Authors I haven’t had the pleasure to read yet



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This week’s topic is-

Top Ten Authors That I’ve Never Read

This was actually pretty hard for me, because I will try almost any author once.  Plus, I have been reading for over 30 years, so I have had a chance to hit upon plenty of authors.  The one big one I had been missing was Stephen King, and I managed to finally read two of his books this part year.  I wonder who I can knock off this list in 2014?

1.  Neil Gaiman

I know there was a lot of talk about his recent The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but this is someone who has not been on my radar.

2.  Mark Twain

This is a ? for me, because I am almost convince that I must have been forced to read something of his along the way, but I really don’t remember, so he’s on the list.

3.  Orson Scott Card

I keep hearing how Ender’s Game was so good, but never picked it up.  Plus, he seems like an ass, so not too keen on it.

4.  Jack Kerouac

On the Road, right? I don’t know why, but the beat generation never appealed to me when I was younger.  And now that I am older, I think I might be too grumpy to appreciate it.  Backaches make old people grumpy.

5.  Sylvia Plath

This one shames me quite a bit.  It is on my list- actually it is on a few lists of mine- TBR, Classics Club, Women’s Lit.  I WILL READ IT.    (It just seems so depressing)

6.  Diana Gabaldon

This one isn’t my fault.  Every time I go to my library, it is out.  I actually requested it once, but after waiting almost 2 months, I cancelled the request.  Very frustrating, almost like it doesn’t want me to read it.  Yes, I believe that some books want you to read them and some do not.

7.  D.H. Lawrence

I have never read Lady Chatterly’s Lover.  When I was younger, I thought it was the book equivalent to Cinemax at night (you know, Skinemax).  That impression just stayed with me.  Does anyone recommend it?

8.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Ashamed of this one too.  And it is also on the list.  At least I have goals, right?

9.  Ken Follett

Again, not really my fault.  I bought The Pillars of the Earth.  It is still on my bookshelf.  But the font is SO SMALL, that I would need a giant magnifying glass to read it.

10.  George Orwell


I know, I know.  I did read excerpts from 1984 for a course I took, but I have never actually read any of his books.  I know I am repeating myself, but they too are on the list.

26 thoughts on “Authors I haven’t had the pleasure to read yet

  1. Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar” is great and – at least for me – not so depressing. Yes, it is sad that 1950’s women’s “unspeakable problems” are still present nowadays, but she describes her feelings and the problem in so much detail that it makes you feel in good company. It does feel good to know you’re not alone and that Plath dared to write it all down.

  2. Great list! I fully understand how you feel about Diana Gabaldon’s books. I have had a few do that to me as well

  3. I haven’t read any Diana Gabaldon either – I must remedy that soon! I have to say, I was hesitant to read Ender’s Game at first but I really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for a good scifi.

  4. You’ve gotta read Ender’s Game some time. I loved that book. I usually expect movies to not always follow books, nor to be as good as the books were. That said, I just watched the movie this weekend, and was pretty disappointed. The movie missed so much of the storyline, and the emotion/conflict present in the book just wasn’t there for the movie. Definitely read it!!

    Here’s my TTT!

    • I will read it! I like your list- I am a fan of Grisham- just fun to read. If you are going to read Hemingway, I would recommend The Sun Also Rises. Very “lost generation” and a bit biographical!

  5. We share Sylvia Plath and Diana Gabaldon. I’m sure at some point you’ll read their books!

    I know about tiny font of Pillars! It’s so frustrating. Have you tried reading it on ebook?

    • I read my ebooks on an iPad, and haven’t figured out how to change the font 😦 I love your list! I read King for the first time last year, and I started with The Shining. It scared the hell of me (was later told it is his scariest book) but I couldn’t stop reading it- it was so well written. I would def recommend it! From one scaredy cat to another.

  6. I like Neil Gaiman. I LOVE Diana Gabaldon. And Lady Chatterley’s Lover was actually better than I thought it would be. It was scandalous in its day,but after having read it I was surprised by how tame it was in comparison to some of the stuff out there now.

  7. I’ve always felt like I should read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle too, and even picked up a collection of his works at a recent library book sale… so, progress? I’d intended to read Ender’s Game, before finding out more about the author himself, and now I just can’t bring myself to do it. Ha, Kerouac.. I guess the beat generation has just passed me by. Doesn’t appeal to me at all! I hope you enjoy Outlander when you get a copy. I finally convinced my husband to read it!

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