Top Ten New Authors I discovered in 2022

Top Ten
New Authors I discovered in 2022

TTT for January 24
#TopTenTuesday
 

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In 2022, I read books by a total of 115 different authors.
51% of these were new to me authors, that is, 59.
So that would seem really hard to pick 10 of them that I really enjoyed.
Fortunately, when I did my 2022 recaps, I already highlighted 16 of them,
so that was rather easy to go from 16 to 10.
And I skipped two from whom I have already read another book.

As you can see, most (except two) are classical authors.
I have the feeling some of you have not heard about a good bunch of them,
so maybe that will encourage you to revisit some exciting past authors.

2022 new authors a

 

2022 new authors b

Have YOU read
or are YOU planning to read any of these?
Please leave the link to your own post,
so I can visit.

2022: October wrap-up

OCTOBER 2022 WRAP-UP

What? Already at the door of November? Can we slow down please?
Well, the good thing with November, is there are lots of fun book blogging events. I’ll talk to you more about this tomorrow.

For now, let’s focus on October. Talking about blogging events, I joined the team of coordinators for the weekly meme Mailbox Monday, as Velvet of Vvb32reads decided to step down.
So the dynamic trio is now Martha of Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and myself.
In case you don’t know yet, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.” For sure it can be dangerous for your TBR, but it’s also a great chance to discover blogs you may not have heard about, and have your own blog discovered by others!

I took some time of silent retreat at the beginning of October, and somehow, it got heard to go back to lots of blogging after that. Plus my teaching schedule is more dense these weeks. So I haven’t posted much, BUT I have kept up the reading, with some fabulous discoveries.

I read and listened to a satisfying number of books this month.
And I am only 6 books away form reaching my 2022 goal of 120 books.
It was fun participating in The 1929 Club – I read three books for that.

đź“š Here is what I read in October:

13 books:
8 in print 
=  with 1,606 pages, a daily average of 51 pages/day
5 in audio
= 38H32
, a daily average of 1H14/ day

6 in mystery:

  1. The Roman Hat Mystery (Ellery Queen Detective #1), by Ellery Queen – audio
  2. Maigret (Maigret #19), by Georges Simenon
  3. The 39 Steps, by John Buchan – audio
  4. NOA (9 #3), by Marc Levy – French audio
  5. The Piccadilly Murder, by Anthony Berkeley
  6. The Leathenworth Case (Mr Gryce #1), by Anna Katharine Green – audio

4 in  nonfiction:

  1. Beginning to Pray, by Anthony Bloom
  2. Absolutely on Music, by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Osawa
  3. Cliffs Notes on The Sound and the Fury, by James Roberts
  4. Revenge of the Librarians, by Tom Gauld – cartoons

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Paris-Briançon, by Philippe Besson – French audio
  2. The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner

1 in poetry:

  1. Selected Poems, by Rainer Maria Rilke

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

The Sound and the Fury The Leavenworth Case

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 14/150 (from September 2022-until September 2027)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 14
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 10/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 24/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 114/120 (95%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 8

 NO OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

BOOKS RECEIVED FOR REVIEW

  NOA   Paris-Briançon  

through Netgalley.fr

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Sound and the Fury

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The top 7 books to read in October 2022

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Stuck in a Book
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Karen at Booker Talk
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Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy
please go and visit them,
they have great blogs

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Come back tomorrow to see the titles I’ll be reading in November
How was YOUR month of October?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

My top 8 books for the 1929 Club

The 1929 Club

The #1929Club

For several years Simon, at Stuck in a Book, has been organizing club year events, usually in April and October, in which he encourages everybody to read books published in the same year.

Last April, the year was 1954.
This time, Simon chose 1929. 

The main idea is to draw a literary portrait of that year.
If you are curious, you can check which books were published during that year, on this Goodreads list or on this wikipedia page.

