Today's post is another one from last week (oops), and the topic is '5 favourite new-to-me authors of the year'. I read loads of authors this year that I'd never read before, so it'll be tricky to narrow it down!
Oh well, here goes nothing:
1.Thomas Hardy"But Rachel, you didn't read a Thomas Hardy book this year!"
True. But I did listen to about half of the audiobook for Far from the Madding Crowd and absolutely loved it. I don't think audiobooks are for me (at least at the moment), but I did fall in love with Hardy's writing and I'm so so keen to pick this up in physical form soon.
2. Junot Diaz"But Rachel, isn't this the first time you're mentioning Junot Diaz on this blog?"
Why yes, astute reader, I believe it is. This is a slightly embarrassing story... I read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao earlier in the summer, but I stopped about 6 pages from the end and still haven't finished it. Why? Not a clue!
I really loved the book though, and I can't wait to pick up This is How You Lose Her, which I bought recently with my birthday money.
3. Alice WalkerI LOVED The Color Purple when I read it this summer, and according to my sister the rest are just as good.
4. F. Scott FitzgeraldI think my strategy for narrowing down this list is, rather than necessarily trying to choose my favourite (way too many!), to choose authors that have really made me want to delve deeper into their writing and read more of what they've got to offer. This kind of excludes writers like Harper Lee (I'm not that fussed about her new book) and Andy Weir, simply because it was their book as a standalone rather than their whole body of work which interested me. Hopefully that makes sense :P
Anyway, my absolutely favourite part of The Great Gatsby was Fitzgerald's writing style, and that's definitely something I'm keen to explore in his other works. I can't believe it took me so long to get to him, but I'm glad I finally did this year!
5. George R.R. MartinThough he may not be my favourite author of the year, this guy has really made me want to read the rest of his books! I've been told they're not all as good as the first one, but that some of them are great. I can't wait to discover them!
So there you have it! My top 5 new-to-me authors of the year.
Who were your favourites?