Top Ten Tuesday - 10 New to me Authors read in 2020

Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Greetings! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today we want to give a very big welcome to all the authors who got us through the dreadful year that was 2020.

Choosing a new book and especially a "new" author, is like opening a box of chocolates. And just like in life, you never know exactly what you going to get. That's why I've invited a very special friend to welcome all those new-to-us authors we've read in 2020. 


There were a couple of authors I've encountered for the first time last year, but I am only going to list the 10 that I know I will devour again.



This is our cheat author. My Mommy's read one of her books many year ago when she still wrote mostly soppy love stories. But then she changed her writing style... One of my Mommy's friends brought her some of this author's books during lock down (it was left at the gate, no contact) and she loved it. We've read 4 of her books last year. It's in Afrikaans, but we are trying to read more Afrikaans so that was good!




We've read two of her books last year, but we are desperately trying to get our hands on all her books. Loved it and devoured it. 



The Aviator's Wife  has been on my Mommy's TBR list for years and when she started sorting that dreadful list out last year, she came across this book and definitely this author. The Swans of Fifth Avenue is loaded onto the Kindle and we'll get to it soon. 



My Mommy had her eye on this author for quite some time and after reading Beartown, she now knows to follow her instincts.



Another Afrikaans Author, sorry. But you will actually be able to get some of his books translated. One of the Book Club ladies bought some of his books last year and now my Mommy is on a quest to get them all for Book Club. Brilliant reads. 



I've got no idea how this author got unnoticed by my Mommy for so many years. 


7. Gill Paul 

Every April, my Mommy tries to read a book on the Titanic. In 2020, she read Women and Children First and it was one of the best historical accounts on the tragic events that she's read in years. Jackie and Maria: A Novel of Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas is waiting for us and I'm sure there will be a few more we want to read.



My Mommy's only children are either feline or canine. Therefore she has never been in need of any parenting advice and would never ever came across this author if she didn't approach us and asked if we wanted to review her first fantasy/fiction novel, Falling into Magic. We can't wait for the next one in the series.



Everybody should read a Beth O'Leary at least once. There's simply nothing not to like.



Somehow, all that tedious housework we had to do during lock down, became something my Mommy looked forward to when she was listening to Something in the Water. Can't wait to get our hands and paws on more of her books. 

What authors were new to you in 2020?


43 comments

  1. Beth O'Leary is so much fun! I put her on my list, but then I realized I'd actually read her first book in 2019. I'm looking forward to reading her third this year.

    It's wonderful to discover new authors.

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    1. I think I am going to try to read at least one of her books once a year. It is so much fun and we need that!

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  2. I'm glad you found so many enjoyable new authors last year.

    My post.

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    1. It was a good year for reading, if not for anything else - for reading at least.

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  3. Ha, I love the graphic you decided to use! Fredrik Backman is one of my favorite authors of all time! I still need to read Anxious People, but my favorite book of his so far has been My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. Hits me in the feels every time.

    Here's my TTT post.

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    1. I just love Forest Gump and thought and he is the perfect person to "welcome" new guests. I've listed quite a few of Fredrik Backman's books and hope I will get to it soon.

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  4. I love how you incorporated Forest Gump into your post! So cute :) I hope you can stop by:

    https://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2021/01/top-ten-tuesday-2020-new-to-me-authors.html

    Colletta

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    1. Hi Colletta! It was just a quick brainwave and it worked well! Glad you enjoy it!

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  5. Something in the Water sounds very intriguing. I don't know if your mommy should let you listen to it, though! ;)

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    1. Hi there Savannah! Oh Elza listens to all my audiobooks with me and so far she handles it quite well.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I've only read Kate Morton from your list and I enjoyed her books very much. Will have to look up some of the others.
    Lynn :D

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    1. I've only read The Secret Keeper, but it was sooo good. I just know I will enjoy the rest of her books as well.

      Thanks for stopping by Lynn!

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  7. Ooo! Backman. Such a great find. I need to read more of his books. I've only read 2.

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    1. He really does have a wonderful writing style and he writes so diverse. Will definitely read more of his books.

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  8. Great list! I want to try Ruth Ware's books. Also, Elizabeth Pantley. I don't have human children either, but Elizabeth asked me to review her fiction books and I'm looking forward to reading them.

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    1. Hi Yvonne! Elizabeth Pantley has a nice writing style and I loved the quirky humor in Falling into Magic. I think you will enjoy her books too.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I’m thrilled you discovered Backman! Lots to love there!

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    1. He is such a diverse author with a great writing style.
      Looking forward to reading more of his work.

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  10. I like both Ruth Ware and Fredrick Backman. I have Anxious People waiting for me on my shelves right now.

