The topic of today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014.
I read a lot of new authors this year, but most of them didn’t really do it for me. I think a big part of me wanted comfort and familiarity this year. Here are a few new-to-mes that stuck out, though.
1. Tana French- I read ALL the Tana French this year. All of it. And I need more.
2. Andrew Sean Greer- The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells really hit me hard on a lot of levels. But I’m not sure his other work appeals to me.
3. Abraham Verghese- Likewise, Cutting For Stone was a beautiful book (though there was one big thing about it that bothered me, I won’t address that here), but I don’t think any of Verghese’s other work would appeal to me.
4. Erin Lindsey McCabe- debut author time. I really, really, really loved her novel I Shall Be Near to You.
5. Jessican Soffer- another lovely debut novel with Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots.
6. Jeff VanderMeer- the Southern Reach Trilogy was one of the most unusual projects I’ve seen in the publishing world for awhile. I loved the way FSG brought out these books, and though they definitely weren’t the kind of stuff I would usually read, I really enjoyed them.
7. Ann Leckie- There’s a reason this woman is winning ALL THE AWARDS. Ancillary Justice is super innovative, and I expect really good things from her in the future.
8. Emma Donoghue- Donoghue has been on my radar since Room, but Frog Music was the first one I picked up by her. Definitely not a book for everyone, but I found it incredibly compelling and liked the structure of it.
9. James McBride- I really enjoyed the style of The Good Lord Bird and I look forward to reading more from McBride.
10. Daphne du Maurier- How oh how did I make it 29 1/2 years before reading Rebecca? I mean REALLY.