Monday, January 23, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday | New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022

Ever since Karen McManus completely upended my world with One of Us is Lying, I have strayed far and wide from my non-fiction treasures. I always come home to them again, but I have discovered that despite not being the target audience, I really fucking love YA mysteries/thrillers. Here are some authors I found in 2022, in no particular order. The books I include with each author are those I have rated four stars or higher. I did not necessarily love all books by the author, but I really, really loved these. It serves as a great reminder for me that I will never love EVERYTHING an author writes, unless that author is my most favorite historian of all time, Dan Jones. No exceptions. Not even for my queen, Karen McManus (You'll Be the Death of Me was not my fave).

1. Jennifer Lynn Barnes 

2. Mindy McGinnis 

3. Amy Reed 

4. Goldy Moldavsky 

5. Ginny Myers Sain 

6. Jennifer Donaldson 

7. Nicole Lesperance 

8. Kathleen Glasgow 

9. Jessica Goodman 

10. Kara Thomas 

11. Lily Sparks 

12. Natalie C. Parker 

Are any of these authors new to you, or are they old favorites? Have you read other books by them that you loved? Let me know!

Happy Reading


  1. Most of these are unfamiliar to me, except that I have the Jennifer Lynn Barnes books on my TBR list. Good to know you enjoyed them!

  2. I was actually just given a set of the McManus books! I love thrillers in general, so I'm eager to give these a go!

  3. I have The Agathas and The Inheritance Games on my TBR. Fingers crossed I get to them this year.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  4. I haven't read any of these, but The Agathas is on mhy TBR. Here's to more new authors in 2023!

  5. You always read such fascinating books. I love the covers. They are all so pretty.

  6. I really enjoyed Ginny Myers Sain when I read her book a couple years ago. I haven't read any of the other authors on here but I do have Kara Thomas on my TBR and I've heard good things about a few others. Great list!

  7. And to think you once read nothing but NF....XD

  8. I confess I am not familiar with any of the authors.

  9. My daughter loves #1 and keeps telling me I should read her. I'm glad you loved those books!

  10. None of these are ones I've read, but The Nowhere Girls is on my TBR so it's good to see you loved it. I'm glad you said that about not necessarily loving everything by favourite authors: I have many authors I consider favourites but I wouldn't say I've loved absolutely everything they've ever put out, for example, VE Schwab is one of my favourite authors but I'm not as big a fan of her YA stuff as I am her adult stuff, it doesn't make you any less of a fan if there are some books of an author's that you don't like as much!
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  11. All of these are new to me, so I totally appreciate you sharing. Kara Thomas' books caught my eye.

  12. I'm glad you started in on McGinnis - she's one of my favorites too!

  13. I haven't read any of these books yet, but I have The Female of the Species, so it's nice to know you enjoyed it. I should find my copy and read it this year, maybe. Have a wonderful week. - Katie

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  14. So many great picks. I wish Jennifer Donaldson had more; I read both of hers in quick succession in '21 and I would have read a third if there was one! Jennifer Lynn Barnes made my list the same way (after which I really enjoyed The Lovely and the Lost), and Mindy McGinnis is also high on my list of reliable authors. And Kara Thomas, Jessica Goodman, and Kathleen Glasgow all have at least two titles on my theoretical TBR.

    Great point that you don't necessarily love all the books from your author picks -- to be honest, whether they are all different concepts or the author picks a style groove and sticks with it, I find it pretty rare that I love everything an author writes. Frankly, if they can land 2 or 3 solid hits, I tend to consider them a favorite on some level, just because it's so hard to keep my ever-more-divided attention in the giant world of books.

  15. Wow - I don't know any of these and they all have great covers. I haven't tried any YA mystery/thrillers.....maybe that's a genre I need to explore! And, so true about not loving everything by a fave author. For me the first one that comes to mind is Fredrik Backman. I LOVE 80% of what he's written and I've read them all - but a couple weren't my faves...... I'll still read everything he puts out! I've bookmarked this page to come back and get some YA direction when I'm ready! Thanks for a great list.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  16. I enjoyed The Agathas. I don't tend to go for YA stuff, but when I do I tend to enjoy it.

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  17. My daughter recently read and devoured The Inheritance Game!

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