Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021
TTT for January 25, 2022
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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
#2 – Edogawa Rampo
#3 – James M. Cain
#4 – Sébastien Japrisot
#5 – Michel Crichton
#6 – Robert MacFarlane
#7 – Sylvain Forge
#8 – Diane Setterfield
#9 – Neal Stephenson
#10 – Kate DiCamillo
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
My top 18
To follow my tradition, here is part 1 of my yearly recap.
There is a total of 3 parts:
- my favorites, with my usual categories, see here below
- my stats
- 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!
click on the covers to access either my review,
or the Goodreads page for the titles I have not reviewed yet
|Fiction Historical Fiction
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!
The Black Lizard / Beast in the Shadows
by Edogawa Rampo
translated from the Japanese
by Ian Hughes
The stories were first published
respectively in 1934 and 1928
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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