Top 10 Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022

Welcome to Top 10 Tuesday! This is a weekly challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s challenge is about new-to-me authors I discovered in 2022!

I ended up reading a lot of great books in 2022! And several of them were by authors that I had never read before. While many of these are by no means debut authors at this point, they were still a discovery for me last year. Without further ado, here are the top ten new-to-me authors I discovered in 2022 (in no particular order)!

To learn more about a book, click on the photo to find the Goodreads synopsis.

1. Becky Chambers

While the rest of this list isn’t in any particular order, Becky Chambers was definitely my #1 new-to-me author of last year. After finishing To Be Taught, If Fortunate, I immediately wanted to collect all of Chambers’ other books so that I could read them too. I just loved her writing style and her unique approach to science fiction. And I loved the questions she posed through the themes of this novella.

2. Sally Rooney

I know Sally Rooney can be kind of polarizing (I feel like people either love or hate her books), but I really loved Normal People. I can’t wait to try another one of her books! I’m thinking maybe Conversations with Friends next?

3. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley was definitely my favorite new-to-me middle grade author of the year. I read both of the books in this series (review of the first book HERE), and absolutely adored them both. I can’t wait to read some of her other books!

4. Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo was one of my favorite new-to-me YA authors of the year. I already bought the follow-up to this novel, and I can’t wait to read it!

5. Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas obviously isn’t a new author, but he was new to me last year and I was surprised by how much I loved this book (considering how long it was)! Maybe I’ll try The Three Musketeers next…

6. Helen Hoang

And Helen Hoang was my favorite new-to-me romance author of last year! I thought she had a really unique approach to the genre, and I’m excited to read the rest of the books in the series.

7. Zhang Ling

A Single Swallow was one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read, and I’m curious to see what else Zhang Ling has written.

8. Yamile Saied Méndez

Yamile Saied Méndez was another favorite new-to-me YA author of the year, and I can’t wait to read some of her other work! I definitely want to try reading Twice a Quinceañera (even though it’s not YA).

9. Vanessa Riley

I absolutely loved this historical fiction novel, and I can’t wait to check out more work from Vanessa Riley. She recently published Sister Mother Warrior which is set during the Haitian Revolution, so I’d definitely be interested in checking that out!

10. Tiffany D. Jackson

And yet another new favorite YA author! I thought this book was stunning, and I can’t wait to read more by Tiffany D. Jackson.

Have you read any of these books? What would your top ten be?

Let me know in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022

  1. Ahh I LOVE Becky Chambers – she would have been on my list except I think I started reading her in 2021. I recommend ‘The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet’. ‘To Be Taught if Fortunate’ is literally the next book I’m going to read and I’m very excited about it.

    We also share Sally Rooney across our lists – I really enjoyed ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’. My list is here


  2. Great list! I love Hoang and Rooney and Chambers was a new-to-me author last year as well. I’m glad I finally read one of her books and I can’t wait to read more. Tiffany Jackson and Malinda Lo are both new-to-me authors that I’m hoping to read in 2023 🙂


  3. I still haven’t read the book you listed, but I’m glad it launched her name recognition into the stratosphere because I’ve been a fan of KBB since her excellent middle grade novel about the Appalachian Trail, Halfway to the Sky. I don’t think I’ve actually read any she wrote after 2010…but I enjoyed everything I did.


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