Top Ten Tuesday #404

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these. As I mentioned last time, I had my first Spanish evening class last week and it was so much fun, everyone was really lovely and I hope I’ve made some new friends, I’m really looking forward to going for the next nine weeks. I also have my first 2023 book event on Thursday, I’m going to Leigh Bardugo’s London Hell Bent tour stop and I’m so exciting because it will be my first time meeting Leigh after sadly having managed to miss her every time she’s been in the UK over the past few years. Finally the dates lined up! I was really bummed when she toured for Ninth House that I was working and wasn’t able to get down to London for the event, so I’m so pleased I’ll actually be able to make it this time!

Anyway, as always, today’s TTT is courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today is another annual January topic, we’re talking our Top Ten New To Me Authors We Discovered In 2022. Now I have to admit, I was a little disappointed in how many new authors I read in 2022, and there definitely aren’t enough to fill a whole list (as I count for these lists authors I read for the first time AND would like to read again, as it’s not really worth my while including authors where I didn’t enjoy their books much and likely won’t read them again). So much like last year, I’m going to be splitting my list into two: New To Me Authors I Discovered In 2022, and New To Me Authors That I Want To Read In 2023. Here we go:

New To Me Authors I Discovered In 2022:

  1. Chanel Miller

My favourite book of last year was Chanel Miller’s memoir Know My Name, it was such a powerful, riveting read. She hasn’t published anything since, but she did express in the book that she’d like to write more and she’s a really great writer, so if she ever does write any more books and gets them published I’d definitely be interested in reading them!

2. Heather Marshall

Looking For Jane was another of my absolute favourite books of 2022, it’s one that I’ve not been able to stop thinking about since I read it. It was such a powerful story and highlighted in such a brilliant way just how massively important reproductive rights are at a time when I think many people need a reminder! I also really loved the characters, such brilliant and nuanced women. It was such an impressive debut novel and considering that the debut is usually author’s weakest book and they get better with experience…….woah, I can’t wait to see what Heather Marshall comes up with next. Her website says her next book is due out in 2024, and you can bet I will be waiting incredibly impatiently for it.

3. Lauren Graham

Little unusual maybe to include an actress turned writer in here, but I absolutely loved Lauren Graham’s essay collection, Talking As Fast As I Can last year, it was so funny and I just had a blast reading it. I’ve actually already read her second book of essays, Have I Told You This Already? this year, and I also enjoyed that, though I would say I thought Talking As Fast I Can was better. I know she’s had a novel published as well, so I’m thinking I might try that.

4. Maya Rodale

Maya Rodale was actually on my list last year as one of the new authors I was looking forward to reading in 2022, so I’m glad I enjoyed her book enough that she made it to the other side of the list this time! I really enjoyed The Mad Girls of New York, Maya Rodale captured Nellie Bly’s story beautifully and although her back catalogue of historical romance doesn’t massively appeal to me (not being a romance lover), I would definitely read more historical fiction from her, especially if she decided to write more about Nellie Bly, which given that The Mad Girls of New York is listed as “Nellie Bly #1” on Goodreads, seems like a distinct possibility!

5. Freya Marske

Freya Marske was also on my list of new authors I wanted to read in 2022 when I did this topic last year, so another success! I read 4 out of the 6 authors from that list in 2022, and 2 of them ended up here, so 50% success rate isn’t too bad! I will admit, I didn’t love A Marvellous Light as much as I was hoping to, but I still enjoyed it and I loved the characters so much that I definitely want to see more from them. I’m hoping to get round to A Restless Truth sometime this year.

New To Me Authors I Want To Read In 2023:

6. Kate Morton

Kate Morton’s new release Homecoming was on my most anticipated releases list a few weeks back and so many people mentioned how good they’d found other books of hers in the comments on that post, that it’s made me even more excited to dive into one of her books. I love historical fiction and I love mysteries so this should definitely be a great one for me. Plus after having been to Australia, I’m super excited to read both more books set there, and more books by Australian authors.

7. Lynn Cullen

Okay, I’ll admit, these are all from my most anticipated releases list from a few weeks ago! I absolutely love novels which allow me to learn about women from history who do not get the credit or spotlight that they deserved, so The Woman With A Cure sounds right up my street. I have to admit, I’d never actually heard of Dorothy Horstmann till I saw the synopsis for Lynn Cullen’s book, but I’m super excited to learn more about her and her contribution to the development of the polio vaccine.

