Friday, 16 December 2016

READING GOALS (2017) | Five Authors I'd Like to Read in 2017


With each passing year I try step outside my reading comfort zone by picking up some new to me authors, and every now and then new to me genres also. In doing so, I don't typically have anything specific in mind, just to reach outside my reading realms, however for this coming new year I've put together a little list of authors whose work I hope to discover for the first time and also some I'd just like to read more of.

PHILIPPA GREGORY
I've been meaning to pick up the historical fiction works of Philippa Gregory for the longest time now, seriously years! More specifically, I hope to delve into the Cousins's War series. I've actually already bitten the bullet and own the six books within the series... Now just to read them! Historical fiction isn't something I read often, but when I do I tend to enjoy it, and I've heard many great things about Philippa Gregory's writing.

NICHOLAS SPARKS
Most known for his romantic fiction, it's safe say that Sparks is a well known author with a large number of books under his belt. I feel like I've read at least one of his books, although I'm not 100% certain on that as I could just be confusing it with having watched a film adaptation of his writing - I know I have definitely watched a film version. Again, romantic fiction isn't something I typically pick up as I can find it to be a bit cheesy, but I know many people who are fans of his work.

STEPHEN KING
Now King is an author that is more within my reading comfort zone - reads of a darker nature - but I've barely scratched the surface of his impressive list of books. I currently have the first two books in the Bill Hodges trilogy on my unread shelf, and so of course I'd like to read those, but I'm also keen on seeing what Stephen King books my local library carries.

TANA FRENCH
I've been wanting to read the Dublin Murder Squad series for quite some time now, and I've decided 2017 is the year in which I'll finally delve into Tana French's work.

MAGGIE STIEFVATER
Some of you may know that YA can be very hit and miss for me, but one YA author I'm really keen to read the works of is Maggie Stiefvater. I'm hoping my library carries some of her books, as it isn't the kind of thing I'd buy, but I'm interested in the Shiver trilogy as well as The Raven Cycle.

ARE THERE ANY AUTHORS YOU HOPE TO READ IN 2017?

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  1. I liked some of Philippa Gregory's books, but mostly not a huge fan. I read all of her Tudor books back around when The Other Boleyn Girl came out and then she just sort of fizzled for me. I can't even remember why. I used to actually enjoy Nicholas Sparks, but then he went through this phase that just didn't click with me. I keep meaning to try some of his newer stuff because it has been a few years since I read him. I did like The Notebook and The Wedding. Oh, and The Guardian because one of the central themes centres around a dog. :) I keep meaning to read more Stephen King, too. He is hugely popular with a lot of the blogs I follow. I just never get around to him, so been a few years since I read anything by him. I keep meaning to try Tana French, too. And, I didn't like Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, but I did have fun with the Raven Cycle. I didn't love it like other people did, but I managed to read all four books in a row, which like never happens. lol

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    1. Ah, I hope I have better luck with Philippa Gregory!

      I'm thinking of starting with Sparks earlier work and slowly work through the backlog, if I do enjoy his writing that is! I've seen a couple of the films and enjoyed the general plot.

      I think with the King the thing is that his works can a little overwhelming - so many titles with more and more books every year!! Where to start, or even pick back up?!

      I feel like now is a somewhat good time for me to pick up Maggie Stiefvater as all the buzz surrounding her books has died down a little... I don't think I'll love and adore them like some bloggers I know do, but I think it'll be nice to experience her writing and see what all the 'fuss' is about, y'know.

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  2. I hope you get a chance to read all of these authors. I love Stephen King. I own over 30 of his books now, and I’ve read all but one of them. Maggie Stiefvater is an author who I need to read, too.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thanks - I hope so too! I have a feeling that by picking up more of his books I'm going to totally fall in love with Stephen King's writing!

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  3. Tana French has been on my list also, maybe 2017 is the year. Notebook is my favourite movie, maybe I would enjoy reading it also. Stephen King is my brothers favourite author but I can't get into his books, I do love the movies though.

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    1. I hope you're able to discover Tana French's writing also this year.

      Interesting... I think I'm going to really enjoy Stephen King's novels... I can read scary books but I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to scary films!!

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  4. I haven't read Stephen King yet, but I think I'm going to start with 11/22/63 because I don't usually love scary stories!

    I read some Philippa Gregory a few years ago. It's so smart to have them all in place before you start your historical reading binge. :)

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    1. I've read 11/22/63 and really quite enjoyed it - I'd recommend... And a good stepping stone into King for someone who isn't keen on scary reads.

      I knew if I didn't have all the titles in the series, then I'd never finish it. Haha!

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  5. Great list! I have never read King but keep saying I will some day. The length of his books intimidate me. I used to be an obsessed Nicholas Sparks fan. He's the only author I've met in person and had sign my book. I love his older books - lately his newer books are just meh. I would recommend picking up some of his older works when you try him!
    I am going to try Tana French this year, too! I bought The Trespasser and I'm determined to read it.

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    1. I bet that was great being able to meet an author whose books you loved at one point. Thanks for the tip regarding Nicholas Sparks - I'm going to see if my library has his early works and maybe even start from the beginning. I've had a similar experience with Jodi Picoult regarding the earlier works being my favourite and the newer ones feeling a little meh to me... Having said that, her most recent novel I have actually bought, where as I usually just borrow them from the library now. I've heard a lot of positive things about Small Great Things, so hope I did the right thing by buying it!

      I hope you get round to your Tana French novel - I feel like she is an author a lot of us bookish people are keen to read of late.

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  6. Ooh this is a great idea- to try new authors in 2017. I've heard good things about Philippa Gregory as well as Tana French- I've had a few bloggers recommend French and the Dublin Squad books as well. Good luck with your challenge in the new year! :)

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    1. Thanks, Greg!

      I think Tana French is a bit of a 'buzz' author of late, but it sounds like for good reason!

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  7. Stephen King should be very library friendly. I'm bound and determined to finish his Dark Tower series next year.

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    1. I was thinking he would be... Good luck!!!

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  8. What a great goal! I have quite a few authors whose books are on my shelves but I have yet to dive in. I'm in the middle if my 2017 goals/plans post and now thinking I should try this with at least one or two authors!

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    1. Thanks! It's a great way to knock a few of those books of a TBR, especially if they've been there a while. I'm looking forward to your goals post :-)

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