Top Ten Tuesday | New-to-me authors I read in 2020


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is ‘New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020’, so let’s take a look at the authors I read novels by for the very first time in 2020 and who I’d like to read more from in future!

Alix E. Harrow

Technically I did first read Harrow in 2019 when I read her Hugo Award-winning short story, ‘A Witchโ€™s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies‘, but I first read her novels, The Ten Thousand Doors of January and The Once and Future Witches, last year and she has cemented herself as one of my favourite authors. The Once and Future Witches, in particular, is a new favourite of mine.

Katherine Arden

I finally read The Bear and the Nightingale in 2020 and really enjoyed it. Arden’s writing is stunning and I really want to continue with this series!

Nghi Vo

The Empress of Salt and Fortune was such a wonderful novella and I’m so looking forward to reading more from Vo in 2021. If Asian-inspired fantasy is your jam, you need to try Vo’s work.

Audre Lorde

Lorde is an author I’ve been meaning to read for a long, long time and in 2020 I finally read her famous poetry collection, The Black Unicorn, and loved it. I’d like to read more from her in 2021.

Robin Hobb

Hobb is one of the queens of the fantasy genre and I read the first trilogy in her Realm of the ElderlingsAssassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest – in 2020. I’m so excited to move on to the next trilogy, which I’ve heard is fantastic, and continue with the series!

Anna-Marie McLemore

McLemore is another author who was on my radar for a long time and I finally crossed Wild Beauty off my TBR in 2020 and loved their writing. Magical realism isn’t a genre I tend to reach for very often, but McLemore writes it beautifully.

Talia Hibbert

I read both Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown in 2020 and it was so refreshing to pick up a UK-based contemporary romance that wasn’t set in London. I’m looking forward to Act Your Age, Eve Brown!

Tasha Suri

Suri’s debut, Empire of Sand, ended up being such an immersive, romantic desert fantasy and she’s an author I’ll definitely be reading more from in 2021!

Tamsyn Muir

I fell in love with Gideon the Ninth back in November – its sense of humour and the way Muir writes were excellent – and I can’t wait to read more from Muir.

Jessica Townsend

By now you all know how I fell in love with Townsend’s Nevermoor series at the end of 2020 and gobbled up all three novels in November and December. I’m so excited for the fourth book, whenever it’s coming, and I’ll be shoving the series into everyone’s hands!

What did you talk about this week?

75 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | New-to-me authors I read in 2020

  1. dianthaa says:

    I read Audre Lorde autobiography, Zami A New Spelling of my name and loved it. Her writing style really shone through and her life’s story was gripping, though as I don’t read a lot of bios it was strange for me to read about a real person’s hardships.

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  2. jessicaapril7 says:

    I adore Tamsyn Muir’s books so much, and I’m looking forward to getting to Audre Lorde’s and Nghi Vo’s books this year, too! And you’re right about Katherine Arden’s writing, some of her paragraphs are simply breathtaking.

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  3. Helen says:

    I loved the Katherine Arden trilogy and I’ve also enjoyed most of Robin Hobb’s books – I only have her final three Realm of the Elderlings books left to read and am hoping to get round to them soon. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is on my TBR too!

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  4. Rabeeah says:

    I’m so excited to read The Once and Future Witches! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I’m also so glad Robin Hobb’s mammoth series is getting lots of love these days. I have very strong feelings about the whole saga but it really is one of my faves.

    I haven’t heard of The Empress of Salt and Fortune before, but it sounds absolutely up my street so I’m adding that one to my TBR immediately!

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  5. dinipandareads says:

    Yay for Hibbert and Townsend! Both authors made it onto my list this week too ๐Ÿ˜Š I can’t wait to read more of them this year as well! Harrow is going to be a new-to-me-author this year cos I’m FOR SURE going to pick up the 10k Doors of January this year. Great list, Jess!

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