Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors I Read in 2020

This week’s topic was an easy one for us: top ten new-to-us authors we read in 2020. We’re always trying not only to experience works by new authors but also to read outside of our comfort zone. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for another great Top Ten Tuesday!


Indiana’s five

David Yoon – I had read Nicola Yoon’s books but Frankly In Love was the first one by David that I’ve read. I enjoyed it and just picked up Super Fake Love Song

Madeline Miller – I bought Circe and read it along with my mom toward the start of the pandemic. It was fun to have something like that to connect over, especially when we couldn’t get together. I enjoyed it and have since picked up The Song of Achilles which I’m hoping to get to this year. 

Ling Ma – Whether it was a good idea or not, I read Severance shortly after the pandemic began (for those who haven’t read it, it’s partly about what happens to the world after a pandemic shakes society to its core).  

Britt Bennett – I picked up The Vanishing Half this summer after I read a few interesting articles about it, and wow, I still haven’t written the review because it’s too good. There’s too much to say about it to fit in a 500-word review. Just read it. 

TJ Klune – Like many, I hadn’t heard of Klune until The House in the Cerulean Sea and I enjoyed his writing style and diverse characters. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for his other books. 

Pete’s five

R. F. Kuang – It didn’t take long for me to realize The Poppy War was something special. Kuang has a bold, fast-paced style that just works well for my brain, and I’m looking forward to reading her upcoming historical fiction novel. 

Angie Thomas – Despite all of the hype, The Hate U Give still blew me away. Thomas is clearly a master of the craft with plenty of stories to tell.

Tamsyn Muir – Harrow the Ninth is one of the most inventive books I’ve read in years, and I can’t wait to see what else Muir does.

Kamome Shirahama – Reading the Witch Hat Atelier manga books makes me think there’s an entire team of brilliant people behind them, but it’s just one person and her incredible ideas and illustrations.
Isabel Wilkerson – The Warmth of Other Suns told a side of American history I know far too little about, and I’m looking forward to learning more from Wiklerson’s richly researched nonfiction.

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