I’ve shared with you in other posts (I hope this doesn’t read as too repetitive!) my passion for reading. I visit my local library as often as I can and I scour the internet’s reading lists for my next monthly read.
Being introduced to a new writer is more than exciting; it’s thrilling. Have I found a new favorite author? Will their work introduce me to another idea or belief? Will this body of work have an effect on my writing? Are there more books on the way, or like Harper Lee, will they keep their audience in suspense for decades before producing a second novel? Will its release call into question the author’s true intentions? Will the novel have fans questioning the publisher’s motives and the author’s wishes?
Even the story surrounding the new book’s publication can play into how the novel is received by audiences. Did Go Set a Watchman get a fair shake? Or, did the story about the manuscript’s sudden appearance so late in Lee’s life leave a foul taste in readers’ mouths?
Your favorite writer is the friend you haven’t been able to see in months (maybe years), but once you’re finally able to sit down for coffee and warm conversation, it’s like no time has passed.
Are you looking to embark on a new relationship with a writer you haven’t read before? Here are my top 10 faves. And if you’re new to their works, I’ve included the titles that I think make for great introductions.
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
Michael Cunningham, The Hours
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Edith St. Vincent Millay, Renascence
Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
You’ll recognize some of the titles above as a few of the dystopian novels have made a comeback since the U.S. 2016 presidential election.
Do you have a favorite writer you want to share? Leave their name in the comments!