The time for Monthly Recommendations has come around again and this time we are revisisting an old favourite, authors that are new to us. These could be authors alive at any time but whom we have discovered in the last year or so. For example, I discovered two classic authors this year, and one I didn’t expect to love as much as I did!
I’ll leave a link to the group here.
So who are the said authors?
I think I might have cheated a little because I can’t remember if I read her other book, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, this year or last year, but Agnes Grey firmly implanted the view that Anne is the best Brontë sister in terms of writing and storytelling. I am not a fan of the other two (Emily and Charlotte) at all – they’re far too overdramatic for my liking – where as Anne is real and human. Her books have a sensibility and understanding to them that makes them worthy of being heard. They’re also more focused on the treatment and rights of women in society which is certainly more up my alley.
Robert Louis Stevenson
I can’t remember what influenced me to pick up Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde during the summer but it is a story I am finally glad to have read because it was amazing! For such a short story it was gripping, fantastically written, and full of Victorian mystery. I know I will be reading more of RL Stevenson’s work in the future and I have a feeling he will become one of my favourite classic Victorian novelists.
Oscar de Muriel
I read all of his three current books this year and loved them to pieces. The partnership of Ian Frey and “Nine Nails” McGrey is funny and interesting, the stories always have something slightly supernatural to them, they’re Victorian mysteries (which you know I love) and they’re really quick to get through. Fever of the Blood is my favourite so far though due to the Pendle Witch component but they’re all great reads. I also got the chance to meet Oscar de Muriel at my local Waterstones this year and it was amazing!
This book was a total surprise because whilst I had heard a lot of great things about it, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I can’t get the characters of Lada and Radu out of my head and I’m excited to see what happens. I still haven’t read the second book yet, but I have high hopes that it will be just as fabulous!
Another book I didn’t expect to like as much as I did. Flicking back and forth between the Paris in the 1960s and the German Occupation of Paris during WWII, it is the story of Fay who is determined to unravel the secrets of her past. Usually when I read historical fiction novels like this, there is more of an extensive time span between the two settings but I thought it was well done and I could easily feel myself in both WWII and 1960’s Paris.
I got three more of Rachel Hore’s books in my last book haul so I’m looking forward to seeing what they’re like.
I think this is one of the most underrated books of the moment and considering its subject, I am surprised it is not being talked about more. I’ve mentioned it a lot so I won’t go into too much detail but I think the author deals with the subject sensitively and in a way that brings more awareness to the horror that’s happening. It was heartbreaking to read and I’m glad I read it. I have Zana Fraillon’s newest book, The Ones That Disappeared on my shelf too but I can’t bring myself to read it just yet. Hopefully when I do, it will touch me as much as The Bone Sparrow did.
I think I actually read this first instalment of the Chronicles of St Mary’s last year but it was this year when I re-read this and started to continue reading the series. I didn’t get very far (only up to the third book) but I love the concept of time-travelling historians. Of course, as the title suggests, the series is packed full with antics and you never know what’s going to happen next. As there is so much going on, I do sometimes find myself a little lost and confused but it is still fun and enjoyable. It will take me ages to catch up as it is an eight book series at the moment but I can’t wait to see what is in store.
Even before I saw this book in the shops, I was hearing about it in the media and I just knew it would be one of the most important books to be released thie year. Not being the biggest fan of YA Contemporary, I didn’t know if I would like it very much, but I ended up finishing it in one summer evening and it has been on my mind ever since. The subject is powerful, the family dynamics are fabulous and I could really feel for Starr. It is one of those books I never want to stop thinking about and that just shows how much power it contains. I know I’ll be very interested to see what Angie Thomas writes next.
And that is that.
I’ve done a lot of re-reading of books this year so there aren’t many authors who are new to me, but I hope there are a few here that may be new and of interest to you.
Which authors are new to you this year?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!