Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

Hello! How are all you Top Ten Tuesdayers doing? It’s been a while since I last took part in a Top Ten Tuesday – November 10th to be precise. I guess like many after the 2020 we had I had a little bit of a burn out towards the end of last year, so this year I’m putting a little less pressure on myself blogging in general, I don’t need to post seven days a week so when it comes to Top Ten Tuesday I’m not going to try and make myself complete every prompt I’m just going to pick on the ones that jump out at me, starting with this weeks!

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New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

Bex Hogan

Somehow Viper and Venom only entered my life in May 2020, it feels like so much longer ago! This might be because 2020 just seemed to go on and on! If you regularly read my posts here on SWB you’ll know that I am forever talking about this series! I absolutely fell in love with this series, if you love fierce females, pirates and magic this is definitely the series for you! The third and final book Vulture is due for release in April!

Read my Viper and Venom reviews to find out more!

Beth O’Leary

After picking this one up not that long after it was released in 2019 I finally got around to reading it in April 2020. I loved getting to know both the central characters and following them as time progressed. Her second book The Switch was one of my first reads of 2021 and I really enjoyed that as well. I cannot wait for Beth’s next release The Road Trip which is also due for release in April!

You can find my The Flatshare review here

Helen Lipscombe

Peril En Pointe is the first in the Swan House Mystery series; a middle grade series based in a ballet school that just also happens to be training the next generation of spies! It was a really fun read and I picked up the sequel Trouble In A Tutu when it was released in November, but I’ve not gotten around to reading it quite yet!

Read my Peril en Pointe review here

L. D. Lapinski

My first visit to The Strangeworlds Travel Agency was in May 2020, I absolutely adored meeting Flick and Jonathan and following them through the suitcases to explore the different worlds! I cannot wait for my second visit to the travel agency when my copy of the sequel The Edge Of The Ocean arrives in April!

Find my Strangeworlds review here

Lucy Foley

The Guest List is Lucy’s second novel but the first one I’ve read by her. I picked it up in April because I needed to read a book with a white cover for a challenge prompt. I really got stuck into this and enjoyed it! I actually already had The Hunting Party on my shelves before reading this but I’ve not got around to reading this it yet. The premise sounds kind of similar so I’m hoping it will be enjoyable too and not a bit samey…

Find my review of The Guest List here

Sarah Hagger-Holt

This was one of my first reads of 2020 and it was such a wonderful, and important read. It tells Izzy’s story as her dad comes out as a trans woman. It was such a heartwarming read, and a great introduction to Trans rights and issues for readers both young and old. Sarah has a new book, Proud Of Me, due out in just over a week

You can check out my review of Nothing Ever Happens Here here

Sharna Jackson

High Rise Mystery was a 2019 release but it took me until July 2020 to actually get around to reading it. It was a fantastic mystery read, and I think it was only made better by the representation within it’s pages. I would have loved to see myself reflected in some of the books I read as a child! I still have Mic Drop to read but I’m really looking forward to it!

Find my High Rise Mystery review here

Jessica Townsend

We’re going back even further now to a 2017 release that I only read for the first time in April 2020! This was such a magical read, I loved meeting Morrigan and Jupiter North and learning about Nevermoor and The Wunderous Society! I’ve been meaning to read Wundersmith ever since but I’ve not got around to it yet, I have the paperback of Hollowpox on pre-order so I guess that’s my deadline!

Fancy reading my Nevermoor review?

Emma Christie

The Silent Daughter is Emma’s debut novel and I was lucky enough to be sent a copy so I could take part in the blog tour. I loved the fact it was set in Edinburgh so I was really familiar with a lot of the locations featured, and there was a really interesting plot that I wouldn’t have predicted despite reading far too many crime books!

I took part in the blog tour for The Silent Daughter you can find my review here

Isabel Sterling

I picked These Witches Don’t Burn up to fulfil a prompt in a book challenge, and I was slightly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! It took me a little bit of time to get into it, some of the romance parts at the beginning felt like it was trying a little too hard to be a diverse read, but once it settled down a little more into the main prompt it really grew on me. I’ve the follow up sitting on my book cart waiting for me to get around to reading it. I put it there so I’d get to it quickly but nine months on I’ve still not actually picked it up…

You can find my These Witches Don’t Burn review here

Those were my ten new-to-me authors. Have you read anything by these authors? Are you tempting to pick up a book by any of these authors? Let me know in the comments!

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

    1. Sarah - SWB

      I think removing pressure definitely helps! I think I just have to accept there’s a lot going on currently and need to give myself a bit of credit and not worry so much about things!

      Thanks for stopping by!


    1. Sarah - SWB

      Thanks for stopping by! Nevermoor was such a good read! I really do need to bump Wundersmith up my list to read in March! I hope you enjoy These Witches Don’t Burn when you get to it!


  1. Susan

    I’ve seen Beth O’Leary and Lucy Foley on a lot of lists today. I haven’t read anything by O’Leary, although I’ve heard good things about her books. Unfortunately, I didn’t love THE GUEST LIST, so I don’t think I’ll read anything else by Foley. I know I’m in the minority there, though. I’m glad you found some new authors to love in 2020!

    Happy TTT!


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    1. Sarah - SWB

      O’Leary’s books have definitely been a bit of a pick me up during lockdown for me!

      I’m actually slightly surprised Foley isn’t a bit more marmite-y. I still have to read The Hunting Party but I do worry it might be a bit samey.

      Thanks for stopping by


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