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!
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!).
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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?