For That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday:
January 26: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020 (If you didn’t read 10 new authors, that’s fine! Just do what you can.)
For this one, I decided to do my favorite new-to-me authors of 2020: these are the ones I want to read more from.
- Hester Fox
What I read in 2020: The Widow of Pale Harbor
Why I want to read more: It was a flawed but fun historical murder mystery.
What I want to read next: The Witch of Willow Hall looks good
2. Kristin McGee
What I read in 2020: American Royals
Why I want to read more: I’m actually devouring the sequel to this one (Majesty) at the moment. Both are really good guilty pleasures, which is exactly what I need right now.
What I want to read next: The Thousandth Floor is the first in a trilogy, which looks a lot like the American Royals books (glamourous ensemble cast, soap opera drama) only set in futuristic Manhattan.
3. Nnedi Okrafor
Why I want to read more: While the media seems to be dubbing this the “Nigerian Harry Potter” the only real similarity is that they’re both about a young person discovering a magical identity and receiving a magical education. The Akata novels really explore the Nigerian setting and get into a magic system that we don’t often see in mainstream books.
4. Elizabeth Von Arnim
What I read in 2020: The Enchanted April
Why I want to read more: I read this in April of 2020 just as lockdown was starting, and it was the kind of sweet, gentle, literary escape that I needed.
What I want to read next: My friend recommended Father next
5. Monica Dickens
What I read in 2020: Mariana
Why I want to read more: It was a fun and humorous coming of age story
6. Erika Swyler
What I read in 2020: The Book of Speculation
Why I want to read more: It involved a lot of my favorite tropes, genres, and settings: dual timeline, carnival, hints of fantasy
What I want to read next: It looks like Light From Other Stars is my only option at the moment!
7. Seanan McGuire
What I read in 2020: Rosemary and Rue
Why I want to read more: I enjoyed it, and it’s the first in a series, so naturally I want to read the rest!
What I want to read next: A Local Habitation is #2 so that looks like my best bet!
8. Gerald Durrell
What I read in 2020: My Family and Other Animals
What I want to read next: Birds, Beasts and Relatives is next up
9. Jess Walter
What I Read in 2020: Beautiful Ruins
Why I want to read more: It’s a compelling tale of Hollywood, old and new and the connections that people make over time and distance.
What I want to read next: I may go with The Financial Lives of Poets, just because the title intrigues me
10. Mary Wesley
What I read in 2020: The Camomile Lawn
Why I want to read more: I’m not easily shocked, especially by coming of age historical fiction, which I tend to think of as a “comforting” genre, but this really surprised me at several points.
What I want to read next: I don’t know, it looks like there’s a lot to choose from!