New-to-me authors I read in 2020

Hello friends, I hope your week has been going well! Today we’re still continuing to talk about books I read in 2020.

I had such a great reading year this year and read so many new authors, so today we’re going to be talking about some new-to-me authors I read in 2020 and am planning to read more from!

R. F. Kuang

I finally read The Poppy War, and I get all the hype. This book was so hyped, and it was still better than I expected. I will absolutely be reading anything Kuang publishes in the future (including the rest of the series).


Carmen Maria Machado

I read Her Body and Other Parties in 2020 and oh my god, it was so insanely good. I have not stopped thinking about it since I read it. They were some of the best short stories I’ve ever read. I got Machado’s other book for Christmas and will absolutely be reading anything else she publishes.


Waubgeshig Rice

I read Rice’s Moon of the Crusted Snow during the first round of quarantine this year, and it was very fitting. It was so slow and ominous and interesting, and I was really impressed. I’m pretty sure Rice has published a couple of other books, and I will be looking into them.

Uzma Jalaluddin

Ayesha at Last was one of my favourite books of the year. It was so cute, sweet, and funny. I recommended it to absolutely everyone and will continue to recommend it. I will also be on the lookout for anything Jalaluddin publishes in the future.


Elizabeth Lim

I feel like everyone knows this because I talked about it a lot, but I loved Spin the Dawn when I read it. It was everything I wanted in a book honestly and I bought the sequel almost immediately (and still haven’t read it but that’s irrelevant). Again, I’ll be keeping an eye out for anything from Lim in the future.


Octavia E. Butler

Again, I didn’t stop talking about Kindred all year. It was so good and I was blown away. I will definitely be reading Butler’s backlist ASAP and am very excited to do so.

Wayétu Moore

Another book I didn’t shut up about was She Would Be King because this book was literally perfect and I need everyone to read it. I don’t understand how this book isn’t more popular. I know Moore has published a memoir as well, which I will be reading. I’ll also be on the lookout for more fiction from her.


Téa Mutonji

I read Shut Up, You’re Pretty this year and loved it. The short stories were fantastic, and so interesting and wonderful. I’m definitely intrigued by Mutonji and will read anything else from her.


Emily St. John Mandel

I, like everyone else, loved Station Eleven and it quickly became one of my favourite books of the year. I loved Mandel’s writing; it really just worked for me and was exactly what I love. I will absolutely be reading anything else from Mandel.

So those are some new-to-me authors I read this year! Have you read any of these authors? What were your thoughts? Were there any authors you read in 2020 that you loved? Let me know!

Ally xx


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17 thoughts on “New-to-me authors I read in 2020

  1. R.F. Kuang is definitely one of my favourite authors I discovered in 2020, too! I am reading The Burning God at the moment and loving it! I also love Emily St. John Mandel, although I only read Station Eleven. The Glass Hotel is high on my tbr, though. I discovered Elizabeth Acevedo and N.K. Jemisin in 2020 and I know I will read everything by them in the future!

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    1. Ahhh I’m so excited to read The Burning God, glad to hear you’re loving it! And I’m so glad to hear you love Emily St. John Mandel as well! I’m hoping to get to the Glass Hotel soon.

      Oooh I really want to read Acevedo and Jemisin! Hopefully 2021 is the year I finally get to them!

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  2. I’m looking forward to reading R.F. Kuang’s books, there’s been so much hype surrounding the poppy war series. Emily’s books also sound fantastic! Hoping to read lots of authors from this list, throughout the year!

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  3. Emily St. John Mandel is the best! I also really loved The Glass Hotel, her writing is just so stellar that she even makes Ponzi schemes interesting!
    In The Dream House is excellent! I do hope you’ll enjoy it as much as it did.

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  4. Another lover of Machado and of Butler here! I also read a ton of authors who were new to me this year (who I’d heard of but never read before), including Audre Lorde, Jean Rhys, Caryl Phillips, NK Jemisin, and Rita Mae Brown, all of whom I enjoyed tremendously. Yay for backlist (or semi-backlist) reading!

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  5. Brilliant list! I love her body and other parties and I’ve always wanted to try rhe poppy war (although they seem a little daunting!). I seem to be really bad at following the ttt prompts lol so this week I tried top ten bookish things that annoy me. Although there could have been SO MANY MORE 😫 Here’s my post in case you’re interested 🙂 https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2021/01/26/ttt-26-1-top-ten-bookish-things-i-hate/

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