We’ve finally made it!
No, we’ve not made it to the end of any kind of lockdown or imposed social distancing but we’ve reached the conclusion of Shanah’s March themed topic on Top 5 authors by letter.
And here I was thinking last week was tricky….
I haven’t read any books by John Updike but he’s on the list because I’d like to.
In truth there’s one particular book that I really, really want to read and that’s The Witches of Eastwick. I’ve watched the movie (because anything involving witches is my thing) and now I really need to read the source material.
Again, another author I haven’t read (you’ll see a trend emerging) but another one I would like to read. V.E. Schwab seems to be an ‘on-trend’ author that’s been around for a while but I’ve only heard of recently.
I’ve heard a lot of things about her Shades of Magic series and so want to check that out first.
Guess what? I haven’t read any books by Diana Wynne Jones! Argh! Sorry!
To be fair she is on my ‘author to read’ list and has been since I discovered Howl’s Moving Castle back in 2004. Jeez, I best get on to that.
I hadn’t heard of Xinran before this Top 5 but I had to go hunting for an x and so an x I found.
The great thing about participating in these memes and challenges is that sometimes you stumble across a bit of a hurdle that requires some effort and that effort can sometimes reap rewards. Rewards for the book blogging community would be finding a new blogger to follow or a new author to read.
Xinran (as Wikipedia tells me) is a journalist, author, speaker and advocate for women’s issues and all those make her incredibly compelling for me to read.
Malala Yousafzai isn’t exactly an author but she has co-authored ‘I Am Malala’ an autobiography of her life and while I don’t often go for autobiographies, hers is one high on my list.
If you don’t know who she is I seriously suggest you find out because she’s overcome some horrific things to do some amazing ones.
Finally, an author I have read! I adore the work of Carlos Ruiz Zafon and The Shadow of the Wind remains one of my favourite books.
If you want a stories filled with complex layers, current secrets, past mysteries, heart-wrenching and heart-warming relationships of all kinds, wonderful characterisation, atmospheric locations and beautiful writing then you need to pick up one of his books.
I managed to find five authors for this week and for that alone I’m giving myself a pat on the back! It got difficult and though I have only read one of the above 5 I am very much wanting to read the other 4.
Let me know your thoughts on the above and tell me how you got on with the trickiest of letters!