Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2023

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Arty Reader Girl. Each week, we are given a bookish topic to discuss. This week’s theme is New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2023. I am always on the lookout for new authors to read and they often end up on my TBR. This year I read at least 12 new authors and enjoyed nearly all of those books.

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New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2023

Annie Bellet

A friend of mine sent me the first omnibus of the Level Grind series a couple of years ago and I finally got around to reading it in 2023. I really enjoyed Bellet’s writing style and the way the side characters were just as important to the story as the main character.

This is an author I need to read more of in the near future, especially to finish this series.

Kenjiro Hata

After watching the first season of Tonikawa (aka Fly Me To The Moon) I decided to check out the manga series because I needed more of the couple and their story. Kenjiro certainly has a way of creating a cute and addicting story.

Gido Amagakure

I picked up A Galaxy Next Door on a whim and I’m glad I did. Gido weaves a very interesting story about an alien princess and a struggling mangaka and the blossoming relationship between them.

This is a nice short series, 6 volumes in total, so it’s a great quick read.

Akumi Agitogi

I picked up My Happy Marriage after seeing there was an anime adaptation coming. Akumi Agitogi has a wonderful writing style and the story really grabbed me from page one.

I look forward to continuing this series and checking out anything else they write in the future.

Signe Pike

I picked up The Lost Queen on a whim and I was blown away by the story that Signe Pike had created. It is a

Travis Baldree

Most people are familiar with Legends & Lattes at this point and I certainly fell to the pressure of reading this cozy fantasy. While I enjoyed the book and Baldree’s writing, I felt it fell a bit flat compared to he praise yet I’m still glad I checked it out.

Mizuki Tsujimura

After seeing the trailer for the Lonely Castle In The Mirror anime, I knew I had to check out the novel that inspired it. This story was strange and addictive. I will be looking to read more of her work in the future.

Kyouka Izumi

I’m always drawn to books with book-loving characters, so The Savior’s Book Cafe Story In Another World caught my attention. The author did a great job of crafting an isekai story with bookish main characters, a strong magical presence, and plenty of cozy vibes.

This series is only 5 books long but I would consider it a must-read.

Related: Book Review: The Savior’s Book Cafe Story In Another World Vol. 1 by Kyouka Izumi

A.J. Calvin

I have been making an effort to read more authors I follow on Twitter and Exile by A.J. Calvin hit my radar and I’m glad it did. This was a great start to a fantasy series that I need to read more of. Calvin’s writing really sucked me into the story right from page one.

Related: Book Review: Exile by A.J. Calvin

Bisco Hatori

I watched the anime of Ouran High School Host Club a few years back and really enjoyed it. So, it made sense to check out the manga. Bisco Hatori certainly has created a zany cast of characters that are thrown into the strangest of situations time and time again.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2023. What new authors did you discover last year?

48 Comments

  1. I really need to read Legends & Lattes one of these days.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

    1. Author

      I hope you find time to get to it soon, it is a decent book if you ignore the repetitive feel of it.

  2. I have my happy marriage on my watchlist, seems like a cute story. Looks like you had a great year 🙂

    1. Author

      I just watched the anime and it’s so good! It covers the first 2 light novels of the story, which is perfect, since that’s how far I got into the book series. Definitely watch it soon.

  3. These are all new-to-me authors. I’ll have to try them. They all sound good.

    1. Author

      I hope you are able to check some of them out and enjoy them.

  4. I’ve seen a lot of raves for Travis Baldree. I look forward to trying him sometime this year.

    1. Author

      Yeah, he got pretty popular. I think it’s worth checking out his book.

  5. I’ve gotta read The Savior’s Book Cafe Story in Another World

    1. Author

      The series is so good! I hope you are able to read it.

  6. I’m sorry Legends and Lattes fell a bit flat for you. I haven’t read it yet but it’s high on my TBR!

    1. Author

      It happens. I’m still glad I read it. I hope you love it when you do read it.

