Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

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Strawberries, coffee, cookies, and an art book on a white sheet. Sometimes it feels like the January Top Ten Tuesday topics are so closely connected to each other that I need to be careful about repeating myself when responding to them.

For that reason, I’ll keep this week’s list short and sweet. Here are five books I read last year from authors who are new to me.


Author: Betty MacDonald

What I Read from Them: The Plague and I

Would I Read More from Them? Yes! I never would have guessed that a memoir about living in a tuberculosis hospital in the 1930s would be so funny or relatable nearly a century later. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for anything else she might have written.


Author: Annalee Newitz

What I Read from Them: Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age

WouldI Read More from Them? Yes! This author had a conversational writing style that made learning about history amusing and educational.


Author: Kathy Iandoli

What I Read from Them: Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah

Would I Read More from Them? No. I found the author’s writing style to be choppy, and she only skimmed the surface on some pretty important questions about Aaliyah’s life. I know that it was probably quite difficult to dig up new information about this singer given how private her family is, but I wasn’t impressed with this biography.


Author: Katherine Arden

What I Read from Them: Small Spaces

Would I Read More from Them? I already have! I’ll be reviewing Small Spaces and it’s sequels on this site in the near future, so stay tuned.


Author: Sandy Skotnicki

What I Read from Them: Beyond Soap: The Real Truth about What You Are Doing to Your Skin and How to Fix It for a Beautiful, Healthy Glow

Would I Read More from Them? Maybe. There was a lot of excellent information about skin care in this book, but I found the writing to be a bit repetitive at times. So I’d pick up more books from this author, but I might skim through them or only read the sections that are most applicable to my skin in particular.

95 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

  1. Katherine Arden is such a great writer. I loved their bear and nightingale trilogy and Small Spaces was a good read too. I still need to read Dead Voices though.

    • Yes, she did! I haven’t managed to find a copy of that book yet, but I’ll keep trying. It sounds marvellous.

      Just so you know, I did try to comment on your post this week, but Disqus seemed to be having issues. I’ll try again later. 🙂

  2. All of the authors you mention are new to me with the exception of Katherine Arden whose books I haven’t yet read but would like to. I will have to check out The Plague and I–it sounds like something I would like. Thank you for sharing!

    • Goodness, I left a comment on your post before noticing your comment here. It’s kind of funny when that happens. 🙂

      And it’s very cool that Small Spaces was also where you started off with Katherine Arden. I hope the last book in that series is good. I’m already on the library waitlist for it. Haha!

      • I know that I tend to open up a bunch of TTT tabs on my browser all at once, and then go through reading them and leaving comments without going back to see who’s commented on my post. So this is probably the internet version of crossing in the mail. 😉

        My library didn’t have one of the books in the Small Spaces series when I wanted to read it, so I ended up buying the ebooks. I’ve already put in a preorder for the last book, too. Fingers crossed that it lives up to our expectations!

  3. I <3 Katherine Arden so much! I love her Winternight trilogy. I didn't know about this book. I'm going to look into it. Thank you for putting it on my radar! Thanks also for stopping by my blog!

    • I’ll keep an eye out for her Winternight trilogy! May you enjoy the Small Spaces quartet. The first three books in it are perfect to curl up with on a chilly day in my opinion.

    • It was so unique. I’ve never read anything quite like it. The author truly made me feel like I’d climbed into a time machine and travelled back to the 1930s to stay in a tuberculosis hospital for a while.

      May you enjoy it if you read it!

  4. Oooh I’ve been wondering about Small Spaces as I didn’t like the writing in her other series. Been wondering if its different. Nice to see you enjoyed it.

    • Oh, lucky you for still having Small Spaces on your TBR. The final book in that series comes out in August, so you still have loads of time to catch up on it before then if that’s what you wish to do. 🙂

  5. I’ve really liked what I’ve read by Katherine Arden so far! Loved the Bear & Nightingale trilogy, and I enjoyed Small Spaces and the follow-up as well. (I think there’s another in the series that I haven’t gotten to yet.) I have two books by Annalee Neuwitz on my shelves that I haven’t read yet, but I’m really looking forward to them! Glad to hear you encountered some new authors that you like enough to continue reading. 🙂

    • There is one final book in the Small Spaces series that won’t be out until August. So you could always read book #3 in the meantime if you wished to. 🙂

      I hope you like both of the Neuwitz books on your shelf!

    • Thank you. Yeah, that skincare book is a good tool if you have any skin issues or even if you want to know how to take good care of your skin. It has so much information that’s current and based in the latest science.

  6. The only author I know on here is Katherine Arden and I’ve only read one of her books (the first in The Bear and the Nightingale series) but I loved it so much. Definitely keen to read more by her! Great list 🙂

  7. Oh my goodness I am SO ECSTATIC to see one of Betty Macdonald’s memoirs on here, and one of the lesser-known ones at that! I’ve only read The Egg and I*, but it was definitely as funny as I imagine this one to be. I’ve been meaning to finish the quartet for a solid decade now — I bought them all for my parents, who loved them, but somehow failed to continue myself! — and I’m so glad you enjoyed this one.

    (*also have a solid childhood love of her Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, which are the main reason I read the memoir in the first place).

    • Yay! That is actually the first and only book I’ve read from her so far, but it was so good!

      Someday I want to read the rest of her work, too. I’m glad you liked The Egg and I so much. That one sure sounds funny.

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