Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Favorite Authors I Discovered in 2020

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020. I discovered quite a few authors for the first time last year, and added some new favorites to my list. Here are ten, in no particular order.

  • Jan Karon
    I have known of Jan Karon and her Mitford books for a long time, but had always dismissed them, thinking they would be too saccharine or preachy. But someone on Instagram mentioned that At Home in Mitford had strong fall vibes when I was looking for autumn-themed reading material, and I decided to try the audiobook. Between September and the end of the year I ended up reading 8 of these books!

  • Rosamunde Pilcher
    This is another author I'd heard of but had never tried for myself. In September, I read September  and in December, I read Winter Solstice. Both were very cozy, relaxing reads.

  • Anne Rivers Siddons
    I found Colony by this author when I was looking for pre-2000 women's fiction to listen to over the summer. I loved it so much that I bought several others of the author's books, including Outer Banks, which I also really enjoyed.

  • Fredrik Backman
    I wanted to try this author, and I decided to start with Beartown. I loved the writing, and I thought he handled difficult subject matter very tastefully and gracefully. I plan to read more of his books in 2021.

  • Beth O'Leary
    I downloaded the audio review copy of The Switch from NetGalley and really loved the story. I am planning to read The Flatshare by this author in 2021.

  • Katherine Center
    I read Things You Save in a Fire because the description sounded interesting. I then immediately downloaded the ARC of What You Wish For from Edelweiss. I like that these are love stories with some substance.  

  • Abby Jimenez
    The Happy Ever After Playlist was one of the books in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide. It was the perfect summer read.  

  • Abbi Waxman
    I read both The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and I Was Told It Would Get Easier and then I bought Other People's Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings for Kindle. I love the way Waxman writes.

  • Anne Tyler 
    Redhead by the Side of the Road from the Modern Mrs. Darcy summer reading guide was my first Anne Tyler and I gave it five stars. 

  • Wendell Berry
    I had been saying for years I was going to try Wendell Berry and in 2020 I decided to read Hannah Coulter. It was beautifully written and it was one of my favorites of the year. 

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