Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

I sort of feel like I should play sad Charlie Brown music in the background while admitting to this list.  The sad fact is, I will never read all the books I want to read.  There are just too many.  But some of these authors I really should read, for their contributions to the literary cannon, for their remarkable insights, and for their pure writing talent.  But I haven't read them yet.  Alas, here's my list.  (Cue slow, shameful music.)

1. Barbara Kingsolver
What Poisonwood Bible?

2. Ayn Rand
Her books have only sold 25 million copies.

3. Laura Hillenbrand
New York Times Bestseller.  Awesome reviews.  I have no excuses.

4. The Bronte Sisters
It's true.  I somehow got through my undergrad and my MA without reading anything Bronte.

5. David Levithan
A bunch of his work is on my to-read list.  Nothing is on my already-read list.

6. Brandon Sanderson
Surprising for a fantasy fan

7. Melina Marchetta
Everyone I know loved Jellicoe Road.  Probably including me someday, if I ever get around to reading it.

8. Stephen King
I have no defense.

9. James Patterson
See above.

10. Danielle Steel
One of the most widely published authors of all time.  I see her books everywhere. And I've never picked one up.

Now that I've lost all my credibility, I'm wondering if there's an author that everyone else has read but you?  (Please say yes.)


  1. I haven't read anything by eight of those ten authors, so... no biggie.

    Have you ever read books by Juliet Marillier? I hear people rave, but it's not really my genre.

    1. 11. Juliet Marillier
      Same as you. I've heard good things, but haven't read her myself.

  2. That gif is fantastic! I really should hang my head in shame! I've read Barbara Kingsolver and the Bronte Sisters but nothing else on your list. I really should read Brandon Sanderson and Stephen King.

    1. I feel the same way. Those authors have been on my to-read list for ages. I just have never got around to it.

    2. Too many books, too little time! Plus I'm a pretty slow reader.

      PS... I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check out the details.

    3. Ahh!! I'm so excited!! Thanks for the nomination! I'll head over to your blog now to check out the details. Thanks again! This totally makes my day. :)

  3. Shameful. Just Shameful :) No, I actually have a fairly embarrassing list like that, too. The worst I can think of? Steinbeck. I know. Don't tell.

    1. Haha, I really am kind of ashamed though! Running a book website without ever having picked up Bronte... WHO DO I THINK I AM?!?

  4. A lot of these authors would be on my list too. But Bronte? I never would have guessed. I'm a fan of Charlotte, but not so much of Emily. I have really mixed feelings about Brandon Sanderson. But I can't really talk - there are SO many famous books that I've just never read. Like 1984, or The Catcher in the Rye.

    But my favorite thing about this post is that when you mentioned the sad charlie brown music I immediately pictured George Michael and that dog house. Then I saw it when I scrolled down moments later. It made me laugh out loud. And miss our junior year... ;-)

    1. Me, Bronte; you, Wells and Salinger. We all have our secrets. :)

      So glad you appreciated the Arrested Development shout out. I was thinking of you and Nat and Tin when I included it. :)

  5. I hated Poisonwood Bible. What's worse is that I read it on my Kindle, and there was like 8% of the book left when it ended. And I was shocked. Because it's a horrible story with a really horrible ending. I know people who love it, but I just couldn't.

    As for the others, there are LOTS of authors I haven't read--mainly because I don't prefer the genres.

    1. Well that's a pretty strong endorsement against reading it! I also know others who LOVED it, and I even have it sitting on my bookshelf! But I've never actually read it. Maybe I never will, which it sounds like wouldn't be that bad.


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