Top Reads for 2020! And What’s Next?

The year of hell *cough* I mean 20202 is over and I’m staring at my Goodreads Reading Challenge and…. crying.

I tell everyone that I’m not a particularly fast reader, but I still always manage to get at least 40-70 books in a year. But this year I only managed 30. *cries in unread TBR pile*

However, I was reading a ton of submissions. I signed eight clients this year (authors and illustrators). I love their books, and I can’t wait to get them out into the world.

Although I didn’t get to the 40 published books this year, I still wanted to give a shout out to the ones I loved because I have found some lasting favorites.

My favorite series of 2020 goes to…

And I Darken series by Kiersten White. Holy cow, this series blew me away. I was not expecting to find my new favorite series, but I did! I loved it, and I can’t wait to read more by Kiersten White. This series was absolute perfection.

Shout out to A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, I can’t wait for the final book next month! And The Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson, I’m excited to see that we are going to get another book from Stevie’s perspective!

My favorite YA books this year…

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, and Extraordinaries by TJ Klune were the balm I needed during this terrible year. Each one helped me through the darker times, and I’m so thankful for them.

My favorites in adult fiction goes to…

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, House in the Cerulean Sea TJ Klune, and Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall. I think Ninth House was the darkest of all the books I read this year (beside And I Darken), so you can see I was really in the mood for light-hearted stories.

My goal is to read more MG and general fiction/romance next year, but YA will always have my heart, so I can’t stay away. Here are a few books I’m looking forward to next year!!

And of course, be sure to put my client’s books on your TBR’s for 2021!!

Welcome Viane Londoño!

I’m excited to introduce my new client, Viane Londoño!

I absolutely love Viane’s work. They have such a wonderful and versatile style, so when I reached out to them and learned they were also writing a graphic novel based on their mothers hometown stories about brujas in Colombia, I knew I had to sign them.

Viane Londoño is a Colombian-Costa Rican illustrator and comic artist. They are the author/illustrator of the webcomic From The After World, and they run the @DisabledArtists Collective. They currently live in San Diego, California, with a tuxedo cat who has a penchant for eating plants.

Welcome Natasha Siegel!

I’m excited to introduce my new client, Natasha Siegel!

I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction, but it takes a unique author to make me fall in love with the book. I’d say I’m pretty picky, but Natasha had me falling all over her queer kings and writing. It’s so lovely, and fans of Madeline Miller will fall in love too.

You’ll love SOLOMON’S CROWN if you like:

  • Queer historical figures
  • Beautiful literary writing
  • Characters that use logic over heart
  • Characters that are all heart
  • Political rivals to lovers, but will always be political rivals

Natasha Siegel is a British-American author of historical novels. Her poetry has won accolades from Foyle’s and the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in exploring underrepresented historical voices, particularly those of the LGBTQ+ and Jewish community. She splits her time between Copenhagen and London, where she lives with her lurcher and an endless supply of history books.

Welcome Saint Gibson!

I’m excited to introduce my new client, Saint Gibson!

I had Saint’s partial while I was in the middle of nowhere camping and was very upset when I got to the end and had no signal to request the full. I drove 20 minutes to get minimal cell service to request the full, so I had it when I got back home. I quickly devoured the full and offered rep right away!

Saint’s manuscript is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s NINTH HOUSE, but wish it was gayer. 😉

You’ll love it if you like:

  • Secret Societies
  • Older millennials
  • polyamorous relationships
  • Tarot, astrology, and a little magic
  • Family curses
  • Ritual sacrifices
  • A disaster gay, uptight bi, and a sassy lady

Saint is a poet, author, and village wise woman in training. A graduate of the creative writing program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the theological studies program at Princeton Seminary, she currently lives in Boston with her partner, spoiled Persian cat, and vintage blazer collection.

Welcome Rebecca Ollerton!

I’m excited to introduce my new client, Rebecca Ollerton!

When I saw Bex’s online comics come across my Twitter feed, I reached out to her right away. They were so relatable and I love her art so much. I’m so happy she chose me to help her grow her career. I can’t wait for you all to see her graphic novel!

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Isn’t this cute!! Look at us. So happy. 🙂

Rebecca Ollerton is a former animator turned comic artist. She writes and illustrates introspective comics about mental health, neurodiversity, and the general struggles of being a human in an overwhelming world. In an attempt to alleviate the pressures of that overwhelming world, she currently lives in the English countryside with five hundred sheep and fifteen dogs. Rebecca is known for telling stories that convey an emotional truth and her aim is to raise awareness of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and neurodiversity through her work. When she’s not drawing or writing, she enjoys playing piano and taking care of far too many house plants. You can find her work on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook under the handle Schnumn.