Today’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is all about Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019. 2019 definitely has to be one of the most exciting years for me so far in terms of new discoveries, and these are just a few of the highlights.
- Rachel Churcher – I am a huge fan of Rachel’s Battle Ground series, and if you haven’t discovered it yet, I can highly recommend it. You can read my reviews here:-
- Suzanne Rogerson – Suzanne is another author I was fortunate enough to discover last year, when I fell in love with her Silent Seas Chronicles. Suzanne featured a few times on my blog last year and you can read my reviews of her fantasy novels here:
- The Book Hive, Norwich – this is a little gem of a shop tucked away in The Lanes. It was recommended to me by a book club friend as somewhere I had to visit whilst in Norfolk, and it was well worth hunting down. It is a really quirky building, full of nooks and crannies to explore, and stuffed to the rafters with unusual and beautiful books. These are a couple of my finds from there.
- Malorie Blackman – I know I am a little bit late to the party here, but I only discovered Malorie’s brilliant Noughts & Crosses series when I was sent a Blind Date With A Book by the lovely KT Robson early last year. I cannot believe that I have waited so long to read this series!
- My local library – this is more of a rediscovery for me, but I had to include it. I used to belong to the library as a child and I was always there hunting down something new to read, but I only recently rejoined after years of not being a member. Our library is in the old school house where I live, and it’s a lovely little building. I hadn’t realised that joining would give me access to all the other libraries in my county, so I am busy exploring them now, and also taking advantage of being able to borrow audiobooks direct to my phone.
- Story Book Cafe Gifts – this is a fab little Etsy shop that I have used on a couple of occasions now for birthday presents and care packages, and they have always delivered beautifully presented gifts. I am definitely going to be a repeat customer here!
- Orenda Books – Since I first started blogging, I had people talking about Orenda, but it was only towards the end of 2019 that I read my first Orenda publication. Well, I was a fan from page one! I have recently finished my third of their books, and I can’t get enough of them. They are so original and surprising. You can read my reviews of the books I have read so far here:
- Library of Birmingham – KT Robson makes a second appearance in this top ten, as back in July 2019, we met up for a couple of days in Birmingham, mainly for a concert, but we also spent a good few hours exploring the most striking library I think I ever visited. If you are ever in the area, you really must pay a visit, especially to the Shakespeare Room and the Secret Garden.
- Camryn Garrett – I read Camryn’s debut novel, Full Disclosure, earlier this year, and aside from it being an insanely important novel, is the astonishing fact that Camryn was just 19 years old when it was published. I really can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next.
- This last one is sort of bookish, but comes in the form of a notepad – I am totally in love with Oxford Campus Notebooks. The paper feels so nice and is really easy to write on. They are just perfect for all the courses and first draft scribblings that I am working on at the moment.
What are your favourite bookish discoveries of the year? Help me make 2020 as exciting as 2019 with all your recommendations.