TTT #212 – New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2021

Posted January 25, 2022 by Lillian in Features / 10 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together

Happy Tuesday y’all! Today’s topic is “New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021.” I read a lot of new-to-me authors last year and broadened my genres a bit. I’ve always read romance because I like a little romance with my fantasy/sci-fi books, but it’s never been my go-to read. I read a LOT of romance last year so I discovered a lot authors that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I also dived into my TBR list discovering authors that I had been on my radar for years. Here are my top ten new-to-me authors (and the books I read) during 2021 in no particular orders. Covers/titles link to Blog, Goodreads, Amazon (affiliate).

New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2021

Emily Henry (Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation)

I devoured these! There is simply no other way to describe it. Both are beautifully written romances, full of emotion that is guaranteed to make you tear up and leave you smiling by the end. I’ve already preordered her new book coming later this year and simply cannot wait. She’s a new auto-buy for me!

Karen M. McManus (One of Us is Lying)

I read this one as a part of #COYER book club one month last year. It is not my normal read, however I loved it. I sat down reluctantly to read it and wound up finishing it in nearly one sitting! I’m excited to read more from her.

Book Cover for "One of Us is Lying" by Karen M. McManus

Adrienne Young (Fable and Namesake)

Another I devoured. I loved everything about this duology. The writing style is truly what captured me. Young knows how to weave a story and world together. I cannot wait to read more from her.

Renée Ahdieh (The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger)

I absolutely fell in love with this duology! I’m so thankful that Lenore @ Celebrity Readers wanted to buddy read it because it has been on my TBR shelf for what feels like years. I love all things Arabian Nights anyways, so it wasn’t a stretch for me to love this one. I was blown away by the way the author made it her own while also weaving in details from the classic.

Book Cover for "Curse of the Specter Queen" by Jenny Elder Moke

Jenny Elder Moke (Curse of the Specter Queen)

I enjoyed this one. It has the adventure of Indiana Jones with the mythology of The Mummy, two of my favorite movie franchises. It is also set around the same time period (love period pieces). I’m excited to read more of the series–book 2 comes out in June!

Lauren Layne (To Sir, With Love)

This was my first book from Layne, and it will not be my last! It was one of my favorite reads last year, kicking off our Summer of Love event. A modern spin on one of my favorites, You’ve Got Mail, and I read it in one sitting. Pretty sure I had a goofy grin throughout the entire book. It is that good!

Book Cover for "To Sir, With Love" by Lauren Layne
Book Cover for “Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors” by Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev (Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors)

I love all things Austen, and this one was fabulous! I read it as a part of the #COYER book club (there are a lot of those on this list), and I’m so glad it was picked. I loved the blending of cultures and how Dev told a new story with a spin on the old classic. If I had a complaint, it was that it ended too soon.

Kasie West (P.S. I Like You)

This was our final read for Summer of Love, and it really ended us on a high note. This was the first time I’d read West (I’ve never been much of a contemporary YA fan), and I devoured it. I started off listening, then moved to my copy of the book, finishing it in one sitting. It was such a fun, fluffy, cute read.

Book Cover for "P.S. I Like You" by Kasie West
Book Cover for Project Hail Mary by Andy Weif

Andy Weir (Project Hail Mary)

Another #COYER book club read. I wasn’t sure about this one going in. I like sci-fi, but for me it can be hit or miss. I loved this one! I did switch to audio after a few chapters, and I highly recommend it. It added an element that I can’t describe. In truth, I can’t say much about this one without spoilers, so I’ll just say I highly recommend it and plan to read all of Weir’s works 😉

Erin A. Craig (House of Salt and Sorrows and Small Favors)

I read House of Salt and Sorrows as a part of #COYER book club, enjoyed it so much that I went looking for more of the author’s books and came across Small Favors. Both of these are very different stories, but are told in Craig’s distinct writing voice. I loved the mystery and suspense around these as well as the gothic setting. I highly recommend them!

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10 responses to “TTT #212 – New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2021

  1. Coyer book club really pushed me to some new ones last year too. Hoping it will do the same this year – it was more positive than negative newbies for me (like Emily Henry and Sonali Dev). Of course, I haven’t managed to keep reading any of them 🙈 but I do own more of their books now lol
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  2. I love that we buddy read quite a few of these!! We’re good for each other. 😉 Even if our latest wasn’t exactly a success.

    I’ve been a Lauren Layne fan for awhile, and while occasionally a book will miss, she’s pretty consistent. Blurred Lines, and For Better or Worse are probably 2 of my favourites. I kind of want to reread them now. And I really enjoyed Walk of Shame, which is on Audibles sale right now.
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