New-to-Me Authors in 2017

I switched the topics for this week and two weeks from now, because I can’t list my favorite books until I’m sure the year is over.

Authors I’d been intending to read for a long time, and finally got to in 2017:

Angela Davis
Charles Dickens (I’d read A Christmas Carol before but this was my first of the big ones)
Neil Gaiman (I’d read Fortunately, the Milk as well but as it’s a children’s book which took me twenty minutes to read on my lunch break, I haven’t counted it)
Nadine Gordimer
Sam Harris
Christopher Hitchens
Ha Jin (the only author on this list that I probably don’t want to read more of, although I liked the first book and really disliked the second, so maybe I should read one more to know for sure)
Hitomi Kanehara
Hiromi Kawakami
Audre Lorde
Yukio Mishima
Minae Mizumura
Nnedi Okorafor
Jason Reynolds
Bertrand Russell
Carl Sagan
Leo Tolstoy

Authors who are well known, or known for another reason than writing, who I encountered for the first time this year:

Mervyn Peake
Suki Kim
Patti Smith
Rupi Kaur
Anne Sexton
Kim Gordon
Kyung-sook Shin
Roberto Bolaño

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Long Way Down was my first of Reynolds which I read this year and maaaaaaaaan was it awesome. The ending? Sheesh. I was blown the heck away!
    joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts

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    1. Miri says:

      Same! I’ve been meaning to read something of his for probably a couple years, so I was thrilled this had such an impact. It’s really powerful.


  2. curlygeek04 says:

    I’m pretty sure Nnedi Okarafor will make my new-to-me list too; I really liked Binti and Binti: Home.

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    1. Miri says:

      Binti was excellent! I listened to the audio and it was TOO short. Can’t wait to read more now.


  3. Love what you did with this post! Some great reads listed here as well. Hope 2018 will also be a good reading year for you.

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  4. Neverwhere is the first book I read by Neil Gaiman and I loved it! His writing style is completely different than what I’m used to in fantasy but that made this book even more unique. I’m looking forward to reading more of his books.

    Milk and Honey: love. It was my first poetry collection in ages and I was surprised by how often and how hard some poems touched me.

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    1. Miri says:

      I felt the same way about Milk and Honey. She articulates things in those poems that I’ve felt but never heard anyone else say.

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      1. Exactly that! Perfectly said!


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