This week’s prompt is:
New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2020
- TJ Klune – The House in the Cerulean Sea is one of the last books I read in 2020, and WOW, I was blown away! There was so much hype around this book so I was sort of going to avoid it, convinced it couldn’t possibly live up to the hype, but oh man, it sure did.
- Bethany Bennett – I received a review copy of Any Rogue Will Do from Forever and OH MY GOSH, I couldn’t believe how good this debut historical romance was! Bethany Bennet is definitely one of the shining jewels among the authors I discovered in 2020, and I can’t wait for her next book, West End Earl, which comes out in June of 2021.
- Jenn Bennett – A friend sent me a copy of Alex, Approximately and another friend gushed so much about it being her favorite that I cracked and read it right away. It was so amazing and I’ll definitely be reading more by Jenn.
- Natalie C. Parker – The fantasy anthology A Universe of Wishes introduced me to SO MANY great authors, and Natalie C. Parker’s story “The Silk Blade” really stuck out as one of the many stellar stories in this anthology. I added several of her books to my TBR, and next I want to read Seafire.
- Karah Sutton – I picked up Karah Sutton’s middle grade novel <i>A Wolf for a Spell</i> because it features my favorite folktale witch, Baba Yaga. This book is so stunningly written that it’s truly perfect for all ages. I really hope she writes more books soon, because I can’t wait to read more of her gorgeous writing.
- Olivia Dade – Olivia’s been on my radar for a while now because she writes body-positive books about plus-sized characters. I was really excited to get an egalley of Spoiler Alert, and of course it was everything I’d hoped for and more! I can’t wait for the next book in the Spoiler Alert universe, but in the meantime Olivia has a lot of great choices on her backlist to read as well.
- Alexis Hall – Boyfriend Material was my first book by Alexis Hall, but I immediately went looking for more. I’ve got a copy of Looking for Group on my Kindle just waiting for me to dive in – soon, my precious… soon.
- Tessa Gratton – Another author I found through A Universe of Wishes. Tessa’s story “The Beginning of Monsters” was so beautifully written, and I’ve added Night Shine to my TBR as well as some of her others to read… sometime, when I find some elusive “extra time,” haha.
- Kwame Mbalia – Okay yes, I found a lot of authors to love when I read A Universe of Wishes! “Liberia” was one of my favorite stories, and when I went to find more by Kwame Mbalia and saw that he’s the one who wrote Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, I moved Tristan Strong to the top of my list of books I want to read to my kids this summer.
- Katee Robert – Last but CERTAINLY not least! I picked up Katee Robert’s Desperate Measures, the first in her Wicked Villains series, and so far that’s all I’ve read but I’ve PURCHASED several more of her books, haha. I also subscribed to her Patreon – the first time I’ve subscribed to anyone’s Patreon! I adore her on Twitter, and am excited to read more of her books. ESPECIALLY Abel, the first in her Sabine Valley series which is based on my favorite musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!
So there you have it! Just some of the best of the new-to-me authors I discovered in 2020. There were several more that were also great, but I could only pick ten. Honorable mention goes to V.E. Schwab, whose story in A Universe of Wishes was the first I’d read of hers and I immediately went and bought the entire Shades of Magic series… Which is sadly not quite what I’d hoped after reading her short story “A Royal Affair” but it still pretty great.
What would your Top Ten look like? Let me know in the comments, or link me to your post!