Five Authors I’d Read Again
- Ariel Lawhon — I read The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress this year thanks to an earlier approval from Netgalley. I loved how she effortlessly switched from different voices and has a gift for keeping the reader in suspense.
- Agatha Christie — In the six years I have been blogging, countless bloggers have suggested I try Agatha Christie. Until 2016 I had blown them off. I finally read And Then There Were None and liked phonics I am hooked. They don’t call her “The Queen of Crime” for nothing.
- Sophie Hannah — Sophie Hannah has actually written a few Christie novels herself, but my introduction to her was through Little Face the first book in the The Waterhouse and Zailer series. I had originally decided to read Sophie Hannah’s novels to fill the time between Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. However, I think she will become much more than just filler.
- Patricia Highsmith — I read The Price of Salt or Carol this year due to the release of the movie. While I wasn’t 100% over the moon about Carol I really liked her writing style and would be interested in reading some of her other works.
- Annie Proulx — This year, I read Brokeback Mountain. Proulx has crisp, clean way of telling a story. Getting to the point eloquently, choosing her words wisely to create a deeper meaning.
Authors I’ll pass on in 2017
- Ruth Ware — There was a long wait at the library for The Woman in Cabin 10 so opted to read In a Dark, Dark Wood first. I was so disappointed. The writing was a little too high school for me and was not impressed by the simplicity and predictability of the plot either. Needless to say, I won’t be putting a hold on her second book.
- Paula Hawkins — Yes, The Girl on the Train had hype and was a bestseller but like Ruth Ware, I don’t think it was met with the story being a little too discombobulated for my taste.
- Cecily von Ziegesar — I was looking for a short, fun read during Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon and as I had heard good things about the show thought I would give the book a try. It was a little too “Mean Girls” for me. As I realize its target audience is middle/high school it was a little too much for me and wasn’t thrilled by the storytelling either.
- Dinah Jefferies — I am not a fan of simplistic writing or contrived storylines which is what I found Dinah Jefferies approach in The Tea Planter’s Wife to be. Because she has interesting concepts I’m sad to say this but I don’t think I will be venturing into another novel by her anytime soon.
- Ransom Riggs — he has interesting plot devises but they are a little too young adult driven for me — again, I realize that is the target audience for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. There is nothing wrong with this but my time reading could be better spent elsewhere.