  7. I have Baldree on my list this week as well. I hope you continue to enjoy reading these authors in 2024!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/authors-i-first-read-in-2023/

    1. Author

      He made a few lists this week and I can understand why. Thank you. I hope you have an amazing reading year as well.

  8. The one that appeals to me most here is The Savior’s Book Cafe Story in Another World. If I wasn’t in the middle of a book buying ban, I would get a copy right away.

    1. Author

      Those darn book buying bans can get in the way sometimes. But it can be a book to look forward to when you are no longer on the ban. I hope you enjoy it when are you able to get a copy.

  9. Baldree is the only one that I’ve read on this list but I loved him!! Great list!

    1. Author

      Thank you. He definitely has cozy vibes down pat with his writing.

  10. I’m glad you found some great authors to read.

    1. Author

      Thank you.

  11. Lots of manga on here which is perfect because I am always looking for more recs! Glad you enjoyed all these new authors.

    1. Author

      I read a ton of manga so they are bound to make my lists. I hope you are able to check some of these out.

  12. I’ve heard really good things about Annie Bellet, I need to read her at some point. Awesome list!

    1. Author

      I loved her writing and can’t wait to read more from her. Thank you.

  13. I loved Legends & Lattes and can’t wait to read the sequel. I haven’t read any of the others. I’m glad you found some great new authors in 2023.

    1. Author

      Glad to hear you loved the book. I may pick up the sequel one day. Thank you.

  14. I’ve been meaning to get to the Baldree books for a while, but I think you hit the nail on the head as to why I haven’t. I’m afraid my expectations will be too high.

    1. Author

      I would still recommend reading because it does have some good elements to it.

  15. Nice list! Love so many of these covers. Legends & Lattes has been getting a lot of exposure lately. Hope 2024 brings lots of great new books and new to you authors.

    1. Author

      Thank you. I’m always drawn in by pretty covers, it’s half of the reason why I pick up the book I do. It’s a pretty popular book still and with the recent release of the sequel I can see why its till getting talked about. Thank you.

  16. I a lot enjoyed Travis Baldree. Someday I’ll have to try him out. Great list!

    1. Author

      He does have a good writing style and a fun story vibe, so I would recommend checking his books out.

  17. I noted a theme: you loved manga! Such beautiful illustrations, too.

    1. Author

      Yes, I do read a ton of manga and love it so much. Thank you.

  18. I haven’t heard of Signe Pike, but I do really like the look of The Lost Queen!

    1. Author

      I highly recommend picking up the book, it’s so good.

  19. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about Legends and Lattes. I’ve heard so much praise, and I wondered if it was warranted.

    1. Author

      You’re welcome. I can see where the praise comes from but I do find it odd that no one else seems to acknowledge how repetitive the book is.

  20. I read Baldree for the first time in 2023 as well. LEGENDS & LATTES is such a warm, cozy read!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    1. Author

      It certainly has those cozy vibes it promise, which I enjoyed.

  21. I have not read or heard of any of these. It is always fun to discover new authors!

    1. Author

      Agreed, I always love discovering new authors. Thank you.

  22. I absolutely LOVE Ouran! It’s such a fun series. The Savior’s Book Café Story in Another World and My Happy Marriage both look like series I need to check out! Thanks for introducing me to them.

    1. Author

      Yes, I love how chaotic it is throughout. I would highly recommend checking out those series, they are amazing.

  23. It looks like you discovered some great new authors in 2023 – and by the cover art, it looks like some of the stories take you on quite an adventure, too! I hope you are still finding some great authors and thank you so much for visiting my website on Tuesday. I appreciate that!

    1. Author

      Yes, they have some gorgeous covers which reflect well of the stories within. Thank you, so far I’ve found a few new authors this year and I hope to find more.

  24. I just read Legends and Lattes a couple of days ago! I really enjoyed it, but it didn’t feel very fantasy-ish to me. That’s fine for me as I’m not a fantasy reader, but I can imagine that part not being developed enough for some readers. What part of it fell flat for you?

    1. Author

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. I think where it fell flat was its lack of fantasy-ness and its repetitive ways. The base of the story was enjoyable at least.

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