Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week.

Here is my list of authors whose works I’d really like to read… but for whatever reason, it hasn’t happened yet:

Patrick Rothfuss: I’m really looking forward to reading his Kingkiller Chronicles series — but in keeping with my reading resolutions, I’m not going to start these books until I know that book #3 has a release date scheduled.

Kristin Cashore: I have all of the Graceling Realm books on my shelf… but just haven’t gotten around to them yet.

Agatha Christie: I always thought I should give her books a try.

Alexander McCall Smith: I’d like to try his books — either the #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series or his 44 Scotland Street books.

Ned Vizzini: I’ve been wanting to read It’s Kind of A Funny Story, although I think I’ve hesitated lately just because it’s so sad to read a book by a talented writer, knowing his life was cut short.

John Corey Whaley: Still haven’t read Where Things Come Back, winner of the 2012 Printz Award.

Paolo Bacigalupi: I’m under the impression that I’ll love this writer, based on all the great things I’ve heard about Ship Breaker and The Windup Girl.

China Mieville: I have a friend who keeps insisting that I’ll love China Mieville if I give him a try… but frankly, I feel intimidated every time I think about starting one of his books. Sigh.

And here’s where I’m interrupting my top 10 list… because in my first draft, the rest of this post ended up sounding super negative and cranky, all about authors whose books I didn’ want to read… and frankly, it sounded kind of obnoxious. And who needs that?

So instead, I’ll use the rest of my TTT energy for going to a happy place… oh, like this, for example:

(And if that video doesn’t work, you can also see it here:

Which popular authors have you not read yet… but really, really want to? Let’s keep it upbeat, folks — I’m in my happy place right now!

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20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

  1. I really want to read It’s Kind Of A Funny Story too, but I’m delaying it at the moment because of what happened to the author. I have Happy in my head now! Thank you 😀

    • That song has been driving me crazy — in a good way — since Sunday! But it does make me smile every time, and that’s definitely what I needed. 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Patrick Rothfuss made my list too! And you know, I don’t think I’ve ever read Agatha Christie, at least not all the way through (excerpts in school and such). I always think I have, but I haven’t. So many authors, so little time. *Sigh* 😀
    My TTT

    • “So many authors, so little time” — exactly!! 🙂 I’m the same way about Agatha Christie — I know a lot about her works, and I’ve seen some movie versions (and then there’s the Doctor Who episode) — so I forget sometimes that I’ve never actually read any of her books.

    • I just realized in the last year or so that I cannot get involved with one more unfinished series with that level of complexity and detail. Waiting for the next GRRM book is killing me as is! But I do look forward to reading Rothfuss — hopefully soon!

  3. I feel the same way about about China Mieville! I’ve been meaning to read one of his books, but the thought of actually doing it is somehow daunting. Also meaning to read Paolo Bacigalupi, but haven’t gotten around to it. I’m saying that a lot today.

    I’d recommend Kristin Cashore’s stuff, though.

  4. I only did authors I was interested in reading, why bother with the ‘never list’ right. I think you should try Agatha Christie. Pharrell and Happy are the best thing going this year, love it, makes me smile every time.

    • Great attitude, I was walking around all cranky after writing my negative version — before breaking out the “Happy” video and readjusting my view of things!

  5. I haven’t read Patrick Rothfuss either but have been trying to ease my way into fantasy and he was one of the authors that popped up. Good sounding books! Ha! I haven’t read Agatha Christie either. China Mieville totally intimidates me too, you’re not alone. 🙂

    • I usually enjoy good fantasy, and I know (or at least, I’m fairly sure) that I’ll love Rothfuss. I just don’t want to get involved in yet another ongoing, unfinished series right now. 🙂

      • SAME. Been trying to avoid starting any new series this year until I get caught/finish at least a few. Too damn many going on right now.

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