By definition I would have “comfort reader” tagged all over my bookworm personality. This is why I continue to go back to authors like Becky Wade, Katherine Reay or of course, Kasie West. I know what I like and am not embarrassed by that statement. That said, there’s something about a new page, that first discovery of an author that makes things, well, exciting. Add in a new (to me) author, and you have a potential recipe for success. With all that in mind, we are ready to talk about new to me authors of 2020.
To be honest, aside from two names (which I don’t think count as they’re debut authors), I cannot think of any new-to-me authors I discovered in 2020. That said, I know there probably are a few, and so I’ll have to use my own “book reviews” website tag to browse through the books I reviewed in the last year. It seems the most efficient way, and for now, that’s what I’m looking for. Still, I’m willing to bet I’ll be surprised and find some books by authors who I’m actually excited to read more by. Or that’s the hope for today’s plan anyway.
Time to get our surprise (especially me!) on and discover what these names are.
NEW TO ME AUTHORS OF 2020
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1: Karin Beery, Practically Married
Read this one for the INSPYs (2020) and while I’m not sure I quite finished it, I did think it was sweet. It’s a modern marriage of convenience story (which is sometimes not easy to do), and overall, I thought was a solid read. Bookshop.org | Goodreads
2: Debbie Johnson, Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater
To be honest, I didn’t love this book in the way everyone around me seemed to. That said, it does have its moments and is fun in certain aspects. Bookshop.org | Goodreads
3: Maureen Johnson, Truly Devious
4: Robin Jones Gunn, Secrets
5: Stacey Kade, The Ghost and the Goth
After years of keeping this book on my shelf (i.e., surviving multiple unhauls), I finally read The Ghost and the Goth. It’s cute but not really something I’m going to remember for a long time to come. Tell me, do you recommend the sequels? Bookshop.org | Goodreads
6: Emma Lord, Tweet Cute
To be honest, I may have started this book in 2019 (I cannot remember…?) since I had an e-ARC, but the book, Tweet Cute has a 2020 release date. Either way, while I did get somewhat distracted while reading this book (I think it was more life vs the actual story), I do remember thinking the concept darling! Bookshop.org | Goodreads
7: Sandhya Menon, Of Curses and Kisses
Like most of the books likely to populate this list, Sandhya’s books have bene on my list (at least mentally) for years now. I finally read her YA re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, and while it did take me a while to become fully invested in the story, I did enjoy it. Bookshop.org | Goodreads
8: Beth Reekles, Going the Distance (Kissing Booth 2)
I know these books (or is it the characters?) aren’t super well liked. However I read The Kissing Booth 2 prior to watching the Netflix adaptation and I have to admit, I think it was fun. It’s just a lighthearted, easy to enjoy book and that’s my favorite kind of read. Bookshop.org | Goodreads
9: Natalie Walters, Living Lies
10: Jenna Evans Welch, Love and Olives
After months (years?) of saying I wanted to read a novel by this author, FINALLY I did. I did quite enjoy Love and Olives, and since I own Jenna’s prior two companion novels in this trio, I’ll have to also make time for them. Just because who doesn’t love more fun reading? Bookshop.org | Goodreads
BONUS! The 2020 Debut Authors I Discovered in 2020
- 1: Marissa Kanter, What I Like About You | Funny, cute and all around sweet.
- 2: Alex Light, The Upside of Falling | Super sweet and swoony! What more could I hope for?
- 3: Suzanne Park, The Perfect Escape | Not as fun as I had hoped, but still, entertaining!
What about you; did you read any of these? What were your “new to me authors of 2020”? Did you find any you have to collect all of their backlist? Or make any other memorable discoveries? Comment all the thoughts below.
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