I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in quite a while, and this week’s prompt was too good to pass up. It’s “New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022,” which is great for me because this is actually something I track on my yearly reads tracker, so it was easy for me to cherry pick my favorites. Out of the 58 authors I read last year, 28 were new-to-me, and these were my top
ten *cough* eleven…err might be twelve?? As always, these are not listed in any particularly order.
1. Tsubasa Yamaguchi; creator of the Blue Period manga
Okay, except for this one. This is ranked as #1 on purpose. This series was definitely one of my favorite discoveries of 2022. I watched the anime 1st, and then found these books and binged all twelve of the released volumes, in like the span of two weeks. Oops.
2. Jennette McCurdy; author of I’m Glad My Mom Died
I very much loved Jennette’s memoir and her writing struck a chord with me. I can’t wait to see what she works on next.
3. Maia Kobabe; author of Gender Queer
This book was very talked about in 2022, and not for great reasons, so I of course had to support the author and read it myself. Gender Queer is a deep insight to the nonbinary and asexual spectrums, and highly informational to anyone interested in understanding.
4. Racquel Marie; author of Ophelia After All
I follow Rocky on twitter and have been waiting for her debut for what seems like forever, but it came out this year and it was stunning! I even got to meet her at YallWest, and got my copy signed.
5. F.T. Lukens; author of So This Is Ever After
F.T. Lukens got me invested in a character-driven plot and I’m not mad about it. Okay, maybe a little, because how did they DO that???
6. Ashley Herring Blake; author of Delilah Green Doesn’t Care
I consumed this book so fast that I literally can’t remember anything about it. Time for a reread, and to pick up Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail.
7. Ngozi Ukazu; the creator of the Check, Please! graphic novels
I genuinely didn’t realize Bitty & the boys had been a part of my heart for less than a year. I read each book THREE TIMES in 2022, and honestly wish I could climb between the pages and live at the Haus.
8. Tee Franklin; author of the comic runs for Harley Quinn: the Animated Series
Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy, I ship it. Waaaay better than Harley & the Joker. Also, Tee is a black, queer, autistic, & disabled author, and I enjoy seeing all her insights on Twitter.
9. Rachel Smythe; creator of Lore Olympus
As a person who grew up fascinated with Greek Mythology, this stunning adaptation of the classic tales has me THRILLED. Rachel’s art style is gorgeous and I could stare at it for hours. (I’m pretty sure I did actually…)
10. Alison Cochrun; author of The Charm Offensive
Okay, this is another one for the “I burned through it so fast I remember dirt” pile! Time to pick up her next book, Kiss Her Once for Me.
11. Julie Murphy & Sierra Simone; authors of A Merry Little Meet Cute
I’m not usually on for Christmas-centric things, but the duo writing this one had me in their crosshairs. Between the setting, the characters and the chemistry, I was dying. I hope they pair up to write together again soon!
Thanks for reading! Who was your favorite find of 2022?