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New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2021: Will I Read More of Their Books?

“He was an easy mark.”

First line in City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

This post is inspired by a Top Ten Tuesday prompt I did last year that I figured needed to be a reoccurring one. I read books from 19 different authors in 2021, and in this post, I’m going to be judging whether or not they are worth more of my time. To avoid making this a very text-heavy post, I decided to share my feelings towards these authors in GIF-format with just a tiny translation of what I mean by each GIF. To be fair, I actually read more than 19 new authors last year, but I decided to exclude authors of classics, non-fiction and anthologies, just to narrow it down a little. But 19 is still a lot, so let’s get started!


K. Ancrum

Read: The Wicker King

Will I read more books by K. Ancrum?

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Translation: Sure, but only with the right synopsis

Malorie Blackman

Read: Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge

Will I read more books by Malorie Blackman?

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Translation: Gave up on her one series so no

Marie Brennan

Read: The Onyx Court series

Will I read more books by Marie Brennan?

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Translation: YES

S. A. Chakraborty

Read: The Daevabad Trilogy

Will I read more books by S. A. Chakraborty?

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Translation: Yes and very intrigued to see what she writes next

Susanna Clarke

Read: Piranesi

Will I read more books by Susanna Clarke?

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Translation: Me reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell could happen

Alix E. Harrow

Read: The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Will I read more books by Alix E. Harrow?

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Translation: Nope. Never. Absolutely not.

Christina Henry

Read: Lost Boy

Will I read more books by Christina Henry?

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Translation: I wasn’t blown away so probably not

Robin Hobb

Read: The Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Traders

Will I read more books by Robin Hobb?

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Translation: I don’t think I’ve hidden my obsession very well

Gail Honeyman

Read: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I Dont Really Care I Dont Care GIF - I Dont Really Care I Dont Care Who  Cares - Descubre & Comparte GIFs

Translation: No strong feelings of any kind but I don’t think it’ll happen

Rebecca Makkai

Read: The Great Believers

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Translation: First experience wasn’t bad so I’m willing to try again

Everina Maxwell

Read: Winter’s Orbit

Will I read more books by Everina Maxwell?

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Translation: Not in a hurry but also not completely opposed to it

Lisa Maxwell

Read: The Last Magician

Will I read more books by Lisa Maxwell?

No Nope GIF - No Nope No Sign - Discover & Share GIFs

Translation:…No.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Read: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Will I read more books by Silvia Moreno-Garcia?

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Translation: There are authors I’m more excited about

Garth Nix

Read: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

Will I read more books by Garth Nix?

shaecdouglass | Enthusiastic Consent

Translation: Knowing he’s a popular author doesn’t give me more faith in him

Tamora Pierce

Read: Song of the Lioness

Will I read more books by Tamora Pierce?

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Translation: I wasn’t blown away but maybe

Andy Weir

Read: The Martian

Will I read more books by Andy Weir?

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Translation: Not saying I’m being forced to read Project Hail Mary but I’m being forced to read Project Hail Mary

Martha Wells

Read: All Systems Red

Will I read more books by Martha Wells?

A Little Bit Overrated GIFs - Get the best GIF on GIPHY

Translation: A little overrated but I’m trying again

Jen Williams

Read: The Winnowing Flame Trilogy

Will I read more books by Jen Williams?

Not Doing That – Gifs

Translation: I think I’ll spare myself the frustration

G. Willow Wilson

Read: The Bird King

Will I read more books by G. Willow Wilson?

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Translation: Not putting myself through that again

I need to read more books by authors I already know because this was a lot. And there weren’t a whole lot of successes in there either, although I’m very happy with the ones I found. Quite a few I was undecided about though, so I’m open to peer pressure in the comments on those. Also, let me know if you discovered a new favorite author in 2021.

10 thoughts on “New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2021: Will I Read More of Their Books?

  1. So many!
    I also read fromAndy Weir for the first time last year, and IΒ΄m excited to read more from him! Also very curious to what SA Chakraborty will write next!

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  2. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ This format is ingenious!!! I absolutely loved it and am grinning like anything, especially at your entries for Marie Brennan (I swear I will get back to her soon! πŸ˜…), S.A. Chakraborty (Color me curious, too! 🧐), Alix E. Harrow (I don’t know what was more priceless, the GIF or its translation 🀣), Robin Hobb (If you’ve considered her worthy of a Spider-Man GIF, I suppose you can’t have found the Liveship ending that bad after all 😜), Lisa Maxwell (Yes, I second that no!! πŸ™„), and Andy Weir (Who is this mystery person forcing you to read this? How rude! But also, I have no regrets 😁 ).

    And my favorite newly discovered author this year? I’m pretty sure you know, seeing that you are entirely responsible for introducing me to her πŸ₯°

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    1. I’m glad you liked it 😁 I think the Alix E. Harrow one is the one that most accurately represents my feelings and I just knew the moment I saw it πŸ˜‚ And yes, Hobb still wrote the Farseer trilogy so that makes her worthy of a Spider-Man GIF. I specifically looked for one that could fit 😁

      Is it representative of your 2021 that I just had to take a second to remember which author you could be referring to as a new favorite? πŸ˜… I feel like I introduced you to more than one but I’m assuming you mean Bridget Collins πŸ˜„

      On a totally different note, I feel like I need to tell you this: I finished Spinning Silver… and I hated it *runs and hides*. I’ve just written a rather long rant for my wrap-up and I just need you to be prepared for that 😬

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  3. I definitely meant Bridget Collins πŸ₯° After all, two of her books managed to make it into my 2021 favorites, and apart from her and Brandon Sanderson (who is already an old favorite πŸ˜„) no other author achieved that!

    And NOOOOOOOOO 😭😭😭 Why would you hate it?? It’s so good!! I feel like I’ve permanently jinxed something by loving The House in the Cerulean Sea because since then, we can’t seem to agree on anything… 🀣 (This might also be a good time to confess that I finished The Shamer’s Signet a few days ago and was not particularly impressed, either πŸ˜…)

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    1. I’m sorry but it was SO boring! I had to start rooting for the villain just to feel something.
      And well, we do agree on something because I also don’t think The Shamer’s Signet is very impressive πŸ˜… But I’m also not opposed to putting some blame on The House in the Cerulean Sea πŸ˜‚

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      1. Pffff… You obviously just didn’t get it, then πŸ˜‡ Otherwise, you would have been engrossed by Miryem’s determination to make money in spite of the prejudices she faced, Wanda’s desperation to escape her family, and Irina’s conniving to outwit her husband – there was so much suspense!!! Especially once the Staryk got involved!

        But it’s fine 😭 At least we agree on something and I don’t have to worry about you hating me too much when you read my Shamer’s Signet rant πŸ˜‚ And maybe we can at least both like the Tawny Man trilogy this year? πŸ™ƒ

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      2. Well, I understand that I need more complex characters to feel the suspense then πŸ˜…

        And no, The Shamer’s Signet deserves a rant. I’m just not able to give it myself lol. And Tawny Man involves a lot of Fitz (and hopefully, very little Starling), so I should love that. I’m just hoping Hobb didn’t get a taste for multi-POV stories.

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