Top Ten Tuesday: The New-to-Me Authors of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This week’s theme is:  New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020


This week Top Ten Tuesday is all about the new-to-me authors of 2020. Alongside the latest read from a favourite author I do enjoy discovering new writers. This is a selection of my discoveries from 2020, along with a snippet of my review for each book. As always, titles are linked to full reviews in case anything catches your eye…

Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi – “…blends horror, humour and wit, with two wonderfully engaging protagonists and reluctant allies and a wide supporting cast of heroes and villains which make this a great read.”

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – “The story is a really involved slow burn for the first two thirds, the tension gradually ratcheting up until the awful truth is revealed and from there the descent into horror is rapid and vivid. It’s almost as stomach churning as the moment a rollercoaster reaches the peak and drops suddenly. You know something is about to happen because there are so many things wrong at High Place, so many dark secrets, and it’s tense reading discovering whether Noemí will be able to save her cousin, and even by the end, herself.”

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James – “The story combines an old murder mystery with some wonderfully creepy scenes at the motel. The dead of night, the isolation, the threat from something apparently real but not real, I definitely had a moment or two when I was glad I’m come across certain scenes during daylight hours, or I may have had to put the story aside for a while.”

Wayward Pines trilogy by Blake Crouch – “One sign of a good book is that you can’t wait to get back to reading, and that definitely happened for me with Pines. I always wanted to read just one more chapter, and found myself trying to find more reading time in my day because with each surprise and revelation things just became more strange and inexplicable.”

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – “Through hailstorms, dust clouds, a plague of grasshoppers, encounters with grizzly bears, searing heat and endless wilderness, desolate places and many extremes, I journeyed with these characters and shared their joys and despairs.”

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman – “The Invisible Library is a good beginning to a series that I’m looking forward to discovering. Anything themed around books and libraries and alternate fantasy worlds is going to get my reading attention, and as Irene was dispatched with new orders at the end of this novel, I was almost as pleased as she was that there is more to look forward to in this world of magic and adventure and books.”

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill – “A Cosmology of Monsters is an intriguing blend of family life mingled with horrors both everyday and otherworldly, and I would give it a try if you’re looking for something a little different, a little strange, a little scary and a little mysterious.”

Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang – “The storyline kept me guessing until the end as to who or what was responsible for Lucy’s murder. I also liked the inclusion of quotes from Dracula at the beginning of each chapter, it’s made me want to read that book again as well. Tillie is a likable character who grew in confidence as the tale progressed and her discovering the truth made for an eventful tale.”

The Other People by C. J. Tudor – “The opening hints at something strange straight away, an unknown girl, alone, sleeping, surrounded by medical equipment. There’s something eerie about it. Who is she and what has happened to her? I enjoyed the way this narrative ran throughout, suggesting something slightly out of the ordinary alongside the thriller unfolding.”

The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger – “Mysterious, eerie, great atmosphere, and a need to know exactly what is going on in the room next door, from which Eve hears screams and dragging sounds on more than one occasion despite there being no other guests staying at the motel kept me glued to this for the duration.”


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The New-to-Me Authors of 2020

  1. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den says:

    Oooh, I’d never heard of Stoker’s Wilde, but you have SOLD me on that one. I totally need to read that! I really want to read The invisible Library this year, as I’m a sucker for any bookish fantasy worlds, too, and it sounds really good! Also, I’m super jealous that your copy of A Cosmology of Monsters looks AWESOME. Why did I get the dud cover copy?! D:

    Here’s my TTT post.

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    • pagesandtea says:

      I really enjoyed Stoker’s Wilde, and there’s a sequel, Stoker’s Wilde West, which I’m really looking forward to reading at some point.
      It was the cover that first tempted me to find out more about A Cosmology of Monsters, I couldn’t resist 😀

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  2. Hundreds&Thousands says:

    Brilliant list! I love Mexican gothic and I’ve always wanted to try the sundown hotel books (although they seem a little daunting!). I seem to be really bad at following the ttt prompts lol so this week I tried top ten bookish things that annoy me. Although there could have been SO MANY MORE 😫 Here’s my post in case you’re interested 🙂 https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2021/01/26/ttt-26-1-top-ten-bookish-things-i-hate/

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    • pagesandtea says:

      Thanks. I think I have about 5 of the Invisible Library books so I’ll have to try and carry on while the story and characters are still fresh in my mind. There are so many books I’d love to be reading at the moment.

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    • pagesandtea says:

      Thanks. I’ve only read the one book by Moreno-Garcia so far and really enjoyed it. I think my next will be Gods of Jade and Shadow, I bought that one a while ago. Hope you enjoy if you do get around to reading one of her books.

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  3. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies says:

    I’ve been wanting to read the Wayward Pines books! I’ve read two more recent books by Blake Crouch (Dark Matter and Recursion), and loved them both.I picked up Opium & Absinthe when it was a free choice on Amazon, but haven’t read it yet. Seeing it hear convinces me that I need to read it finally!

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    • pagesandtea says:

      I flew through the Wayward Pines trilogy and I’m pretty sure I have both Dark Matter and Recursion so glad to hear you enjoyed both. Hopefully I’ll get around to one of them soon.

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  4. @lynnsbooks says:

    Ooh, lovely list. I’ve read four of these and also have a Blake Crouch book waiting to be read (although not the ones here). I also have the sun Down Motel just patiently waiting.
    Lynn 😀

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    • pagesandtea says:

      Which Blake Crouch book do you have? I need to try and find time for either Dark Matter or Recursion. Sun Down Motel was a nice surprise, ghosts and a creepy motel, just perfect for an autumn/winter night’s reading 😀

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