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    1. Hi Helen! I've got the follow up to Beartown waiting for me. I really enjoyed that book.

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  11. Audiobooks definitely help make the time pass faster as I do chores! The only authors from your list that I've read are Fredrik Backman, Melanie Benjamin, and Kate Morton. I plan to read more by all of them.

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    1. Hi Jen! That's more than what I have for many of the TTT participants. There were some posts I didn't recognise at all!
      I have books lined up for all three of these authors. Yea!!

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  12. I LOVE Kate Morton and have really enjoyed everything I've read by Melanie Benjamin. I read the first two Ruth Ware books and loved them but then was kind of meh on the third one so haven't read any of her more recent stuff. Sounds like I need to go pick up those two.

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    1. Hi Katherine! I've missed Ruth Ware's earlier books and only read these two. I am looking forward to reading more books by Kate Morton. I've devoured The Secret Keeper and thought it was really good. I've bought The Lake House and hope to get to it soon.

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  13. I encountered Ruth Ware for the first time in 2020, I really enjoyed One by One!

    I have done a Wondrous Words this week, I hope I’ve done you proud!!!

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    1. Hi there my friend! I saw One by One on your blog and that's when I've decided to read it too.
      Yea!!! Wondrous Words Wednesday!! Going to take a look now.
      Thank you!!!!

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  14. I love your graphics! So clever.

    I've read two of Ware's books. You'll definitely want to get your hands on her earlier ones. Frederick Backman has been on my list forever. Need to get to some of his books this year. I've heard of Morton too. I hear she's good as well. Great authors!

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    1. I hear that Ruth Ware's earlier books are better. I really enjoyed One by One and The Turn of the Key, so I guess I will really have to check it out.

      Thanks Heather!

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  15. I am once again in love with the adorableness of your blog. :)

    Sounds like you found some lovely authors in 2020. It's always exciting to discover someone new! I tried quite a few YA authors in 2020 like Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands), Holly Black (The Cruel Prince, which I didn't care for), and Stephanie Garber (Caraval, another one I didn't really like although I plan to read it again someday to be sure). I also read Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. Now that was disturbing and brilliant.

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    1. Hi there Carissa! Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoy our blog. It's a wonderful escape from reality and we just wish we had more time to spend on here. I'm trying to think if I've read any YA books last year... Nothing comes to mind! Oh wait, Leigh Bardugo.

      The Haunting of Hill House was good yes, disturbing is a rather accurate description!

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  16. Aww, Tom Hanks waving hi was the best part. But seriously, Kate Morton! I have already picked up 3 of her books for the Cloak & Dagger 2021 (mystery reading) challenge -- yet to start those. And that's high praise for Beth O'Leary -- I'll keep that in mind :-)
    ~Lexlingua

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    1. Hi there Lex! I love Tom Hanks and especially Forest Gump. Not that Elza will have a clue. I have 2 Kate Morton's lined up and will get to them soon. Beth O'Leary is definitely a fun, go-to author if you are looking for something light, but still substantial enough.

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  17. Oh, I love this! Love Forrest Gump! Beartown was great, wasn't it? I also enjoyed the follow up, Us Against You. I still need to read more by Backman. :)

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    1. Hi Dedra! It was super great yes and I have Us Against You on my shelf. Hope to get to it soon.

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  18. Ruth Ware was an instant fave for me the first year I read her too, though it's been 2.5 years now and I only actually read her 2nd and 3rd...same for Kate Morton, even though I'm still trying to make the time for a second one after the same timespan!

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    1. Hi there! That is the problem with all these great books out there. There just isn't enough time to read them all!

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  19. Oh, and I forgot to mention, that opening comparison was wonderfully apt.

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  20. I haven't read any of these authors, although I would really like to try Kate Morton, as I am always good things about her books and they sound very me! I also took part in this week's TTT topic, as I managed to read 12 new-to-me authors in 2020. Favourites including Robert Dinsdale (The Toymakers), Hazel Gaynor (The Cottingley Secret) and Natalie Jenner (The Jane Austen Society). šŸ™‚

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    1. Aaaah The Jane Austen Society is still on my TBR list. Glad to hear it made such an impact on you. Will definitely move it up a bit.

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  21. Hahaha I love the way you've set out your list. I keep meaning to try Ruth Ware and Kate Morton's work!

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    1. Thanks Jess! Just a bit of fun. So wish I had more time. Ruth Ware and Kate Morton are both worth the try. Hope you get to read them.

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  22. Beth O'Leary ! I had such fun reading her part-time apartment story, I have the Switch on my kindle. I read a book by Kate Morton last year and loved it, I need to lay my hands on a novel by Ruth Ware, too. Ah, so many books, so little time !

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