My Favorite Discoveries of the Year// Part 2 // 2020

Hello again, my dear readers. I am certain you did not expect to see me again already, but I have Part 2 of my 2020 Discoveries ready and considering the fact 2020 is almost over (and I have several other end of the year posts to write) I saw no reason to wait to share this short and rather sweet post with you all.

As I expanded my reading from largely Christian fiction and MG books I discovered a handful of new favorite authors. I fell in love with these authors largely for their writing styles as well as their characters. Each of them offered something that felt unique to them or their genre.

Over the past couple of months I have discovered the book blogging community and I am in awe of the fact that there are so many other people who love books and reviewing books like I do (or if possible, even more than I do, on the reviewing front). I also have found several writers whose words are inspiring or nostalgic in one way or another. I am excited to share some of these special bloggers with you all.

Let’s jump right in!

Check out Part 1 here, if you missed it. 🙂


Authors

(Disclaimer: This is not a ranked list. 🙂


Elizabeth Acevedo

Acevedo is an author who I have wanted to read for several years, but before this year I felt that I was not quite ready to dive into some of the topics she writes about.

Early this year I read Clap Where You Land, and it left me in awe of Acevedo’s writing and her incredible characters. Reading With The Fire On High made her place on this list official.

Although some of the topics Acevedo writes about are portrayed in a way that contradicts what I believe to be right, her skill as a writer is undeniable.

“People say that you’re stuck with the family you’re born into. And for most people, that’s probably true. But we all make choices about people. Who we want to hold close, who we want to remain in our lives, and who we are just fine without.” 


Amanda Dykes

Set The Stars Alight skyrocketed Dykes to the top of my mental list of favorite authors. Her writing style is incredibly lovely, and beautifully quotable.

I am looking forward to continuing to follow along with Dykes as she continues to write and share her stories with world.

“The world is dark, so dark we sometimes forget the stars. But they are always there – we need only fight to see these brilliant places of light, these echoes of the truest story. Of a man who gave his life for another – and of a Man, centuries before him, who gave His life for the world. The One who is coming….and coming…..and coming after you. Fighting for your heart. Every breath a gift.” 


Mesu Andrews

In my opinion, Andrews is one of two authors who can actually write quality Biblical fiction. Not only is her writing weighty and high-quality, it is moving and deeply emotional.

Andrews’ books have led me to see Biblical history and people in a new light. I cannot wait for her upcoming releases.

“It’s hard to trust God when reality drains our hope, but God must be our hope for a new reality.” 


Laura Taylor Namey

As far as new favorite authors go, I think that it is safe to say that Namey is the most surprising addition to this list and a very recent one at that.

As I have previously mentioned, I absolutely loved Namey’s recent release, A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tomorrow, and after reading Namey’s other book I knew that she deserved a place here.

Namey’s characters are interesting, realistic and absolutely lovable. Fall 2021 cannot come soon enough.

“Holding a real book is like holding something alive. There’s the grit of the pages between your fingers as you turn them. The edges get soft and worn. With a real book, you feel the weight of the story more.” 


Carla Laureano

I discovered Laureano this spring while I was reading on my phone and using kindle unlimited (needless to say, I hated it but it was better than nothing). I throughly enjoyed most of her books, the realistic romances, characters and settings with a focus on delicious food.

At this point she is a close second favorite (to Kara Isaac) in the contemporary Christian genre.

“Bread shouldn’t be some sort of bland, spongy starch that you use to push down your food. When it’s done right, it’s as complex as wine- the pleasantly sour flavor of well-fermented dough, the nutty quality of freshly ground wheat flour, the bitter caramel notes from the crust. Haven’t you ever wondered why the Bible says Jesus is the bread of life? Bread was once worthy of that metaphor. Somehow I don’t think He would like to be compared to Wonder Bread.” 


Ruta Sepetys

Sepetys is simply incredible, her writing and her heartbreaking stories. She is a master of alternating POVs and simply writing in general. I have no other words to describe why I love her writing.

“I clung to books and words because, unlike people, they’d never abandon me.” 

“Truth breaks the chains of silence.” Puri puts a trembling hand to her chest. Her voice drops to a whisper.
“It sets us all free.” 


Bloggers & Their Blogs


Hailey @ Sunshine & Rain

I have greatly enjoyed following Hailey’s blog for last couple months. She manages to post the perfect balance between serious posts about important topics and fun lifestyle posts that always make me smile.

Jul @ The Flood

Jul’s blog is honestly one of my top favorites to follow. I love her writing style and occasional artwork.

Abby @ Beyond The Read

Abby’s posts are always enjoyable and I have yet to leave any of her posts without adding something to my tbr. (Okay that may be slight exaggeration, but barely.)

Sarah Thea @ SarahThea blog.

Sarah Thea’s poetry is always moving and personal. I am looking forward to reading more of her work.

Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.

Sofii’s blog is honestly impressive, and I feel as though I have already learned a great deal from her in terms of the art of book blogging.


Have you heard of any of these authors? Do you follow any of these blogs? Which authors did you discover this year?

Thinking of you all on this chilly and windy December night,

12 thoughts on “My Favorite Discoveries of the Year// Part 2 // 2020

  1. Well you just made my day! I’m literally honoured to have my name up there and so happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed my blog – thank you so much, friend. And also, Happy New Year:)

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  2. Awwww thank you so much for mentioning me here Esmeralda!! You’re really too sweet ❤️❤️❤️

    Ruta Sepetys is definitely such a talented author!!! I’m looking forward to checking out more of her work in 2021. And I’ve been hearing such great things about Elizabeth Acevedo’s books — maybe next year is the year I finally see if they live up to the hype!!

    Great post Esmeralda!! Wishing you a Happy New Year! 🥰

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    1. My pleasure. ❤️

      Which of Sepetys’ books have you read? My personal favorites are Fountains of Silence and Salt to the Sea. (I haven’t read Out of the Easy though).
      Acevedo is quite talented. 🙂 Clap Where You Land was absolutely heartbreaking, so I would recommend that one first. (Just so you know there is a f/f relationship with one the MCs. Not sure if this is something you take note of, but I always appreciate a heads up. 🙂

      Happy New Year, Abby!!

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      1. I’ve read Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea!! But I’ve been dying to get my hands on Fountains of Silence, it sounds soo good!! 🤩

        Ooh, thank you for the rec! I’ve heard lovely things about Clap When You Land so it’s great to hear you enjoyed it too!! And thanks so much for the heads up, I appreciate it ❤️

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  3. Emeralda!!! this is SO sweet of you!! 🥺🥺🥺✨ You really made my day, I’m so honored by your words and HAPPY to meet people like you in the community. ❤️
    Elizabeth Acevedo is a brilliant author, Clap When You Land is one of my faves this year & happy 2021!!!! I hope you have a beautiful year 🥰🎉🎉🎉

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  4. He, he, I actually haven’t read any of these authors (though I’ve heard of a few of them) or seen any of the blogs! I’ll definitely have to check them out! Thanks for sharing!!!

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