Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

I have an affiliate relationship with Bookshop.org and Malaprop's Bookstore in beautiful Asheville, NC. I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase merchandise through links on my site. Read more on my affiliate page.
Top Ten Tuesday

Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl invited us to share “ten new-to-me authors I read in 2020.” I tend to read a lot of new-to-me authors and several books from my top ten books of 2020 would work for this prompt. I decided to list authors who didn’t appear on that list but whose works I did enjoy. Links either go to my review (if I wrote one), or the Malaprop’s bookstore website.

Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

I discovered Grady Hendrix last year and quickly read most of his back catalog, which is almost unheard of for me. My favorite was My Best Friend’s Exorcism.

I don’t remember how I found Khalida Brohi‘s powerful memoir, I Should Have Honor, but I’m glad I did. She’s such a brave, passionate woman, fighting to make life better for all women in Pakistan.

I’m late to the Helen Hoang party but I finally arrived! I don’t read much romance but The Kiss Quotients humor and the main character’s awkwardness appealed to me. I don’t have Asperger’s like she and the author do, but I’m not socially adept either.

David Wellington–I don’t typically read a lot of science fiction but something made me pick up The Last Astronaut. It was an intriguing take on the “first contact” trope. The audiobook, read by Megan Tusing, was very well done.

Veronica Henry–Yet another romance. But with a title like How to Find Love in a Bookshop, how could I resist?

James R. Benn–I read about WWII fairly often, but more from the civilian side. The first book of the Billy Boyle mystery series was a new look at the war for me.

I’ve had Rachel Hawkins on my radar for a decade but I just read her first book, Hex Hall, last year and enjoyed it immensely.

I first heard of Adrienne Young after I returned to book blogging in June but I quickly read two of her books (Fable was my favorite).

Mackenzi Lee is another author I discovered after returning to blogging. I loved The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and can’t wait to read the second in the series.

Seanan McGuire–My sister recommended Every Heart a Doorway to me. We have remarkably similar taste so of course I liked it too.

That’s my list! Have you read any of these authors? What did you think? Which authors did/would you choose? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!

I have an affiliate relationship with Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe in beautiful Asheville, NC. I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase merchandise through links on my site.

Other Posts You May Enjoy:


  1. I also read The Last Astronaut and was very pleasantly surprised – although I tackled the ebook, rather than the audio version. I’m guessing there were some really creepy moments in there! I love the breadth of your list, Jan:)).

  2. I’m afraid I haven’t read any of these authors or books, Jen, but I am pleased you discovered so many new authors that you enjoyed in 2020. I also took part in this TTT topic as I read 12 new authors last year – Some of my favourites were Robert Dinsdale, Hazel Gaynor and Natalie Jenner. 🙂

  3. I do like first contact stories, so will definitely try The Last Astronaut. Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series is my all-time favorite Urban Fantasy series (and highly recommend if you like UF). But Helen Hoang — seriously, I really need to read her work!

  4. There’s something about Grady Hendrix I really enjoy. I still need to read The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires and We Sold Our Souls but looking forward to both this year! Kiss Quotient and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue have also been on my list. Next time in the mood for some romance…Seanan McGuire’s series is on my radar. Need to get to it!

  5. I also read my first Grady Hendrix last year, but for me it was The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. I really enjoyed his sense of humor!

  6. I have enjoyed Helen Hoang’s 2 books that I’ve read and I like Mackenzi Lee’s series as well, though I liked the first one best.

  7. I haven’t read any of these authors, but How To Find Love In A Bookshop sounds cute. I’m kind of jealous of anyone who loved Gentleman’s Guide…, because while the premise doesn’t appeal to me, they’re super cool covers and it must be nice to have additional books in that style. Hope you enjoy them.

    Also, ten years on the radar, wow! Glad she was worth the wait.

  8. Several of these are on my tbr list — Every Heart a Doorway, How to Find Love in a Bookshop, and I think Billy Boyle is buried in the list somewhere, too. And it looks like I’ll be putting Fable on the list as well!

  9. Hi there! Such a great list you have! I still want to read Fable and Every Heart a Doorway should really get off my TBR on my READ list now. Only hear good things about it.

    Happy TTT!

    Elza Reads

  10. I’ve been hearing so many good things about Fable! I’ve only read one of Grady Hendrix’s books–Horrorstor–but I keep meaning to try more of his work, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed My Best Friend’s Exorcism.

    1. Fable was really good! And you should definitely read more of Grady Hendrix. I read Horrorstor as well. I did enjoy it but I liked My Best Friend’s Exorcism and even The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires even more.

I love to hear from you! Please contact me (menu bar, above) if you're having trouble commenting.