Favourite New To Me Authors of 2020 (Part Two)

I already wrote a post like this in December, where I talked about my love for authors like Tiffany D. Jackson and N.K. Jemisin, but I discovered quite a few new authors last year, so I figured since this was this week’s TTT why not just post a part two!? These are all authors whose backlist I want to explore and have plans to read from in 2021.

Julie Berry

Lovely War was a book that took me by complete surprise. Its not a book I would ever have picked up on my own, so I am so thankful for my buddy reads on Instagram. It reminded me how original historical fictions can truly be. Julie Berry has quite a long backlist, but the tree books I am most intesting in are All the Truth That’s in Me, The Passion of Dolssa, and The Amaranth Enchantment. I have the audiobook of The Passion of Dolssa, so I think I will start there. Looking forward to exploring more of her work!

Stuart Turton

The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is one of my favourite mysteries of all time. It is such a unique premise and could have been really confusing and hard to follow, but Stuart Turton handled it perfectly. The Devil and the Dark Water was one of my most anticipated books of 2020, and I cannot believe I haven’t read it yet! The premise is so intriguing and if it is half as good as his debut, I am going to love it.

Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is an author I had been meaning to read from for years, so I am thrilled that I finally got around to one in 2020 (The Dutch House) and I ended up really loving it. Patchett is another author with an extensive backlist, but Commonwealth, Truth & Beauty, State of Wonder, and Bel Canto are the ones I have heard the most about. I would love to get to a couple of them this year!

Bianca Marais

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words is a book that I really thought was incredible but don’t talk about enough! I even participated in a discussion of the book with the author and she was so thoughtful and friendly. We had a really interesting discussion about the book, which made me appreciate it all the more. I actually have a signed copy of her sophomore novel, If You Want to Make God Laugh, which so many people have told me they loved even more. Definitely picking it up this year!

Grady Hendrix

I read The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires and My Best Friend’s Exorcism in 2020, and I really loved how campy they were. I partly have Grady Hendrix to thank for making me realize that I do actually enjoy horror. I have plans to read Horrorstor in October, and I am really excited about it!

Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is an underrated author and I want to read everything she has written and make more of an effort to talk about her books. The Subtweet was so nuanced and had a lot of important and relevant conversations about race and gender, and I knew as soon as I finished it that I had found a new favourite author. It also doesn’t hurt that she is Canadian. I remember I’m Afraid of Men received some attention, so I am looking forward to reading it, but I am also intrigued by She of the Mountains, which is a re-imagining of Hindi mythology and is also illustrated. Even This Page is White is a collection of poetry, which I don’t often pick up, but I trust that I will enjoy it because Shraya wrote it.

Courtney Summers

I finally read Sadie last year and I completely understand the hype. It is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to! I cannot tell you how excited I am for the release of The Project, and I will definitely be listening to that on audio as well. I love the idea of books about cults, but I haven’t read many that I actually enjoyed, so I am curious to see what I will think! Cracked Up to Be is one of Courtney Summers older books, but it got a new cover and I am really intrigued.

Stephen Graham Jones

Much like Grady Hendrix, Stephen Graham Jones helped me to realize that I do indeed enjoy horror. The Only Good Indians continues to haunt me and I am so intrigued by the premise of Night of the Mannequins– there is something about Mannequins that really creeps me out! I didn’t realize that Jones had such an extensive backlist- it is overwhelming. If you have read any more of his work, I would love to know what you thought or where I should start.

Akwaeke Emezi

The Death of Vivek Oji is a book that I have come to appreciate more and more as time has gone on. Akwaeke Emezi is an incredible writer and they have thing exceptional abilities of creating memorable characters. It was one of the few books that made me cry in 2020. Pet is a book I included in my “Five Star Predictions” post, and Freshwater is high on my TBR- it received a lot of attention and praise the year it came out. Emezi has a memoir, Dear Senthuran, releasing this year, and it is one of my most anticipated books of 2021.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic was one of the most talked about book of 2020, and I totally understand why. It was very atmospheric and creepy and one that haunts you for days after you finish it. Silvia Moreno-Garcia has a pretty big backlist, but Gods of Jade and Shadow and The Beautiful Ones are the two that have been recommended to me most and that I want to read this year!

That is it! I would love to know what authors you discovered in 2020!

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77 thoughts on “Favourite New To Me Authors of 2020 (Part Two)

  1. I’ve heard so many good things about Pet and Sadie, and I want to read more from Grady Hendrix, too! I loved All the Truth That’s in Me and all of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s backlist is so good–I highly recommend her debut, Signal to Noise.

  2. I also cannot wait to listen to The Project, as I absolutely LOVED Sadie as an audiobook!

    I’m hoping to pick up Lovely War this year, I keep seeing it around and it seems interesting, but I keep pushing it aside. Must make it a priority this year!

      1. Me too, my library already got the audio of The Project and I’m #1 on the list so I CAN’T WAIT!

        And I’m so glad to hear Lovely War audio is great, thanks for letting me know! ^_^

  3. I keep hearing great things about Lovely War πŸ’— I’ve only read one book by Ann Patchett and did not like it 😬 I also wasn’t a big fan of the Grady Hendrix I read last year either. The new author I read last year that I most want to read more from is TJ Klune.

    1. I definitely think you will enjoy Lovely War. It is one I have recommended to so many people!

      I can see why Grady Hendrix wouldn’t be for everyone!

      I am reading The House in the Cerulean Sea in February, so I have a feeling TJ Klune will make my list in 2021!

  4. The Passion of Dolssa was so good- I need to read more by Julie Berry. Sadie by Courtney Summers slayed me so I can’t wait to read The Project that is coming out soon.

  5. New authors in 2020:

    1. V.E. Schawb
    2. Phillip Pullman
    3. Thomas Hardy
    4. Howard Schultz
    5. Ariel Lawhon

    Well- not all of them are on my top favorites list. I know V.E. Schawb is: Shades of Magic was my favorite series of 2020.

    Thomas Hardy was a brand new classic author to me, and I now want to read more of him

    1. That is not a subject you see talked about a lot in fiction! I have only read one book by her so it is too early to say for sure, but I have this feeling that Ann Patchett has a special ability of creating very real characters and storylines.

  6. “Sadie” made it on my list too and I totally agree! It was worth the hype! I listened to the accompanying podcast and it was so eerie and haunting! A great book but it broke my heart! Glad it made it on your list too! =)

  7. This is a great list! I’ve had my eye on The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires for a while. Mexican Gothic is ready on my Kindle and I’ve been meaning to try Ann Patchett for years. Love Stuart Taunton too! And I’m adding a few more of these to my list now too…thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  8. I’ve heard good things about Hardcastle, and Southern Book Club Guide sounds like a blast! I love Courtney Summers’ stuff too.

  9. Great list! I haven’t read from any of these authors (shame!) but I do have quite a few of these books on my digital and physical shelves. I also just realised the author of Freshwater is the same author of Vivek Oji! How did I not connect that?! πŸ˜‚ I’m especially keen to read Lovely War this year cos I’ve heard so many great things.

  10. A couple of years ago I went to a book reading of Grady Hendrix’s book Paperbacks From Hell and I’ve never laughed so hard in my life at a book. He is a great author!

      1. I want to read his other books too! The book reading was at Recycled Books in Denton, TX. I know in 2020 he did a virtual book club discussion with the store.

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