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.

This week’s theme is New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021. There are so many, and I’ll choose the ones that were among my favorites just by scrolling through my Goodreads and finding ten standouts! These are alphabetical order by last name, and trust me, I easily could list even more. (And I want to note – coincidentally, the ten authors I have chosen are all women!)

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Heena Baek

Book I discovered this author through: Magic Candies

This picture book absolutely blew me away with its gentle, emotional, funny story and its gorgeously unique illustrations.

Next on my TBR from this author: This is Baek’s first book and I hope for more. The art is absolutely wonderful.

Donna Barba Higuera

Book I discovered this author through: The Last Cuentista

This middle grade sci-fi novel absolutely blew me away. This author has written a picture book and what looks to be another middle grade novel as well! I hope she write smore.

Next on my TBR from this author: El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!

Livia Blackburne

Book I discovered this author through: I Dream of Popo

Another picture book, this one was an emotional journey. I loved Julia Kuo’s illustrations set against Blackburne’s story of a child missing her grandmother in Taiwan after moving to America.

Next on my TBR from this author: I had no idea Blackburne is a YA fantasy novelist. Looking forward to Rosemarked.

Adriana Herrera

Book I discovered this author through: Her story The Duke Makes Me Feel… was included in the erotic romance anthology Duke I’d Like to F…

I’ve wanted to read this author for a while, but I largely read historical romance and Herrera is known for her contemporary romance. But this short story absolutely blew me away and I’m excited she is writing historical too now!. It was steamy, powerful, and well-researched.

Next on my TBR from this author: It’ll likely by her story in the Rake I’d Like to F… anthology, but it could also be A Caribbean Heiress in Paris. I also see there’s a Villain I’d Like to F… anthology in the works and I’m eying up the Christmas romance anthology Amor Actually for next holiday season.

Justina Ireland

Book I discovered this author through: Ophie’s Ghosts

I loved this middle grade paranormal and historical fiction novel! It was such an engaging read. I have wanted to read this author for some time and am glad I findally did.

Next on my TBR from this author: Dread Nation

Molly Knox Ostertag

(for some reason, this isn’t the only Amazon page for the author. Check out more of her titles here.)

Book I discovered this author through: The Girl from the Sea

This YA graphic novel is appropriate for middle grade readers as well, though it has some romance and features teenage characters. I loved this story and the beautiful first love in it.

Next on my TBR from this author: The Witch Boy

Mimi Matthews

Book I discovered this author through: A Holiday by Gaslight

I loved this Victorian Christmas romance read. Though I generally prefer my romances on the steamier side, something about this novella really stood out to me. I look forward to reading more by this prolific author of Victorian romances.

Next on my TBR from this author: The Siren of Sussex

Majo Molfino

Book I discovered this author through: Break the Good Girl Myth: How to Dismantle Outdated Rules, Unleash Your Power, and Design a More Purposeful Life

This self-help book geared towards women was great. I loved the activities included. We convince ourselves that we have to abide by so many rules society sets and Molfino really opened my eyes to some of the ones I unconsciously follow.

Next on my TBR from this author: She doesn’t have any other books out at the moment, but I will keep an eye out.

Kaela Rivera

Book I discovered this author through: Cece Rios and the Desert of Lost Souls

This fantasy novel based on Mexican folklore absolutely wowed me.

Next on my TBR from this author: Cece is Rivera’s first title, but I have an inkling this is the start of a fantastic series.

Niki Smith

Book I discovered this author through: The Golden Hour

This middle grade graphic novel packs an emotional punch and has a touch of romance. I loved the extremely representation of PTSD, in particular panic attacks.

Next on my TBR from this author: Probably The Deep & Dark Blue, though I’m so excited to see on the author’s Amazon page that she has worked on a number of sex-positive comics, including some I’m familiar with!