8. Mandy Robotham

I’m always looking for WWII novels that take a different angle on the war (as I’ve read a lot about the British/French/German experience) and though Robotham’s upcoming novel The War Pianist does partly take place in London, the bit that intrigued me was the side of the story that takes place in Amsterdam as I’ve never read anything about the experiences of the Dutch in WWII. I’ve also not really read much about the “pianists” (radio operatives) that this book focuses on, so I’m hoping I’ll learn a lot through it. Robotham seems to have written quite a few WWII novels, so if I like this one, it seems like there will be more waiting for me!

9. Brianna Labuskes

Brianna Labuskes’ upcoming release is completely up my alley: my favourite genre niche of WWII fiction is WWII fiction that has some kind of relation to books or libraries and this one definitely fits that bill as the story of three women fighting against censorship of books across three different time periods and in three different cities. I’m particularly intrigued to learn more about the German Library of Burned Books in Paris as this is something I’d never heard of until I read the blurb for Brianna’s book. Her other books seem to be largely mystery-thrillers, so I’ll be intrigued to see how she does with historical (not that I’ve read any of her other books to compare!).

10. Alice Slater

My only debut author this time! As soon as I accidentally came across Death of A Bookseller, I added it to my TBR, it sounded like such a fun read. I love anything to do with books and bookshops and add in a healthy dose of crime and deadly obsession and I think it will be an absolute blast. I’ve seen really good things about this book already, so I’m excited to get my hands on it when April comes around.

And there we have it! Those were my favourite new-to-me authors of 2022, plus some new authors I’m looking forward to reading this year. Have you read anything from any of these authors (aside from Alice of course, since this is her debut year!)? Did you like their books? What new authors did you discover last year? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, and we have a freebie week this time, so as part of one of my goals for 2023, I’m going to be doing Series I Need To Finish in the hopes that having it written down will give me a push to actually finish them this year. I did do the same topic back in 2020, but never fear, because I definitely have 10 more books from series I need to finish that I can include (and to be honest, most of the series I included on the previous list are still unfinished *cries in bookworm*).

93 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #404

  1. Literary Feline 24/01/2023 / 10:24 pm

    I hope you have fun at the book event! That is so awesome that you get to go. I was hoping to read The Mad Girls of New York this past year but it didn’t work out. Hopefully this year. I hope you are able to get to all the new-to-you authors on your list this year! I tried a Kate Morton book years ago and just couldn’t get into it. I may give her another try at some point.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:53 am

      Thank you! We’re very lucky that we get a lot of great authors coming to the UK (and that we have a lot of great local ones as well). I hope you enjoy it when you do. I’d like to try to, I don’t know if I will but I think I managed 4 out of the six on my new-to-me list that I wanted to try last year, so if I could manage something like that again that would be good. Ah interesting to hear, hopefully if you try her books again and enjoy them more, but if not, there’s nothing wrong with an author not being for you, I’ve tried many that I’ve not ended up gelling with!

  2. 1girl2manybooks 24/01/2023 / 10:52 pm

    I loved Chanel Miller’s book too. Her strength is amazing. I also love Kate Morton – although I’ve only read a couple of her books. They’re doorstoppers, lol. I wish I had the time to fit in more of her backlist.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:56 am

      Yes, she is just incredible. I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed her books-I will be trying them on audio so the doorstopper length shouldn’t be as much of a problem. Ah one of the constant problems of a bookworm: finding new authors and wanting to try everything they’ve ever written, but also wanting to keep up with all the new releases, been there!

  3. Fanda Classiclit 25/01/2023 / 12:32 am

    Haven’t read any of those, but I was intrigued by Lauren Graham. I’ve heard her name before, and no wonder, she’s turned out to be an actress.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:56 am

      Her books are very funny, I definitely recommend them!

  4. Lectrice Vorace 25/01/2023 / 2:13 am

    Spanish evening class sounds fun! It’s nice you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:57 am

      Yes, it’s really fun, I’m looking forward to the next couple of months!

  5. WendyW 25/01/2023 / 4:05 am

    I love Maya Rodale too. I’ve only read one of her books, but I’m looking forward to reading more.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:57 am

      I can definitely recommend The Mad Girls of New York. I’ve not read any of her others because she seems to have written a lot of historical romance and that’s not really my thing!

