Top Ten Tuesday #300

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good week since I last did one of these. I attended the virtual UK launch of The Mask Falling, the latest Bone Season book yesterday (the book is out today so if you’re a Bone Season fan, our time is now!) and it was a really fun event, I do miss in-person book events, but the virtual events I’ve been to so far have been really well run and the authors and moderators have done a great job.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking about our Top Ten New To Me Authors We Discovered In 2020, which is always one of my favourite topics to share as I love raving about new authors I’ve come to love. It’s also a timely topic as it coincides with my 300th Top Ten Tuesday, so it’s nice to have a topic I like doing for this milestone post. So here we go, the new to me authors I discovered last year that I will be reading more from (as always, they are all women because I read basically no male authors these days):

  1. Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves was one of my favourite reads from last year, it was such a fun read and I’m super excited to read the sequel next month and also for the final book in the trilogy later this year. I really enjoyed Roshani Chokshi’s writing and especially her character dynamics, so I will definitely be checking out her work after The Gilded Wolves trilogy ends.

2. SA Chakraborty

I devoured the Daevabad trilogy last year, I loved SA Chakraborty’s lush, expansive worldbuilding and the characters she created in this world. I’m already super excited for her new series, the first book of which is set to publish next year, which sounds like a historical pirate heist, so basically everything I love in one book.

3. Holly Jackson

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder is one of the best mysteries I’ve read in ages, so naturally Holly Jackson is an author I’m definitely going to be looking out for from now on. I’m super excited to read the sequel this year and apparently there’s going to be a third book as well, so lots more adventures for Pip and Ravi to come, which is great! I find it so hard to find mysteries that really impress me, so having found Holly Jackson, she’s definitely an author I’m going to be following well into the future.

4. Roseanne A. Brown

I really enjoyed Roseanne’s debut, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin last year and I’m super excited to read the sequel when it comes out later this year. She’s already a really great writer, so I’m looking forward to seeing how she grows through her career.

5. Madeline Miller

Circe was another of my favourite reads from last year, Madeline is such a beautiful writer and I love Greek mythology so much, so I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from her. The Song of Achilles is definitely near the top of the list of books I want to read, because I’ve heard so many good things about it!

6. Addie Thorley

I really enjoyed Night Spinner when I read it last year, it was such a creative fantasy, I loved the arctic setting, not one that’s really utilised very much in fantasy. I’m really excited to read the sequel, Sky Breaker and also to read her debut An Affair of Poisons because I love historical fantasy.

7. Laura Bates

Men Who Hate Women was my favourite book of last year, and with one of my goals for the year being to read more non-fiction, I can definitely see myself picking up more of Laura Bates’ books this year, starting with Everyday Sexism which I already have on my shelf.

8. Rebecca Schaeffer

Not Even Bones was a really exciting series starter, so I’m looking forward to read the rest of the Market of Monsters trilogy, I already have Only Ashes Remain, so hopefully I will get around to it at some point this year.

9. Susan Dennard

I read all of the Witchlands books last year, and I’m really looking forward to Witchshadow coming out in June. I really enjoy following Susan on Instagram, she always has great writing tips and talks a lot about craft and process which I really appreciate!

10. Kalynn Bayron

Cinderella is Dead was one of my favourite reads of last year, and I was really surprised because Cinderella is not one of my favourite fairytales, but I loved what Bayron did with it. I’m already excited for her 2021 release This Poison Heart, it has such a beautiful cover and I love the idea of the plant magic.

So there we go, those were my favourite new-to-me authors of 2020. All of these authors have books I’m really looking forward to reading either already out or coming out in the future, so I look forward to hopefully finding even more favourite books from them! Have you read any of these authors? Did you enjoy their books? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, this time the topic is Books Written Before I Was Born, which should be a really interesting one, I’m intrigued to see how all of our lists differ, given the varying ages of bloggers in the book community!

70 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #300

  1. lydiaschoch 26/01/2021 / 1:46 pm

    I’m glad you found so many enjoyable new authors last year.

    My post.

  2. frayedbooks 26/01/2021 / 1:46 pm

    I’m hoping to read Cinderella is Dead this year, I hear good things about it!

  3. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den 26/01/2021 / 1:48 pm

    I hope you get to read The Silvered Serpents soon! It was *chef’s kiss* Even better than the first, somehow. I’m so eager for the third one now. I reeeally need to read Holly Jackson! I keep seeing her books at my library and thinking that I should check them out, but I just haven’t had time yet. xD But I hope to get to them soon!

