Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

TTT for January 25, 2022
#TopTenTuesday
 

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In 2021, I read books by 105 different authors. 53 were new to me authors, so choosing the top ten was not easy.
Here are these authors (in the chronological order of discovery), with the book that made me want to read more by them.

There’s a bit of everything, including French and Japanese authors, classics and brand new books, thrillers, science-fiction, middle-grade, and poetry!
I hope some of these inspire you and make you discover new terrific authors!

Please click on the book covers to access my review
or the Goodreads page

#1 – Yukio Mishima
The sound of waves

#2 – Edogawa Rampo
The Black Lizard

#3 – James M. Cain
Double Indemnity
#4 – Sébastien Japrisot
Rider on the Rain
#5 – Michel Crichton
The Andromeda Strain
#6 – Robert MacFarlane
The Lost Spells#7 – Sylvain Forge
Tension extrème#8 – Diane Setterfield
the thirteenth tale
#9 – Neal Stephenson
Termination Shock
#10 – Kate DiCamillo
The Beatryce Prophecy

Have YOU read any of these?
Any recommendations by these authors?
Please leave the link to your own list,
so I can visit.

Year of reading 2021: Part 1 – My top 18

Year of reading 2021
Part 1
 My top 18

To follow my tradition, here is part 1 of my yearly recap.
There is a total of 3 parts:

  1. my favorites, with my usual categories, see here below
  2. my stats
  3. my fun list with titles

Last year, I wrote that 2020 was my best year of reading ever, with a total of 123 books. Well, this record totally exploded with 165 books read/listened to in 2021!
Not too sure what happened. We may find some elements of answers with my stats post on Wednesday.

The final choice here below is based on the quality of the book, on how it resonated with me and my own experience, and on how it stayed with me. Some of these books may actually have got only 4 out 5 Eiffel Towers at the time I read them.
And choosing from 163 books was not an easy exercise!

MY FAVORITES

click on the covers to access either my review,
or the Goodreads page for the titles I have not reviewed yet

PRINT COPIES

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
Midaq Alley The Samurai's Garden The Code Breaker Rider on the Rain

EBOOKS​​​​

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
L'Anomalie The Archipelago of Another Life Days of Reading The Black Lizard

AUDIOBOOKS​​​

Fiction              Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
      A Single Rose Rien ne t'efface

 

SCIENCE-FICTION
Klara and the Sun

POETRY
Haiku This Other World

PICTURE BOOKS
The Little Wooden Robot

CHILDREN BOOKS
The Beatryce Prophecy

YA
Les deux châteaux

MANGA
The Apothecary Diaries vol 1

SPIRITUAL BOOK
The Kingdom of God

BOOK COVER
The Lost Spells

Out of the 18, my favorite is A Single Rose.
I notice that 6 are in French (33%), and Michel Bussi manages to win in two categories!

DO YOU HAVE SOME FAVORITES
IN COMMON WITH MINE?

MORE FUN RECAP ON WEDNESDAY!

HAPPY NEW YEAR OF READING TO YOU!

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Book review: The Black Lizard / Beast in the Shadows

The Black Lizard

The Black Lizard / Beast in the Shadows
by Edogawa Rampo
translated from the Japanese
by Ian Hughes
January 2006
280 pages
The stories were first published 
respectively in 1934 and 1928
Mystery/Japanese literature
Goodreads

Read for The Classics Club

I recently discovered the Japanese Mystery Book Club on Discord (check here). We were supposed to read The Black Lizard and Beast in the Shadows a few weeks ago, and share on Instagram Stories.
That was a total debacle for me, I still don’t understand how you can share things on Stories (instead of in the Feed), as I can’t seem to be able to do a search with hashtags in Stories). So I have no idea what the others thought about the book.
Anyway, it doesn’t matter, I’m glad it gave me the opportunity to discover a classic Japanese author I didn’t know yet. And a really great one!

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