We all get in reading ruts sometimes, even librarians. We stick with authors we know, ones we are comfortable with, ones we feel won’t let us down. I have my authors, ones that I read no matter what the subject is because I know it’s going to be a great book. These include: Chris Bojahalian, Geraldine Brooks, Ian McEwan, Ann Patchett and Lisa See.
As a librarian, part of my job is to read book reviews—lots of them—and evaluate what the library should purchase for our collection. What excites me most is finding a first-time author, one that’s crossing their fingers, hoping that this book will allow them to make a career in writing. You might think that there are tons of new authors out there; in reality, there are far fewer than you might think, and fewer still that have written something that excites the reviewers.
If you are finding yourself in a reading rut, or just want to read a new author, take a look at these recent and soon to be published highlights: