Ah. Finally comes an annual Event that I (along with my other three--or four? Do we count Chei?--teammates) organized. This year, we are all swamped with a lot of things. School, work. Work work work work work~ And yet we still could came up with this idea #nangisterharu I'm so happy and relieved that I can still give something for BBI, even with the threat of being disowned if I don't graduate this semester...
Anyway, do ignore my timestamp, it's not on WIB. Today, I'm writing about new authors that I read who left some impressions on me. I'm usually not a very impressionable reader, unless the book comes with an epic bang. What I perceive as good book may not be the same for some readers. Case in example, Fifty Shades series. Many people that I know hate the book, while I gave it half rating because the series was my first foray into Erotic Romance and BDSM (loosely termed, don't stone me for this *hides*), so it still left some impressions on me. I'm also not the kind of reader who cares much about average rating in Goodreads. I know for a fact rating is sometimes deceiving, especially if the rating is less than by 100 people. I always like a book with mixed reviews, because I can count on the reviewers to be mostly honest about the good, the bad, and the ugly, rather than only singing praises.
On April 2016 until now, I didn't read many new authors. Mostly because I'm on a mission to finish up my book loot before starting anew. God knows how many series I haven't completed, how many books I stacked because I keep getting sidetracked by other books #sigh
Mariana Zapata comes to mind first (and because I read Aiden for the umpteenth times today) . Mainly because her books are always uniquely hilarious, even though the romance fronts are slow as molasses. My favorite so far are The Wall of Winnipeg and Me (Aiden is just so quietly adorable) and Lingus (the porn star with a sweet heart XD). Visit her Twitter here
The other author who comes to mind is Thea Harrison. I haven't had the chance to finish her series, Elder Races, and I only read three books of hers. Dragon Bound, Storm's Heart, and Moonshadow. But what I read, I like. Thea spins a world of magic and supernatural creatures occupying the current world. What a twist. The stories and the characters are simply amazing. Not to mention I haven't got bored yet with the stories or plotlines. Seeing her works in paranormal romance, I'm not surprised that she's hailed as one of the best PNR authors out there.
Thea Harrison also writes romance under the name Amanda Carpenter. But again, I haven't had the pleasure of tasting her work. Come and check @TheaHarrison
The book two didn't give me the same excitement, but it was still a good ride. Memorable, and worth waiting for. There are just too many new authors popping up right and left, and I don't have enough guts to put my faith on new authors I haven't read about before. Especially ones where my trusty reviewers never read. But I guess my gut is still working, since I found this book on my own :D
Anyway, I actually started reading Harry Potter this year. I have to say, the first three books are impressing. But moving to book four, I just got... disinterested. Maybe I'm just too weird to read children books *insert crying emoji here* And speaking of J.K. Rowling, even though I have her other books (The Cuckoo Calling and The Casual Vacancy), I haven't gotten around them yet.
Hmm. I still couldn't decide any more authors who captivated me. Maybe L.J. Shen, with her darker romance. Blood to Dust and Vicious were both good reads, although if you don't like dark romance or triggers, I wouldn't recommend Blood to Dust. And oooh, I just remembered. Last year I finally got a copy of Humans of New York Stories by Brandon Stanton. I guess most of you already know his name, and follow his various social media accounts. I got the book just for IDR 70.000 or around US$ 5 on Big Bad Wolf. The stories are moving and inspiring. It doesn't hurt that the book was cheaper almost 75% from its original price.
Maybe you're wondering why don't I have Indonesian authors here. First, I didn't read many Indonesian books last year. I don't even have the same taste as my more mainstream friends. When they love Author A because she's so popular and her books are always best-selling here, I didn't even manage to finish one book of hers. But that's another story to tell, on another post :) I have to say, I didn't read many Indonesian romance because I somehow lost my faith, especially since many of 'popular' series from Wattpad started getting published, but the editorial are mostly half-assed and half-hearted at best. You can also blame my penchant of preferring Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy and darker romance, gearing for adult readers. And not many Indonesian books give me what I want.
And so, those are the few new authors I like and will likely follow in the future. And because of my habit, I'll probably discover some more new authors with amazing talents and intriguing books.