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!

Richard Powers

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!

Hafsa Zayyan

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.

Abi Daré

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!

Yoko Ogawa

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

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.

Diane Cook

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!

Hanya Yanagihara

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!


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7 thoughts on “New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2021 (Top Ten Tuesday)

  1. I can totally agree with you on your choices – Richards, Nguyen, Adichie, Dare, Yanagihara, and Ogawa. They are all outstanding writers and the first work of them I read, I was immediately absorbed. I am looking forward to Yanagihara’s latest novel out this year.

    For Zayyan, I was really looking forward to We are All Birds of Uganda last year, but unfortunately, I was not able to acquire a copy of the book. I am still hoping to gain a copy of it, including that of Cook. Will check out on Schwab (been encountering her several times) and Williams. I have never heard of Williams before but I am willing to explore her prose.

    Happy reading!

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    1. Happy to hear that you also enjoyed reading so many writers from my list!

      Regarding the ones you haven’t read yet – all except Schwab only published their debut novels, so they’re “new faces” in the publishing world. Looking forward to their next novels!!


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