Top Ten Tuesday – 10 New to me Authors I Discovered in 2021

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.

I did quite well last year for reading new authors so I’ve picked the best ones to share.

  1. Jews Don’t Count – David Baddiel – An exploration of anti-Semitism and why it doesn’t seem to be taken seriously enough. 4/5
  2. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr – An interesting spin on a war novel involving a blind girl and a model of Paris 4/5
  3. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng – Shaker Heights seems perfectly peaceful but the arrival of Mia, artist and single mother, turns things completely on their head. 3/5
  4. Mysterious Skin – Scott Heim – A dark and disturbing look at the effect of sexual abuse on the lives of two young boys. 5/5
  5. The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi – A bildungsroman that chronicles the sexual awakening and social difficulties of Karim Amir. 4/5
  6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carre – Classic spy story with plenty of twists and turns. 4/5
  7. How Not To Be Wrong – James O’Brien – O’Brien charts his personal journey of learning how to change your mind. 5/5
  8. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque – The heartbreaking classic of German schoolboys who sign up and fight in the first world war. 5/5
  9. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth – What would have happened if the US hadn’t joined the second world war? A disturbing look at the possible outcome. 5/5
  10. The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead – A hellish look at the reform schools of the 1960s. 5/5

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