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5 Famous Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

5 Famous Authors I Read for the First Time in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish, where bloggers share their top ten responses to a given theme. I tend to stick to lists of five!

Ernest Hemingway

Despite majoring in English lit, I somehow managed to avoid reading a full Hemingway novel during my entire time at college.

This spring, I picked up A Farewell to Arms, a sparely written story about an ambulance driver’s miseries in World War I. I also read In Our Time, a series of equally spare vignettes which, for the most part, showcased more variations on stoic, manly misery. Although I appreciate the skill evident in Hemingway’s writing, I’m not really dying to go read more.

Charlotte Bronte

I really liked Jane Eyre.

Italo Calvino

I’m already kind of a Borges fangirl, so my enthusiasm for Italo Calvino is probably no surprise. I started with the short and mind-bending Invisible Cities, and then moved on to a collection of his essays, The Uses of Literature.

E.M. Forster

I can’t remember what possessed me to pick up A Room with a View, but I’m glad I did – it’s such a sunny little novel, written in a narrative voice I can only describe as warm. I plan to read more of Forster’s books – especially Maurice, a story of gay love written in 1914 but only published in 1971, when homosexuality was less taboo.

H.G. Wells

Among the many books on my to-be-read list is The Madman’s Daughter by Meghan Shepherd; I figured it would be a better experience if I started with the book it was based on. The Island of Doctor Moreau is a pretty decent thriller, playing on fears of unhinged scientists, horrifying dismemberment, and sentient beasts.

I’m on a mission to read more classic literature. Here’s my master list of classics, if you’re interested.

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6 Comments

  • Reply AngelErin December 8, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Omg I love Jane Eyre. Awesome list!!!
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  • Reply Samantha-The Book Disciple December 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Oh I do not care for Hemingway either! But, I do love HG Wells! Really interesting list! My TTT
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  • Reply Lisa @ Captivated Reader December 8, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I am not a fan of Hemingway’s writing… After reading The Old Man and the Sea, I plan to skip on reading his other novels.
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  • Reply Carrie December 9, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    You’ve got some great classics on your list!! My TTT
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  • Reply Laura December 12, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Awesome list! Despite also majoring in English lit I had managed to avoid Hemingway until I read a couple of his short stories this year. I liked them, but I don’t know if I could read a novel length story written in that style!
    I absolutely love all the Bronte sisters work, and I read my first H.G. Wells novel this year too, which just so happened to be The Island of Doctor Moreau! I have the Time Machine all lined up to read next.
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