Petra tagged me for a booky meme a couple of weeks ago and I promised to post a response.
Here it is – but first the rules.
1) List the authors that were new to you this year, regardless of year of publication.
2) Boldface those which were debuts (first novel published in 2008).
3) Tag as few or as many others as you’d like.
Ok. I seem to have slowed my reading this year. Certainly since my return to the desert in August.
Still, there were several authors I read for the first time this year.
The Lying Voices, Elizabeth Ferrars – true – I have never read one of her books before!
Sign of The Cross; Chris Kuzneski – yeah yeah, another DeVinci Code clone
People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks – brilliant, wonderful, thought-provoking and one of the very few “Prize-winning” books I have read. I tend to avoid prizewinners as they are selected by a very small group of self-interested judges. I prefer to listen to the herd 🙂
“Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe”, James M Ward. Hogwarts goes to sea, as the cover proudly proclaims. I read this at the same time as I was re-reading Dudley Pope’s “Ramage”. I don’t think I will be breaking down any doors looking for the sequel which was so obviously being set up. I’ll stick to Ramage or the original Hogwarts.
The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde! I finally got around to reading some of the Thursday Next series. It took me a while to get into the first book but suddenly I was reading book 4 and I sat up and thought, “Hey! This is good fun.” Now I am in the desert and I am rationing my reading. I have two more in the series with me which will be read soon.
There are probably other “First timers” which I have left down in the city. So this list is all you will get 😆
Now, to tag a few people.
Truce because she lives and works in a world of books
Cathy because she lives books
Honjii whose Harangues are so erudite I would love to know from where she gets her inspiration.
Kym whose beautiful writing matches her photography.
Litlove who is by far the nicest Literature teacher from whom I have ever had the chance to learn.
Daddy P, Metro, Bunk and Wandering Coyote may choose to join in as well.
In fact, anyone who wishes may join in. Just remember the rules above and link back so I can be nosy and see what you have been reading.