One of the benefits of a massive reading challenge is that you get to read a lot of books by new authors. It was quite hard to pick just 10. I basically went and found the first 10 from my challenge. They’re not necessarily the same as my top 10 favorite books from this year, but that’s a topic for another day.
Isabel Allende: I wasn’t so sure about her when I read Zorro, but The House of Spirits was a revelation.
George Eliot: It’s nice to know there are other talented writers from the 19th century besides Austen and the Bronte sisters.
Gabrielle Zevin: I think her book was definitely on my favorites list this year.
Alice Walker: I mean what can you really say? She’s amazing.
Eleanor Catton: Her novel has such scope.
Kelly Link: Thank you for reigniting my love of short stories.
Iris Murdoch: To great books with unlikable characters!
Ursula K. Le Guin: Where have you been all my life?
Leigh Bardugo: great YA. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Naomi Novik: Another book on the favorites list. I can’t wait to read her big series.
What authors did you discover this year?