Best new authors I read in 2022

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about authors we discovered in 2022. By my count, I read 54 new authors in 2022. Here are some of my favorites. 

  1. Amor Towles, Rules of Civility
  2. Bonnie Garmus, Lessons in Chemistry
  3. Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Take My Hand
  4. Elizabeth Kolbert, Under a White Sky
  5. Travis Baldree, Legends & Lattes
  6. Malinda Lo, Last Night at the Telegraph Club
  7. Dani Shapiro, Inheritance
  8. Melissa Fu, Peach Blossom Spring
  9. Mimi Matthews, The Siren of Sussex
  10. Stacie Murphy, A Deadly Fortune

There were a few others I thought about including on this list: Gabrielle Union, Susan Cain, Clare Chambers, Katherine Center, Jesse Q. Sutanto, and Ryka Aoki were a few others who stood out.

You can find my favorite books of 2022 here, my favorite audiobooks of 2022 here, and my favorite books published in 2022 here.

Have you read any of these authors? Who were some of your favorite new authors in 2022?

  30 comments for “Best new authors I read in 2022

  1. January 24, 2023 at 7:31 am

    Good to see Amor Towles in at number one, also a recent favourite discovery of mine. Hoping to read ‘the Lincoln highway’ next.

    • January 24, 2023 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks Adrian, I’ve got a copy of Gentleman in Moscow so that will probably be my next read, but Lincoln Highway sounds good too! Hope you enjoy it.

  2. samhissingpotatoes
    January 24, 2023 at 8:03 am

    I had Bonnie Garmus on my list too! Legends & Lattes is on several lists and I can’t wait to read it.

    • January 24, 2023 at 6:22 pm

      Lessons in Chemistry is a pretty amazing first novel, I see her showing up on a lot of lists, and Travis Baldree as well. I hope you enjoy Legends & Lattes!

  3. January 24, 2023 at 10:04 am

    I adore Mimi Matthews! Glad to see she made your list. And I really need to read some more Amor Towles!

    • January 24, 2023 at 6:23 pm

      I’m looking forward to reading more by Matthews! She’s up there with Evie Dunmore for me. I liked Siren a bit more than Belle, but I’m still excited to read her next one.

  4. lydiaschoch
    January 24, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Inheritance was such a good read.

    I’m still on a long library waitlist for Legends & Lattes. Can’t wait for that one!

    My post:

    • January 24, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      I hope you enjoy L & L when you get it! I must have gotten lucky with my library. I’m looking forward to reading more by Shapiro, if you have any suggestions.

  5. January 24, 2023 at 11:56 am

    #2 is a great author!

    • January 24, 2023 at 6:25 pm

      Yes, I’m excited to see what Bonnie Garmus writes next! This was an impressive first novel.

  6. January 24, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    54! That’s a lot of new authors. From your list I’ve only read Legends & Lattes, but some of the others are on my radar and I might pick them up too.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier!

    • January 24, 2023 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks for visiting, Nicole! As I think about it, that means nearly half of my reading last year was by new authors – that’s why I never finish series, I hop around a lot.

      • January 26, 2023 at 11:18 am

        That is one downside to reading books by new authors… it does make it harder to finish series!

  7. January 24, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Great list – love discovering new authors! Legends and Lattes was such a great read!

    • January 24, 2023 at 6:27 pm

      Yes, there’s a lot of love out there for Travis Baldree! I listened to the audiobook which he narrated, it was such a fun read.

  8. January 24, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    I discovered Amor Towles in 2022 too! I can’t wait to read more of his stuff.

    • January 24, 2023 at 6:28 pm

      I’m amazed it took me so long to read Towles, people have been raving about him for years. I’m looking forward to reading Gentleman in Moscow.

  9. Sally Jane Smith, Travel Author
    January 24, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    I have Take My Hand on my bedside table, ready to be my next read, so great to see it on this list. My best read of 2022 was a debut author, Laura Maya, who wrote a brilliant book called Tell Them My Name.

    I was going to post my Goodreads review of the book in full to tell you more about it, but I wasn’t sure if that’s okay?

    • January 24, 2023 at 6:19 pm

      I hope you like Take My Hand! I’d prefer if you could share a link rather than posting a full review (thanks for asking!)

      • Sally Jane Smith, Travel Author
        January 24, 2023 at 6:31 pm

        Thanks Deb 🙂

        I posted my review of Laura Maya’s Tell Them My Name on Goodreads at – such an uplifting book! Our book club gave it the highest rating ever, with 11 votes averaging 9.3 out of 10. But it seems to have flown under the radar, perhaps because it is published by a small indie press.

        (PS It would be great to connect with you on Goodreads, too)

      • January 24, 2023 at 10:10 pm

        This sounds like exactly the sort of book my sister would like, I will definitely give it a try. I know how tough book clubs can be!

  10. January 24, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    I loved the only Towles book I’ve read so far – Gentleman in Moscow – and am looking forward to Rules of Civility I don’t know the author of Take My Hand but it sounds as of it has really engrossing topic.

    • January 24, 2023 at 6:18 pm

      Gentleman in Moscow is sitting on my shelf waiting for me. I’m looking forward to it!

  11. January 24, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    I’m excited to read Legends & Lattes — I’ve heard that it’s lots of fun. I was interested in Inheritance when I read it, and I’m excited to check out the author’s new novel, whenever my library gets a copy. Looks like you encountered some great authors this past year!

    • January 24, 2023 at 10:11 pm

      I’ve heard good things about Shapiro’s novel, which may be her first fiction? I hope you like both books when you get to them. Legends is perfect for when you don’t want something heavy.

  12. January 25, 2023 at 9:46 am

    I’ve not read any of these, but I would like to read Take My Hand, it sounds really interesting!
    My TTT:

  13. January 25, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Dani Shapiro, me too — I want to read more of her books. Others I want to revisit would be Chaim Potok, J. Anderson Coats, Angeline Boulley, Hanna Alkaf, Rachel Naomi Remen, Janice Hallett, Kamila Shamsie, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dorothy Dunnett, Miriam Toews, Tara Westover, Alice Walker, Robin Wall Kimmerer. and Clare O’Dea. I guess I discovered a lot of new authors this year!

  14. Jaime
    January 25, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve seen the author for Legends & Lattes on several lists this week, so I need to read that. I also am curious about Malinda Lo’s book 🙂

  15. January 25, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    Great selection! I’m going to have to look a few of these books up now myself.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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