  6. Katie Harder-Schauer 25/01/2023 / 4:10 am

    I also enjoyed Talking as Fast as I Can (I did the audiobook because might as well just have Lauren read it to me too, right?) Have a great week.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:58 am

      I also did the audiobook and I think that’s the best way to do it, it’s fun having Lauren read her stories to you! Thank you πŸ™‚

  7. Terrie Purkey 25/01/2023 / 4:18 am

    Good idea to share some new authors you’re looking forward to. I added the Slater book to my tbr – it sounds like a great mix of characters and suspense/crime. Right up my alley. I love finding new authors and this week is certainly adding to my TBR with every visit! Thanks for the visit.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:59 am

      Thank you! Yeah, it sounds really fun, I hope we both enjoy it. Oh I definitely added plenty of new books to my TBR last week as well ha ha. No problem πŸ™‚

  8. Rachel @Waves of Fiction 25/01/2023 / 4:57 am

    I haven’t read any of these authors but happy to hear you enjoyed them. Great list and thanks for visiting my TTT!

  9. Emma 25/01/2023 / 7:06 am

    I hope you enjoy the event! I haven’t read these but inspired to look them up!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:59 am

      I did, thank you! I hope you find some that you like from this list πŸ™‚

  10. pagesandtea 25/01/2023 / 9:04 am

    I read a couple of books by Kate Morton quite a while ago and remember enjoying them.
    Glad you’ve found these new authors to enjoy.

  11. Louise 25/01/2023 / 4:27 pm

    I really enjoyed Freya Marske’s first book too! I’ve still got the sequel on my shelf to read.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:50 am

      Yes, I’ve not read the sequel yet either, I think I might listen to it this year.

  12. Jaime 25/01/2023 / 6:02 pm

    Oooh, I’ve been thinking about reading (or listening to) Lauren Graham’s books! I’ll add it to my list πŸ™‚

  13. anovelglimpse 25/01/2023 / 7:06 pm

    I need to listen to Lauren Graham’s new book. I liked the one you did as well. Glad you found her!

  14. smellincoffee 25/01/2023 / 7:22 pm

    Nice find on the Dutch WW2 book! If you do nonfiction, “Dutch Girl” (a biography of Audrey Hepburn during the war) might be of interest.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:48 am

      Yes, I like nonficition, I’ll have to look that one up. Thank you for the recommendation!

  15. Hamlette (Rachel) 25/01/2023 / 8:55 pm

    Good luck finishing some series! And I hope you like some of those new-to-you authors this year πŸ™‚

  16. Kathryn 25/01/2023 / 9:57 pm

    All new to me except I hope you get to read and enjoy Kate Morton. She doesn’t always set her books in Australia, often England. But I have enjoyed some of them and i look forward to this new one this year.

  17. notinjersey 25/01/2023 / 10:30 pm

    Know My Name is such a great book. I wonder if she will ever write more. And I just got Looking For Jane – I’m glad to hear you loved it so much!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:47 am

      I hope she does-her memoir was very powerful and necessary but I hope that her sexual assault is not the only thing that she ever gets the chance to write about. Yes, it was really great, I hope you enjoy it!

  18. Jen at Introverted Reader 25/01/2023 / 10:53 pm

    Have a great time at the Leigh Bardugo event!

    I’ve read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and really liked it. I’ve had The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen on my TBR for years and years but still haven’t gotten around to reading anything by her.

    I hope you enjoy all these authors when you read their books!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:44 am

      I did, thank you! Glad to hear you enjoyed the Kate Morton book and hope you enjoy the Lynn Cullen one whenever you get around to it.

  19. Meezan 26/01/2023 / 12:08 am

    These are all new to me. May you continue to enjoy many great reads! πŸ™‚

  20. themoonphoenix 26/01/2023 / 12:31 am

    I listened the audiobooks of Lauren Graham and love it, she talks so fast, but is kind of relaxing, and so so funny

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:43 am

      Yeah she’s great-Gilmore Girls is one of my favourite TV shows, so I was very prepared for the fast talking!

  21. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 26/01/2023 / 12:33 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Lauren Graham as a writer. I’ve been curious about her writing.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:43 am

      I’m always a little wary when actors/musicians/people not known for writing decide to write a book, but she is actually quite good!

  22. thebookishlibra 26/01/2023 / 1:04 am

    I really enjoyed Lauren Graham’s book too. I hope your 2023 new to you authors are great reads for you.

  23. susandyer1962 26/01/2023 / 3:39 am

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  24. Tammy 26/01/2023 / 1:38 pm

    Kate Morton is so good! I’m also really excited about Homecoming. Have fun meeting Leigh Bardugo!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:39 am

      I’ve heard great things about her so I’m excited to read her books. I did, thank you!

  25. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits 26/01/2023 / 4:23 pm

    I love your idea of including plans for new-to-you authors in 2023! That sounds like a great idea. I hope you enjoy the books you read by them!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:36 am

      It is nice to also be able to look forward to more new authors as well as the ones I’ve recently discovered. I hope so too!

