{Top Ten Tuesday} Bookish Discovery Time!

Posted January 14, 2020 by Leah in Memes & Features, Top 10 Tuesday / 26 Comments

Happy Tuesday everyone, and welcome to the first edition of Top Ten Tuesday for 2020! TTT is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

2019 was an excellent year to discover more new-to-me authors and books that have taken the literary world by storm. I love reading books by authors I’ve never read. Because of that, this list is going to be a long, detailed look at the works I found last year. Are you ready? Let’s go!


Alma Katsu

What I Read:

Well, this was a pleasant surprise. I use pleasant loosely by the way, since this is a reimagining of the already horrific trek of the Donner Party but with an even more bizarre twist. See my review for it here.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

What I Read:

Where has Silvia Moreno-Garcia been my whole life? Here are the diverse fantasies people have been looking for, and they are flying under the radar. I think Gods of Jade and Shadow, her most recent book, is going to change that though. I liked it so much I haven’t been able to find the right words to review it besides “It’s so well done, everyone read it now!”

My review of Certain Dark Things can be found here.

Libba Bray

What I Read:

Reader, this author and this series added twenty years to my life. Why I’m hesitating with the third book when the last book comes out next month is beyond me.

My review of The Diviners can be found here.

Lisa Wingate

What I Read:

A touching historical fiction book that needed to be written. There’s a nonfiction follow up which actually chronicles the lives of several of the children, now adults, who were affected by the Tennessee Children’s Home Society.

Riley Sager

What I Read:

Everyone was talking about this book, so I caved in to peer pressure and checked it out from the library. There’s a reason people say to not succumb to peer pressure. It was…okay. His new book looks pretty interesting, but I’m going to ignore the hype.

Emily Lloyd-Jones

What I Read:

I loved this book. Emily Lloyd-Jones has a way with words that captures a vivid location, sweeping adventure, and emotional highs. I’ll read whatever she writes.

Blake Crouch

What I Read:

Not since I watched Inception has my brain been so twisted by stories. Then I read Dark Matter. I lost count of the times I said, “What?” out loud while reading it. Blake Crouch knows how to pack a punch (and scramble a brain). Recursion is just as mind-boggling, but I enjoyed the journeys.

Jennifer Donnelly

What I Read:

Jennifer Donnelly has an impressive backlist, and her newest book was the one that grabbed my attention. What an entertaining, girl-power retake on Cinderella and her stepsisters.

Elizabeth Acevedo

What I Read:

Elizabeth Acevedo has been getting a lot of buzz, so much so I nominated With the Fire on High for a book club read. I see what the buzz is about.

Susan Orlean

What I Read:

When this book was announced, I had to read it. This is the library system I work for! Reading about the fire at the Central Library was good, but reading about the history and impact libraries have had throughout the ages was incredible.

Miranda Asebedo

What I Read:

This book needs more attention. Miranda Asebedo penned a winner for me; it’s a hug after a bad day, a slice of pie when things are looking up.

Josie Silver

What I Read:

Initially, I was skeptical about One Day in December, but I noticed after I finished it that I kept thinking about it. It was a slow burn realization that it made an impression on me. πŸ™‚

Taylor Jenkins Reid

What I Read:


I know, it took me long enough to read a Taylor Jenkins Reid book. This one was on the shelf at work and I thought, alright, now’s the time to read one of Taylor’s books. While I wasn’t a fan of the overall style, I am still interested in reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.


What were some bookish discoveries you made in 2019?



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26 responses to “{Top Ten Tuesday} Bookish Discovery Time!

  1. Silver won my heart with One Day in December. I am excited to see if her followup is as good. I adore Acevedo. Both her books were fantastic. I loved both of Asebedo’s books too. I like the little touch of magic she puts in her books, and the fierce family connections

    • Leah

      I admit I was skeptical about One Day December, but the book grew on me, and by the time I finished it, I was grinning from ear to ear. I hope her upcoming book is great, too.

  2. What a great list. I’ll be adding a few of these. I just yesterday finished Before We Were Yours. As an adoptive mom it made me cry and ache for the children in the book. She did such a great job weaving together fact and fiction in this novel.

    • Leah

      It’s gotten so much praise, and for good reason. It’s hard to read about some of the things that happen, but it’s also filled with hope.

  3. Great list, Leah! Daisy Jones made it onto my list today too. The audiobook was amazing! I also loved Bone Houses and One Day in December 😍 I’m looking forward to reading some of the others on your list this year. I’m especially keen to check out The Hunger. Sounds intensely terrifying but I’m so intrigued too lol glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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  4. Yeeeees! I LOVE Silvia Moreno-Garcia and I’ve been raving about her work since I read Signal to Noise in 2015 (still one of my favourite books) so I love that I’ve been seeing her across the blogosphere more and more over the past year. I’m so excited for Mexican Gothic this summer!

    I finally read The Diviners in 2019, too, and I can’t believe it took me so long to read Libba Bray! I can’t wait to continue with the series this year and read her other work. Great list!

    • Leah

      Thanks, Jess! I’m glad I discovered her this year. I can’t wait for Mexican Gothic either. And yay, fellow Diviners fan! πŸ˜€

  5. Greg

    The Hunger *nods* I reaallly want to read that. Heard great things. and couldn’t agree more about Blake Crouch. I started with the Pines books but Dark Matter blew me away, and Recursion was a total trip as well.

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