Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
It’s Tuesday which means it is Top Ten Tuesday! My favourite weekly meme! This week the theme is to list the top ten new-to-me authors I read for the first time in 2016.
Now, I have revisited some classics this year and so there are some oldies and also some newbies to the publishing world!
- Ali Smith. I read How To Be Both earlier this year and fell in LOVE with Smith’s amazing ability to write. Unfortunately I was slightly disappointed with her latest novel Autumn but I am holding out hope for the next three in the quartet.
- Cynthia Bond. When the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist for 2016 came out Bond’s debut novel Ruby was hot on my hitlist as first to read! I love reading novels with a magical realism to it. I am looking forward to more of what Bond has to offer – hopefully it won’t be too long!
- Lisa McInerney. Again, McInerney was shortlisted (and then end up winning) the Bailey’s Prize and The Glorious Heresies deserved every accolade it achieved. I loved, loved her debut novel and I am looking forward to her next novel (Waiting on Wednesday post on this due tomorrow!).
- Hanya Yanaghiara. A Little Life. Need I say more?
- Max Porter. His debut novel Grief Is The Thing With Feathers received so much praise – I kept seeing the advertising for it on the tube and I thought ‘I need to read that!’. I am so glad I did. If Porter can write this beautifully in his first novel – what will his further works be like?
- Albert Camus. On the Left Bank of the Seine, this wonderful little bookshop – Shakespeare and Company – recommended Camus’ The Outsider (or The Stranger to the Americans reading this). I inhaled it quickly after I left the shop. Loved it. Now I have The Plague sitting on my TBR list.
- Orhan Pamuk. My boss recommended My Name is Red. I am so glad he did. I loved it. Pamuk’s descriptive prose is second to none. This was one of my favourite books that I have read this year. I am planning on doing a detailed review of the book shortly.
- Han Kang. One of the things I enjoy about where I live is the independent bookshops on my high street. The Vegetarian was a recommendation from one of the independent booksellers. I read it and went back for Human Acts.
- Harry Parker. Anatomy of A Soldier was Parker’s debut novel which received a lot of attention due to the unusual way in which it was written. That piqued my interest – I bought the book and popped down to a book reading at my local library with Parker himself. Parker is now one of my ‘to-watch’ authors.
- Kate Tempest. I saw Tempest perform Let Them Eat Chaos on a wonderful island (Obonjan) and was mesmerised at how raw she is. What a rare talent. Spoken word master, poet, musician, novelist – is there anything this woman cannot do?
So there it is! I look forward to reading all of your Top Ten Tuesday posts.
Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoyed it!