On this Blogmas day we will talk about “new to me” (or new to you if you comment or participate in this Blogmas 2019) authors.
A “new To Me” is not a first work by an author (even if it could be that) but the first time that you have read something by this author!
I confess that book events like YALC London are good motivation to try new authors!
What also helped me discover some brilliant writers were the audiobooks! As I listen to another genre than romance (with few exceptions) I have discovered very talented authors!
And let’s not forget the hype surrounding a book or friends recommendations!
The authors I have read and loved for the first time are (contenders):
Kate Quinn (historical fiction);
Tracey Gravis Graves (romance);
Laura Steven (contemporary YA);
Alice Oseman (contemporary YA);
Meredith Russo (contemporary YA);
Kalyn Josephson (fantasy YA);
Brandon Sanderson (fantasy and science fiction YA).
But my HUGE CRUSH and winner today is Ruta Sepetys!
In my reviews (Salt to the Sea and The Fountains of Silence so far) I have written that:
Ruta has the knack to tell History with a big H through people’s stories. THEY make history. She has you walking into her character’s shoes and makes you live history like no history book can do.
Ruta Sepetys is one of these authors whose writing seems effortless. It is fluid, precise, conveying so many emotions and visuals in few words that none of them seem superfluous but every one is necessary. Her prose is one of the most powerful that I have read.
When I visited her site, you have very interesing Q & A and here is what Ruta wrote about her choice to write historical fiction:
Q: Why do you write historical fiction?
Last but not least, one of my favorite quotes to demonstrate her gorgeous prose:
“It’s difficult navigating two cultures,” she once told him. “I feel like a bookmark wedged between chapters. I live in America, but I am not born of it. I’m Spanish.”
Now do tell me who your favorite “new to you” author was in 2019!
Thanks for reading!