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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!