It’s my first Top Ten Tuesday of 2020! As I’ve not said it to the Top Ten Tuesday crowd Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that now? Probably, regardless I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to 2020.
Having said all that my first Top Ten Tuesday of 2020 is looking back onto 2019 and talking about some book discoveries I made over the year. The prompt was delightfully open and could include everything from books and authors to blogs, websites and products. All mine relate directly to books be it newly discovered authors or series, I’m always open to new things though so I’m looking forward to discovering what new things others discovered in 2019!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019
I’m going to start with some new series I discovered in 2019 and I’ve got two that have come from authors I’m already familiar with and enjoy who have branched out into new characters.
The Detective Natalie Ward series by Carol Wyer
I was already a fan of Carol’s Robyn Carter series but 2019 was the year I picked up The Birthday, the first in her new detective series and within pages I was hooked! I made it through all five currently available, including the latest that only came out in December and I cannot wait for the next instalment! These are a great series of books which mix a fantastic case every time with just enough drama in Natalie’s personal life to create an overarching narrative but not take away from the individual book’s plot.
The Constance Fairchild series by James Oswald
Next up we have this new series by James Oswald. Regular visitors will know I love James Oswald’s first crime series featuring Detective Inspector Tony McLean but this new series grabbed my attention last year. The first book in the series was originally published in 2018 but as usual it took me too long to get around to it! It was filled with drama and I wondered if the second book could stack up and fortunately they did! James is still writing his Inspector McLean books, in fact there’s a new one out in February which means there’s a while to wait for another Constance Fairchild book but I hope it arrives some day!
The Beth Adams series by Helen Phifer
As part of a Six for Sunday last year I said one of my bookish wishes was to see crime novels from a different perspective, and then this series from Helen Phifer appeared in my life! The central character in this book, Beth Adams, is a forensic pathologist so it’s interesting to see the crime from a slightly different perspective. Especially Beth’s slight frustration with the police’s restrictions in the ways they can investigate. I’m hopeful there will be more to come in 2020!
Middle Grade Fiction
Next up I’m totally cheating the system and listing a whole heap of books as one! 2019 was the year I started reading middle grade fiction. Every birthday and Christmas I buy my goddaughter a book and having made my way through most of my childhood favourites I wanted to find some newer recommendations to gift her as well as checking out some of the books she enjoys! I’ve picked out a few authors below but I couldn’t let this post go by without drawing some attention to some other authors who have created some magical adventures I have adored reading! Books like Witch Wars, The Last Chance Hotel and the Amelia Fang series
I’m going to round of today’s Top Ten Tuesday by sharing some authors I discovered over the course of 2019. There’s a little bit of a mix of middle grade and young adult authors. That’s not to say I didn’t read some fantastic adult books, they were just all by authors I was already familiar with! If I hadn’t restricted myself to only including series from authors I had already read books by a few of these would have featured above.
Of The Cogheart Adventures I only actually read the first adventure Cogheart in 2019, but I did read Moonlocket last weekend and loved it just as much. The other two books, including Shadowsea which was only just released are sitting on my shelves waiting for me. I have absolutely adored the first two adventures with Lily and Robert and I’m a little sad that the series appears to be limited to a quartet but I am looking forward to discovering what Peter does next.
The Unmapped Chronicles are far from Abi’s introduction to the literary world, however they were my introduction to her and what an introduction they were! Everdark is a short story prologue that was written for World Book Day in 2019 and Rumblestar was the first full length novel in the world. Both are quite simply magical and I adored every page! The next book in the series Jungledrop is already on pre-order ready for May.
The Exact Opposite Of Okay landed with a lot of hype in 2018 so naturally it took me almost a year until I actually picked it up in 2019. I loved it, and I have A Girl Called Shameless waiting to be read, as well as Laura’s middle grade debut And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid. Laura has a new YA book The Love Hypothesis due out in 2020, I was very lucky to get my hands on a sampler and very quickly pre-ordered! 2020 will be a busy year for Laura as she also has a follow up to And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid due for release.
L. C. Rosen
About Jack Of Hearts
My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.
Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.
He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.
But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.
As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous…
Jack Of Hearts is the foray in YA fiction from L. C. Rosen and what a fantastic start it was! Jack Of Hearts is both funny and thought provoking. There are some attitudes within the story which were hard to read but it’s a book so worth reading. Camp will be the 2020 release from Lev and again I already have it pre ordered!
S. A. Domingo
About Love, Secret Santa
It’s nearly Christmas, but Angel Green isn’t celebrating – she’s too busy studying for a scholarship exam. On top of that, she’s organising her school’s charity fundraising campaign to help a local hospice. Unfortunately, her fundraising partner is Caspar Johnson: handsome, creative and fun, but TOTALLY unreliable.
Thank goodness for her Secret Santa who keeps leaving her amazing presents, including an intriguing hand-made advent calendar! Angel is dying to find out who her secret admirer is . . .
As they spend time together planning festive events, Angel realises that Caspar has hidden depths – and a secret that he’s hiding behind his easy-going facade. Her advent calendar encourages Angel to take risks and open her heart – but has she left it too late to tell Caspar how she really feels?
Love, Secret Santa was a delightful festive read, it was light and fluffy and the perfect escapist read. Love On The Main Stage is her summer follow up and sounds like the perfect beachy read! I’m hoping I enjoy it just as much
About A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?
It didn’t take much for me to become absolutely hooked on this debut from Holly Jackson! A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder was everything I wanted from a YA murder mystery and more! I was so excited when Egmont announced Holly was writing a sequel it’s another that I already have on pre-order! I cannot wait for Good Girl, Bad Blood to land on my doorstep!
Ten wonderful bookish things I discovered in 2019! What was your favourite bookish discovery of 2019? Let me know in the comments!