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

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten.

This week’s topic is about new-to-me authors, and boy did I have options to choose from! I read 105 new authors in 2020 (yeah, even I was surprised), some of them being debuts, and it was a heck of a year for new additions in my mental list of ‘authors to watch out for’.

Tamsyn Muir

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #1) Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2)

What I loved about their writing:

  • The writing of Gideon as a character, alone!
  • The mechanics of necromancy, explained in book 2!
  • Millennial humor and memes in the far future!

K S Villoso

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen, #1)

What I loved about their writing:

  • Tali’s entire arc – having to be this proud and strong queen while also having so much to deal with.
  • Accurate portrayal of divorce proceedings
  • That twist at the end!

Victoria Lee

The Fever King (Feverwake, #1) The Electric Heir (Feverwake #2)

What I loved about their writing:

  • The setting and the post-apocalyptic world-building! Tackling the themes of immigration and demonization of a social class
  • The way the powers are explained in the first book
  • The handling of the storyline of grooming and abuse.

Andrea Stewart

The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire, #1)

What I loved about their writing:

  • the world-building and especially the magic element,
  • the multiple character PoV and the individual arcs for each,
  • the themes about power and revolution

Martha Wells

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2) Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3) Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4) Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5)

What I loved about their writing

  • Brilliantly written protagonist!
  • The humor baked into each of these books
  • The sci-fi elements and the way the themes of the book could be versatile – you could have an adventure, a mystery, a rescue mission

Cang Wu Bin Bai

Golden Stage [黄金台]

What I loved about their writing

  • The amount of fluff in Golden Stage is tooth-numbing
  • The devoted husband Yan Xiaohan and the dynamics of their relationship.
  • The political upheaval and the resolution of it!

Justin A Reynolds

Early Departures

What I loved about their writing

  • The spectrum of feelings it evokes; also for making me cry hard
  • The beautifully depicted relationships between the cast of characters
  • For the first time, I didn’t even care about the sci-fi element and was instead focused on the characters like WHAT???

E Latimer

Witches of Ash and Ruin

What I loved about their writing

  • The vibes! It totally delivered on being a witchy serial killer book!
  • Great balance of the magic, the mystery, the romance, and the setting
  • Well-handled multiple PoV

Which authors did you discover last year?

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

  1. I read Justin Reynolds and Elana K. Arnold for the first time last year and became a life fan for both of them! I haven’t read anyone from your list yet—gonna check them out.

  2. I absolutely loved Gideon the Ninth, but I haven’t read Harrow yet, and now I’m super curious to learn more about necromancy! *flails* I really need to get to that soon. I’m surprised I waited so long, since it was one of my most anticipated books last year, but … well, last year happened. xD

    I read Martha Wells for the first time last year, too, and I absolutely LOVE Murderbot! I haven’t quite caught up on the series yet, but I’m really looking forward to it!

    Here’s my TTT post.

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