Favourite New-To-Me Authors!

There are so many authors who I want to read more of in 2018, but there are a few authors who are new to me that I’d love to read more of this year. These are authors who everyone else has loved but who I’m just discovering. As you can see, some of them are classic authors who have been around forever and I can’t believe that I haven’t read them yet!

Agatha Christie

I’ve only read two of Agatha Christie’s books last year – I started Murder on the Orient Express just before the movie came out because I had planned on seeing the movie ASAP and wanted to finally dig into her books beforehand. I loved the book and I STILL haven’t seen the movie! I then read Hercule Poirot’s Christmas over December and loved that one, too. I think she writes such great mysteries and they’re just fun to dig into and more of a whodunnit rather than a nichey (?) cozy mystery you’d find these days. I mean, I love a cozy mystery about knitting or something, but it’s just fun to dig into something more old-school, which also seems a bit more grown up since the characters aren’t as caricature and silly.

Daphne du Maurier

I have heard of Daphne du Maurier’s books for SO LONG and have been so intrigued by Rebecca that I finally bought myself a copy and dug in. It’s funny because the book doesn’t have a fast moving plot, but her writing is so engaging that I looked forward to reading it whenever I had time to read. I’m excited to read more of her books, mainly My Cousin Rachel and some of her short stories (I had no idea that she wrote the story for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds!).

Haruki Murakami

This was a late-year read for me, a book I read in just an evening (really, in about 40 minutes) to introduce me to the author. I had been really interested in reading Murakami’s books and I had also been interested in reading more translated works so when I saw his book The Strange Library at the bookstore I had to snatch it up. The book is very slim but so pretty! It has flaps that fold over the front and illustrations throughout and I’m so glad I bought a copy for my library. It was a very strange read, but reminded me of Neil Gaiman but with another unique quality to it that I loved. It was strange and simple and beautiful. I plan to read Never Let Me Go this month, and hopefully more of his books this year! (Oops – thanks to the people who reminded me that Never Let Me Go was written by Kazuo Ishiguro! I don’t know how I mixed that up since I’ve actually read one of his books and this one has been sitting on my desk for a long time now!) 

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is one of those authors I’ve known about for years and years. A Christmas Carol is one of those books that has had so many adaptations that have been shown in film that it’s hard not to catch who the story was written by. I owned a collection of stories of his for about 4 years before I finally dug into it, reading A Christmas Carol, and I loved it! Like I said, the collection has other stories and I can’t wait to read them this Christmas.

Andrew Kaufman

I was perusing the library one day, looking for Canadian-authored books, and came across this super slim book called The Tiny Wife. I had set myself a challenge of reading 30 books in December and this looked like the perfect kind of read for the month since it was so short. Little did I know was that this story was going to be strange and fascinating. I loved Kaufman’s writing and how I was immediately enthralled in the strange little story. I was excited to learn that he had numerous other books with an almost fairytale-like quality to them. I look forward to delving into his strange works again!

Fredrik Backman

In case you haven’t read my review of Fredrik Backman’s latest book, Beartown, I had originally picked it up because I thought it would be a great read for December since it had to do with hockey. I thought it was going to be one of those stories about a down on their luck hockey team becoming the best of the best but was surprised to find that the story was a lot darker and character-driven than I thought it would be. Initially, I wasn’t sure about his writing or the story, but then something happened in the story and I was hooked. I had already heard of his book A Man Called Ove, and am excited to see he has another couple books out on top of that! I’ve read a few Swedish authors now and have really enjoyed them – maybe in 2018 I’ll find another favourite Swedish author!

Stuart McLean

Stuart McLean is another one of those Canadian household names that I had known of for a while. I actually had one of his books on my shelf for a long time, having picked it up at a book sale, but then I got rid of it, thinking I wouldn’t like it. Christmas rolled around and I saw the beautiful edition of his latest book, Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe, and I just had to get a copy of it. I loved how pretty it was and that it came with a ribbon for a bookmark, but on top of that, the stories inside were charming and absolutely hilarious! I don’t think I’ve laughed so much reading a book in a long time! I was lucky that Santa brought me a copy of Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe for my stocking and I can’t wait to dig in this year.

Carys Bray

I seem to have fallen in love with strange little stories that don’t have anything to do with the supernatural or paranormal or mythology or anything, but rather stories that have to do with real life and the darker side of human nature. Stories that are almost whimsical and strange, like a fairytale, but not like a fairytale at all. I think of Neil Gaiman when I say this, but these authors – like Haruki Murakami and Andrew Kaufman – aren’t like Neil Gaiman at all. Carys Bray is one of those authors, as well. I gobbled up her short story collection, Sweet Home, in no time, loving the short, strange stories contained within. I didn’t read any of the synopsis beforehand and my jaw dropped a few times while reading. I fell completely in love with her writing and I’m happy that she at least has a novel out to keep me entertained.

Are there any new-to-you authors you found last year that you’d love to read more of?


25 thoughts on “Favourite New-To-Me Authors!”

  1. Murakami’s The Strange Library was my first introduction to him. I read it on my flight from Vegas to Colorado. It was definitely strange, but I enjoyed it. I have Norwegian Wood on my TBR this year.

