My best reading discovery so far of 2018, I think, is Claire North/Kate Griffin/Catherine Webb, whom I thank in particular for The Sudden Appearance of Hope and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. I thought they were brilliant and they inspired me as a writer. I expect I will read both of those books again.
I rarely discover writers when they first come to general acclaim. It takes a while. There are so many. Another not-so-newbie for whom I was late to the party is N.K. Jemisin. I did not actually love the three books of The Broken Earth trilogy but I deeply admired them. What is the difference? Perhaps … the world was just too alien for me. But it was beautifully realized.