Favorite 2021 New-to-Me Authors 🖋 

 🖋 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful day, full of the best readings & the most wonderful moments! ❤️ Today, I’m super excited to be writing a new end of the year post, I’m a little late with these because honestly, I’ve been having a lot of work 🥺, but it’s all for a good cause, and soon I hope to be able to share my plans for the next year with you regarding my personal life (very exciting plans… 😊). But well, I’ll take every moment I have to write my posts and obviously share with you my bookish thoughts, I’ll also be checking your posts as I’ve missed doing it these past few days. Now, back to today’s post, I’ll be sharing with you my list of favorite “new to me” authors I’ve read during 2021. 🙌🏻 
I love doing this kind of post as I think authors deserve their own recognition from time to time. and this time I’ll be talking about 5 I have come to read for the first time this year and have loved completely for one thing or another, that I’ll be clarifying throughout the post. Each of them is in this post because I think they’re extremely talented and because I’ve connected with their style and stories on another level, also because they’re all authors I would love to continue reading in the future. 🥰 
In addition to highlighting the authors I have enjoyed for the first time this year, I’ll also show you the works I’ve read by them and talk a bit about some of the characteristics or factors that made me love their styles. I’ll also leave some links that might interest you. 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻   
Thanks for being here with me for another post, and always supporting me, I love you, you’re wonderful. 💕 I hope you enjoy it a lot and without further ado, I’m excited to share these authors and their work with you, so let’s get started!

“I don’t actually think it always has to be your sole responsibility to make sure everything goes perfectly all the time”

This author completely conquered me, I had heard brilliant things about her style and how lovely her romance stories were, but honestly as I don’t usually have the same opinion as most readers, I didn’t pay much attention to her, until this year I finally decided to read one of her works, plus, I had read one of her short stories and I loved it. I couldn’t be happier that I made the decision to read this author, her style is so personal and I loved that even though her writing is focused on romance she doesn’t neglect the other factors that make a story come alive, I could see how dedicated she is to her characters and I love how the family approach felt very realistic, it also has a realistic and imperfect touch that makes this book still live in my head. Her focus on the importance of loving and accepting oneself above anyone else was the icing on the cake, and I love that this thread leads to a very realistic open ending. I think there’s a lot of thought, love, and care in this story and I could feel that on every page. An author who for me could be a new favorite…. The book that won me over from this author is…

You Say It First: Meg has her entire life set up perfectly: her boyfriend Mason is sweet and supportive, she and her best friend Emily plan to head to Cornell together in the fall, and she even finds time to clock shifts phonebanking at a voter registration call center in her Philadelphia suburb. But everything changes when one of those calls connects her to a stranger from small-town Ohio, who gets under her skin from the moment he picks up the phone.
Colby is stuck in a rut, reeling from a family tragedy and working a dead-end job—unsure what his future holds, or if he even cares. The last thing he has time for is some privileged rich girl preaching the sanctity of the political process. So he says the worst thing he can think of and hangs up.
But things don’t end there.…
That night on the phone winds up being the first in a series of candid, sometimes heated, always surprising conversations that lead to a long-distance friendship and then—slowly—to something more. Across state lines and phone lines, Meg and Colby form a once-in-a-lifetime connection. But in the end, are they just too different to make it work?
You Say It First is a propulsive, layered novel about how sometimes the person who has the least in common with us can be the one who changes us most.

Shadows are made up of darkness. They feed off of sadness and despair. They manifest what you’re most scared of and use it as a weapon to feed off your fear.”

I think unconsciously I’m always on the lookout for writers like this one, people who can create the perfect mix of creepy and dark tone stories with a magical touch and easily loveable characters. And I liked the experience of reading this author so much that I couldn’t stay with just one of his works, I went for two, and neither of them disappointed me, in fact, I think his style only gets better, so I can’t wait to see what comes next. In fact, something I love about this author is the versatility I can tell he possesses, I think he’s one of those cases where he can successfully explore several genres and I’m excited to see that. Although his portrayal of romance is sweet, I don’t think that’s where his strength lies but rather in the creation of characters and settings, but most of all characters, I’ve read realistic characters with many layers, super interesting to explore but also with a growing that gives pleasure to read. Although I’ve read two books by the author, the book that really won me over this year was…

Lost in the Never Woods: When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.
It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods. 

Check out Cemetery Boys, as well! SO GOOD!

“Change often starts with the smallest of whispers. Like-minded people building it up to a roar.”

So happy to have jumped on the hype train for this author, and now I don’t plan to get off, I’ve discovered a writer focused on family, acceptance, genuine love, support, and integration, and I love all of that! But, I also want to point out how full of feelings his story feels, and I love when a writing style can make me feel so close to each of the characters, making me go through all the states, from happy to sad and then excited and then all tears. It’s a journey with a lot of feels in what is a story that I’m sure will stay with you. It’s almost like a letter to accept yourself, be proud of who you are, and know that you deserve to be loved. A beautiful story, one that I highly recommend and an author I’m excited to read more of in the future. What book am I talking about? Obviously…

The House in the Cerulean Sea: A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.
When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.
But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.
An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

Every moment of our life, it goes with us. It lives forever. And a lot of those moments you don’t have much say over. So the ones you do, you’ve got to do everything with them. So that what lives forever is something you want to live with.”

