I join this week’s Top Ten Tuesday by sharing 10 new-to-me authors that I read in 2021.
Overall, 2021 was a good year for discovering authors out of my bookish radar, so I had a difficult time picking only 10 of them 🙂 Therefore I picked the new-to-me authors that I would like to read again – either follow their new releases or read previous books published. Here we go!
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My biggest discovery of the year was the famous Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I first read Americanah (my review), and then in 2022 followed Half of a Yellow Sun (my review). Purple Hibiscus caught my interest as well!
The only male author on my list – author of The Overstory (my review). Richard Powers wrote more than 10 books and recently published Bewilderment – a lot of super good reads to choose from!
I enjoyed a lot reading the debut novel of Hafsa Zayyan – We Are All Birds of Uganda (my review). And I was amazed that she wrote the book while having a full-time job as a lawyer in London.
The debut book of Abi Daré – The Girl with the Louding Voice (my review) – was one of first books I read about Nigeria. The story of Adunni is really special, I really hope Abi Daré will publish more books!
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (my review) is one of the most daunting dystopian books I crossed paths with. The Japanese author wrote more than 50 works of fiction and nonfiction, some of them translated in English by her sole translator – Stephen Snyder.
Pip Williams is one of the writers that I first “met” via NetGalley, after reading the eARC of The Dictionary of Lost Words (my review). Shortly after the publication of the book I participated in an online webinar with her – she was such a pleasant and joyous presence!
V. E. Schwab
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (my review) was one of the most captivating and adrenaline-rushing books I’ve ever read! No wonder that I’d love to read more books by V.E. Schwab.
When it comes to climate fiction, Diane Cook is one of my 3 favourite climate fiction writers – along with Margaret Atwood and Maja Lunde. Her book, The New Wilderness (my review), was a super interesting read!
Given the huge success of A Little Life (my review), I can only imagine that the expectations regarding her newly published book – To Paradise – are humongous! She also published The People in the Trees – of course, both books are on my reading list.
Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Last but not least, Quế Mai – the author of The Mountains Sing (my review). She studied the long-lasting impact of wars, so it comes as no surprise that her book focuses on the “hidden” consequences of wars such as post-traumatic disorders or fertility issues caused by poisonous substances.
These are 10 of the authors that I discovered in 2021!
I’m eager to hear from you! What authors did you discover in 2021? Any new favourites?
‘Till next time … happy reading!