Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is:

New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

This week I’m sharing my Top Ten new-to-me authors whose books I was fortunate enough to read in 2021! Thanks to the book blogging community, I discovered so many great new (to me) authors in the last year, and the list is only getting longer!

Ana Lal Din – Ana books are dark and her characters are emotionally complex. There is some pretty deep messaging blended into her writing which I really enjoyed. I read her debut novel The Descent of the Drowned and loved it! The sequel is hopefully going to be released in 2022, and I’m very excited.

Melissa Bashardoust – Melissa is a YA fantasy author with two books and a short story currently released. Girl, Serpent, Thorn was the book that I read, and it is a great fairytale retelling!

Andrea Stewart – I read the Bone Shard Daughter, which is part of her Drowning Empire Trilogy, and I’m very excited to read the sequel. Her stories are full of rich characters and complex plots which kept me captivated throughout the whole book.

Erin A. Craig – The House of Salt and Sorrows was published in 2019, but I read it in 2021! Erin does a great job of writing YA fairytale retellings with a hauntingly gothic twist. I recently finished her second book Small Favors and it was even better than her first!

Genevieve Gornichec – I fell in love with her debut novel the Witch’s Heart and I am desperate for her next book, whenever that might be! I think she is the author I have recommended the most in the last year.

Hannah F. Whitten – Her debut novel For the Wolf is an exciting and dark fairytale retelling that I really liked! The sequel is expected this year and I’ve already heard people buzzing about it!

Kerstin Hall – I read Star Eater and what a wild ride that was! Cannibal nuns is a bold plot choice and while it wasn’t my absolute favourite read, I thought it was very interesting nonetheless.

Ava Reid – Another darker read, Ava’s book the Wolf and the Woodsman had some deep social commentary intertwined with a historical retelling that I found very thought-provoking. Her next book Juniper & Thorn is set to be released this year.

Julia Ember – Julia’s 2020 book Ruinsong was a great standalone YA book full of magic and romance that was really fun to read. I haven’t read her other novels yet but they look to have been well received as well.

Krystal Sutherland – I read House of Hollow and only after did I realize that her first book was a huge hit with its own movie. I never read Our Chemical Hearts, but after enjoying House of Hollow so much I might just give it a shot!

Have you read any books by these authors? Let me know in the comments!


  1. lydiaschoch says:

    I really should read The Witch’s Heart sometime. It sounds very good.

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  2. Susan says:

    I’m glad you found some new authors to love in 2021!

    Happy TTT!


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