Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m constantly branching out and finding new authors to read.  2022 wasn’t any exception.

1. Deanna Raybourn. Her book Killers of a Certain Age was such a fun read. Plus, you’ve got to love a book about four 60-year-old female assassins, right?

2. Sangu Maandanna. I borrowed The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches from the library on a whim. Such a cute book.

3. Markus Sakey. I’d had his book Afterlife on my TBR for a couple of years. I finally gave in and read it last year and his take on what happens after we die was fantastic.

4. Helen Monks Takhar. Such a Good Mother is a great story about motherhood and all the trials that come with it. Some mothers will honestly do anything for their children.

5. Ali Hazelwood. She’s become extremely popular over the last couple of years, so I indulged in Love on the Brain. Loved the mix of humor and science.

6. Isabel Cañas. The Hacienda had been presented as horror but ended up being more gothic suspense in the end. Either way, it was a very atmospheric and creepy novel.

7. Mindy Quigley. I snatched up the ARC for Six Feet Deep Dish because I a) love cozies and b) have a thing for pizza. Turns out it was a good choice. I’m eagerly awaiting the next in this cute series.

8. Jessie Q. Sutanto. I’d seen Dial A for Aunties on so many Top Ten Tuesday posts that I had to read it for myself. Tons of fun even if I did feel like I was about to have a panic attack at times – too many close calls, aunties!

9. Misha Popp. as I said in #7, I’m a big fan of cozy mysteries, especially when they’re food themed. I picked up the ARC for Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies around the same time I grabbed Six Feet Deep Dish. Yeah, I probably was hungry at the time, why do you ask? I really enjoyed the bit of magic that Misha Popp wove into Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies. Can’t wait to see where the series goes.

10. S. A. Cosby. Razorblade Tears was probably the toughest book I read in 2022. It’s both violent, angry, and heartbreaking at the same time. But it was absolutely worth it.


  1. Nice list! I have Deanna Raybourn on my list too. That Killers of a Certain Age was so good!

  2. I really enjoyed Dial A for Aunties, it was a lot of fun.

  3. Nice list Astilbe. I have read a couple of these authors.

  4. This is a great list – you’ve got so many of the authors that are on my TBR for this year! I did read Ali Hazelwood last year, and loved her book. Hopefully we have as good of a reading year in 2023 as we did last year!

    Here’s my post for this week:

    • Thank you! Hopefully you enjoy the ones you do choose to read. Ali Hazelwood was a fun read, exactly what I’d needed at that time, too.

      Agreed – I’m all for a fabulous reading year! 😀

  5. I totally agree about Razorblade Tears – that’s a good brief analysis. I’ve read other Deanna Raybourn, her Victoria Speedwell series and I’m looking forward to getting around to Killers. I love finding new authors and this week is certainly adding to my TBR with every visit!
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    • I’m glad to see someone understands about Razorblade Tears!

      Okay, I’m definitely going to have to check out more of her books now.

      Same here, my TBR is out of control thanks to these TTT!

  6. I haven’t read KILLERS OF A CERTAIN AGE yet, but I love Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell series. It’s hilarious and fun, like all Raybourn’s books seem to be. Glad you’re a fan as well.

    Happy TTT!


  7. Ali Hazelwood is an author I’d like to read at some point. Very different to my usual reading.
    I love the sound of The Hacienda too, and would like to read that soon.

    • I’ve only read one of her books so far, but they’re definitely a fun read. And I love science, so that really drew me, too.

      The Hacienda was really good, in my opinion. I hope you get a chance to read it.

  8. I’ve read a few of Deanna Raybourn’s historical mysteries and remember enjoying them. Also glad to see you liked Ali Hazelwood…I’m in a weird place where I’m not sure I love everything about her books, yet I still feel compelled to read them!

    • I’m definitely going to read more Deanna Raybourn now! And I get what you mean about Ali Hazelwood. There were things about Love on the Brain that annoyed me, but not so much that I didn’t enjoy it. But if you can get past some things and still like a book, I call it a win!

  9. Awesome list! I haven’t read any of these authors!🤦‍♀️📚💜

  10. I’ve seen Jessie Q. Sutanto‘s name a lot this week! I’m hoping to pick up Dial A for Aunties this year and I want to give Deanna Raybourn a try. Happy Reading!

  11. Killers of A Certain Age is on my TBR, so I’m glad to see you enjoyed it!
    My TTT:

  12. I need to read Ali Hazelwood at some point. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  13. The Irregular Witches book sounds fun just based on the name!

  14. #2 and #5 are great authors! I loved what I read from them.

  15. Dial A for Aunties is on my TBR. It looks like such a great book. I’ll have to move it up on my TBR and read it for real. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your list!

  16. Several of these are on my TBR, and the ones that aren’t will find themselves there in short order. Thank you for sharing!

  17. All of these are new to me. Glad you found so many to enjoy! Here’s to another year of discovering new authors!!

  18. S. A. Cosby is one of my favorites. Like you said, his books are tough, gritty reads, but so worth it.

  19. I enjoyed the book I read by Deanna Rayburn, but haven’t managed to find the time to read any others since then (and that was a few years ago now). Looks like you’ve got some great authors on your list. Have a fabulous week.

    • I’ve had so many people today raving about her other series. I’m going to have to read more of her stuff for sure. Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Yay for Sangu Maandanna and Jessie Q. Sutanto! They made my list too. I really want to try Ali Hazelwood and Isabel Cañas. I love everything I’ve read by Deanna Raybourn so far. I haven’t read Killers of a Certain Age yet though.

    • Yes! Both of those books were so good. And as a mom, The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches tore me up at times. Hoping you can get to read the others soon!

  21. Jesse Sutanto was new to me this year too — so much fun! I love Deanna Raybourn! Killers of a Certain Age was great, and I also really enjoy her ongoing Veronica Speedwell series.

    • I agree – I’ve got the next book in the Aunties series on hold at the library. I’ve gotten so many recs for the Veronica Speedwell series, they’re definitely going on the TBR for this year.

  22. What a great list! I’ve read from a few of those authors and there are some I hope to read from — thanks for sharing!

  23. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is one that I still want to read! I’ve heard it recommended by a lot of people, so I’m hopeful that I’ll enjoy it, too. Killers of a Certain Age also sounds like a fun book! I might have to pick that one up, too.

    • They were both such great books! The first was super cute and a lot of fun. Killers of a Certain Age was a laugh riot while packed full of action and intrigue. Hope you like them both if you do read them!

  24. There are so many different authors everyone discovered this week. As with most other blogs, I haven’t heard of any of your new authors, so there are many I can still find.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

  25. Happy to see you enjoyed Love on the Brain. Hopefully it’s one of my next reads! Happy reading!

  26. This is a great list. I am always on the lookout for new authors too.

  27. I have only read and heard about Ali Hazelwood. I’d definitely need to check out some of these other authors 😉

  28. I just bought The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches from B&N. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog last week.

  29. Hi! Am happy you enjoyed 2022 reads! Here’s to hoping that 2023 will be filled with a ton of wonderful books too!

  30. I have Magic, LIes, and Deadly Pies on my TBR, and I hope to read it this year, especially as there is another book in the series. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I hope you have a great week.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  31. Ali and Jessie are defintely two authors I’ve seen make lots of lists! I think I own a couple of Jessie’s so hopefully they turn out to be fun reads. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting my website last week.

  32. Great list! I love Ali Hazelwood and Jessie Q. Sutanto is an author I’ve been meaning to try.

  33. I really like Jessie Sutanto, the rest are new to me. Glad you found so many new authors!

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