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Looking at the books I’ve read so far in 2020 and in the late 2019, I find that I’ve been reading more books from new authors. Perhaps it’s having access to a library and being able to request and borrow as many books as I would like. Another thing I’ve also noticed is that my review requests have been getting granted more often than not.
Could it be due to my recent move to Australia or because my blog is actually good?
Either way, I’m really grateful. Because of this, I have discovered so many authors who are new to me, but I have been wanting to read for a very long time! With my library access now, knowing that I have the power to request more books from these authors is invigorating.
Bad jokes aside, I hope you enjoy this post and find a new author to fall in love with!
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.
Zoraida Cordova’s Incendiary was a wild ride! It highlights the oppression of people under a tyrant and the movements to fight back. Renata’s character was a spitfire – she goes back to the palace as a spy but things get complicated when her memories start to unravel. The writing is gritty and I love how the author created a sense of mystery as well.
🌺 INCENDIARY BY ZORAIDA CORDOVA: A MEMORY THIEF GRASPING AT REDEMPTION DURING A TIME OF OPPRESSION AND REVOLUTION
Silvia Moreno-Garcia won me completely over with Mexican Gothic. I do think that this is the novel to get me into the horror genre. Also, I honestly believe that Mexican Gothic will remain as one of my favourite classic horror book.
Elizabeth Acevedo has a way of writing that feels like magic. With The Fire On High was my first read of her work. I love poetry and Acevedo’s writing has a beautiful blend of metaphors, rhythms and emotions. The chapters were quite short compared to other YA books, but they worked so well because within those few paragraphs the author delivered an anecdote. I would love to give this book to every bookworm I know.
Laura Purcell, just like Silvia Moreno-Garcia, creates creepy and eerie settings that are unforgettable. Though I read The Silent Companions last year I still get uncomfortable thinking about the story.
Nghi Vo‘s debut novella, The Empress Of Salt And Fortune is one I would absolutely love to have a physical copy of. I loved reading it so much that I wish I could just re-read it again and again. The Empress is one of the best reads of my year.
🌺 THE EMPRESS OF SALT AND FORTUNE BY NGHI VO: A BEAUTIFUL NARRATIVE ON FIERCE FRIENDSHIPS AND THE ANGER OF WOMEN
Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You has come to hold a special and close place to my heart. I remember hiding away in my room when I had reached the end of the book because of how hard it was making me cry. This book deals with a lot of heavy issues from racism, misogyny, suicide, and family. The writing was eloquent and the emotions of the characters cut me deeply.
M.L. Wang broke my heart with The Sword of Kaigen. The emphasis on the mother and son relationship, and the conflict between loyalty to one’s nation and one’s family pulled at my heartstrings. I should mention that this one of those books I would be picky to who I would recommend it to.
🌺 THE SWORD OF KAIGEN BY M.L. WANG: A JAPANESE INSPIRED MILITARY FANTASY ON TRAGEDY, LOSS, AND FAMILY
I love unapologetic and brash women. K.S. Villoso’s The Wolf Of Oren-Yaro features Queen Talyien who hopes that by bringing her husband back home, her nation will finally find peace. K.S. Villoso does not only write messy characters but they also have a very strong grasp on world-building.
🌺 THE WOLF OF OREN-YARO BY K.S. VILLOSO // MY FAVOURITE COMPLEX HEROINE WITH A NASTY BITE & A SOFT HEART
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📚 Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova: Book Depository
📚 Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Book Depository
📚 With The Fire On High: Book Depository
📚 The Silent Companions: Book Depository
📚 The Empress Of Salt And Fortune: Book Depository
📚 Everything I Never Told You: Book Depository
📚 The Sword of Kaigen: Book Depository
📚 The Wolf Of Oren-Yaro: Book Depository
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