It is Tuesday once again, and this week, over at That Artsy Reader Girl, the ask is to share new authors we found in 2022. And while none of these are really new authors, they are certainly my top new to me authors.
Many of these books are on my list of favorite books of last year (save two of them – the WWII related ones; and looking back, they should have been there on that list as well but I already had 20 books on that rather than 10, just like I have 13 here rather than 10..). Well, my top ten Tuesday posts regularly have more than ten items anyways…
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Top New to Me Authors in 2022
The author: Brian Bilston
The book: You Took the Last Bus Home (Poetry)
My Why: Bilston is super-talented! His words and poems never fail to amaze me. I find myself smiling, or even weepy, or(well – it is and) simply awed, anytime I read his poems.
The author: Maggie Stiefvater
The book: Bravely (YA)
My Why: Well, why ever did I not read her books before? I am not sure, but I am glad I have started..
The author: Tara Lazar
The book: Absurd Words (Children’s Nonfiction)
My Why: I simply must. And if you need more, you can read my gushing review for this book here.
The author: Axie Oh
The book: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea (Teen and YA/Fantasy, Multicultural Fiction)
My Why: Axie’s words conjure worlds effortlessly! And I need to read more now.
The author: Marianne Monson
The book: The Opera Sisters (Historical Fiction)
My Why: I picked the book because, well, it is a WWII historical fiction based on a true story. And now, after having read Monson’s writing and having checked out her other books, I am looking forward to reading them all.
The author: Reem Faruqi
The book: Unsettled (Children’s Asian & Asian American Books/Novels in verse )
My Why: Faruqi is an expert weaver of words, and once I noticed how I devoured this book, it was but natural to add more of her books to my reading list.
The author: Kristina McMorris
The book: The Ways We Hide (Historical Fiction)
My Why: While ‘Sold on a Monday’ has been a book I keep thinking I should read, but somehow keep pushing it to later, I am grateful to have started my McMorrs reading journey with this read. I am yet to review it, but it is definitely one of the most powerful reads of last year for me.
The author: Claudia Mills
The book: The Lost Language (Children’s novels in verse)
My Why: This book prompted me to – start relearning things I had forgotten I wanted to – and renewed my love for languages overall. And Mills writes so beautifully that need to keep reading more.
The author: George Saunders
The book: A Swim in a Pond in the Rain (Literature/Nonfiction)
My Why: Too many of Saunders’ books have stayed on my TBR for way too long. Now, they will be read!!
The author: Kelly Barnhill
The book: The Ogress and the Orphan (Children’s Fiction)
My Why: My review of this book should tell you everything!
The author: Sajni Patel
The book: My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding (Teen & YA Fiction)
My Why: Always need a little bit of home away from home and Patel captures India here in the US and elsewhere too so well.
The author: Fredrik Backman
The book: Anxious People (Ficton)
My Why: I now know that all the hype around this book was well deserved, and around this author too.
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear reader, which of these authors would make it on your list of favorite authors? And what about any of the books listed? Have you read them? Your thoughts?
6 thoughts on “Top New to Me Authors in 2022”
Backman is on my list today, too. ANXIOUS PEOPLE was one of my favorite reads of 2022. I hadn’t really thought Backman was my kind of author, but then I read it and loved it. Now, I want to read more of his.
Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!
Unsettled sounds interesting!
I think it’s cool that you regularly have more than 10 books on your TTT lists. I sometimes have fewer than 10 answers. 🙂
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-new-to-me-authors-i-discovered-in-2022/
Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favourite authors (though Bravely is one of her books that I haven’t read!) so I’m glad to see you enjoyed Bravely and hope you find more books of hers you love.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/top-ten-tuesday-404/
I like. both Sajni Patel and Fredrick Backman!
I really liked Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris. I have to check out The Ways We Hide.
I have Bravely and My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding on my TBR, and I hope to get to both this year. I enjoyed Anxious People last year (not my first by Backman). Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier. I hope you have a great week.
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