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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read 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.

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This week’s theme is new-to-me authors I read in 2021. There were many, but here are the top ten:

1. Helena Hunting

After many recommendations for her rom-coms, I read Good Luck Charm and didn’t like it at all. I thought the male lead was icky, clingy, and controlling. However, I received an advanced copy of When Sparks Fly and am so glad I gave her another chance, because I adored that book. I got to Zoom with Helena about When Sparks Fly and she is just the sweetest, funniest person. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

2. Alexis Hall

Rosaline Palmer Takes The Cake

I also adored Boyfriend Material, but haven’t written a review yet. I’m so excited for the sequels to both books!

3. Rachel Lynn Solomon

I absolutely adored Weather Girl.

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This

4. Hannah Mary McKinnon

You Will Remember Me

5. Fredrik Backman

I can’t believe I’ve only read one of his books. I adored Anxious People this past year, and I now own four others by him. I’m excited to read them all this year!

6. JT Ellison

I really enjoyed Tear Me Apart, but I haven’t written a review yet. I also enjoyed Her Dark Lies, but I found it a little less unique. I’m hoping to read some of her backlist this year too.

7. Chevy Stevens

Dark Roads was an unexpected favorite for me this year. I’ve never read any of her books in the past.

8. Michael Robotham

When You Are Mine

9. Kiersten Modglin

The Arrangement
The Amendment

10. Louise Erdrich

The Night Watchman

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January 25, 2022 at 9:47 am

I really want to read Louise Erdrich’s books, as a way to bring in more Indigenous books/authors to my reading.

January 25, 2022 at 11:43 am

I just finished my first Backman book, ANXIOUS PEOPLE. If someone hadn’t chosen it for book club, I don’t know that I ever would have tried Backman. I’m glad they did because ANXIOUS PEOPLE is a great book. Wise and entertaining. I can see why so many people have been raving about it!

Happy TTT!


January 26, 2022 at 4:21 am

I have Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake and Weather Girl on my TBR; fingers crossed, I can read them soon.

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January 26, 2022 at 10:53 pm

OK, I’m going to have to try that 2nd Helena Hunting book, because I had the exact same experience with Sarah Hogle’s books, and based on the summaries of these two, #1 also sounds distasteful while #2 sounds like MY DREAM NOVEL.

Chevy Stevens is a great pick too; Dark Roads is fantastic. I’d previously read Still Missing from her, which is also very good but oof, hard to read since it has a lot more rape depicted on-page.

    January 27, 2022 at 8:22 am

    I haven’t read Sarah Hogle’s books, but yeah it was a bad one to start with! I’m glad I didn’t write her off completely because When Sparks Fly was everything I love in a rom com.

    I’ve been meaning to check out Still Missing! I like gory books a la Karin Slaughter, but thanks for the warning.

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