Tuesday, December 11, 2012
This week the ladies at The Broke and The Bookish asked us to share with you our favorite new-to-us authors for the year. I thought this one would be easy for me; I read a lot of books this year by authors who were new to me. Surprisingly, I struggled...I had a hard time narrowing my list down to ten and I wanted to make sure I could justify my choices, not just follow the herd. Eventually I decided to stick strictly to fiction.
1. Amor Towles - Rules of Civility may very well be my favorite book this year. So glad to know that he's working on another book!
2. Graham Greene - The End of the Affair may not end of up in my top ten books read this year, but I definitely appreciated Greene's writing and I'm looking forward to reading more of it.
3. Erin Morgenstern - Morgenstern transported me to another world every time I sat down with The Night Circus. What more could you want?
4. Tana French - Her flawed characters and semi-ambiguous ending had me rushing out to buy the rest of the series after reading Broken Harbor.
5. Louise Doughty - Whatever You Love was one scene away from being a book I loved. On the other hand, because of that one scene, I will have a hard time forgetting this book.
6. Laura Moriarty - I struggled with Moriarty's The Center of Everything but I loved The Chaperone. Luckily, I read it first and I'm preferring to believe that it is more representational of what Moriarty is capable of.
7. Sarah Waters - When you can write a book that leaves me feeling edgy in broad daylight, you've impressed me. That's exactly what Waters did in The Little Stranger.
8. Stephen Dau - A debut novel by an inexperienced author that perfectly captures the ambiguity of war? That was The Story of Jonas for me.
9. Vincent Lam - It's not easy to maintain the level of stress Lam created in The Headmaster's Wager. It became harder and harder for me to read...in a good way.
10. Louisa Young - Young covered a lot of territory in My Dear I Wanted To Tell You, managing to excel with both war and love elements. This was a book I felt both men and women would enjoy.