A book by an author you've never read before
The next category in the Reading Challenge is 'A book by an author you've never read before', this category also exists in the Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge that I am doing. So I had to pick two books by new authors! The choice for my category was a no-brainer. I was desperate to read 'The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor'. This was literally everywhere last year, all over twitter, and with everyone raving about it I just knew I needed to see what all the hype was about. The hype was justified and is probably one of the best books I've read so far this year.
See my review here:
I was fortunate when I was choosing my second choice for this category. Cara Hunter was tweeting her #12BooksofChristmas in December last year. These were books of her favourite crime novels of 2018, and the majority were from authors I'd never heard of. So I thought if one of my favourite crime writers was recommending them, they would definitely be worth a go. So I chose 'I Let You In by Lucy Clarke', and I wasn't disappointed.
See my review here:
This is the perfect opportunity for you to discover a new author or to read a book that you have wanted to read for ages that has been literally everywhere you turn. I have discovered so many new fantastic authors over the past two years since I started reviewing books with a bit more vigour. Up until last year, I had a trusty list of only five authors, and I would be obsessively looking to see if they had new books out. However, two of them haven't released books now for a couple of years, so I knew I had to broaden my horizons. I now have a list of over 50 names on it. It takes some keeping up with, and I've nowhere near cleared their back catalogue. Nevertheless, I still want more authors to add to my list, and with this category, I've already added two more!
Some recommendations of authors for you that I'm always singing the praises of, and that I have only discovered in the last 18 months are:
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie @ChimamandaReal (writer of Nigerian fiction that takes you into a completely different culture.)
- Georgina Clarke @clarkegeorgina1 (Historical crime fiction about a harlot!)
- Michael Grant @MichaelGrantBks (The Gone Series.)
- Cara Hunter @CaraHunterBooks (Crime Fiction written by a very warped mind.)
- Adam Kay @amateuradam (I read 'This is Going to Hurt' only a few weeks ago, but I am recommending it to everyone I talk to!)
- Shari Low @sharilow (A myriad of different genres including romantic comedy and contemporary fiction that will have you in tears.)
- Claire MacKintosh @claremackint0sh (Brilliant and suspenseful psychological thrillers, but also more recently the heartbreaking 'After The End'.)
- John Marrs @johnmarrs1 (Amazing and engaging psychological thrillers.)
- Lianne Moriarty (Author of 'Big Little Lies', all of her books are different and have unexpected turns.)
- Miranda Rijks @MirandaRijks (Crime fiction.)