; I should start doing that again.

  11. Is that a picture of your cat and dog or one from the book? On the Day You Spend Forever With Your Dog sounds super sad! I would think anything about pets dying would be a tear jerker?

  12. How To Identify An Alien Shark sounds kind of amazing because I love the idea of an alien invasion coming from the sea. I don’t know that I’ve read anything like that- but I’d like to!

    I also love the idea of the Shannon book, as pet mortality and seeing beloved animal companions again is a fascinating topic as well. Thanks for putting these on my radar!

  13. I like how several of these stories seem to take a “what if” question, and then explore it.
    I especially like the sound of an aquatic alien invasion 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. I’m glad you found so many new authors in short stories that you loved last year! I confess I don’t really read a lot of short stories, but I should start?! There’s so much talent in telling a concise tale!

  15. Oh! Thank you so much for the links to the free reads. 👍✨ Most of these sound quirky and I adore a quirky tale. 😊

    I will be linking this post in my Around the Web section of my January Wrap-up post, the first Saturday in February. Thanks for sharing your list. 📚✨

    • You’re welcome. I love quirky reads, too.

      And I’m so excited that you’ll be linking to this post. Thank you! That made my day, and I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  16. I don’t really read a lot of science fiction, mainly because I’ve only recently began discovering what kind of scifi I actually like but I’m definitely going to check some of these out!

    Girls Who Do Not Drown and Guardian look interesting. 🙂

  17. I don’t often find short stories enjoyable. I always want more development of something. But this is a great list! I did enjoy Leigh Bardugo’s collection of short stories in Language of Thorns

  18. I don’t read enough short stories. Maybe if I did, I could write them better. So many of these sound amazing. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  19. On the Day You Spend Forever With Your Dog sounds like it would require a lot of Kleenex!

    Hoping to create lots more room for short stories in my 2019. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I haven’t heard of any of these authors, but I’m glad you found some books to enjoy, Lydia. I hope 2019 has more great new stories and authors for us to discover. Happy reading – and thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit. 🙂

  21. I haven’t read any of those authors or books you’ve mentioned but the one about outliving your pets and being reunited with them, sounds really touching. I just know it would break my heart, but I’m intrigued and may check it out.

    Happy reading to you.

  22. I don’t get around to reading short stories nearly as much as I should. I love them and sometimes you really only have enough time to squeeze in a short story. I’ve heard fantastic things about Kristi DeMeester. I’m going to have to check her stuff out myself one of these days. 🙂

  23. I absolutely love sci-fi too but I’ve never thought about reading shorter stories in that genre. Now that’s something I’m going to look into, thank you so much for the idea and a list of where to start. Looks like you had an amazing 2018 and discovered so many wonderful ones! 🙂

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