I’m narrowing this list down a little to new-to-me authors I read in 2023 that I have opinions about.
Sometimes I’ll finish a book with a completely neutral opinion about the author and his or her writing style. There’s not much to criticize or compliment them about, at least for my first experience reading them.
It almost feels like looking at a blank page. It’s not a bad thing by any means, just an unfinished one for now in my mind.
In those cases, I think it’s best to say nothing at all until or unless I try them again and have something more substantial to say about their work.
Here are some authors that I did think were worth mentioning this week.
1. Lynn Curlee
What I Read From Them: “The Other Pandemic: An AIDS Memoir”
Would I Read Them Again: Probably. This was written for a young adult audience, so I’d be most interested in seeing how the author writes for an adult audience next time.
2. Naira de Gracia
What I Read From Them: “The Last Cold Place: A Field Season Studying Penguins in Antarctica”
Would I Read Them Again: Yes. She had a conversational writing style that worked well for readers who are not scientists but who are interested in reading about science. (If any of you are scientists, I’d sure like to hear what you thought of this book).
3. Hannah Wunsch
What I Read From Them: “The Autumn Ghost: How the Battle Against a Polio Epidemic Revolutionized Modern Medical Care”
Would I Read Them Again: Maybe. She seemed to be very knowledgeable on this topic, but sometimes I felt a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of detail that was included. (This is something I’d like to revisit someday. I had a cold when I read it so it could have just been a Right Book at the Wrong Time sort of issue).
4. Delilah S. Dawson
What I Read From Them: “Bloom”
Would I Read Them Again: No. It’s a me problem, though! This was a good example of what the gory side of horror can have to say about the world, but I’m simply too easily scared these days to enjoy such things anymore. If you love this sort of horror, please don’t let my squeamishness keep you from reading this. The writing itself was gorgeous.
5. Susan Albers
What I Read From Them: “50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food”
Would I Read Them Again: Maybe. Self-help is honestly not a genre I visit very often, but this book did have a lot of thoughtful suggestions for self-soothing techniques that don’t involve food.
6. Daniel Black
What I Read From Them: “Don’t Cry for Me”
Would I Read Them Again: Yes. I need a sequel to this book written from the estranged son’s perspective immediately! Mr. Black, please make your fans ridiculously happy and show us what happens next in this family. (Hehe).