Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! Despite liking to think of myself as well-read (and objectively, I know I am), there are SO many wonderful authors that I have yet to experience. Last year, though, I did manage to check these ones off the list.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah was so wonderful that I got copies of all her previous books to read too!

Colson Whitehead: I didn't think The Underground Railroad quite lived up to my admittedly very high expectations, but I really liked the quality of his writing so I'm definitely planning to read more.

Michael Chabon: I actually read Moonglow for my book club earlier in the year, which I really liked, but then I read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay a few months later and it totally blew me away.

Liane Moriarty: While I did enjoy Big Little Lies and won't rule out reading more of Moriatry's books, I'm not really chomping at the bit to either. They seem to all be really similar.

Virginia Woolf: I got a lot out of Mrs. Dalloway, but I found Woolf's writing tricky and dense, requiring a lot of attention. It made me a little hesitant to try more of her work unless I'm really feeling like I want intellectual exercise.

Mary Roach: I've got her more-famous Stiff coming up in the next couple months, but my first of hers was actually Spook, which I thought handled a tricky subject with humor and grace.

David Sedaris: I've got most of his other books already because they're super easy to find second-hand and have come so widely recommended, so I'm glad I found Me Talk Pretty One Day very funny indeed.

Tana French: I finally read In The Woods, the first of her Dublin Murder Squad series, and although mystery is outside of my usual wheelhouse I loved it and can't wait to tackle the rest of them!

Joan Didion: I very much liked her memoir The Year of Magical Thinking (which also inspired a good discussion at book club when it was our read last month), and her beautifully sparse prose inspired me to acquire several of her other works.

George Saunders: I've got one of his short story collections banging around here somewhere, but I read (and loved) Lincoln in the Bardo for book club this year first.


  1. YES! Joan Didion. I read that same book in 2016 and LOVED it. She is such a great writer!

    1. It feels so weird to say that I really enjoyed a book about a woman experiencing the death of her husband and critical illness of her daughter, but Didion is so talented that she makes it work. Did you see the Netflix documentary about her? I thought it was really interesting and informative