Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.
This week’s topic is “New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021.” I read a good mix of books from authors I already loved, continued reading quite a few series, and picked up books from debut authors in 2021. I didn’t read a lot of new-to-me authors that weren’t debuts, however, here are some of the ones that I read last year:
Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation were two of my favourite reads of 2021 and, in my opinion, completely deserve all of the hype that caused me to pick them up. For some reason, I was under the impression that Beach Read was a true debut, but it turns out that Emily Henry has also written YA novels, and I’ve heard that A Million Junes is heartbreakingly beautiful.
I read Heartstopper volumes 1-3 after hearing rave reviews and seeing that the Netflix adaptation would be here this spring. Solitaire has been on my TBR for ages, but I didn’t realize until Googling “what order to read Heartstopper books” that they were by the same author. My 2022 goals are now to read all of her backlist!
Rachel Lynn Solomon
I picked up The Ex Talk on a whim because I thought the cover was cute, and ended up enjoying it. I now have a hold on Weather Girl that is currently in transit, and I just finished reading We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This. And then I will start tackling some of the older titles like Today Tonight Tomorrow!
I had heard of Julia Quinn before, but it wasn’t until 2021 that I finally decided to start reading the Bridgerton series. I finished the first 3 books last year, and have a bunch more to go!
I vaguely recall seeing the green cover of Only Mostly Devastated on bookshelves, but Perfect on Paper was my first real introduction to Sophie Gonzalez’s books — and it was such a fun read.
Do I own the first two Ace of Shades books? Yes. Have I opened them yet? No. They have been sitting on my bookshelves for years. After reading All of Us Villains, though, I will be prioritizing Ace of Shades in my TBR!
Despite not being a horror reader, I did read Mexican Gothic in 2021. I’ve heard that Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s works span a number of genres, so I’m excited to read the less unsettling ones!
Ash has been on my to-read list for at least a decade, but I still haven’t read it despite loving the premise of a sapphic Cinderella retelling. Instead, Last Night at the Telegraph Club has the honour of being my first read by Malinda Lo.
I had heard of both The Secret History and The Goldfinch, but didn’t read the former until last fall, after seeing it in every Dark Academia BookTok video.
In Five Years was a book that I saw all over bookstagram, and while it was a heavier read than I expected, I did enjoy it. I had not heard of the author before, but I did recognize the cover of one of her older novels, Famous in Love, when I saw it on Goodreads.
What new-to-you authors did you discover in 2021?
I’ve seen Mexican Gothic pop up on a few lists this week. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! I heard a rumour it was optioned for a film, but I haven’t heard anything since then about it.
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-new-to-me-authors-i-discovered-in-2021/
It would make an excellent film! But probably one that I would be too creeped out by to watch.
Oooo, so many of these books are on my TBR!!
Darcy @ The Nonbinary Librarian recently posted…TTT | New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021
I hope you enjoy all of them!
I still haven’t read Mexican Gothic or The Secret History, despite having both on my shelves… it’s great to see that they were some of your favorite authorial experiences last year! Maybe I can finally get around to them in 2022. 🙂
Savannah @ Playing in the Pages recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I “Discovered” in 2021
I definitely recommend them both! They make great fall reads. Happy reading!
Emily Henry is on my want to read list, I have not read her yet.
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I really enjoyed both of her books that I read last year, so I hope you do too!
We shared some new-to-me authors! I loved All of Us Villains and the Ex Talk!
I also loved Mexican Gothic and the Emily Henrys last year–both made my list today! I’m glad we found them.
FangirlFlax @ FangirlFlax
I’m so glad you enjoyed both of them!
Last Night at the Telegraph was one of my favorite reads of 2021.
Thanks for sharing!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
I have Weather Girl on my TBR and hope to read it soon.
Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!