Many of the books I read in 2022 were written by authors I hadn’t tried before. Here are ten of them.
Just like last year, I’ll also be including what books I read from them and whether I want to read more from them in the future.
1. Author: Marlene Campbell
What I Read from Them: Vintage Christmas: Holiday Stories from Rural PEI
Would I Read More from Them? Maybe. I liked some parts of this collection but found other sections a bit too repetitive. Then again, I am not a particularly sentimental person, so other readers might have a completely difference experience with it.
2. Author: Sonia Hartl
What I Read from Them: The Lost Girls
Would I Read More from Them? Yes. I loved the author’s tongue-in-cheek approach to the pitfalls of romances between vampires and teenage girls.
3. Author: Kate Nunn
What I Read from Them: The Only Child
Would I Read More from Them? No, and it pains me to say that. I loved the premise of this book but found the character and plot development thin and predictable.
4. Author: Riley Black
What I Read from Them: “The Last Days of the Dinosaurs: An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World”
Would I Read More from Them? Yes. Not only was Ms. Black an excellent writer, she knew exactly how to translate often complex scientific information into something the average person can easily understand. That’s difficult to do but so meaningful when it does occur.
5. Author: Yah Yah Scholfield
What I Read from Them: “On Sundays She Picked Flowers”
Would I Read More from Them? Assuming her next work isn’t quite so violent, absolutely. I enjoyed her poetic writing style but can’t handle reading many of the types of scary stuff I loved before this pandemic began.
6. Author: Nice Leng’ete
What I Read from Them: “The Girls in the Wild Fig Tree”
Would I Read More from Them? Yes. She’s lived an interesting and useful life so far. I’m curious to see what she does with her talents next as she continues fighting to end female circumcision in Kenya.
7. Author: Julia Scheeres
What I Read from Them: “Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman”
Would I Read More from Them? Probably not. This was a neat peek at a portion of history I wasn’t aware of, but the writing style wasn’t my cup of tea.
8. Author: Carl Matlock, MD
What I Read from Them: “The Annals of a Country Doctor”
Would I Read More from Them? Yes. He was a great storyteller.
9. Author: Daphne du Maurier
What I Read from Them: “Rebecca”
Would I Read More from Them? Maybe. I understood why this novel is a classic and did enjoy the storyline itself, but I was exasperated with all of the characters for reasons ranging from how passive aggressive they were to how little regard they had for basic interpersonal boundaries to how much they relied on what other people thought of them when making every single decision in life. Let met take a break from Ms. Du Maurier before seeing if this is a pattern in her work or if her next book will be filled with characters I’d actually want to hang out with in real life. Ha!
10. Author: by Deesha Philyaw
What I Read from Them: “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies”
Would I Read More from Them? Yes. I connected beautifully with her characters and would love to see what she writes next. She was delightful.