    1. Definitely strange. lol. But such a neat book to read, too! I’ll have to have a look at what books he has out – I know there are a few from 1,001 Books To Read Before You Die so I’ll have to see what’s in there. I don’t think I’m ready for the beast of IQ84 yet. lol

  2. If you enjoy audio books, then I would definitely encourage finding recordings of Stuart McLean – his stories on paper are hilarious but don’t even compare to hearing him read them aloud. The timing is just everything.

    1. Oh I bet they would be great! I’m reading Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe right now and loving it and was just thinking that it would be great to hear him narrate some of his stories. I’m sure the CBC plays some on the radio at Christmas so I’ll have to keep an ear out.

  3. du Maurier, Murakami, and Backman are all authors I want to read sometime. I love Stuart McLean’s stories. We listen to this one every Christmas on our drives to the city.
    I read The Tiny Wife a couple of years ago, and meant to read more of his books since then (but haven’t). Bleak House is my favourite Dickens so far. I haven’t ever read A Christmas Carol.
    One of the best new authors I read this year was Angie Abdou – I read all three of her books in a row. And now I’ve also read her most recent.

    1. I’ve heard great things about Bleak House! Classics are hard because some people love certain ones and hate others and then others hate the ones others loved … I never know where to start! I’ve been wanting to check out Angie Abdou for a while now – which one would you recommend?

  4. I’m rediscovering all of the Agatha Christie books at the moment. I know I read them as a teenager, but since I can’t remember who committed the crimes, it’s like reading them again for the first time. 🙂 I read A Man Called Ove a few years ago and then read Beartown last fall. I cannot believe that the two books are written by the same person! I’m curious to hear how you like any of Backman’s other books. Let’s see how difficult it is to get a copy of The Tiny Wife in the U.S….

    1. That’s so great! There are some authors I haven’t read in forever and I look forward to rereading them. I have a TERRIBLE memory when it comes to reading books so a lot of books seem brand new again after a few years. lol. I’ve heard such great things about A Man Called Ove! I saw my library has a copy so I’ll have to try it soon – especially since there’s a movie out for it. I hope you can find The Tiny Wife!

  5. yes to your first 3!!
    – My favorite by AChristie is And Then There Were None.
    – Actually Hitchcock used several of Daphne’s stories in his movies, without recognizing her for it, which really made her mad at him – I have her amazing biography by Tatiana de Rosnay (the author of Sarah’s key): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJKMUeOi_J4&t=13s
    – Murakami, yes!! If 1Q84 looks too daunting by its size (though its favorite according to me), you could try one of his latest, https://wordsandpeace.com/2014/08/25/book-review-colorless-tsukuru-tazaki-and-his-years-of-pilgrimage/.
    Never Let me Go is awesome, but not by Murakami, by Kazuo Ishiguro, who just won the Nobel Prize of literature.
    – I listened to Britt-Marie was Here by Backman in 2017. It was good. In the same vein, even after I think, there’s The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (2016), by Phaedra Patrick.
    – In my 2017 recap [https://wordsandpeace.com/2017/12/30/year-of-reading-2017-statistics/], here are the 3 new authors I wrote I want to read more of: Randall Silvis (thriller writer – and I just read another one, he is really amazing), Gilles Pétel (French, mystery), Georgia Briggs (Orthodox author)

    1. I just finished And Then There Were None this weekend and it was so good! I started it in an evening and finished it the next morning – I couldn’t put it down! And thanks for the head’s up on Ishiguro – I’ve fixed that in the post! I should’ve known that was by Ishiguro since I have read his books before. I haven’t heard of any of the authors you want to read more of! All the more reason to check them out. 🙂

  6. I absolutely adore Daphne du Maurier and Agatha Christie too! I look forward to reading more of their works this year. I still haven’t seen Murder on the Orient Express either. I think you’ll really enjoy My Cousin Rachel; make sure to check out the recent adaptation once you’ve read it.

    1. My library has the movie tie-in version of My Cousin Rachel so whenever I see if I think of the movie! I’ll have to get to it soon after finishing my Read My Own Damn Books A Thon. lol. I can’t wait to read more of her stuff – I just recently finished her short story collection, The Birds, and loved it. I wish my library had more titles by du Maurier! Thankfully they have a ton of Agatha Christie and I’m really enjoying working my way through her stuff – plus I love that they’re really quick reads, but still smartly written.

  7. It took me forever to discover Agatha Christie. Just think though how many books you have ahead of you! I would love to discover some classic authors this year.

  8. Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier – I still haven’t read anything by them but everyone else seems to have. I do hope I can manage to pick something up by them this year.

    1. Oh nice! I had no idea! My library does have a great selection so I’m starting there with their physical books and ebooks – we’ll see how far I can get! I’m also hoping to find some at library sales down the road.

    1. I’ve only read 4 of them now, but I really enjoyed And Then There Were None – it’s just a classic mystery! It’s also a standalone book, whereas Murder on the Orient Express, the first one I read by Christie, is part of the Hercule Poirot series. Murder at the Vicarage is the first in the Miss Marple series and it’s quite different from the Poirot series but just as good. But definitely start with And Then There Were None – I feel like that represents her style quite well!

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one! I didn’t realize that Fredrik Backman had so many books out – it’s always great to find a new favourite author and realize they have lots of books out!

  9. I’ve only read two Agatha Christie books and they were good. And Then There Were None was downright amazing.
    And I’ve had Born Weird, by Andrew Kaufman in my tbr for a really long time. I should get around to it…

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