Top Ten New To Me Authors of 2014

I loved going over my reading log trying to narrow down the top ten new-to-me-authors of 2014! I felt I was revisiting all the glorious moments of bookish pleasure from each of the twelve months past. Here, in order of which I “met” them, are the new-to-me-authors who spoke to me this year, and here’s to hoping they will speak to you, too, if they haven’t already:

Eleanor Catton for…


Herman Koch for…

The Dinner

Javier Marias for…


Birgit Vanderbeke for…

The mussel feast

Jon Kalman for…

Sorrow of angels

Simon Van Booy for…

The Illusion of Separateness

Tom Rob Smith for…

Child 44

Joshua Ferris for…

To Rise Again at A Decent Hour

Robert Harris for…


Ludmilla Petrushveskaya for…

There Once Lived a mother Who loved her children until they moved back in

You can be assured that I will be reading more of what they’ve written in 2015.

(Find more lists at The Broke and The Bookish here.)

12 thoughts on “Top Ten New To Me Authors of 2014”

  1. I loved Catton’s novel which is the only one I’ve read on your list. However, I already have a good number of the others just waiting for me to pick them up. What a wonderfully diverse list of titles!


    1. Wasn’t Catton’s novel illuminating? 🙂 I eagerly read every page, and continue to be amazed by how she wove the story all together. It’s a book I’d like to reread some day.

      I hope you find my diverse lists/reading of interest, rather than just being confused about what you’ll find when you land here. I guess I don’t have one category alone in which I like to read.


    1. oh Suko, you know how terrible I am about changing blog templates every month or so. But, now that I know people can navigate through this one, I was concerned people would be quite lost, I plan on keeping it for 2015. Really. All the white space and simplicity is so appealing to me.


  2. I loved The Luminaries, too, and Javier Marias is turning into one of my favourite authors. I’m looking forward to the final instalment of the Stefansson next year – can’t wait to see what happens next.


    1. I can’t wait to read more of Javier Marias. Wasn’t reading together last year so wonderful?! When I revisit my lists, keep coming back to the titles we read for the IFFP Shadow Jury. They were some of the stellar reads of the year. I, too, am longing for the next Stefansson.


  3. I need to extract from my TBR pile the Marias’ novel I have. It has been here since so many years, it’s a shame I haven’t read it yet (and a miracle it is still there since I tend to get rid of unread books when moving – and I move rather often).
    Except Stefansson which I’ve tried with another book as you know, I’ve read none of these writers even if I know nearly all of their names.


    1. Do you have The Infatuations by Marias? If so, I highly recommend it. I want to read more books by him in 2015, as well as the one by Stefansson which follows The Sorrow of Angels.


      1. No, I have A Heart So White. It had been recommended to me a long time ago but I’ve never find the ‘courage’ to read it. If I read at least this one, it would be a huge step and my TBR pile will be happy.


  4. I’ve been wanting to read The Luminaries and The Illusion of Separateness for a while now. I keep hesitating on The Luminaries because of the length. I do love long descriptive novels, so I don’t know what my problem is. 🙂


    1. I was completely enraptured with Simon Van Booy’s book. Seemingly a collection of unrelated people, he tied his characters to beautifully together at the end. As for The Luminaries, it is quite long, but well worth the intricately and expertly woven plot.


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