January 26, 2021
New-To-Me Authors in 2020
I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors in 2020.
Most of these are not debut authors, but they are authors I have read for the first time in 2020.
William Kent Kreuger
Kreuger is the author of the popular and well-loved Cork O’Connor mystery series (I have not read any books in this series). In 2020 I read This Tender Land. After I read it, many readers commented and asked whether I had read Ordinary Grace. I had not, so I read that, too. I think I liked it even more than This Tender Land. Have you read any of Kreuger’s work? If not, I suggest starting with Ordinary Grace.
Meg Waite Clayton
In 2020, I read my first Meg Waite Clayton book, The Last Train to London. It was one of my favorite reads of the year, so I would be thrilled to read more work by this author! Have you read it?
In 2020, I read an ARC of The Girl From the Channel Islands by debut novelist Jenny Lecoate (review coming 2.2.2021). I enjoyed it, and I look forward to her next book.
Jessica Redland is a popular author, but I’ve never read her books. In 2020, I suffered from pandemic brain and craved lighter reads. When I came across reviews for Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow, I knew I should give it a try. Soon after that, I requested an ARC of her next book, New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow. Redland offers thoughtful themes in the chick-lit/”uplit”/romance genres. I’m eager to read the next in the Hedgehog Hollow series this year.
Sheila Roberts is a prolific author of light women’s fiction (romance, chick-lit), but I’ve never read one of her books (I didn’t realize she has written so many!). Still suffering from pandemic brain (as noted above), I craved lighter reads. I came across a review for #4 in her Moonlight Harbor series, Beachside Beginnings. After I read it, I knew I wanted to read #1-#3 in the series, too. I’m looking forward to continuing the series now that I know the characters. Because she writes in the romance genre I don’t typically read, I don’t think I’ll read her backlist. However, some predictable, HEA, chick-lit is appealing to me during the pandemic.
I read my first Chanel Cleeton (light histfic) during 2020. While I probably won’t read her backlist, I enjoyed The Last Train to Key West as an escapist, light histfic read in 2020. I will give her next one a try.
Madeline Martin is a prolific author, but I’ve never read one of her books until I read The Last Bookshop in London in 2020 (ARC: Pub Date: 4.6.2021) Spoiler: It did make my top ten memorable reads of the year!).
I read Emma Lord’s debut, Tweet Cute, in 2020 and followed it up with her new release, You Have a Match. I can recommend Lord’s innocent, lighthearted, and engaging books for the young YA audience. I look forward to reading more from her!
Dr. Edith Eva Eger
The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eger gave me a huge bookish hangover in 2020.
I adored my first book by Lyons, The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett. I anticipate reading more of her work!
How about you? Did you discover a new-to-you author in 2020?
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These all have appealing covers! I’m glad you got to read some new-to-you authors last year. I read exactly 10! I hope you can stop by:
Thanks for commenting Colletta! Hopping over to read your post!
Interesting list, Carol. They would have been new to me, as well, I haven’t read any of them. I wonder hwo many of mine you know.
I think you might enjoy Krueger if you like literary fiction! I’m hopping over to read your post now!
I don’t enjoy science fiction or fantasy much and am not too geen on chick lit but other than that, I read almost anything.
I’m glad you found so many enjoyable new authors last year!
Thanks Lydia! Hopping over to read your post now!
I think I’d like Emma Lord’s books.
They are very fun! I liked Tweet Cute the best!
I’ve read The Last Train to London as well and I loved the book. I haven’t read anything by any of your other listed authors, but I will take a look at William Kent Krueger (quite a popular Afrikaans surname, so it immediately grabbed my attention) and Madeline Martin as well.
I’m happy you found a couple that intrigued you! I’m hopping over to read your post now!
I haven’t read nor heard of any of these :/ Happy reading! https://readwithstefani.com/popular-books-i-did-not-finish/
There are always so many possibilities! Hopping over now to read your post!
I love Chanel Cleeton! She made this list for me last year. I’m so glad you found her books.
I loved Last Train! 🙌😍
I’ve not read any of these! I’ll have to check them out. I’m sure my tbr will be growing! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!
Always so many possibilities! Thanks for commenting! I’m hopping over now to read your post.
So odd that the historical novels lately are all people walking/standing away 🤷🏻♀️ some of these are on my TBR
Yes the walking away is a trend!
I sadly have not read any from these authors!
More to discover!
I’m so glad you discovered William Kent Krueger. Ordinary Grace is one of my top ten favorite books of all time, and This Tender Land is on my bookshelf waiting for me. I just picked up The Last Train From London from the library today so I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for giving me some new ones to add to my TBR, as well.
I loved Ordinary Grace (even more than Tender Land I think because it wasn’t quite as sad). He’s a masterful writer! I think you’ll love Last Train! I love books about real people doing such brave things! Happy reading Debi!
Glad you found so many good new Authors! I found a whole bunch too, but haven’t heard of any of yours
So many authors, so little time! 🙌
Great post and great list! I really enjoyed Tweet Cute, I haven’t read any others though and I’m not sure these would be books I would usually pick, but I will keep them in mind if I need lighter reads!
Thanks for commenting Ellie! I liked Tweet Cute more than her newest release, but they are both good in different ways.
You’re welcome! :*
I can recommend Meg’s “The Race for Paris” and her Wednesday Sisters and Wednesday Daughters books.
That’s great Davida! Thanks! 🙌
I haven’t read any of these authors, but most of them are on my TBR pile. I’m especially interested in THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON. Glad you found some great new authors in 2020!
Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!
Last Train was on my favs of 2020 list…I think you’ll like it! Thanks for commenting! I’m hopping over now to read your post!
Something I really appreciate about contemporary and historical fiction is how gorgeous and colorful their covers are.
I love a great cover! 🙌
Carol I’m so glad that you discovered Annie Lyons and William Kent Krueger 👍📚
🙌 It was a good reading year! 👍
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