Hello fellow bookworms ❤ One of the best things about each new year is the possibility to discover new favorite authors! While I love reading new books by authors I already adore, there is something nice about getting surprised about new to you author earning a spot on your favorite authors list and sweeping you off your feet unexpectably 🥰 This post was inspired by Sofii @ abookathought and Cait @ paperfury who both posted about what authors they discovered and loved in 2020! I adored their posts and love their blogs so much, I highly recommend checking them out! ❤ So let’s talk about what new authors I discovered in 2020, that made this year a bit better!
Me getting excited about all the new authors I discovered
Author of: Jackaby, Beastly Bones & Ghostly Echoes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
➽ The Jackaby series became one of my instant favorite at the beginning of last year and has landed its spot among my all-time favorite book series!! It’s a fantastic mix of Sherlock and Supernatural with a paranormal, eccentric detective to tries to solve strange crimes in 1892! I loved Jackaby as a character, as he’s such an interesting, complex person. The story is actually told through the POV of his newest assistant Abigail and I also loved the found family vibes and other characters who were present ❤ I sadly haven’t managed to read the last and final book yet, but I definitely plan on doing so this year! I lowkey want even more books as I’m not ready to say Goodbye to the worlds and its characters 🥺
Author of: The Murderbot Diaries #1-#4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
➽ This series was another one of my BIG obsessions in 2020!! It’s about a part human, part robot security agent called Murderbot, who gains freewill and gets dragged into adventures and found family by humans who tend to get themselves into trouble. Murderbot was one of my biggest comfort characters last year as its social anxiety and introversion really spoke to me 🥺 I have a review for the first four novellas of the series where I talk even more in depth about why I love it so much 💗 I’ve also read the first full-length book – Network Effect – at the beginning of this year and I’m eagerly anticipating the next novella! The author has a huge backlist full of books from different genres, though I have yet to figure out which ones I would potentially be interested in!
Author of: Cemetery Boys ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
➽ Cemetery Boys stole my heart and was one of my favorite books last year! It’s a very character-driven story about a trans Brujo who is trying to prove himself but summons the wrong ghost … who he now cannot get rid of. I adored Yadriel and Julian so much, their relationship was such a good slow burn and really touched my heart 🥺 That’s why I honestly cannot wait to read more books by Aiden Thomas!! I’m especially eagerly anticipating the newest release – Lost in the Never Woods – and everything that comes after, as I already feel that I’ve found a new favorite author 🥰
Author of: Reasons to Stay Alive & A Boy Called Christmas ⭐⭐⭐⭐
➽ Technically I read Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig at the very end of 2019, but I’m still counting him as an author for this post! In 2020 I read two more books by Matt Haig and I can say that I adore his books regardless of what age range or genre he writes in, which is a rare delight 🥰 Reasons to Stay Alive was another nonfiction book and blended together self-help, lists and anecdotes into a great, well-rounded book! I also loved A Boy Called Christmas, a festive and magical MG origin story of Santa Claus! In 2021 I also read The Midnight Library – an adult sci-fi book about parallel lives – so I can confidently say that Matt Haig has become an author I reach for often 💗
Author of: Rules for Vanishing ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
➽ I’m usually too much of a scaredy cat for anything horror-related but I’m glad that I gave Rules for Vanishing a chance, as it was such a fantastic mystery that really creeped me out! The author did a great job building up the tension and stakes of the story. I also loved the mixed media format as this is conceptually meant as a file about the supernatural, containing interviews, video evidence and written testimonies 👀 I have only read this one book by Kate Alice Marshall but I’m excited to read her backlist and also loved her newest release Our Last Echoes, which is very similiar to this book! She has become my go to author for mystery stories already ❤
Author of: You Asked for Perfect ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
➽ I had been meaning to read a book by Laura Silverman and picked this one up as it came highly recommended! You Asked for Perfect is about chronic overachiever Ariel and the impact of academic pressure on his anxiety and everyday life. I was engrossed by this book and read it within a day, because I couldn’t stop reading until I know how everything would turn out. Ever since, I’m excited to get around to reading the author’s other books as they have premises that really intrigue me and make me confident that I have found another auto-buy author 💕
Author of: Felix Ever After ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
➽ There are quite a few authors on this list who managed to convince me with their first book and secured a place in my heart, Kacen Callender is no different! I read Felix Ever After during the summer and had such a good time reading it! The book is about a trans boy called Felix who deals with someone sending him transphobic messages and his general struggles to take care of himself. This has more than one romance, but I was especially loving the best friends to lovers one, it was so wholesome and supportive 🧡 The author has some other backlist books that I would like to read and I’m keeping my eye out for any upcoming releases!
Author of: How to Make Friends with the Dark ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ & Girl in Pieces ⭐⭐⭐⭐
➽ An unexpected new favorite author was Kathleen Glasgow! I picked up her books from the library without having any expectations about them and ended up being positively surprised. She writes of hard-hitting, emotional contemporary books and I really enjoyed her discussions about mental health in them. How to Make Friends with the Dark – a tale about a girl whose mother dies and leaves her without anyone that can take care of her – even become a favorite book of 2020, as it really gripped me! I also loved Girl in Pieces about a girl who self-harms and her beginning recovery and relapse. Her books are full of messy characters, who make mistakes but are trying to be better against the odds 🥺
Have you read any of the books from the authors on my list? Any new authors you’ve discovered in 2020? ❤