Today’s Topic is: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020 (If you didn’t read 10 new authors, that’s fine! Just do what you can.)
1.) Roshani Chokshi (The Gilded Wolves)
Quote: ”The world has a shit memory. It will never pay its debts unless you force its hand.”
I think Roshani was one of the first authors in 2020 that persuaded me to continue to read her books. When I started „The Gilded Wolves“ I expected it to go into the direction of „Six of Crows“ but it definitely turned out to be so much more than that. After reading the ending that left me reeling I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy of „The Silvered Serpents“, but so far I didn’t get a chance to read it. (Not for lack of trying. *lol* I even requested and ARC but unfortunately wasn’t approved.) Well, I suppose I will wait until the third book comes out before I read TSS because rumour has it that it ends on a cliffhanger. So in order to spare myself a heartattack I’ll definitely finish this series in one go! ;-P
2.) Kerri Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper)
Quote: „Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.“
I’ve heard so many good things about this series and got curious about Thomas Cresswell. (Especially after all the swooning from fans. *lol*) So I had to investigate and discovered that the first book was really enjoyable. Sure there could have been a better plot but all things considered this was a nice start into a new series. I’ll definitely read all the other books as well and „Kingdom of the Wicked“ is already on my Book List 2021. =)
3.) Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give)
Quote: „The truth casts a shadow over the kitchen – people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.“
This was my first Angie Thomas book and certainly not my last! I already put „On the Come Up“ on my TBR pile and I can’t wait to read more of her other books. She’s such a great own voices author and she tackles super important topics. It’s always important to speak up against injustice and I think Angie is doing a great job with her books! So if you haven’t heard from her yet you better run to your library and borrow this book!
4.) Frederik Backmann (Beartown)
Quote: „It doesn’t take a lot to be able to let go of your child. It takes everything.“
Up until last year I never read any of Backmann’s books and this was the first one I chose to tackle. And let me tell you this: Boy, that man can write! This book was exceptionally painful to read and had me in tears multiple times. Which is why I loved it so much but also the reason why I decided to read only one Backmann book per year. My heart definitely couldn’t take more than one of his heartbreaking books at a time. XD There are plenty of Backmann books out there and I’ll make sure to read them all.
5.) Suanne Laqueur (Venery Series)
Quote: „They shared breath, poised on a shared edge, shaking all their separate pieces into one.“
I found this series through NetGalley because they were promoting the third book and gave away reading copies for the first. And I’m so glad I clicked that request button because otherwise I would have missed out on one of the best book series I ever read! XD Suanne is a master at capturing human nature and what it means to be alive and I consider it a privilege to be able to read her books! Funnily enough we’ve also become some sort of friends after I wrote updates about her books and she stalked them. *lol* (Hey there, Suanne! ;-P) So if you’ve never heard of her Venery Series and you love intricate stories with an LGBTQ+ rep: What are you waiting for?!!
6.) Nora Sakavic (The Foxhole Court)
Quote: „Easy, easy.“ Andrew lifted his hands in a careless shrug. „Why bother? It’s a cruel world, right Neil? You wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t.“ „It’s not the world that’s cruel,“ Neil said. „It’s the people in it.“
I have no idea what it is about this book but I was obsessed with it right from the moment I started to read it! The only reason I haven’t begun to read book 2 and 3 by now is because I don’t want to rush through this series! I want to savour Andrew Minyard and Neil Josten and ahhhh I loved this so damn much. All those broken characters Nora Sakavic invented just tug at my heartstrings. ❤ Those characters are my kryptonite and I’m sooo going to read the rest of her series too! As far as I could see she only wrote this trilogy and another book named „Elysium“. So I really hope she’ll write more.
7.) Courtney Summers (Sadie)
Quote: „For some people, the future ahead is opportunity. For others, it’s only time you haven’t met and where I lived, it was only time. You don’t waste your breath trying to protect it. You just try to survive it until one day, you don’t.“
Courney Summers „Sadie“ was such a revelation! I never read any of her books (apparently there are quite a few) and this was the first one I picked up. And it was so, so good. The atmosphere in „Sadie“ was exceptionally haunting and eerie, the characters either broken or already close to their breaking point. To read this was… painful and I think I’ll never get over this book. If all of Courtney’s books are like that I’ll continue to read them but I’ll make sure only to read one every year as well. *lol* Some books you just have to digest! XD
8.) Stuart Turton (The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle)
Quote: „If this isn’t hell, the devil is surely taking notes.“
To read this was so much fun! I swear I never had as much fun solving a murder as I had while reading this book. „Murder on the Orient Express“ probably came pretty close but this also had a fiction element in it and I’m such a sucker for those! *lol* So yes, to piece this puzzle together caused my brain to go into overdrive. We all know that I love myself a good challenge and thrive when my braincells have to work though, so I actually enjoyed every second of it. ;-P Can I have more books like that, please?
9.) Erin A. Craig (House of Salt and Sorrows)
Quote: ”The very delight of such an evening is being your complete self with a total stranger, don’t you think? Spilling your innermost thoughts – ones too dark and deep to ever speak in the light of day, confessing sins of passion and pleasure, maybe even misbehaving, and none of it matters, because if you don’t know who you’re toying with, then what’s the harm in it?”
„House of Salt and Sorrows“ would have made such a great Halloween read! It was really creepy and sometimes even gory and the old mansion by the sea made for such an intriguing setting! I wasn’t all too attached to the characters but the atmosphere and the mystery of this book were interesting enough to make up for it. If Erin A. Craig releases her next book I’ll definitely be there to take a closer look! 😀
10.) Soman Chainani (School for Good and Evil)
Quote: ”Tonight she would be taken into the woods. Tonight she would begin a new life. Tonight she would live out her fairy tale.”
My dear friend Sabrina raved about this so often that I got really curious and I’m so glad I finally picked this series up when I found it in my library! „The School for Good and Evil“ was so much fun and even though it’s based on fairy tales it had such a unique spin that I couldn’t help but fall head over heels for this world and its characters! Agatha and Sophie are amazing and I really need to read the other books soon! Luckily Soman Chainani obviously wrote a lot of them so I doubt I’ll run out of reading material anytime soon. *lol*
What about you? Which new authors did you discover in 2020 and can you recommend their books? Do we have some authors in common? Are there any new authors you want to read in 2021?