I’ll be honest – I like to stick with what I know. When I find an author that I love, I keep going back to them. When they release new books – there I am! I pre-order and count down the days, then drink the new story in once it’s released. But the time in between, I occasionally branch out. I need to do this more often, and it’s actually one of my reading goals for this year. I need to seek out new-to-me voices and perspectives, giving new authors a chance.
These are 5 new-to-me authors I enjoyed that I’ve read in the last year or so.
Blake’s book Antigoddess has been on my radar for a few years. I actually purchased the book at a Half Price Books, but then ended up giving it away because I never picked it up! After reading Three Dark Crowns on New Years Eve, I want to seek out anything and everything she’s written. It was dark and surprising and so thrilling. I really loved it! You can read my full review HERE. She has a whole other series I can read! Yes!
I love a good historical, Christian romance story and this one was good! I thought the author did a great job painting a picture of the setting and the characters. This book’s plot was strongly character driven, and although the main conflict fell flat, I would like to read her other books! You can read my full review for it HERE.
Annie F. Downs
I heard about Annie’s works last year during the summer and immediately picked up Looking for Lovely. It had recently been published at that time and was getting some buzz, so I decided to give it a whirl. I don’t usually do well with non-fiction because I get bored, but Annie had me so hooked. I read this in just a couple of days and felt like I’d spent the whole time with a close friend. Since then, I’ve also read her book Let’s All Be Brave and loved it, too. Keep writing, Annie! I’ll keep reading! (I’m calling her by her first name because I feel like we’re kindred spirits. I also feel like she wouldn’t mind at all.) Read my full reviews for the first book HERE, and the second HERE.
Pam Munoz Ryan
I know that this author also wrote Esperanza Rising, which I’ve heard a lot about, but I’ve never read it! I’m aware that she isn’t a NEW author, but she IS new to me. Echo is fantastic, if you haven’t picked it up yet. It’s got a lot of pages and feels like a brick, but it reads quickly and is SO insightful. I found the plot to be unique and the way the author weaved the 3 stories together, masterful. I definitely want to pick up her other books!
I read 2 of her books last year: The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest and The Healer’s Apprentice. (Click the titles to see my full reviews.) These are the types of stories I like to read without analysis. The plots are simple, but there’s a lot of historical elements that I find interesting. Sometimes the plot comes together a little too easily for my taste, but the characters are sweet and I root for them from beginning to end. Dickerson has many other books, so I will continue to pick up her stories from time to time!
Who are some little known, little celebrated authors I should check out? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn