#TopTenTuesday: New to Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

So, we’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is: New to Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

If you’ve seen my yearly wrap up or read any of my ‘favourites’ posts for my 2021 reads, none of these authors (or books) will be a surprise. I didn’t really keep proper track of it but I’m pretty sure that the majority of the books I read last year were by new-to-me authors and I enjoyed a lot of them! Since the majority of my reads were romance I’ve grouped the authors into genres: first, everything else (including fantasy, mystery, contemporary) followed by romance. Also, this is a list of 15 authors because it was too hard to narrow it down more and this is actually already quite narrowed down! 😂

Akwaeke Emezi
Holly Jackson
Adrian Tchaikovsky
Martha Wells
Fonda Lee

Emily Tesh
Cat Rector
Danielle L. Jensen
KJ Charles
Anita Kelly

Brighton Walsh
Lucy Parker
Ali Hazelwood
Katee Robert
Lisa Kleypas

What new-to-me authors did you discover in 2021? Did any of them become one of your newest all-time faves? Were any of the authors on this list new-to-you as well last year?

62 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday: New to Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

    1. I didn’t squeeze KJ Charles into 2021 but I read my first book of theirs this month and I’m looking forward to trying more. Its great when you find a new author with a big back catalogue to dive into!

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  1. I have heart eyes over that last row because I adore those authors so much!!
    I also read my first K.J Charles last year and really enjoyed their writing. I need to get back into that series and finish it up. I read Danielle L. Jensen YA wayy back but hadn’t read anything new from her until last year and The Bridge Kingdom wrecked me!

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    1. YAAS! A lot of the new romance faves I discovered was thanks to your recs, Nick! 😍 I love KJ Charles’ series and I can’t wait to read more of their books! SO so good. Also, ugh, The Bridge Kingdom books absolutely wrecked me too and I can’t wait for MORE books in that series 😍

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    1. Space spiders!? Don’t know how I feel about that (which one is it? haha) but I’m definitely keen to check out more of his books! Was pleasantly surprised by how accessible his writing is for the non-hardcore SF readers 😊 I hope you enjoy his book whenever you get to it!

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    1. Yes! I’m so glad I’m reading more romances 😂 They really got me through the year! Also, aah, I’m excited for you to try Kelly’s book! It’s so sweet and wholesome while still being steamy, haha! Happy reading, Deanna 😃

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    1. Kleypas has so many books it’s kind of intimidating but I’m picking them up based on discussions I’m seeing on romance book twitter and seeing the hype around the couples makes me pretty excited to dive into them 😂 I would definitely recommend the Murderbot books if you want to try adult SF and if you like compelling characters!

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  2. This is a great list! I really need to try Martha Wells. I’m sure I would love her books. Every time I see Neon Gods, I think, “I need to get my hands on that book!” It always sounds so good. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I’m so glad I tried Martha Wells last year—I devoured all the Murderbot books so quickly! I love them so much lol. I also hope you enjoy Neon Gods! I thought it was a great steamy retelling 😍 Happy reading!

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  3. I read some of these too but decided to be picky! haha. Oh my gosh, the book cover for, The Goddess of Nothing at All looks so good. I’m going to check Goodreads.. hold on… OMG.. LOKI! He’s my favorite. Please tell me you enjoyed it!? lol! I’m looking forward to Hazelwood’s new book!! ❤ Great list, Dini!

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    1. OMG YES! The Goddess of Nothing At All was one of my Top 5 reads of 2021, Leslie! SO GOOD! It’s told by Loki’s wife and it was just… oof, so compelling and so heartwrenchingly good! I wrote a really blubbery review cos it had me all up in my feels 😂 DEFO recommend it, Leslie!

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      1. Ahhhhh!!!!! This makes my freaking day! Haha. Just downloaded it from my library!! I am so stoked. I’m going to read it next week!! 😍😍 I love Loki so much.. I’m excited to see it from her perspective!

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    1. I can’t wait to read more by Lucy Parker! I really can’t wait for the next book in the Battle Royal series to come out though—like I want it yesterday please cos I know I’m gonna looove it 😂 I’m defo gonna have to check out her London Celebrities series too! Also, yes, I would highly rec Jade City (the audiobook is great if you like audios)—imo, it has some of the best world building and character development that I’ve read in SFF! I hope you enjoy it if you try it 😊

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    1. I can’t wait to read more Tchaikovsky! I was pleasantly surprised by how accessible his books are for non-hardcore SF readers. I always thought his books would go over my head but I actually really loved it 😃 I hope you enjoy his books too!

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  4. They would have all been new to me, as well. I haven’t even heard of many of them. Glad you found so many new authors.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

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    1. Yes, I loved Vivek Oji and would recommend it. It’s so beautifully written but such a heartwrenching story (in the best way)! You can check out my review for it if you want to see my full thoughts on it! 😊 I didn’t think I read so many new-to-me authors in 2021 but apparently so, lol!

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