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Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl invited us to share ten “New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2021.” I tend to bounce around a lot of new authors (I am terrible at finishing a book series!) so I “discovered” a lot of new ones last year. In fact, I just checked my Top Ten Books of 2021 to confirm what I suspected–they’re all new-to-me authors! I’ll share some other authors that I found and enjoyed last year but whom I didn’t mention as often.
Madeline Miller (Circe) I know I’m late to the party but I’m happy to be part of the fan club now!
Ellen Forney (Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me) I admire Ms. Forney’s honesty about her bipolar diagnosis.
Liza Mundy (Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II) I admire Ms. Mundy for bringing this untold story to light and giving these heroes the attention they deserve
Jennifer Niven (Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic) This book was so well-written, I also felt like I met Ada herself.
Helen Scales (Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells) I don’t think this book was quite as funny as Mary Roach’s books, but I would definitely mention Scales if someone asked me who writes engaging, quirky science books.
Indu Sundaresan (The Twentieth Wife) This book not only introduced me to Ms. Sundaresan, but also to the fabulous narrator Sneha Mathan. Bonus!
Mary Sharratt (Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen) Hildegard was born in the 11th century. I imagine it’s not easy to research and write fiction about a time so far in the past but Sharratt pulled it off admirably.
Martha Wells (All Systems Red) I’m late to this fan club too but I loved the intro to this series.
T. Kingfisher AKA Ursula Vernon (The Hollow Places) Last year, I actually read books by Vernon and Kingfisher (her pen name for her adult titles) for the first time. Harriet the Invincible was cute but I sensed that a kindred spirit penned The Hollow Places.
Kevin Wilson (Nothing to See Here) This quirky book about found family pushed all the right buttons for me.
That’s my list! Have you read any of these? Which authors did you discover in 2021? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!