Top 5 Tuesday: New Authors

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly book discussion with a new topic every Tuesday hosted by Meeghan of Meeghan Reads. It’s each blogger’s job to pick five book-related things (though you’re welcome to pick things from other media, if necessary) that fit the topic.

I know what you’re thinking and yes, it is not Tuesday. It’s Saturday. But I’ve been so busy with work that I missed this week’s topic and I really wanted to do it, mainly so I can once again gush about my new favorite author.

Yes, today’s (or rather four days ago) topic is your favorite new authors, whether debut or just new to you. Can you guess who my number one answer is going to be? I’d be shocked if you couldn’t. So let’s just dive on in!


N.K. Jemisin

Whaaatttt?!?! N.K. Jemisin?? Who would’ve guessed!!!!! Yes, obviously I had to do this week’s topic so I could once again remind everyone how amazing N.K. Jemisin is. This year I read The City We Became and the first two books in the Broken Earth trilogy (and plan to read the third before the end of the year). Jemisin’s books are so good, she has supplanted any previous favorite author I’ve ever had. This woman is a genius and I will not hear a word against her or her writing.


Emily M. Danforth

So, I haven’t technically finished Plain Bad Heroines yet, but I already know Danforth is an author I need to read more from. Her writing is so descriptive and atmospheric. And hella sapphic. I’ve been meaning to read The Miseducation of Cameron Post for a while, and I think it just shot up my TBR.


Grady Hendrix

I’ve wanted to get into horror for a while, and after reading Horrorstör, I know Hendrix is the author to do it with. His books are simultaneously serious and parody. I think the next one I’m going to try is My Best Friend’s Exorcism, which is steeped in ‘80s nostalgia.


Alexis Henderson

The Year of the Witching took me by surprise with how much I enjoyed it. Henderson really created a fantastic witchy novel on her debut. The atmosphere is tense and cloying, the characters well-developed, and the plot thrilling. And it’s going to have a sequel! I can’t wait to see where Henderson takes this story next!


Micaiah Johnson

Even though I didn’t give The Space Between Worlds a full 5 stars, it’s a book I keep thinking about because of how incredible the concept and world-building is. It also has a F/F romance, which will always get you bonus points. Based on her debut, I love how Johnson’s mind works and I’m excited to see what she write next.


Who are some of your favorite debut or new-to-you authors from 2020? Let me know in the comments!

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