December 6: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
This should be easy since I barely read ten books in 2016, but I have to explain – there were some really big books. Are you tired of me whining about that? It seems like I’ve whined about it a lot, but seriously, there were some really big books: War and Peace, The Count of Monte Cristo, Atlas Shrugged, Tom Jones – See! I’m just sayin. Tolstoy and Dumas were not new to me though – and a few of my other not so big books were also not new – sooo, the Top Ten is only Top Six.
In order – least liked to most liked. (I’m averse to the phrase least favorite or most favorite – as they literally don’t make sense. Something is a favorite, or it is not.)
Martin Amis – Money. He was new to me, but shouldn’t truly be on a “TOP” anything list. I didn’t like this at all. Last year was my first read of his father, Kingsley Amis – Lucky Jim. I liked the father pretty well.
Henry James – The Ambassadors. Not a big fan, but I have more Henry James coming up, and I have read he has distinctly different styles base on different periods in his career. So, the jury is still out.
Flannery O’Connor – The Complete Stories. I liked these, didn’t love em, thoughtful and poignant.
Theodore Dreiser – An American Tragedy. I liked him quite a bit, but I don’t know how to pronounce his last name. I just call him Theo.
Henry Fielding – Tom Jones. One of Dickens’ favorite authors, so I was bound to like him. I did.
Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. I REALLY liked Atlas Shrugged. The Fountainhead – not so much. Still I think Ayn Rand is brilliant. Apparently she thought she was too.