Top Ten Tuesday: The favorite new-to-me authors I discovered in 2021

Ten new authors I’m glad I read last year

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’m trying to do more on my blog this year so I occasionally plan to participate in Top Ten Tuesday. I won’t do it every week since sometimes I can’t think of any answers for some of the topics!

In 2021 I read books by 28 new-to-me authors.

My ten favorite new authors in 2021

Science Fiction

  • Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell


  • The Case of the Dragon-Bone Engine by Galadriel Coffeen
  • A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
  • The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
  • The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar by Seana Kelly
  • The Lord of Stariel by A.J. Lancaster


  • Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
  • The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne
  • Cry Dance by Kirk Mitchell


  • Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Who were your favorite new authors in 2021?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. Huchu

I like this is a little different than many urban fantasies–and it takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland!

Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments

by T.L. Huchu

Series: Edinburgh Nights #2

Published by Tor Books

Publishing date: March 8

Genre: Urban Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: Ropa Moyo’s ghostalking practice has tanked, desperate for money to pay bills and look after her family she reluctantly accepts a job to look into the history of a coma patient receiving treatment at the magical private hospital Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments. The patient is a teenage schoolboy called Max Wu, and healers at the hospital are baffled by the illness which has confounded medicine and magic.

Ropa’s investigation leads her to the Edinburgh Ordinary School for Boys, one of only the four registered schools for magic in the whole of Scotland (the oldest and only one that remains closed to female students).

But the headmaster there is hiding something and as more students succumb Ropa learns that a long-dormant and malevolent entity has once again taken hold in this world.

She sets off to track the current host for this spirit and try to stop it before other lives are endangered.


I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it. Looking forward to this one.

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu

The main character will have to use her Zimbabwean magic and Scottish pragmatism in this urban fantasy!

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

The Library of the Dead

by T.L. Huchu

Series: Edinburgh Nights #1

Published by Tor Books

Publishing date: March 18

Genre: Urban Fantasy

288 pages

Synopsis: When a child goes missing in Edinburgh’s darkest streets, young Ropa investigates. She’ll need to call on Zimbabwean magic as well as her Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. But as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?

When ghosts talk, she will listen…

Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to the living. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children–leaving them husks, empty of joy and life. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will change her world.


Urban fantasy is my favorite type of fantasy at the moment–probably because it usually involves solving a mystery and is mixed with some type of magic.

I like that Ropa will need to “call on Zimbabwean magic as well as her Scottish pragmatism.” The setting in Edinburgh, Scotland sounds great, too.