So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s a Thanksgiving freebie so I’ve gone for…
🌈 Top Ten ‘New-To-Me’ Favourite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015 🌈
I’ve been a bit naughty with my blogging this week, missing last week’s top ten and generally just feeling a bit poorly and lazy! But I don’t want to get into bad blogging habits, so here are my new favourite authors that I read this year.
Ursula Le Guin
You don’t get many classic fantasy writers who are female but I’d been keen to read some Le Guin ever since I saw the Studio Ghibli adaption years ago. Le Guin astutely explores themes of pride, penance for past mistakes and facing your fears head on following the story of talented wizard Ged. I look forward to reading the rest of the quartet and getting back into the fantasy genre!
I’m pretty fond of historical fiction, especially Roman historical fictions (I have a degree in Classics) so when this was recommended to me I jumped at the chance. This is one of the oldest YA books I’ve ever read but I still enjoyed it immensely. I’ve often heard it cited as causing a blossoming love of ancient and Roman history and I’m sure it would have had that effect on me too in my younger years (alongside Asterix!) In ‘The Eagle of the Ninth,’ Sutcliff expertly excavates Roman Britain in this tale of friendship, loyalty and honour.
Another classic science fiction book from another highly skilled female author (let’s hear it for the ladies!) I started reading this as our class book to the kids in school last year but term ended before we could finish it. I adore Meg as protagonist. She is so real. She is often terrified, or furious, or emotional, lacking in confidence and she wears glasses and braces. She doesn’t look anything special, and she doesn’t think she’s anything special but she is anything but not special! I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of her adventures.
Every year when we were growing up, my father would take my brother and me to London (about 3 hours away) for a little holiday. We were always allowed to choose somewhere special to visit. My brother would choose a variety of places every year: the zoo, the Tower of London, Madame Tussauds. Every year, I would always choose the same place; the Natural History Museum. It’s still my favourite place on the planet and it contains various specimens Charles Darwin collected on his infamous trip to South America on the Beagle. This is the story of Darwin’s infamous trip to South America which came highly recommended by my dad. The writing was so melodious I actually forgot what I was reading was history! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves science, history or wants a glimpse into British and European colonialism and the ethics behind them.
I kind of feel like I dropped the ball not having read something quite as iconic as Anne Frank’s dirary in my teenage years but, of course, better late than never. I approached the book with some trepidation as I thought it was going to be bleak and full of misery. I was, however, surprised to encounter an author with such vivacity, kindness and a forgiving spirit. If you want to learn more about Anne Frank and the annexe they lived in, you can read more and even take an online tour with AnneFrank.org
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So that’s my list for this week! I was pleasantly surprised to find I had chosen a majority of female writers, as I feel most of the books I read or have read are by male authors. Now I want to hear about your Top Ten! Please leave links in the comments!