Undiscovered: Authors I Am Eager to Read

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The title says it all really: what authors am I yet to read, but eager to get stuck into? Here are all of the answers. (How amazing is that starry background I've used? I feel an urge to paper my walls with it.)

Ruth Ozeki - All Over CreationMy Year of MeatsA Tale for the Time Being. I first heard of Ruth Ozeki from Jen Campbell on her channel, the same way I find out about most books, and I was drawn in my by the bizarre yet beautiful stories these books promised. I'm hoping to read All Over Creation as soon as I can.

Patrick Ness - More Than Thisthe Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster CallsThe Rest of Us Just Live HerePatrick Ness seems to be able to do no wrong, with his unique and inventive mix of graphic novels and young adult fiction, incorporating themes of identity and sexuality.

Maggie Gee - The Ice PeopleVirginia Woolf in ManhattanI had only heard of Maggie Gee through my dissertation supervisor after she recommended The Ice People to me. Recently I saw Maggie's latest novel was mentioned in an email newsletter I received after being put up for an award. With a title like Virginia Woolf in Manhattan, I know I'll love it.

Octavia Butler - Kindredthe Earthseed duology. Another set of dissertation recommendations including Butler's historical and science fiction novels dealing with issues of race, prejudice, and gender. They're classics I really should have read by now.

Haruki Murakami - Norwegian WoodKafka on the ShoreThe Wind-Up Bird ChronicleIQ84. All of Murakami's works have been praised to the high heavens, and I haven't read any of them. It's about time I picked them all up.

Shirley Jackson - We Have Always Lived in The CastleThe LotteryI get the feeling that Jackson writes slightly spooky, dystopian, gothic novels and short stories, and there's nothing about this that doesn't appeal to me. She has a really good reputation here in the blogging community so it's time to get onboard.

Andrew Smith - Grasshopper Jungle100 Sideways MilesLike Patrick Ness, Andrew Smith appears to be another King of YA. His books are notoriously weird and confusing.

Alice Walker - The Color Purple. I'm particularly interested in reading The Color Purple and its depiction of living as a woman of colour in 1930s America. It's a period and perspective I haven't read much about in the past and I'm really eager to change that, especially from an African-American woman.

John Le Carré - Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyThe Spy Who Came In from the ColdEspionage espionage espionage.

Ransom Riggs - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenThis series is one I'm baffled I haven't picked up yet as it sounds right up my street. Orphanages, islands, quarantine, tragedy.

Irvine Welsh - EcstasyFilthTrainspottingI feel like I'm missing a lot of valuable life lessons not having read anything by Irvine Welsh. Or not having seen Trainspotting.

Jon Ronson - So You've Been Publicly ShamedLost At SeaThe Psychopath TestGive me pop-sociology/psychology and I'm there. I've read a lot of interviews with Jon Ronson and articles he's written for varying national publications and I find him an incredibly endearing man. It's about time I delved into his longer writings, and the recent popularity in So You've Been Publicly Shamed has only increased my interest.

Suzy McKee Charnas - MotherlinesWalk to the End of the World. Last but certainly not least are the first two books in Charnas' Holdfast Chronicles, works of feminist dystopian and utopian fiction that didn't make the cut for my dissertation.

Please drop me a comment if you've read any of these authors and let me know what you thought of their works!

M x

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