TTT – New To Me Authors Of 2020

Happy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! I know I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve been kind of in a rut lately. But I have been reading a lot this month, so at the end of this week you can probably expect my wrap up! I’m hoping to finish ten books this month.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can find all past and future prompts on her blog! This week the prompt is: new to me authors I read in 2020!favorite books

I actually read quite a few books by authors I had either never heard of before, or hadn’t had the time to read a book by yet. I have decided to leave out books by authors who debuted in 2020. Because obviously they were new for all of us. But even without those books, I can still make it to ten new to me authors, yay!

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The Gilded Wolves book cover

Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves

Starting off this list with Roshani Chokshi. I believe she has quite a few books out in the world, but The Gilded Wolves was the first one I read by her. Then I was lucky enough to obtain an e-ARC for The Silvered Serpents, and that book blew me away! I’m so excited for The Bronzed Beasts, and I secretly hope NetGalley will have an ARC of that one too this year.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet cover

Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Not sure how much more I can say about this book what I haven’t said already. I really loved it, and opened my eyes to more character-driven stories. I have yet to read the sequel, though. It’s on the list for this year! But it’s also almost been a whole year since I read TLWTASAP… (okay that’s a long acronym) I really need to get better at reading sequels!
Coraline book cover

Neil Gaiman


I know, I know. I had not read a single book by Gaiman before last Summer. But I figured Coraline would be a good place to start! I’ve seen the animated movie a couple of times, and it’s creepy as heck. Though to be honest, I thought the book was a little less creepy. I want to read more books by Gaiman though, so which book do you think I should book up next?

The Eyre Affair cover

Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair

This book was so much fun to read! It had tons of little jokes and quips. Some I had to read three times because my brain is slow. I loved the originality of it. It takes place in England, but it’s so entirely different from the England we know. Yet again I still need to pick up the sequel. But I already have it on my e-reader, so nothing is stopping me, really.
The Beautiful book cover

Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful

So I know Renée Ahdieh has many more books out that came before this one, but for some reason I never picked those up. I picked up this one kind of impulsively when I was at Barnes & Noble one day. I liked it, but it wasn’t spectacular, to be honest. Its sequel, The Damned, was a lot better though, so I’m glad I did decide to continue the series! The third book, The Righteous (I like that title), will be published this year I think? Big question mark there, because I have no clue.

Foundryside cover

Robert Jackson Bennett


Bennett is probably my favorite of this list. The Story Graph recommended Foundryside to me, and I seriously loved that book so much. And I loved its sequel, Shorefall, as well! I really hope to get some news soon on the third book, because uhh… cliffhanger much?! I neeeeed to know how it continues. In case you didn’t notice, I really recommend this book to anyone that reads my blog.
Wicked Saints book cover

Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints

Okay, this book is still relatively new. April 2019 wasn’t that long ago right? I mean, that’s almost two years, but it doesn’t feel like that long ago. Anyway, I really liked this book. Though to be honest I didn’t always follow what was going on. But I like the characters, and I’m eager to read the sequel! Hopefully sometime this year…

From Blood and Ash cover

Jennifer L. Armentrout

From Blood & Ash

Can you believe I had not yet read a single book by Jennifer L. Armentrout before this one? She has published so many, and it’s not like I didn’t know she and her books exist. But yeah, that’s what happened. I do believe I should pick up more of her books, because I seriously enjoyed this one. April and The Crown of Gilded Bones cannot come soon enough!
The Polar Bear Explorers' Club book cover

Alex Bell

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club

This is the only middle grade author on this list, but if you like MG you need to read this book! I read it in one sitting and loved it so much. Nothing is too absurd in this world, and it makes for such a fun read. All books in this series are insanely high rated as well. I’m going to continue this series very soon, I think!

Heart of the Fae book cover

Emma Hamm

Heart of the Fae

I think this was the last book I read in 2020. It’s a beauty and the beast retelling with a ton of Irish folklore mixed in. I love books that include folklore, so I knew I was going to like this one! Every book in the Otherworld series revolves around a different fairy tale, so I thought this book was a standalone. But it’s actually spread over two books! So I shall read part two soon!

And that’s it! These are my favorites of the new to me authors I discovered last year. I love how books can be so timeless. It really doesn’t matter when you discover a new author, just that you do! What are some favorite new to you authors you discovered last year?

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  1. January 26, 2021 / 9:11 am

    I haven’t read Coraline myself, but have read a few other Gaiman books. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of my favorites of his, and one I recommend a lot. Neverwhere is also really good. You can never go wrong with Good Omens either.

    I read Long Way last year too, and have since read all the others including the forthcoming one. They’re all so good, although Long Way is probably still my favourite. Love that book!

    • simonevanheijst
      January 26, 2021 / 10:11 am

      I have Good Omens on my shelf, so I can for sure start with that one! The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one I want to read too. I heard many good things about it.

      I’m glad to hear you say you liked the other Wayfarers books too! Makes me want to read them more?

    • simonevanheijst
      January 26, 2021 / 9:04 pm

      Me too! It’s especially great when you find out a author already has many books out and you can binge read them all!

  2. January 26, 2021 / 12:54 pm

    I’ve read The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Stardust by Neil Gaiman but I did not enjoy The Ocean at the End of the Lane much at all. I liked Stardust a lot more, but then I was a big fan of the movie already before I read it.

    I haven’t read any of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books before but I keep seeing From Blood and Ash literally everywhere so I think I will have to read it at some point.

    • simonevanheijst
      January 26, 2021 / 3:19 pm

      I read From Blood & Ash only because I too kept seeing it everywhere. The power of people talking about books is very strong ? I hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it!

  3. January 26, 2021 / 2:28 pm

    So glad to see you enjoyed The Gilded Wolves. I read that and The Silvered Serpents last year, and oh my gosh, they were amazing! You should definitely check out The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes! Those were my first Chokshi books, and they’re slightly different in tone, but they were good too! Especially the latter.

    I actually bought The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club on a whim at the end of last year. Haven’t gotten to it yet, but I’m really glad to see it made your list! I’m looking forward to reading it even more now.

    Here’s my TTT post.

    • simonevanheijst
      January 26, 2021 / 9:06 pm

      I want to read The Star Touched Queen and Crown of Wishes this year! I’m sure I’ll love them. I read The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club in one sitting. It was the perfect combination of adorable and suspenseful. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

  4. January 26, 2021 / 4:26 pm

    I’m glad you liked Neil Gaiman’s work!

    Good Omens might be a good book of his to try next.

    Or, if you prefer to stick with his young adult works, The Graveyard Book is also good.

    My post.

  5. January 26, 2021 / 5:06 pm

    I love Neil Gaiman! And you’re right about Coraline. As creepy as it is, somehow, the movie is even more so. And this is for KIDS? LOL

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  6. January 26, 2021 / 5:18 pm

    Wow, okay, now I want all these, and what great covers too.

  7. January 26, 2021 / 6:29 pm

    I’ve read a few JLA books and enjoyed them. I’m glad you found her books this year.

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