One of the things I love to do is keep track of the new authors I find throughout the year and then it’s neat to look back to past years and see when I first discovered my favorites. This year is a little strange because I have been pretty awful at continuing to read from authors that I’ve tried for the first time unless they wrote a series where I just got super hooked. So for the most part, this list is comprised of authors where I’m really excited to keep reading from them… eventually. And then a couple of authors where I just devoured everything immediately. So let’s get started!
Throughout the year I’ve read from 70 new to me authors, at least as of the time of writing this. If we include the books I’m in the middle of that I will hopefully maybe finish by January 1st, we have an additional four to five going. Regardless, for this list, we’re basing it off the 70 from whom I have completed a book and I’m going to go in chronological order for the authors that really stand out to me! I will continue reading from so many more authors than the ones mentioned here, but these authors feel particularly special.
First up, we have Anita Kelly, who wrote Love and Other Disasters and Sing Anyway that I read this year. I am excited to read more from them for sure, including the other two novellas in the Moonies series, which I already own, and the follow up to Love and Other Disasters called Something Wild and Wonderful.
Secondly, we have Kerry Rea, who wrote The Wedding Ringer, which is one of my favorite books of the year. I can’t believe I’ve been dragging my feet on Lucy on the Wild Side. I need to get to it!!
Third would be K. Lashaun, who wrote Love’s Truth, which I loved with my whole heart. I can’t believe I still haven’t read more from her!! I need to stop waiting and just devour her backlist.
Fourth would definitely be Elizabeth O’Roark, whose The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and A Deal with the Devil had me swooning and experiencing all of the emotions. I’m excited to read more from her and there’s honestly no reason I haven’t! But I will. Eventually.
Fifth would have to go to Akwaeke Emezi who wrote You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty and made me fall head over heels for their words. So much so that I’m actually contemplating picking up a literary fiction book?? We’ll see. I’m scared of the rest of Emezi’s backlist, but also anxious to consume more of their words so we’ll see where that takes us.
Sixth, we have Ashley Herring Blake, who wrote Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, which was such a fantastic sapphic romance and it just really delivered on the messy, angsty bits that I wanted. It wasn’t 100% perfect for me, but it was pretty close!
Seventh is Jen Devon, who wrote Bend Toward the Sun, which was angst filled perfection for me. I really enjoyed her debut and cannot wait to read so much more from her in the future!! I hope I don’t have to wait too long…
Eighth is B.K. Borison who has released three books in the Lovelight series which have captured my heart utterly and completely. I am once again writing this post while wearing my sweatshirt inspired by In the Weeds and my coffee mug inspired by Lovelight Farms is waiting for me to wash it so I can make more hot chocolate to put in it. When I say that I am in love with this series and Borison’s writing, I am not kidding. She’s apparently not for everyone, but she is 100% for me.
Ninth is Devney Perry, who has written so many books I’ve devoured this year. The first thing I read from her was A Little Too Wild and I liked her writing so much, I went out and got Indigo Ridge and then devoured all of the books in the Edens series. When that wasn’t enough, I went back and read all of the books in the Lark’s Cove series (other than Timeless, which just came out). I’m truly obsessed with her writing and can’t wait to keep reading from her in the future.
Tenth and the arbitrary number that I decided to use to cut myself off would probably go to Alison Cochrun. I should have read The Charm Offensive last year but didn’t and still haven’t. This year though I read Kiss Her Once for Me and while I didn’t love the third act, what I loved about it was the mental health representation and I am so, so excited to get to read more of that from Cochrun!
Please share with me your favorite authors you discovered this year! And if you have any thoughts about other authors I should try given my love of these authors or books I should prioritize from them, please let me know! I would love to hear.