“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!
Read: The Wicker King
Will I read more books by K. Ancrum?
Translation: Sure, but only with the right synopsis
Read: Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge
Will I read more books by Malorie Blackman?
Translation: Gave up on her one series so no
Read: The Onyx Court series
Will I read more books by Marie Brennan?
S. A. Chakraborty
Read: The Daevabad Trilogy
Will I read more books by S. A. Chakraborty?
Translation: Yes and very intrigued to see what she writes next
Will I read more books by Susanna Clarke?
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?
Translation: Nope. Never. Absolutely not.
Read: Lost Boy
Will I read more books by Christina Henry?
Translation: I wasn’t blown away so probably not
Read: The Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Traders
Will I read more books by Robin Hobb?
Translation: I don’t think I’ve hidden my obsession very well
Read: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Translation: No strong feelings of any kind but I don’t think it’ll happen
Read: The Great Believers
Translation: First experience wasn’t bad so I’m willing to try again
Read: Winter’s Orbit
Will I read more books by Everina Maxwell?
Translation: Not in a hurry but also not completely opposed to it
Read: The Last Magician
Will I read more books by Lisa Maxwell?
Read: Gods of Jade and Shadow
Will I read more books by Silvia Moreno-Garcia?
Translation: There are authors I’m more excited about
Read: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
Will I read more books by Garth Nix?
Translation: Knowing he’s a popular author doesn’t give me more faith in him
Read: Song of the Lioness
Will I read more books by Tamora Pierce?
Translation: I wasn’t blown away but maybe
Read: The Martian
Will I read more books by Andy Weir?
Translation: Not saying I’m being forced to read Project Hail Mary but I’m being forced to read Project Hail Mary
Read: All Systems Red
Will I read more books by Martha Wells?
Translation: A little overrated but I’m trying again
Read: The Winnowing Flame Trilogy
Will I read more books by Jen Williams?
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?
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.