#amonthoffaves2016 5 Fave “New to Me” Authors


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5 Fave “New to Me” Author Discoveries or Audiobook Narrations This Year

The Makioka Sisters – Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
Serialized from 1943 to 1948, this is obviously not a new book. So why did I take so long to read this? And why aren’t more people reading this book? It’s kind of like a a Japanese Pride and Prejudice, focusing on four sisters from an old family in Osaka, two are married and two are not. Some of his other works include A Cat, a Man, and Two Women, and Some Prefer Nettles

Bluets – Maggie Nelson

I adored this book about the colour blue. It is only 95 pages but it is filled with so very much. And I can’t wait to see what else Maggie Nelson has written, like The Argonauts and The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial,

Ru – Kim Thuy

Another slim book but it packs such a punch. Kim Thuy’s writing is poetic, moving, evocative. I’ve seen another book of hers, Mãn, but haven’t read it yet.

A Bride’s Story (Otoyomegatari) – Kaoru Mori

A story set along the Silk Road sometime in the 19th century perhaps (?) about a woman from a nomadic tribe who is betrothed to a 12-year-old boy from a different tribe. Such beautiful illustrations and a really great storyline too. She also has written other series like Emma and Shirley

Brown Girl Dreaming and Another BrooklynJacqueline Woodson

Woodson probably doesn’t need much of an introduction. She is such a wonderful writer! I listened to Brown Girl Dreaming though so while I knew that it was a novel in verse, as an audiobook it didn’t come across like one. So I may buy my own copy one day to read it in verse.


  1. I’ve never read any of these authors, but would like to read Woodson. I’m not a poetry fan at all so stayed away from Brown Girl Dreaming, but I think Another Brooklyn could work for me.


  2. I’m happy to see Kim Thuy on your list! If you liked Ru, than I think you will also like Man. I might have liked it even more (or maybe not – I can’t decide!).
    I would love to read Brown Girl Dreaming! I gave it to my daughter for Christmas last year with the intention of ‘borrowing’ it, but it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe this year!

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  3. I read a bunch of Jacqueline Woodson in like 2009 or so, but then she fell off my radar. I was happy to get a chance to check her out again this year and really enjoy her books!


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