Before focusing on The 1929 club, it seems I had read 5 books published that year.
Three I read several decades ago:

  1. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
  2. Marius, by Marcel Pagnol
  3. Les Enfants Terribles, by Jean Cocteau

And two more recently:

  1. The Man in the Queue (Inspector Alan Grant, #1), by Josephine Tey: I never took time to review this one, but I was very impressed by Tey’s richness of vocabulary, displayed even in this mystery
  2. Some Prefer Nettles, by Jun’ichirĹŤ Tanizaki (1928/1929 on some lists)

With the #1929club in mind, I read the following:

The Roman Hat Mystery

The Roman Hat Mystery,
(Ellery Queen Detective #1),

by Ellery Queen
Published in 1929
239 pages
Mystery
Goodreads

A famous lawyer is found dead during a play at the Roman theater in New York. What puzzles the most Ellery (Inspector Queen’s son, a lover of mysteries and a mystery writer himself), is that the victim’s top-hat is missing. And obviously, every gentleman in the 1920s would have worn a top hat to go to the theater.
But why would the murderer have taken the hat with him? And where is that hat? Also, why choose a theater to kill somebody in the first place? And why kill this man?

This was the first mystery I read by Ellery Queen (the pen name for two cousins). Even though I partially guessed what was going on, I liked the way the investigation went, and the fun duo with the Inspector Richard and his son – with of course a few humoristic references to Holmes+Watson.
The dynamism and fun were enhanced by the narrator Robert Fass.
I definitely want to read/listen to more in the series.

The Picadilly Murder

The Piccadilly Murder
(Ambrose Chitterwick
#1),
by Anthony Berkeley
Published in 1929
352 pages
Mystery
Goodreads

All Golden Age mysteries are not born equal.
If I really enjoyed discovering Ellery Queen, this was not the case with this book by Anthony Berkeley.

I guess a lot of this novel, at least at the social level, is supposed to be entertaining. And I’m really not into social humor.
One funny element I did appreciate was the critics of “the English judicial system”.
But I really didn’t like at all the main character, the self-appointed investigator, Ambrose Chitterwick. He is a bachelor and lives with his aunt, 79 – and he has a hard time with aunts! To escape what he considers borderline slavery, he tries to help Scotland Yard with some investigations.
One day in London, he is having a drink in the Piccadilly Palace Hotel lounge, and believes he saw a poisoning happen right in front of him. The victim is old Mrs Sinclair and the perpetrator her own nephew Major Sinclair (another dangerous nephew-aunt relationship!).

I didn’t like Chitterwick’s social awkwardness, his lack of self-confidence, and his language.
I found the book way too long and even boring. It certainly didn’t help that I understood very quickly what was going on. The clues are really too obvious.
If I had not planned to read it for The 1929 Club, I would probably have DNFed it.

It looks like maybe I should have read another book Berkeley published in 1929: The Poisoned Chocolates Case.
This is with another investigator of his, Roger Sheringham. Though to present the series, Goodreads writes, “an obnoxious sleuth”!
Hopefully someone else read it, and I can see if I should definitely try it.

The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury,
by William Faulkner
Published in 1929
366 pages
Literary fiction
Goodreads

VERDICT:
Challenging novels are worth it! Stream of consciousness at its best?

So far, I had only read As I Lay Dying, by Faulkner, which I really enjoyed, but never dared to go further. One reason was a person who used to be in our book club and would heavily criticize The Sound and the Fury. But I was curious and finally decided to read it for The 1929 Club .And I am sure glad I did!

Click on the cover to access my full review.

My year 1929 recap:
I find it fascinating that the same year, we have a few representatives of the Golden Age of mystery, as well as a very avant-garde (for the time) narration technique, as displayed by Faulkner.
Thanks Simon for picking a most fascinating year!

HERE IS THE LINK TO ALL THE BOOKS
REVIEWED FOR THE #1929CLUB

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK PUBLISHED IN 1929?