  26. Marianne Maurer 26/01/2023 / 4:45 pm

    Finally a blog where I have read one of the authors, Kate Morton. I really liked the book I read (The Clockmaker’s Daughter) but I heard that was one of her weaker ones, so I’m looking forward to more books by her.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:32 am

      Sadly, she’s one of the ones I’ve not yet read! Hoping to change that this year though. There definitely seems to have been a lot of excitement and love for her books in the comments which is making me really excited to try them.

      • Marianne Maurer 31/01/2023 / 12:42 pm

        I hope you will like her. I know I did.

  27. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 26/01/2023 / 5:44 pm

    I haven’t read any of these authors yet, but I’ve seen several of them on others’ lists, as well. Happy reading!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:27 am

      I can definitely recommend their books! Thank you πŸ™‚

  28. Cheri 27/01/2023 / 1:31 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed Lauren Graham’s book, I’ve been wanting to read the fiction book she wrote.

  29. Dini @ dinipandareads 27/01/2023 / 3:00 pm

    I’m planning to read a book by Marske this year and I can’t wait since I’ve heard so many great things about her books. I’m also hoping to finally read Miller’s memoir. I hope you enjoy the Hell Bent tour! 😍

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:25 am

      I hope you enjoy it. Miller’s memoir is beautiful but it definitely took me a few years to be in the mental headspace to read it, it’s not an easy read by any means! I did, thank you, it was brilliant-I’ll be posting about it on here this week πŸ™‚

  30. deanne01 28/01/2023 / 1:39 am

    I hope you enjoyed these authors. I love trying new to me authors.

  31. Vidya Tiru 28/01/2023 / 5:52 am

    I did start reading Lauren Graham’s book and enjoyed it.. though for some reason, I never ended up finishing it (maybe had to return it to the library before I could!!) And I have Robotham’s Girl Behind the Wall on my must-read list for this year

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:23 am

      Ah well hopefully you get to finish it one of these days. Robotham seems to have quite a few historical fiction books, so I’m hoping she’ll become a new favourite author discovery for me since that’s the genre I seem to be most into at the moment.

  32. Emily Jane 28/01/2023 / 3:03 pm

    I haven’t read these, but they sound good πŸ™‚

    Have a great weekend!

  33. maureensbooks1989 29/01/2023 / 7:37 pm

    I read the Lauren Graham book myself and definitely enjoyed it. I haven’t read any of the other ones πŸ˜‰

  34. Cheryl C. Malandrinos 30/01/2023 / 12:52 am

    I stumbled upon Lauren Graham’s book by accident, so now I need to make sure I grab it. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog last week.

  35. Svetlana Lib 30/01/2023 / 8:54 am

    I hope that in 2023 the books you are planning to read will be good and enjoyable!

  36. masterspj 30/01/2023 / 9:48 am

    Looking for Jane was one of my favorite books of last year. I really hope more people read it! I read The German Midwife by Many Robotham in 2021 and enjoyed it quite a bit, but I haven’t read anything else by her since. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I hope you have a great week.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:21 am

      Mine too! It’s being released in the US this year, I think in March (in hardcover anyway, I don’t know if the audio/e-books are already out there) so maybe that will help it find a larger audience. I think a lot of readers in the US would find it especially timely given what happened with Roe V Wade last year. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed a Mandy Robotham book, I hope I do too. No problem πŸ™‚

  37. RS 30/01/2023 / 10:42 pm

    Count me in on the chorus of pro-Morton voices! And yeah, Lauren Graham’s novel has always looked interesting to me too — sounds like you’re in the perfect groove for getting to it. (and goodness, it’s turning *ten* this year?? time flyeth…)

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:18 am

      She certainly seems like a very popular author. Yes, it’s something I would definitely like to try at some point. Ah don’t, makes me feel old that 2013 was ten years ago-I was still in school then!

  38. Rissi 31/01/2023 / 12:58 am

    I own one of Lauren’s books, but haven’t ever read them. Perhaps one of these days I will because I hear she’s a pretty funny “voice” to read. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting my website!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/01/2023 / 11:17 am

      She’s definitely just as funny as the characters she plays on TV! No problem πŸ™‚

  39. allthebookblognamesaretaken 17/02/2023 / 11:14 pm

    Know My Name remains one of my all-time gut-wrenching best reads. Such a powerful story. The rest of these authors are new to me, too.

    • iloveheartlandx 21/02/2023 / 10:42 am

      It’s definitely an incredibly powerful story. They’re all great, I definitely recommend them πŸ™‚

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