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New to me authors I found in 2020 – Top Ten Tuesday!

Hello hello! How are you all this Tuesday? This weeks prompt was ‘New to me Authors I found in 2020’ and let me tell you I found some amazing ones. I’ve focused on this on Author’s with previously published works instead of Debuts, and every single one of the below has added a multitude of books to my TBR. I will highlight the book/books I read by the Author last year and talk about why I loved them so much.

Top Ten Tuesday is run by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl and you should definitely go give her blog some love.

P.Djeli Clark

It’s rare for a book to pack this much punch in so few pages but Ring Shout really hits hard from the get go and does not let up. So much happens in this book you would be forgiven for thinking that it was a full novel and not a novella. I fell in love with the authors writing style and all the amazing Characters we were introduced too. It was definitely a little creepy in parts but the way it deals with social commentary through horror was brilliant.

Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse knows how to build a fantasy world and intricate magic system. I adored both of these books. she writes utterly relatable, diverse and lovable characters who aren’t always the good guys. Her use of mythology and folklore adds an extra depth to her stories and helps bring them to life.

Karsten Knight

This was such a different read and I loved how the author just went Mythology? Folklore? Fuck it, i’m just going to include them all. There is everything from Roman, Greek and Inuit cultures brought to life in this book, and it deals with some heavy topics. I would love to dive back into this world, even if from a different characters perspective.

H.G. Parry

I’m a huge history buff, so it’s no surprise that I adored this history heavy read. It’s a hard one to describe because it’s not so much alternate history as the exact same events but with magic. A lot of authors couldn’t have made this book read, but I fell in love with everything from the historical setting, the way the author introduces the different kinds of magic and the wonderfully written characters.

Katy Rose Pool

Dark and gritty, wonderfully diverse and slightly morally grey. I’m so glad Susan convinced me to pick this series up because Katy Rose Pool just knocks it out of the park. Her writing style really makes this story flow, and her use of multiple perspective’s helps us travel her brilliantly built world from corner to corner.

Patrick Ness

God I loved the writing in this book. It was definitely a little quirky, and the story went in a very weird direction in the second part but it just… worked. I can see now why Ness has such a cult following and have already added most of his backlog to my TBR.

Laura Lam

Two Sci-Fi books, and yet they couldnt be more different. Goldilocks is a thought provoking Sci-Fi/thriller with morally grey characters that asks a lot of questions of the reader. Seven Devils is a fun and fast paced space romp, I’ll admit some morally grey characters but with a lot more added humour. Reading both these books really made me see the depth to Lam’s writing and I’m excited for what shes working on next.

Marie Rutkoski

This was one hell of a beautifully written book, with a killer cliff hanger. I’m a sucker for lyrical writing and The Midnight Lie had it in spades. Add in characters you absolutely root for and a little mystery and I was hooked.

Veronica Roth

Another book where the second half threw me for a loop but in the best way! I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews for this and I understand it wont be for everyone. The first half of the book has a lot of set up, of the characters, the backstory etc and it significantly slower. But I love that in books, I’m quite happy to sit for pages learning all about the characters and understanding them a little better. It was a chunk, but I seriously hope we get another book set in this world.

Zoraida Cordova

I love books with fresh and intriguing magic system and Incendiary did not disappoint. Another slow starter, but once the story got going I found it almost impossible to put down. I’ve already pre-ordered the Sequel and got my hands on one of the authors previous series I love her writing that much!

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  1. Brilliant list! I love Leigh Bardugo and Iโ€™ve always wanted to try ring shout (although they seem a little chilling!). I seem to be really bad at following the ttt prompts lol so this week I tried top ten bookish things that annoy me. Although there could have been SO MANY MORE ๐Ÿ˜ซ Hereโ€™s my post in case youโ€™re interested ๐Ÿ™‚ https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2021/01/26/ttt-26-1-top-ten-bookish-things-i-hate/

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    • Oooh they’re both amazing! Magicians is such a great read, and I’ve heard really good things about Uriah Heep. And I love how different Lam’s two Sci-Fi novels are, I’m definitely going to be checking out more of her backlog. I’ve already bought Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova to tie me over until Illusionary comes out ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Great list, Becky! I’ve seen the name P.Djeli Clark on quite a few lists today and now I’m super curious about their books! I want to give Laura Lam and Marie Rutkoski a try in 2021! Also, I loved discovering Cordova’s last year ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

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    • Yes! I have a few of his on my
      Tbr for this year and am excited to get to them. Also so excited for Incendiary… I may have already emailed the publisher asking for a review copy ๐Ÿ˜‚

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