A new favourite author I discovered in 2019, purely by chance, is Max Porter. Back at the beginning of 2019, I thought I should go to some book related events and stumbled upon Max Porter’s talk at Waterstones in Leeds and decided to read his books and attend. I’m so happy I did, because I was stumbling on some fantastic, unique pieces of literature, and Lanny was one of my favourite books of the year. Both books have an ethereal feeling about them, whilst keeping one foot firmly in reality, creating clever hybrids, simultaneously quenching the need for whimsy and relatability.
I’m hoping for more books by Porter in the future, because he is one of the best authors of our generation, especially in terms of word play and original concepts. Whilst his books are certainly not for everyone – I understand some people aren’t fond of how strange they are, I would urge anyone to give them a go, if only for the sense of nostalgia they are capable of inducing. Both books were awarded five stars from me, showing consistency across his writing, and I’m sure I will be impressed by whatever he publishes in the future. As such, Max Porter is now firmly on my auto-buy authors list.
A manga author/artist that has become a favourite based on her Yona of the Dawn series is Mizuho Kusanagi. Yona of the Dawn is one of my favourite manga series so far, based on our main character who retains her kind nature whilst refusing to allow her enemies to destroy her. I’ve only read a couple of volumes so far, but it has already become a firm favourite and I cannot wait to continue in 2020. The story has already taken a different turn than the one I was expecting, so I’m hoping there are more adventures in store for me.
I only read one book each from Juliet Marillier and Kazuo Ishiguro, but I knew instantly that they were firm favourites, and have since bought another book from each of the authors, which I would like to read in 2020. Juliet Marillier is a master of crafting fantastical universes with roots placed in reality. Her imagery is awe inspiring and the relationships between characters work incredibly well. The book I read by her in 2019 was not even one of her highest rated on Goodreads and I still adored it, so that bodes well for my potential enjoyment of her other books.
Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day was a stunning piece of literature, teaching lessons about regret, work and priorities in such a poignant manner. Initially, I had wanted to read Never Let Me Go first, but at the time, the former was cheaper, so I read that first and it worked out extremely well – and I still have the latter to look forward to in 2020.
I’m looking forward to all the new authors 2020 has in store for me – I already have a feeling Kirsty Logan is going to be one, based on how much I’m currently enjoying her Things We Say in the Dark. Who was your favourite new author from 2019? Are there any authors you think might become favourites this year? If you have any recommendations, as always, please leave them in the comments and I will get to them as soon as possible!