The second week started! I’m back with the second Top 5 Tuesday. This tag is originally hosted by the very lovely Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Head over to her post for her choice of new authors.
Today’s theme is Top 5(or 10) new to me authors. To make the blog post more interesting, I decided to introduce a pattern to my reading and explore female authors in order to experience a world created by them in all its complexities. This is my way of expressing a token of gratitude towards the ladies who made my reading world a better place to read. So, here goes my 5 writers who were not new to me wholly but their books were my first reads in 2017.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda is an established writer from Nigeria. Her works have won accolades and are appreciated for giving voices to people who had been lost in the pages of history. I had been meaning to read her works since ages but only managed to read Half of a Yellow Sun this year. This was my first Adichie and is definitely not my last. I have Americanah on my Beat The Backlist shelf for 2018. Read about my BTB here.
- Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy is one of the towering female writers of India. She creates an enigma with her storytelling that makes the readers lost in a reverie of her words. She is the Man Booker Prize,1997 awardee, and her book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness was nominated for Man Booker Prize,2017. I have read The God of Small Things and added the rest of her books even the non-fiction ones in my 2018 TBR pile.
- Margaret Atwood
An author with remarkable achievements and honorary degrees, Atwood has aced every genre she has ever touched upon. She is one of the eminent female writers who have the ability to sway her readers with the powerful storyline and striking quotations. I am trying to resist myself from including one of my favorite sections from Alias Grace but I know I shall fail. So here it goes. “Gone mad is what they say, and sometimes Run mad, as if mad is a different direction, like west; as if mad is a different house you could step into, or a separate country entirely. But when you go mad you don’t go any other place, you stay where you are. And somebody else comes in.” – Margaret Atwood
- Jhumpa Lahiri
“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri.
Needless to say more, Jhumpa Lahiri’s weaves magic in between the lines with every sentence is filled with some emotions. The Namesake has a diasporic aspect filled with happiness and despair and is one of my favorites of the year. I have added her short stories to my Beat The Backlist shelf.
- Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
Each year, in Bangladesh December 9th, is known as Rokeya Day to honor her work for women empowerment. She was an inspiring figure who made significant contributions to liberate women from social confinement. Sultana’s Dream is considered to be the first feminist text addressing issues which were unimaginable in the era it was written. Her writing is a unique blend of prose and poetry which is a journey of female emancipation.