Welcome back, it’s Tuesday, which mean’s it’s also Top 10 Tuesdays, which is now hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl, make sure to check her blog out!
This week we’re looking at some new-to-me authors I read back in 2020, which, for me, was A LOT! Seriously, I had a hard time limiting myself to ten. I owe this mostly to the fact that I was doing so many reading challenges, which really pushed me to read new stuff. I am really happy I got to read so many new authors because now I have even more books that are on my radar to read!
So anyway, let’s get to it!
1. V. E. Schwab
For the first time last year I finally picked up a Schwab book. I’d had Vicious on my TBR for ages. I finally read it and it was awesome! I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series. I also have heard good things about A Darker Shade of Magic, so I’d like to check out that series, too.
2. Kerstin Gier
I hadn’t actually heard of Gier before, but I received an ARC of her book, A Castle in the Clouds, which I loved! It was so fun and it made the perfect cozy, winter read. I didn’t realize that she’s German and her books are translated. She’s the author of the Precious Stones series. I might try them, since I enjoyed Castle so much.
3. June Hur
This is another author I discovered through receiving an ARC. I read her book The Silence of Bones which is about a female detective in the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. I love reading books set in Korea or about Koreans, so I was initially drawn to the work because of that. But I enjoyed it a lot, so I’m definitely going to read anything else Hur writes!
4. Marie Lu
Despite how much YA fiction I read, I had yet to read any of Lu’s work until last year. I finally read Legend and it was so good! I’m hoping I’ll finish the series this year, because I definitely want to know what happens! I’ve heard a lot about Lu and her books, so I will definitely look for other works by her.
5. Neal Shusterman
Shusterman is another author I’ve heard so much about but haven’t explored. I hear about his books all the time. Last year, for a class, I ended up reading the first book in his Scythe series. It was good, just not my thing. I can definitely see why he’s a popular author, though! His writing is very good. I might read some of his other works. We’ll see.
6. Sally Rooney
When I heard about Rooney’s book Normal People being made into a limited series on Hulu, I decided to pick it up, since I wanted to watch the show, but I like to read the original work before watching the adaptation. I liked Normal People but I think I enjoyed the show better. Maybe because I think the ideas came across more clear visually. I can’t say I enjoyed reading the book. It’s very muted and sad for most of the time, which is not my favorite thing. I might read more from her, but I won’t be rushing.
7. Lucy Foley
I love a good mystery and Foley is new to the game, but her books sound so interesting! I have had The Hunting Party on my TBR for a while. I was going to read that last year, but I ended up getting an ARC of her book The Guest List. It was pretty good! I’ll definitely read more from her. I plan on reading The Hunting Party this year.
8. Nghi Vo
I came across The Empress of Salt and Fortune on another blog site. The cover is gorgeous and was a main reason why I picked it up. I’m glad I did, because the story is so good! It’s a novella, but the story is so rich and well-built. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the second book in this series was also coming out in 2020. I didn’t get around to reading it until this year, but it was just as great as the first.
9. Ruth Ware
I’m sure everyone in the book world has heard about Ruth Ware. Her book The Death of Mrs. Westaway was everywhere when it came out! I actually happened upon her book In a Dark, Dark Wood at a Walgreens and bought it because it sounded good (yes, I buy books at convenience stores). I really enjoyed it! It’s the dark thriller I hoped it would be and the characters were really interesting. I will definitely be reading more of her books!
10. Ann Patchett
I had heard of Patchett before I ended up reading her book The Dutch House for a book club. I didn’t really know what kind of books she wrote, but now having read one, I think she tends to write family sagas. I really enjoyed Dutch House. It was very character-driven, which can be really interesting if the characters are good. Hers are. I would recommend her as an author. I’ll probably read more from her.
How about you?
Who are some new-to-you authors you read in 2020? If you’ve read anything by the authors on this list, let me know what you thought of them! And if you have any recommendations for more books by them that I should check out, let me know. Are any on your TBR for this year? Let’s chat in the comments!