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Authors To Read In August: The Three I’ve Missed

The authors I plan to check out this August!

I’m doing something different.

Usually my blog posts about monthly reading goals relate to particular books, not authors. Time to change that! In this blog post, I will discuss three authors I plan to read. Who knows, maybe you’ll get some ideas as well!

David Mitchell

This guy- the mastermind behind “Cloud Atlas“- seems so cool. With his multiple narrative stories, unique ideas and fabulous settings, reading Mitchell seems like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, I haven’t read a single one of his books. I think I’ll start with Cloud Atlas. This is because I am drawn to the ambition of the novel, its complexity and humour. It’ll be a wild ride, but this is a rollercoaster I will take.

Of course, I don’t want to paint Mitchell as ‘the guy who wrote Cloud Atlas.’ That would be completely unfair! Another book by David Mitchell draws me in. And that book is “The Bone Clocks.” Judging by the plot- where immortals and regular humans co-exist- I am excited. Mitchell’s books tend to also have beautiful cover art, which will always be a plus!

Haruki Murakami

I know, I know. This is bad- despite IQ84 adorning bookstores for years, I have not read any Murakami! I’ll admit to feeling overwhelmed by his work, and am a bit unsure of where to start. Judging from his Wikipedia page, he writes magical realism, science fiction and drama. That sounds rather brilliant! I’m rather drawn towards Norwegian Wood– in words I can’t articulate, I am drawn to the Tokyo setting.

Because of my confusion, if anyone has any suggestions about where to start with Murakami- please share!

Edith Wharton

She’s the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize. Adding onto that, she’s well versed in the art of form and genre. With her short story collections, novellas, non-fiction and full-length works, Wharton has enriched the imaginations of readers worldwide. Reading about her life is quite interesting as well.

However, we can’t discuss Wharton without a mention towards “The Age of Innocence.” I’ve never read it! This is despite it being my sister’s favourite book. I am also drawn to the rich sociology and history of Wharton’s works- after all, she has a reputation for cold mother-like figures and themes of dispossession.

That intrigues me.

Now back to you. What authors do you plan to read in August? Have you read any books by the authors on my list? Comment below, I always love to read your thoughts and ideas!

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