What author have you come to love this year?
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I love it when I find an author that compels me to find everything they have ever written and Atwood is definitely my 2009 favorite author.
So, since it's December and 2010 is almost here, I was wondering what other people's new favorite author of 2009 was and what they read by them.
As for me, I fell in love with Jeannette Walls' writing this year after reading The Glass Castle and hope Santa brings me her latest novel for Christmas. Also, after reading The Thirteenth Tale this year, I'm hoping Diane Setterfield will have something new for readers soon.
* Assia Djebar (after So Vast the Prison)
* Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (after The Thing Around your Neck)
* Betsy Tobin (after Ice Land, but I fell out of love with after reading her other books)
* Dubravka Ugresic (after Thank you for Not Reading)
Interesting to see it listed out here - no one local in my favorites!
Newly discovered was Alison Bechdel, who writes/draws the Dykes to watch out for comic. I also read her graphic novel Fun home.
And Rita Mae Brown, though that discovery started in Dec. 08. Where I come from, everyone's read Rubyfruit jungle, but it turns out she wrote lots of other stuff too, and I had no idea. Her novel Six of one is now one of my favorite books.
I think I discovered Sharon Shinn this year... I'm having trouble remembering if Jenna Starborn was a Spring 2009 or Fall 2008 library booksale purchase.
My discoveries of the year (besides the joy of LT and reading time) were Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman as writers.
For books I loved The Book Thief, The Timetraveler's Wife, Firmin, Anathem and A canticle for Leibowitz.
Oh well. I don't pick my obsessions so DFW it is.
I'm not planning on reading Broom of the System very soon as I haven't heard good things about it and don't expect much of anything written when its author was, like, twenty, but I'm very impatient for the other one to come out.
This was re: Consider the Lobster - haven't read anything else of his besides Jest.
I think his propensity for tangents has to do with his background in symbolic logic and philosophy. He always wanted to flesh out a point as fully as possible and take on as many of the implications his opinions and ideas had as he could. For me, it works. I often wish, when I'm reading a newspaper article or something, that writers would use footnotes to provide a ton of background info.
Depending on how the rest of Midnight's Children goes, I might have to say Salman Rushdie for this year. It's quite the impressive book and I've heard good things about The Satanic Verses, too.
Midnight's Children is on my TBR, I may have to tackle that one soon!
>25 Ape:, I am reading Stiff now and loving it so far! I didn't realize I had other books of hers awaiting me. I will put them on my list.
New favorite authors for me were Nicole Krauss for 'History of Love' and Anne Fadiman for her funny and lovely essays in 'Ex-Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader' which was my favorite. Although, I immediately read her other books and they are a great too.
He's an important writer of the theater of the absurd, and one of his main topics is e.g. language and its devoid of meaning, and the resultant impossibility of communciation,
As far as your books are concerned: I've just recently bought Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale and I'm really looking forward to read it. Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) is on my TBR-list as well as Kazuo Ishiguro.
However, author of the year has to be Salman Rushdie for me. I read Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, and am planning to read The Ground Under Her Feet and The Enchantress of Florence. He just blows me away.
I enjoyed his organized approach and commentary style. He's so free in his opinions and does not hesitate to point out the flaws in his own society and correct topic-related misconceptions. :)
I would have to say the author I discovered and loved this year is Guy Gavriel Kay. I just finished Tigana and was blown away by it, and now I'm into his Fionavar Tapestry novels.
I also discovered Neil Gaiman, and what can I say? He's just great.
This year was great, definitely Nicole Krauss & Helene Hanff for me.
Also, Paul Auster is amazing. Really makes you think.
I also discovered my love for Dezso Kosztolanyi, Bohumil Hrabal, Tove Jansson, and Kenji Miyazawa, all four now being some of favorite authors.
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