This week's Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and Bookish is authors that were new to me this year.
I love a good list and I love any opportunity to reflect on the year that's been. So this is perfect!
First up for me was Elizabeth Strout.
Early in the year I read and loved The Burgess Boys so much that I now plan to read Olive Kitteridge in the New Year for my 2014 challenges.
2. J.M. Coetzee
I read The Childhood of Jesus with a little bit of trepidation. Even now, I'm not quite sure that I understood it all, but the writing was incredible and I was fascinated by the journey he took me on.
3. Alex Miller
Coal Creek was my first attempt at this award winning Australian author. I loved his sense of place (outback Queensland) and his protagonist, Bobby Blue.
4. Barbara Pym
I know! How have I, a major Jane Austen fan, managed to miss BP all my life?
But thanks to Pym Reading Week I finally read a couple of her books, Excellent Women & Jane and Prudence.
A life-long love affair has now begun!
5. Zora Neale Hurston
What a find Zora was.
A HUGE thank you to The Classics Club for their readalong of Their Eyes Were Watching God earlier this year. If not for this, I may have gone through my life without ever knowing about this gem of a book.
I discovered Brown via a TED talk (below).
I found her talk inspirational although not always particularly relevant to where I am in life right now. I've been browsing through a couple of her books since, The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It was Just Me with a similar feeling. I can recognise my journey in her words, but at the same time I feel like I've moved on as well.
7. Yotam Ottolenghi
I discovered Ottolenghi's cookbook Jerusalem this year. The salads in particular are divine. As a result, I found myself impulse buying Plenty, not long after.
8. Haruki Murakami
I tackled 1Q84 this year with gusto and pleasure. I loved this tale of parallel universes and have slowly been accumulating his backlist ever since.
9. Steven Herrick
Australian children's writer, Steven Herrick regularly wins awards and accolades, but I've never read him. Until I picked up Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend, that is.
Now I'm a convert and will try to read some of his teen books in the New Year.
10. Graeme Simsion
If you haven't read The Rosie Project yet, then go and get a copy now!
It's the perfect summer holiday read (or for those on the other side of the world, perfect for curling up in front of a cosy fire with!)
It's light and easy, laugh out loud funny! An impressive debut Australian novel bound for the big screen (I can already visualise the cocktail and dancing scenes!!)