Hi guys! Happy New Year ^^
To kick off this year's blogging, I thought I would share with you some of the authors whose works I hope to discover this year. These are all authors I've been meaning to read for a while now but for some reason, I never got around to doing so. If there are authors here whose books you've read, feel free to recommend which book of theirs I should start first. That would be really helpful ^^
Since this post is more about the authors than the actual books, I've included links to the Goodreads page of each mentioned book rather than write down an actual blurb.
1. Catherynne M. Valente
She's the author of quite a few books including the Fairyland series and the recently published Radiance. I'm actually pretty hyped about starting her Fairyland series because it sounds both beautiful and whimsical and usually carries great reviews. Radiance too sounds pretty intriguing and I might check it out this year.
2. Sarah Waters
All I know about this author is that her books are supposedly witty and very good and deal with feminism and LGBT themes. And that's about enough to convince me to pick up her books. Trouble is, I don't actually know which one to start with. I'm thinking Fingersmith or Tipping the Velvet. What do you think?
3. Ali Smith
This is another author who writes a lot about feminism, gender and LBGT themes. Some of her books are quite short, including Girl meets Boy, which was the first book by her that I read. I really enjoyed her writing style and I'm excited to read her other books this year. I think my next one will perhaps be How to be Both.
4. Jeanette Winterson
This author also covers some themes similar to Ali Smith's. I read one of her books in 2015, The Stone Gods, which I really enjoyed. It's sort of a dystopian story which transcends time and has some elements of love, science-fiction and fantasy. It's more about the people than the actual setting and does a great job at bringing these characters to life. Hence, I almost hesitate to label it as a dysotpian. I'm not sure yet what other book by her I'll be picking up next so do let me know if you have recommendations.
5. Toni Morrison
This author is mostly known for her African American characters and for discussing themes such as race and equality in her books. I've heard great things about her books and will hopefully be reading Beloved very soon.
6. Helen Oyeyemi
Her books take their inspiration from fairytales and swing between magical realism and hard realism. Her books carry more mixed reviews than the other mentioned authors' books but they do sound pretty unique and mysterious. I'm thinking I'll start with White is for Witching first and if I enjoy it, I'll be reading Boy, Snow, Bird next.
So those were some of the authors I'm hoping to discover in 2016. Looks like it's time to buy some new books! What new authors do you want to discover this year? Let me know in the comments ^^
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