Hi guys! After writing my Top 10 Tuesday post about new to me authors I discovered in 2017 I’ve been thinking about what new (to me) authors I want to read in 2018. These are all author’s who’s books I’ve owned/been interested in for a while and just haven’t gotten to yet for various reasons.
1. Christoffer Isherwood
I’m so excited to finally read some Isherwood this year. For some reason his books weren’t on my radar until my mom gave me one of his novels. I’d heard good thing about them, but never really thought of picking one up. But after reading just a couple of pages of A Single Man – I have a feeling that this is an author I’m going to love.
2. Roberto Bolaño
I love long books and both the Bolaño novels I own are massive. The reason I haven’t gotten to them yet is that I own so many books I want to read and my brain keeps telling me that if I read the shorter ones first, I’ll get through the stacks quicker. And that….doesn’t even make sense, brain.
3. Susan Dennard
Of all the writers on this list Susan Dennard is the one I really can’t believe I haven’t read yet. Witches are my favorites. These books have have witch right there in the title. The main characters are witches. The books are set in the Witchlands. I need to read them.
4. Kiersten White
If you didn’t know, I’m kind of obsessed with anti-heroines. Every time I talk about that someone tells me I need to read And I darken and I’m going to. I don’t know why I haven’t yet. It sounds epic and Julie’s told me it’s very Slytherin.
5. Danzy Senna
I bought New People back when it first came out, but kind of forgot about it until it started popping up on Best of the Year lists. Now I’m excited to read it all over again and snce It’s a very short book making time for it shouldn’t be too hard.
6. Jeff Zentner
Ever since I fell in love with Perks I’ve been weak for gritty, gut-punchy contemporaries about friendship. Both of Jeff Zentner’s YA novels sound like the kind of stories that will destroy my soul, which is probably why I haven’t already read them. But they sound too good to keep putting off, so hopefully I’ll get to them this year.
7. Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri is an author I keep hearing amazing things about and who’s books are always included in lists and articles of recommendations. I’m genuinely interested in reading her books – but for some reason I just haven’t. I own The Namesake, so I’ll probably start with that one, but all her books sound really interesting to me.
8. Ruth Ozeki
I feel like I put A Tale for the Time Being on every TBR I made the last year, but I never read it and I really don’t know why. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things, the plot intrigues me, I love reading books set in Japan, the few pages I’ve read were fantastic… I really need to get to it in 2018. For real this time.
9. Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende is definitely my most owned, unread author. I must have at least ten of her books and I still haven’t read a single one. I really hope to change that in 2018. I’m thinking I should start with her most beloved: The House of Spirits, but I’m also very drawn to her YA fantasy novel: City of the Beast. It’s about a boy who goes on an expedition in the Amazon, with his grandmother. How cool does that sound?
10. China Miéville
China Miéville’s the only author on my list I don’t own any books buy and the reason for that is pretty ridiculous. I just can’t decide which of his books I should buy first. They all sound so brilliantly bizarre. Right now I’m leaning towards Perdido Street Station or Embassytown, but if you have any recommendation please let me know!
Have you read any books by these authors? Any opinions on what books I should start with? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!