Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Top 10 Popular Authors I Haven't Read (Yet)

I'm a day late to the Top Ten Tuesday link-up at The Broke and the Bookish, but I still wanted to participate because the topic caught my eye. This week bloggers are to list the top ten popular authors they've yet to read. This was surprisingly hard! Initially I thought I'd whip together a speedy little list, but it turns out I've read quite a few books by bestselling authors -- maybe only one, and maybe I didn't love it, but apparently I've worked my way through lots of popular books. For my list, I chose all authors that I'd like to try reading someday but just haven't gotten to yet.
1. Rainbow Rowell
In the past year, Rainbow Rowell has exploded in popularity -- online at least. I actually don't know a single real-life person who has read any of her books, but I see Rowell everywhere. I actually checked out "Eleanor and Park" from the library but only got about two dozen pages in before I discovered bloody boogers smeared on the pages and took it back to the library. It actually wasn't really gripping me up to that point, so I decided to just wait and check it out again in a few months.

2. Neil Gaiman

3. Jane Austen
I have seen pretty much every Jane Austen-based movie and read tons of Austen-related novels (i.e. "Austenland"), but I've never actually read any of her books! That needs to be corrected.

4. David Baldacci

5. Jo Nesbo
I've been wanting to read Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole mysteries for a couple years now and have still not gotten around to it. I'd never heard of Nesbo before I started working at the library in Hawaii where the covers of the newer books (like the one above) caught my eye.

6. Junot Diaz
Diaz won the Pulitzer Prize for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" and it's pretty popular. But it seems people either love or hate the "Spanglish" and Cuban slang that comprises the book and I'm a little nervous that I'm going to be in the "hate" category.

7. Agatha Christie
I think I'll love Agatha Christie's Hercule Poroit mysteries, and one day I'll delve into the series.

8. David Sedaris

9. Barbara Kingsolver
I actually own two of Kingsolver's books but they're just gathering dust on my bookshelf!

10. Kate Atkinson
I hadn't heard of Kate Atkinson until all the hype about this book last year. The premise sounds interesting and I think I'll like the historical fiction aspect.

A few other notables:
Ann Patchett
Anna Quindlen
Brandon Sanderson
Elin Hilderbrand
Elizabeth George
Hilary Mantel
Jill Shalvis
Joanne Fluke
Jonathan Kellerman
Ken Follett
M.C. Beaton
Sarah Dessen

1 comment:

  1. My Grandma Auer, your great-grandmother, read all of the Agatha Christie books.


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