Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where book bloggers are invited to share their top ten lists centered on a certain theme.
This week’s theme is new-to-me authors I read in 2020! While favorite authors are always great, discovering new authors is so much fun. 2020 pushed me to try a lot of new authors and genres and I definitely founds lots of unexpected favorites. For the purpose of this list, I didn’t include debut authors (since they’re new to everyone!), but I’ll definitely be making a list of those soon, too.
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- Supriya Kelkar: I listened to Supriya’s middle grade novel American As Paneer Pie and absolutely loved it. Lekha is a girl who feels torn between her Indian heritage and the desire to be American. I thought this coming of age novel was so sweet, tender, and real!
2. Zoraida Córdova: I listened to the audiobook of Labyrinth Lost on a whim and loved it so much that I quickly tore through the entire trilogy! This is easily one of my favorite YA series now, and I definitely plan to pick up anything else Zoraida writes.
3. Saadia Faruqi: I listened to both A Thousand Questions and A Seat at the Table on audio, and adored both of these middle grade novels starring Pakistani-American girls (A Seat at the Table also stars a Jewish character!). I’m so looking forward to more MG books from Saadia!
4. Alyssa Cole: After hearing rave reviews for years, I finally picked up an Alyssa Cole book in 2020! I listened to When No One is Watching, which is her thriller debut. I loved her writing and will definitely be reading some of her romance novels soon!
6. Lamar Giles: After hearing all about Lamar Giles for years, I finally picked up one of his YA books in 2020! Not So Pure and Simple was such a great look at friendship, faith, and first crushes.
7. Eric Smith: Another YA author I’ve heard all about but only had the chance to read in 2020! I really enjoyed Don’t Read the Comments and am so looking forward to more from Eric.
8. Samantha Mabry: Why didn’t anyone tell me how beautiful and poetic Samantha Mabry’s writing is? Or maybe y’all did and I just didn’t believe you until I read Tigers, Not Daughters!
9. Mia Sosa: The Worst Best Man was such a fun read and definitely made Mia Sosa a must-read romance author for me!
10. Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Mexican Gothic was totally outside my comfort zone but I’m so glad I picked up the audiobook! It was so engrossing and I definitely want to read all of Silvia’s backlist now.
What new-to-you authors did you discover in 2020?