Top Ten Tuesday – 26/01/2021

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 weeks topic is New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020


This is quite an interesting prompt. I did read a lot of New-to-Me authors in 2020! I think most of the books on my list would fit the criteria, so I will mention some of the authors whose books left a lasting impression! I have also included tidbits about the books I read by the author and why I liked them.

I have not provided any direct links to connect with the author, but have included review links to the books I have read by the authors. Here goes…..

  • Smita Bhattacharya – I was introduced to the books by the author through her latest cozy-mystery Who Threw Draco Down the Chimney? This book follows Darya Nandkarni, an amateur detective who seems to stumble into the middle of a mystery everywhere she goes! I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s style of writing and loved connecting with her whether it was about the books she wrote, the ones she is reading or the places she has visited!


  • Shatrujeet Nath – author of the amazing Vikramaditya Veergatha series. A four book mythological fiction series that will take the reader on a magical journey filled with so many twists and a some strong messages woven in. This series is truly worth the read and I highly recommend it.


  • Ben Gartner – author of the children’s book The Eye of Ra and the upcoming book Sol Invictus, Ben takes the readers on a journey through history filled with adventure and wonder! A truly magnificent way of engaging children and adults alike!


  • Ellie Midwood – I discovered her books through NetGalley and read the latest one, The Violinist of Auschwitz. I was blown away by the depth in the story and writing. Ellie truly has a gift of taking the reader to a different world and bringing historical events to life.


  • Natasha Murray – Her latest book, 58 Farm End is a romantic suspense novel that will keep the reader hooked until the very end. I truly enjoyed this book and how Natasha brought her characters to life.


  • Verity Bright – I found her books through NetGalley and enjoyed the investigative journey with Lady Eleanor in Murder in the Snow. It is another cozy mystery that I read last year and am happy to add Verity to my list of authors read and to read!


  • Karen M. McManus – I read her book, Two Can Keep a Secret and found it to be quite different and engaging. I truly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more by her. (Note: This is one book I read in 2020 but am yet to post a review for. I have included the Goodreads link to the book)


  • Kiersten White – I heard a lot about author Kiersten White and decided to give her books a read! The first one I read was The Guinevere Deception, Book 1 in The Camelot Rising series. I really liked the author’s take on the story and the fact that the book is told from Guinevere’s perspective. This brings a rather neat spin to a well-known tale and makes it all the more engaging while reading it!


  • Nina Walker – I had been following the author on Instagram for some time before I discovered her books. I started off reading Prism, Book 1 in The Color Alchemist series and progressed from there. As a fan of fantasy fiction and anything related to magic in general, I really enjoyed reading about the world she created and how the author brought this world to life!


  • Daniela Sacerdoti – Once again I discovered the author through NetGalley while looking for books in the historical fiction genre. I read quite a lot of books in this genre last year. I enjoyed The Lost Village, a brilliant tale of love, loss, betrayal and the effect of secrets.


I think I will stop this list here. Feel free to share your thoughts on these authors, their books or just your recommendations in general! I would love to discover more authors and support them in any way that I can!

Top Ten Tuesday – 12/01/2021

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 weeks topic is Resolutions/Hopes for 2021 (bookish or not!)


Considering that I do not make personal resolutions, I’ll talk about my plan for my blog, reading goals and challenges for 2021 (some of these have already been covered in various other posts on my blog, but please bear with me!)

  • Blog more often (hopefully everyday, but that is very ambitious)

My blog and blogging in general is something I want to focus more on in 2021. I have had the privilege to connect with so many fantastic bloggers and I would like to keep the book posts and discussions going.

  • Read 100 books this year (part of the Goodreads Reading challenge)
  • Read more Historical Fiction

I have discovered a love for this genre and am participating in the Historical Fiction reading challenge hosted by The Adventures of an intrepid Reader).

  • Reduce the number of pending books to be read on NetGalley

I am aiming to achieve this by also taking part in the 021 Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge hosted by Socrates Book Reviews

  • Make a dent in my ever growing TBR pile

I have actually started to make some progress towards this and I am taking part in the Mount TBR Challenge 2021 hosted by My Reader’s Block

  • Discover and promote more new and upcoming authors this year!
  • Participate in Blog Tours and learn to respect book deadlines

I have started making lists and notes to help with the tracking and to try to be more methodical! 😀

  • Connect with other bloggers and participate in book discussions!
  • Expand my reading lists across genres

I would like to focus more on genres that I have taken a break from like mysteries and thrillers, crime etc and read more Middle Grade and YA fiction

  • Re-read books from my childhood – for the fun of it!

Books by Enid Blyton, the Nancy Drew series, Harry Potter etc


I think I will stop this list here. I am sure that I can find more things to do or improve, but considering that I have started to make some progress, I am happy with this!

What are your resolutions/plans? Feel free to suggest things that I can do!