Top Ten New To Me Authors I Read in 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!


This is a tough one! I’m not sure I read many new-to-me authors in 2012, I’m really one of those loyal fans to my favourite authors. So, I’ll be trying my best!

1. Jane Austen.- I had previously read Pride and Prejudice three years ago and hated it, but as I read Mansfield Park I found a cozy story that I enjoyed reading in the wintry, afternoon sun while Fanny strolled in the gardens of Mansfield Park. Delicious!

2. P.D James.- I had been told by my professor to read her works but somehow I just didn’t do it (same as I did with Kate Atkinson) and then when I finally did, I loved her works. Death Comes to Pemberley is such a great novel, I can’t wait to read more by James.

3. Stieg Larsson.- I did not read the Millenium series when everyone was doing it because let’s face it, everyone was doing it -and the snobbish reader in me did not want to- but as it usually happens with crime novels, when everyone is reading them, it’s got to be a reason. I fell in love with Larson’s social criticism and figures at the beginning of every section and how they relate to the story in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

4.- E.M Forster.- Li always includes one of his works in her TTT and after seeing the DVD cover of Howards End with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins I knew I had to watch it which actually meant “I have to read the book first”.

5. Terrence Rattigan.– Apparently he’s a well-known author in the UK but I had never heard of him. As with E.M Forster, it was a movie – starring my favourite actor Rachel Weisz – what motivated me to read his play The Deep Blue Sea. They say it is his best dramatic work and he is more known for his interwar comedies. I’m not sure I’ll check them though.

6. Ann Weissgarber.– I saw the cover of her new book The Promise and asked the editors for a proof copy. I loved it, but what I loved more is that I got the chance to interview her, exchange some beautiful emails and get her to visit and comment on this blog. When I say I prefer contemporary literature to classics, it is for this reason, this exchange of opinions and the amazing opportunity to meet the author and see that they are just human beings, gifted ones, but hard-working human beings. Inspiring!

7. M.R Hall.- Sophie sent me a review copy of the first novel in the Jenny Cooper series and as far as page 20 I knew Jenny was the type of complex, deep female character that I love to read because she makes me reflect on my own life. As with Weissgarber, I was lucky enough to interview Matthew and he was kind, humble and incredibly generous.

8. Jonathan Franzen.- It was the snobbish reader in me what prevented me from reading Larson that also prevented me from reading Franzen. I was more attracted to Freedom than to The Corrections, so I gave it a try. It was possibly the most intense novel I’ve read, affecting my feelings and my sleep in ways I could not imagine.

9. Camilla Läckberg.- For once, the snobbish reader was right: The Ice Princess was not good. I found her prose too easy, too simple, too airport-reading and her female characters are weak and full of insecurities in a very stereotyped way. Not my cup of tea.

10. Eudora Welty.– A professor lent me her copy of Welty’s non-fiction and I loved it, it was the kind of Southern literature I’m interested in. Then, I decided to read The Optimist Daughter and it was a far more complex, symbolic and deep reading than I expected. I certainly need to revisit it.


15 thoughts on “Top Ten New To Me Authors I Read in 2012

    1. You got me there! I haven’t read any Tolstoy. Welty is not that difficult or complex, but I would recommend you reading an academic, annotated edition if you can. The symbolism really reminded me of Virginia Woolf’s. Do you like her?

      1. I’m not crazy about Virginia Woolf- To The Lighthouse made my brain hurt. It may have been because I hyped myself up for it so much. I was like “I am destined to love Virginia Woolf” and then I didn’t so I felt like a failure. I have no such illusions about Welty, so perhaps it’ll go better this time! 🙂

      2. I hope you do. I was going to recommend you my review but taking a look at it, I see it contains spoilers.

        All I can say is that the symbolism in Welty is significative, for example, there is this obsession with sight, very similar to that of The Great Gatsby, that is pretty direct ( = easy to understand). I did not like To the Lighthouse either and I certainly could not see the symbolism on most of the scenes.

  1. Wow! Six out of those ten names I am hearing/reading of for the first time here!

    Mansfield Park is the only major Austen novel I have yet to read. My Austen favs are Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility. I have yet to read E M Forster. It never occurred to me to try Death Comes to Pemberley; and I’m not sure i want to try the Millenium series. It sounds too gruesome for my taste. :-/

    1. You know I usually go for contemporary literature!

      I wouldn’t recommend you the Millenium series unless you’re really into crime fiction. Regarding P.D James, well, if you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice you’re likely not to like it 😛

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