Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017

1. Seicho Matsumoto: This Japanese writer is well known for his crime novels which also depict Japanese society.

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2. George MacDonald: A man who deeply influenced C. S. Lewis, I had not read any of his short stories before classes led by Dr. Rolland Hein at Wheaton College last winter.

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3. Amos Oz: When I read his book nominated for the Man Booker International Prize, I knew I was reading someone special.

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4. Mathias Enard: Fellow bloggers who love translated literature have long pointed out the merit of Mathias Enard. I first heard of him with his book Zone, but came to love his book nominated for the Man Booker International Prize this spring.

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5. Roy Jacobsen: He wrote one of my favorite books of the year, so evocative of Norway, but also a beautiful novel of family.

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6. Ismail Kadare: Our book club read Chronicles in Stone which was a fabulous novel about Albania, winning the Man Booker International Prize in 2005. The Traitor’s Niche was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in 2017.

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7. Kanae Minato: This author was brought to my attention from the Japanese Literature Challenge 11, and I devoured both of her fascinating, and disturbing, books.

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8. Mike MacCormack: This Irish writer penned my favorite book of 2017.

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9. Sebastian Barry: From him came my second favorite novel of 2017.

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10. George Saunders: He wrote the novel which won the Man Booker Prize for 2017.

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017”

  1. several authors on your list are already on my TBR.
    My first discovery of MacDonald was with Lilith, such a powerful fresco. With it, you can really feel the influence he could have on CS Lewis and Tolkien. I actually listened to it, narrated by a volunteer narrator on Librivox. some narrators are not too good there, but Pete Williams is amazing for this book


  2. I have 2 of the authors above on my list and plan to read the books you read – Kanae Minato and Seicho Matsumoto. Crime books are my favorite, of course, and all these books caught my eye some time ago.


  3. George MacDonald was a mainstay of my childhood, a favourite of my mother’s. I kept all of her originals after my parents died in 2016. For me as gender-confused child, the male and female characters are all so strong in MacDonald’s work that his books really spoke to me.


    1. How interesting yo hear you say that George MacDonald was an important part of your childhood! (C. S. Lewis was for mine.) I don’t know enough of his writing to speak to the strength of his characters, but what I have read attests to his profound wisdom. No wonder he was an influence for Lewis, and so beloved by so many, including your mother.

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  4. Happy New Year! I really want to read the Mastumoto book. And, wasn’t Confessions fantastic? I can’t wait to read Penance. Oh so many books. Hope you have a wonderful year ahead!


    1. The members of the Shadow panel for the Man Booker Prize felt the same way; it was definitely a favorite, just not of mine. Solar Bones was far and away superior to my way of thinking, but I don’t mean to deny Saunder’s skill. I just got tired of the book three quarters of the way through.


    1. It is almost perfect. And, with your penchant for poetry, I think you would especially like it as it is almost written in free verse. There’s not a period to be found, and yet it reads so fluidly.


  5. 8 of these 10 are calling to me. I don’t have much interest in Lincoln in the Bardo ( too fragmented for my taste) or Days Without End ( the subject somehow doesn’t appeal).


    1. I can see that with Lincoln in the Bardo. And, I never like reading about war. But, the writing and characterization and hope from Barry are really wonderful if you change your mind.


  6. I have Minoto’s e-books waiting for some time to be read, I hope to rad one of them this month 🙂 Oh, and Barry’s book as well…


    1. Minato’s books are disturbing, not least of all because they are about the evil machinations of adolescents, but the same time they fascinated me. She writes beautifully, and seamlessly weaves her plot.


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