2020 was the year I properly got back into reading after several years of just dipping in and out and you can bet I discovered a lot of new authors! I read a lot of different genres so I could get a feel for what I enjoyed now as a 27-year-old, some books didn’t quite work for me anymore, but some I found I really loved now I was older! In particular romcoms never really appealed to me before, but now I have a whole bookshelf dedicated to them!
Because of how many authors I did read for the first time last year, I decided to make a list of the top ten I most enjoyed, whose books I’m looking forward to reading in the future as well! I’ve put in brackets what genre they come under because, I’m very much a mood reader and flit in and out of different genres all out the time!
Lyssa Kay Adams (Adult Rom-Com)
Okay so the Bromance Book Club is now among one of my favourite romance series! It’s just like being among friends when I read it and they’re always guaranteed to make me laugh and swoon. I especially loved the latest one (Noah is mine, hands off!) and I can’t wait for the next book to be released this year!
Natasha Pulley (Adult Historical Magical Realism)
I only managed to read the one book by Natasha Pulley this year but you can bet I already own the other two books she’s written (and have an ARC for the next one!!). I absolutely adored this one, and her writing and am pretty much guaranteed to devour anything she writes next!
Holly Black (YA Fantasy)
I read my first Holly Black book series this year and I don’t know why I haven’t picked up her books before! I loved her style of dark fairy tales and I cannot wait to read more by her. At the moment I’m looking at going back into her backlist and reading the Tithe series but I’ll definitely be on the lookout for whatever new releases she comes up!
M.A. Grant (Adult Urban Fantasy)
This one was an M/M Urban Fantasy that I read on a bit of a whim but absolutely loved so much I promptly downloaded the other two books onto my kindle and read them all within the space of a week. Which is huge for me because I’m such a slow reader 😅 the romance and emotions in these books is so intense! I’m definitely going to have to reread them one day so I can give them all proper reviews. This series does not get the attention it deserves.
Jen Deluca (Adult Rom-com)
This is one I read at the beginning of the year, before I ever even had a thought to begin blogging and reviewing my reads. It was a delightfully fluffy romcom with a bit of enemies-to-lovers, with a RenFaire setting that was fantastic. Don’t let the cover fool you though, this was definitely an adult romance book and did contain a couple of graphic sex scenes toward the end.
Tricia Levenseller (YA Fantasy)
Who hasn’t read Tricia Levenseller, or this particular book yet? It was soooo good. I loved our heroine (if she can be called that haha), she was determined, she knew what she wanted and she had a brilliant plan to pull it all off. I loved that this was so different to a lot of YA fantasies out there, it was dark and gritty and the romance was very swoony! She has a new one out this year, Blade of Secrets, which is about a blacksmith with anxiety and you can bet I’m going to preorder it nearer the time!
Lizzie Shane (Adult Holiday Romance)
I didn’t actually read many holiday-themed books this year. I read a Sarah Morgan back in October, and then I saw this one on Amazon and the cover just hooked me. How cute and cuddly does it look? And the inside was just as good! I absolutely loved it and can’t wait for the sequel to come out in May!
Sarah Morgenthaler (Adult Rom-coms)
I’ve read the first two books in the Moose Springs series and they’ve both had me in stitches. Sarah Morgenthaler has a wonderful sense of humour and her books are honestly just the right type of bonkers. We have grumpy heroes, sassy heroines and a wonderful dose of romance and humour that makes these books absolutely delightful. I really need to read the third one now it’s been released!
Isabel Ibanez (YA Fantasy)
Woven in Moonlight was one of the first reviews I ever posted on this blog, and it definitely holds a soft place in my heart just for that. I did really enjoy this one though, it was a culturally rich, character-driven fantasy that questioned the views of the heroine and had some fantastic character development. The second in the duology has just been released and I’m dying to read it and find out what happens next!
Stephanie Garber (YA Fantasy)
I’ve only read the first book in the series but wow is Caraval a magical one! I know some people don’t like Garber’s writing style but I actually really enjoyed it, she’s got a very lyrical way of describing things that really matches her character’s way of thinking. I just recently got the rest of the trilogy for Christmas so I’m hoping to read more soon. Especially as it’s recently been announced that she was a spin-off book coming out at the end of the year!
So that’s ten authors I discovered this year! Did you discover any new authors this year that you fell in love with? Let me know in the comments!