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

Hey guys, it’s Tuesday again so it means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks prompt is New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020.

In 2020 I read 75 new-to-me authors, so it was quite hard to narrow it down to just 10 but I did manage it.

Chloe Gong

Chloe Gong was a new-to-me author in 2020 because she was a debut author. I loved her debut book These Violent Delights. It is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, and it is just perfect. As you can probably guess it is an enemies-to-lovers romance, which is one of my favourite romance tropes. Chloe Gong has a fantastic writing style, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store with the sequel.

Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert is an author that I discovered purely by accident, and have fallen in love with her writing. I am not a massive fan of contemporary romance books, but I loved reading Get a Life, Chloe Brown. It had amazing chronic illness representation, so I will definitely be checking out the sequels soon.

Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is an author that I know many people have read from before, but he was new to me in 2020. I had big plans to read more of his books, but I sadly only managed to read Skyward, but I loved it. I can’t wait to read more of his works in 2021.

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is another author that I probably should have read from before 2020, but sadly I hadn’t. I started off by reading her ACOTAR series and have also read House of Earth and Blood, and have fallen in love with the plot and characters. I can’t wait to read her new releases within 2021 and the Throne of Glass series.

Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon was not an author that I had heard about before, but in 2020 I discovered her and fell in love with her stories. The Bone Season is fast becoming one of my favourite series. I love her writing style and the way that she presents the story on a page. I can’t wait to see what is in store in The Mask Falling later in January.

Kester Grant

Kester Grant is another debut author that I found within 2020. Her book, The Court of Miracles, is a Les Misérables retelling, with Eponine as the main character. I loved her world building and her interpretation of the story, especially has she cut out the character I hate. I can’t wait to see what the sequel comes up with next, and what she has in store for the future.

Michelle Harrison

Michelle Harrison wasn’t an author that I was aware of, but she was the Middle Grade Monthly author for March, so I had to pick up her books. And I fell in love with her story and how whimsy it is. I love the relationship between the three sisters and it is a series that I can’t wait to read the conclusion of.

Shelby Mahurin

I knew about Serpent and Dove in 2019, but I didn’t manage to get around to it until 2020. I loved the romance within it and Shelby Mahurin’s writing style. Her characters were some of my favourites of 2020, and I can’t wait to read the sequel Blood and Honey.

Roseanne A. Brown

Roseanne A. Brown was another debut author that I discovered in 2020, and I am so glad that I did. I loved A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, and she has a great writing style. I also loved that she also wrote a character that suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. This was the first book that I have read with this in it. I can’t to see how this duology is going to end in 2021.

Sabaa Tahir

I fell in love with Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series in 2020, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the final book in this series. The world building within this series is incredible and you genuinely feel as if you are transported to the setting. I can’t wait to see what she writes next after this series.

There you have it, ten new-to-me authors that I discovered in 2020.

34 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

  1. I hope you get to read more Sanderson this year! I was late in reading him, too, but once I started, I couldn’t stop. I just LOVE his writing! I’m slowly working my way through his backlist, but he releases books too fast for me to keep up with them. xD

    Here’s my TTT post.

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  2. None of those authors I read.

    Here are some of my favorite new-me authors:

    1. V.E. Schwab
    2. Thomas Hardy
    3. This is what is confusing- the new authors in A Christmas Treasury

    Those two authors are what come to mind first.


  3. Wow, it looks like like you “met” some awesome authors last year! I read Chloe Gong and Sarah J. Maas’s books for the first time last year as well, and really enjoyed their stories! I’m hoping to meet some of these other authors on your list this year.

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  4. I read very little fantasy, but I do really like Sanderson. Admittedly, I’ve only read the Mistborn series (and actually only the original books, not the newer ones), BUT I really enjoyed them. Sanderson is amazing at creating interesting worlds. Glad you found him in 2020!

    Happy TTT!


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  5. Brilliant list! I love talia hibberts and I’ve always wanted to try these violent delights (although they seem a little daunting!). I seem to be really bad at following the ttt prompts lol so this week I tried top ten bookish things that annoy me. Although there could have been SO MANY MORE 😫 Here’s my post in case you’re interested 🙂

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  6. I see some faves on this list! Talia Hibbert was also new to me in 2020 and I can’t wait to read more of her books 😍 I’m also super keen to finally read These Violent Delights. I’ve heard so many great things!

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  7. EMBER EMBER EMBER!! Sabaa Tahir was also a new to me author last year! I’m both sad that I didn’t get to her incredible series earlier but also happy that I could binge the entire quartet and not have to suffer those cliffhangers! I’m looking forward to reading ToG soon as well. Thank you for sharing Bex! 💖

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