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THIS WEEK'S PROMPT IS TOP TEN NEW-TO-ME AUTHORS I READ IN 2014
Um I have to admit something embarrassing here guys; I haven't actually read that much in 2014. That's why this blog got so quiet and I've just started sort of updating it again. I got burned out, was sick and overall just not taking enough time to enjoy things. I don't actually have ten authors to feature, but wanted to take the time to appreciated those author's whose books I did enjoy this year.
1. Sarah Ockler
Twenty Boy Summer was the first book by Sarah Ockler that I've read. I've spent so much time reading glowing reviews of her books, but so little sitting down and actually reading them. You were all so right. Twenty Boy Summer absolutely blew me way. It was so touching and dealt with grief in such a real and palpable way. I felt for every character. It broke my heart over and over again, but was also uplifting in the writing.
2. Suzanne Rindell
I read The Other Typist while I was off work and bedridden. It was so confusing and I'm still not sure I totally get it, but I also think that might be the point? Anyways, it's months later and I'm still thinking about all the twists and turns this book took; a sign of some good writing in my mind.
3. Eden Robinson
Eden Robinson wrote Blood Sports a book I've been meaning to read for ages since I've had a print copy sitting on my shelf for years. I finally read it a little while ago and it definitely lived up to its potential. Robinson managed to write a creepy, fictional, story that for me captured the essence of a city I know well. Plus I have to feature some home town talent don't I? I'm looking forward to reading her other works in the coming year.
4. David Rakoff
This one is kind of a cheat because Rakoff isn't really a new to me. I read a collection of short stories by him years ago and loved them. However, I hadn't read anything by him since then and Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish was the first work of fiction I've read by him. It was his last book as he sadly passed away in 2012 and is a true testament to his writing that continues to mean so much to so many people, myself included.
5. Mindy Kaling
I feel like putting Mindy Kaling on this list is another cheat because while I haven't read another book by her I do religiously watch everything she produces. I loved The Office and currently love The Mindy Project. She's talented and hilarious and the humour that I love on television came across brilliantly in print. Basically I follow everything she does and admire her for her wit and intelligence.