I have finally read this popular and beloved author and obviously, I wasn’t disappointed, on the contrary, it was everything I expected. I think it starts with this author with a book that touches on very strong themes, so I could see her way of dealing with these issues, which I found very interesting and personal. I absolutely adored the way the author tells a story of surviving abuse and how this transforms the characters not only personally, but their relationships with each other, it obviously has a very delicate approach and also has some graphic moments, so I understand that it’s not for everyone, but in my case, I felt and appreciated the work and dedication that this author put into this story. And more than all this and the depth of the subject, I admire her writing ability as it’s something magical and whimsical within what is a realistic and harsh plot. A combination that may not always work, but that shows me the particular style of this author and makes me even more curious to read the rest of her works, which I already have several of. I was very impressed with this book and I hope other people will appreciate it too, obviously, that book is…

The Mirror Season: An unforgettable story of trauma and healing, told in achingly beautiful prose with great tenderness and care. –#1 New York Times-bestselling author Karen M. McManus
When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family’s possibly magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown, in Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Mirror Season…
Graciela Cristales’s whole world changes after she and a boy she barely knows are assaulted at the same party. She loses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce. Neighborhood trees vanish overnight, while mirrored glass appears, bringing reckless magic with it. And Ciela is haunted by what happened to her, and what happened to the boy whose name she never learned.
But when the boy, Lock, shows up at Ciela’s school, he has no memory of that night, and no clue that a single piece of mirrored glass is taking his life apart. Ciela decides to help him, which means hiding the truth about that night. Because Ciela knows who assaulted her, and him. And she knows that her survival, and his, depend on no one finding out what really happened. 

There are as many kinds of love as there are stars in the sky.”

I’m so happy to have found this author this year, without a doubt one of those that I’ll continue to read especially because of the incredible work in terms of atmosphere and the creation of absolutely beautiful settings that come to life during the story. INCREDIBLE WORK! an author who also knows how to put into words in an incredible way how the characters feel, so much so that you can almost feel it in your own skin, also a book that really gives pleasure to read because of how beautifully each situation is described, which already says a lot by itself, since I’m not usually a big fan of descriptions but this author totally conquered me with her style making me feel super excited to read more in the future. The book that has captivated me from the author is…

The Nature of Witches: For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.
In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It’s wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.
In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she’s the only one who can make a difference.
In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she’s terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.
In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves… before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.
Practical Magic meets Twister in this debut contemporary fantasy standalone about heartbreaking power, the terror of our collapsing atmosphere, and the ways we unknowingly change our fate. 

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 🖋 Time to Chat! Have you read any new authors this 2021? Which ones did you like the most? & Have you read any of the ones I mentioned? What do you think about them? Let me know in the comments, you know I love to know what you think. 🖋


21 thoughts on “Favorite 2021 New-to-Me Authors 🖋 

    • Sorry for the late reply, I’m back from my break, so trying to catch up! Thank you SO much for your comment ❤️
      I’m so glad you like this kind of posts, I’m glad to be able to dedicate a special post to these very talented authors. 😍


  1. This was such a lovely post to read through, your passion towards these books really shines through. In 2022 I really want to get to The House in the Cerulean Sea. I have extreme FOMO over not reading it and can’t wait to experience it in all it’s beautiful, magical glory. Happy reading! 😊

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  2. I loved reading what authors you discovered in 2021, Sofii ❤️ Very happy to see Katie Cotugno on your list, I loved You Say It First so much! Sadly I haven’t been able to read any of her other books yet 🥺 Same with Aiden Thomas, I loved Cemetery Boys and I really need to read more of his books! I also loved The House in the Cerulean Sea & The Nature of Witches this year 🥰

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    • Katie Cotugno was such an incredible surprise, I’m excited to read more of her stories this 2022. Aiden Thomas is so talented!!! I can’t wait to hear what you think about his other work. Thank you so much for your comment, beautiful, super excited to see what you’ve been reading, I’m slowly catching up. 🥰

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  3. Yay! I agree, Aiden Thomas is on my list too! Read both of their books this year and enjoyed both so I can’t wait to read their new book coming out next year! 😊 I can’t wait to jump on the TJ Klune train… I haven’t gotten to that book yet, but I’ve heard amazing things about it!

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    • Sorry for the late reply, I’m back from my break, so trying to catch up! Thank you SO much for your comment ❤️
      YAY!!! so glad we loved these authors. 😍 I haven’t read anything else by the author, but I have Under the Whispering Door on my TBR!

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  4. i totally agree with what you said about anna-marie mclemore’s writing style in contrast with the content of their books! it’s so impressive to me how they can write so beautifully about things that are really not beautiful, but i love it. (also just an fyi, anna-marie uses they/them pronouns, not she/her!) i’ve heard lots of great things about the nature of witches, so i’ll have to check it out!

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    • Sorry for the late reply, I’m back from my break, so trying to catch up! Thank you SO much for your comment ❤️
      First, thank you so much for letting me know about anna-marie’s pronouns!!!!
      Without a doubt, they’re one of those authors I can’t wait to read more of just to enjoy that magical and profound writing style. 😍
      I hope you’re having a wonderful 2022, sweetie! 🥰

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