Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by Jana @That Artsy reader Girl. Every week Jana provides us with prompts to write a bookish list.
This week we got “Bookish Discoveries I Made in 2019 “. I’ve already done a 2019 reflection post talking about things I have discovered and learned last year, so I wanted to do something different with the topic. I’m usually really bad at keeping up with authors I have enjoyed or am interested in reading more from, so this is me making an effort! These are authors I have discovered in 2019, which books I have read by them, and which book I want to try out next.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
READ || I listened to the audiobook for both We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele and absolutely loved it. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has such a talent
TO READ || I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up reading all of her work eventually, but up next is probably The Thing Around Your Neck. Though I have never read a short story collection that blew me away, I am always very intrigued by them (what witchcraft is that?). If any author could pull off a great collection, it would probably be Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, so I’m hopeful!
READ || The Afterlife of Holly Chase was one I didn’t necessarily love, but I did think it was a fun read. It just ended up being a bit too romance heavy for my taste, but I’m really curious what Cynthia Hand can do with a more intense emotional topic. Which is exactly why I want to read this other book by her.
TO READ || The How & the Why came out at the end of 2019, right about when I was reading her book, and I am 100% interested in it. It just sounds like it could be so impactful and I’m really excited to see something different from this author (+ that beautiful cover also helps).
Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
READ || I read both of the books these authors have published together so far. I loved the first one, The Wife Between Us, which is a really well-crafted domestic mystery/thriller with lots of little reveals throughout. Then I read An Anonymous Girl, their 2019 release, and was thoroughly disappointed. However, I do enjoy their writing and I still have high hopes for their future books.
TO READ || You Are Not Alone is coming out March 3rd, 2020. I talked about it in my Most Anticipated Releases post last week because it sounds great. I’m just hoping it’s more similar to their first book!
READ || I read Behind Her Eyes and it was my most surprising book of 2019. When I first finished it, I was mad at it. I thought I might actually hate it. But then that didn’t happen and I ended up just really appreciating it for being unique. It’s definitely a hit or miss kind of book.
TO READ || Dead to her is coming out on February 11th, 2020. Again one I mentioned in that most anticipated releases post. This will be Sarah Pinborough’s third book. Her second book I have not read, but I’ve heard a lot of bad things about it and I’m just not that interested. However, her new book sounds great. I’m curious to see if it will be another surprising/weird one.
Taylor Jenkins Reid
READ || When it comes to Daisy Jones & the Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I am definitely on board with the hype. Though I did like Daisy Jones a bit better, both of them were interesting, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining.
TO READ || So since I clearly enjoy this author’s work, I looked at her backlist and Maybe in Another Life is the one that stood out to me the most. I’m a litlle scared because I rarely enjoy full-on romance novels, but this does sound quite unique with the whole “two concurrent storylines” thing.
READ || This might be a bit of a cheat because I read Final Girls in 2018, so I didn’t really discover Riley Sager this year. However I feel like I’ve rediscovered this author when I read Lock Every Door, and now I’m quite certain I’m a fan.
TO READ || Riley Sager has a new book, called Home Before Dark, coming out July 7th and I’m pretty much certain I’ll read that one, but first, The Last Time I Lied, which is actually his second book. I’ve heard mixed things so I’m a little apprehensive, but I want to find out what I think for myself!
Sidenote: Don’t you just love it when stand-alone novels by the same author still match? So pleasing to the eye.
READ || The Turn of the Key was such a mixed feelings book for me. I keep changing my mind about it. The premise was great, there were definitely a bunch of creepy things, the atmosphere was amazing, but some of the creepy things got a bit repetitive and the ending felt pretty anticlimactic for me. HOWEVER, Ruth Ware still seems like a very talented author. I have a feeling she could write something I’m completely in love with.
TO READ || From the backlog of books she has published (which is quite a lot), I picked The Death of Mrs. Westaway to read next. I think it has the most potential to be another very atmospheric book, hopefully one with a plot that will completely wow me!
Authors Who Don’t Have Any More Books Out
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Whisper Man, and The Silent Patient are three lovely debut novels I read in 2019. These authors have yet to publish their second books, but I will sure be ready to read all of them when they come out!
Those were my picks for today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt. Now I to hear from you…
Which author do you want to read more from?
Who is your most-read author to date?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!