    Here’s my TTT post.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:28 pm

      I’ve been hearing that a lot, so I’m super excited. Did you see the cover for the third one? Whoever designed that series did an INCREDIBLE job. Definitely recommend if you get the time, I’m hard to impress with mysteries and she definitely did!

      • Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den 03/02/2021 / 10:25 pm

        THERE’S A COVER?! *scampers to Goodreads* Oh my gosh! That cover! *melts* They really did do such a good job on the covers for this. I’m thinking this will be set in the middle east, perhaps? I love that they’ve reflected the setting of the book!

      • iloveheartlandx 09/02/2021 / 11:29 am

        It’s so beautiful! I think it’s Venice actually, the cover is the canals? I definitely get the Middle East vibes though, the colours do definitely give that!

  4. Jess @ Jessticulates 26/01/2021 / 2:11 pm

    The Song of Achilles is one of my all-time favourite novels, so I hope you love it! So many of these authors are authors I want to try–especially Roseanne A. Brown and Holly Jackson–I can’t wait to read whatever S.A Chakraborty brings out next.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:26 pm

      I hope so too, I’ve heard so much good stuf about it. I hope you enjoy their books, I thought they were both really great. Me either, it sounds like so much fun, I love pirates!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks! I’ve only read one of her books so far, but it was great and I can definitely see her becoming a new favourite!

  5. Leslie 26/01/2021 / 4:02 pm

    Wohoo!! That’s a lot of TTT but that’s awesome!! What a great list of authors! I hope you find some great ones this year too. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:24 pm

      Ha ha yes, every week for almost six years, I have definitely done a lot of TTTs! I was so lucky that I found so many awesome authors last year, so I’m hoping this year will be the same. I hope you also find lots of great new authors this year πŸ™‚

      • Leslie 31/01/2021 / 11:29 pm

        That’s so impressive. I used to number mine and stopped that a few years ago. I should see how many I’m at. I’m sure you will find many great ones this year! πŸ™‚

      • iloveheartlandx 09/02/2021 / 12:03 pm

        Ha ha I’m honestly just super lazy and can’t be bothered giving proper titles to my TTT posts, so I just number them!

  6. bexthebibliophile 26/01/2021 / 4:29 pm

    S A Chakraborty is an author that I am desperate to read from, the praise for the Daevabad trilogy has been amazing!

  7. Rabeeah 26/01/2021 / 5:44 pm

    300 TTTs! That’s impressive! πŸ‘πŸ½

    I’ve got Cinderella is Dead on my TBR for this year, so it’s good news you enjoyed it! (And that the author already has a second novel in the works!)

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:19 pm

      Ha ha thanks, I’ve been doing it for about 5 years, almost 6 now actually. Ah that’s great, I hope you enjoy it too πŸ™‚

  8. evelynreads1 26/01/2021 / 6:30 pm

    Great list! SA Chakraborty is also on mine!

    My post!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:16 pm

      Thanks! Ah glad to hear you enjoyed her books last year too πŸ™‚

  9. Leah's Books 26/01/2021 / 6:31 pm

    You’ve got some amazing authors on here. Great list, and I’ve got a few new books to add to my TBR now.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:15 pm

      I was so lucky with how many great authors I discovered last year, one of very few bright spots in 2020. Ah yay, I always love it when people say they found new books to add to their TBR from my posts πŸ™‚

  10. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 26/01/2021 / 6:50 pm

    I found Madeline Miller through Circe a couple of years ago. Now I hope to go back and read Achilles.

  11. Susan 26/01/2021 / 8:02 pm

    Holly Jackson is the only one of these authors I’ve read. I also loved A GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE. I can’t wait for the sequel!

    Happy TTT!


    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:12 pm

      Yes, I bought the sequel last year and I just need to get around to reading it!

  12. Louise 26/01/2021 / 8:20 pm

    I’ve been toying with picking up the Night Spinner 😊

  13. emmak89 26/01/2021 / 9:08 pm

    Lots of new-to-me authors here too but I think I’ll be adding Cinderella Is Dead to my list! I also discovered Madeleine Miller through Circe a couple of years ago – and incredible read!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:11 pm

      I hope you enjoy Cinderella is Dead. Yes, it was so good!

  14. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 26/01/2021 / 10:51 pm

    I haven’t seen too many people talking about Not Even Bones, but I really enjoyed that one as well. I also need to pick up the second books soon. Glad you discovered so many authors last year!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:10 pm

      Yeah unfortunately it seems to be a very under the radar book which is a shame because I thought it was a really fun read! Thanks, so am I!

  15. nbiblioholic 26/01/2021 / 11:04 pm

    I’ve read a couple of these authors and yes, The Gilded Wolves and its sequel, The Silvered Serpents, were such amazing reads. I will definitely be reading more from this author.

    I hope you find even more great authors and reads this year!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:09 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that! I haven’t got around to Silvered Serpents yet but the feelings around it seem to be generally good, so I’m really excited to try it. Thank you, you too πŸ™‚

  16. Jen at Introverted Reader 26/01/2021 / 11:49 pm

    I loved the Daevabad trilogy and Circe as well! I didn’t realize that Chakraborty is starting another series. Exciting news!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:07 pm

      They are both so great! Yeah she is, set to come out next year I think πŸ™‚

  17. Greg 27/01/2021 / 1:49 am

    I’ve got Miller on my list to read, I love the sound of Circe.

  18. thebookishlibra 27/01/2021 / 2:38 am

    I read Madeline Miller for the first time last year as well and thought Circe was great.

  19. 1girl2manybooks 27/01/2021 / 5:22 am

    Madeline Miller is amazing! I also really want to read A Song of Wraiths And Ruin, it’s on my Wishlist!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:05 pm

      Definitely need to try Song of Achilles at some point! Ah you should, it’s such a good book, I hope you get to it soon.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them if you do decide to read them πŸ™‚

  20. pagesandtea 27/01/2021 / 8:22 am

    I really hope to read The City of Brass sometime soon, so glad to see you enjoyed those books. I’d also like to read Circe as well, it sounds really good.

  21. dinipandareads 27/01/2021 / 12:20 pm

    From this list I’ve only read Miller’s books but I think it’s time I prioritised Chokshi and Chakraborty because I’ve heard super great things about both their books and I get curiouser each time someone raves about both series. I do also want to try a lot of these other authors too though! Great list πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 4:02 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the authors you decide to try πŸ™‚

  22. jessicaapril7 27/01/2021 / 2:55 pm

    Lovely list! While I didn’t enjoy The Gilded Wolves as much as I had hoped, I am curious to see how Laila and Hypnos are doing (hopefully still being fabulous together), and I want to know all about the magic in Russia, so I’ll probably have to pick up the second book at some point.

    And I really need to pick up Madeline Miller, I think Circe would be right up my alley.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 3:08 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy the second book more if you do decide to read it. Circe was a really great book, definitely highly recommend it.

  23. Sarah Ellis 28/01/2021 / 5:34 pm

    Glad to hear about The Gilded Wolves (I read Aru Shah – so Choskhi is a new to me author too). I read City of Brass last year and I also love Susan Dennard – hoped to have gotten around to book 2 in the Witchlands series last year, so hopefully this year. Lots of these authors are on my GR shelves, so I’m hyped about getting around to them seeing them on people’s TTT lists! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by my TTT and leaving a comment!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 3:03 pm

      I’ve not read Aru Shah yet, though I’d like to at some point. I hope you enjoy Gilded Wolves if you read it. City of Brass was brilliant and I really enjoyed the other books in the trilogy as well. Yes Susan Dennard is a great writer, I hope you get to more of the Witchlands books this year. No problem πŸ™‚

  24. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 29/01/2021 / 2:10 am

    Every year Madeline Miller is at the top of my tbr, but somehow I never get to her. I’m determined to make it happen this year. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks! I hope you do if you decide to try any of their books πŸ™‚

  25. lindseyhabets 30/01/2021 / 11:36 am

    So glad to hear you loved Circe! Madeline Miller is definitely one of my favorite authors. I hope to read Roshani Chokshi and SA Chakraborty for the first time in 2021 as I’ve heard so many good things!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2021 / 2:55 pm

      Yes it was such a good book! Ooh, I hope you enjoy their books πŸ™‚

  26. Sarah - SWB 14/02/2021 / 2:05 pm

    I love Holly Jackson! I’m so pleased you enjoyed A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder. I’ve already got the final book in the trilogy on pre-order!

    I’ve got Circe and Cinderella Is Dead sitting on my shelves waiting for me to get to

    • iloveheartlandx 16/02/2021 / 1:08 pm

      Me too, though I still have to read the second book first! I hope you enjoy both of those.

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