Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees was such a different book, such an amazing read. And it was her debut! I was so pleased to learn from River City Reading that she has a new book out next year!
I LOVED Taiyo Matsumoto’s Sunny manga series, set in a home for children in Japan. The sad stories of these kids’ lives, how they become their own family in this home and adapt to life without their parents around. Moving, funny, sad. And such great illustrations.
A book about dragons who know math? I’m waiting to read the next one from Rachel Hartman because Seraphina was such fun.
Yangsze Choo brought me back to Southeast Asia with her debut Ghost Bride. I try to read as much as I can about Southeast Asia so this Malaysian author (who now lives in the US) is definitely on my list of keep-a-look-out-for-her-next-book authors.
Eden Robinson, who is from Haisla First Nation, an Indigenous nation in British Columbia, Canada, wrote Monkey Beach, a completely absorbing read set in a small First Nations community with restless spirits.
Can’t We Talk about something more pleasant? was my first read from Roz Chast and her humor and honesty is what makes me want to read more.
Who are your favourite new-to-you authors this year?