To read a book by an author new to us can sometimes be a daunting experience, as we are usually not certain about what to expect. It can either be a fantastic new discovery or a great disappointment. In the latest years, I’ve been lucky to discover new authors whose work I want to continue to delve into. These are some of the authors I’ve only read one book by, but want to read more for various and different reasons.
At the end of last year, I read A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson and it was one of my favourite books of 2016. This is a good enough reason to want to read more of her books, but there is another. Some of the same characters are also featured in Life After Life, leaving me quite curious about this particular book.
The Dumb House by John Burnside was also one of my favourite books of last year. I loved the exquisite writing style. Thus, I already have quite a few books by him on my wish list.
The first book I read by Charles Dickens was Great Expectations and, although I found some parts of the first and second volumes a bit monotonous, I really liked the interesting and well-crafted characters. So, I really want to read at least one more of his books.
Emily St. John Mandel
I read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel more or less two years ago and was really pleasantly surprised with how she structured the novel and how all the characters seemed to play a part on the events. I’m really curious about her other books.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is one of my favourite classics and, since I’ve read it, I’ve been meaning to buy War and Peace. Its size has been stopping me from doing so, but I surely will. Hopefully soon!
Haruki Murakami is a special case among these authors. I read Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World and was not overly impressed. The characters were not satisfactorily well developed and, although the two strands of the novel were by the end perfectly linked, I enjoyed one far more than the other. However, I learnt afterwards that this is not the best book to start reading Murakami. So, I really want to give him another chance.
Last year I read Vinte e Zinco by Mia Couto, a Mozambican writer, and really liked it. However, it is quite a short book. I’m really curious about how he manages the pacing of a much longer one.
Valter Hugo Mãe
At the beginning of this year, I finished my first book by the Portuguese writer Valter Hugo Mãe and loved the writing style, although I was slightly disappointed with the plot. I’m now wondering if he has written a book in which both the writing style and the plot are perfect. I already have another book by him waiting on my shelves and will possibly read it soon.
Have you any book recommendations by any of these authors? Tell me in the comments!