Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I've Never Read

This week's Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is "Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read." Well, considering how many books there are out there and how relatively few I've read, this shouldn't be too hard. Here are the first ones that come to mind, in no particular order:

1. Michael Chabon

I have been meaning to read The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay for, like, a decade. I even tried once. But I've never made it through that - or any of his other books. 

2. Gillian Flynn

I need to read Gone Girl. Like, now. I even got a copy of it for Christmas from my friend Martha, but somehow it's never right at the top of the pile. Really gotta get on this one.

3. Veronica Rossi

I've heard a fair bit about her books, mostly really, really good, but haven't gotten to any yet!

4. Gena Showalter

I am intrigued by Alice in Zombieland. Love the cover, and it sounds like it could be really interesting!

5. Lauren Myracle

I mostly know of her because she contributed to Let It Snow with John Green and Maureen Johnson. Not sure if she's one of those you have to read or not, but I love John and Maureen, so she's in good company!

6. Kasie West

The Distance Between Us. Pivot Point. Both are sitting on my shelves, staring at me accusatorily as I type this.

7. Sarah Dessen

A colleague sat me down and enthused about Dessen's books at great length, listing off which order I should read them in and what topic each dealt with. So I know she usually deals with a Big Issue, and that some of her characters cross over from one book to another. And yet.... still haven't made it through any of her books!

8. Markus Zusak

The Book Thief. Yep, I know. Not even going to try to make an excuse for this one.

9. Laurie Halse Anderson

I recently got The Impossible Knife of Memory AND Speak. So they're both sitting there, just waiting.

10. Orson Scott Card

This one I'm including, but I haven't read his books on purpose. In case you don't already know, Card holds some very strong opinions on homosexuality that I find offensive, and so for me, his books are a no-go.

Okay, now make me feel better - tell me there are at least a few of these you haven't read - or some similarly popular authors! Share in the comments!


  1. I've had "Book Thief" sitting on my shelves for months. I still haven't read it. I love 98% of Laurie Halse Anderson's works though.

    My TTT

    1. I've heard SUCH good things about Anderson, and the whole banned book fiasco actually made me want to read Speak even more. I subsequently purchased it... and have been looking at it sitting on the shelf ever since. I think the stumbling block there is that I saw that movie with Kristen Stewart based on the book, so I feel like a) it's been Bellaed and b) I kinda know enough about what happens that I don't feel this burning need to read it RIGHT NOW. But I do fully intend to get into it at some point! :)

  2. The only authors I recognize from reading their books are Sarah Dessen and Laurie Halse Anderson. You're not alone! :)

    1. I'm starting to realize that - I've been reading you guys' posts as well and I'm a bit comforted! The one I'm most surprised people seem to not have read is The Book Thief - I felt like I was the only one before this post! I definitely need to get into Dessen and Anderson - I haven't heard anything bad about either!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I haven;t read any of these authors as well, aside from Kasie West. I really loved her The Distance Between Us, and I hope you find time read it soon! I actually have The Book Thief starting at me from my shelf, but I never had the time to read it.

    I saw your blog list and I'm was so shocked to see Divergent Gryffindor there! Thank you, I am touched! :)

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    1. OOOOOH I do have The Distance Between Us sitting on my shelf. I'll move it up my TBR list since you say it's good! I feel better about the whole Book Thief fiasco now. Seems like a few of you guys haven't read it yet either! I still plan to get to it... but maybe not for a little bit longer. At least until I've caught up on TDBU ;)

      Oh, yay! I try to add any blog I come across that is well written, has great reviews and makes me laugh. I think I stumbled across yours a few times ages ago and it fit the bill! :)

  4. I love Kasie West, Laurie Halse Anderson and Gillian Flynn. All brilliant authors in their own way! Great list!

    1. I think those are probably the top authors on this list for me. Particularly Flynn and Anderson. I've heard wonderful things about both - plus I want to read Gone Girl before the movie comes out and everyone starts talking about it again and it gets spoiled for me!! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Great list!! Markus Zusak made my list as well.

    I have read a few of Sarah Dessen's books and loved them. I will definitely read more of her books. I would recommed Lock and Key, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby.

    Veronica Rossi and Kasie West are two authors I debated about including on my list. They should have made it, but I have a TON of popular authors I am still working my way through and ran out of spots.

    Here is my TTT: http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2014/03/top-ten-tuesday-authors-ive-never-read.html

    1. Yup, I saw that! I feel a bit better now ;)

      I've heard that Lock & Key is a great place to start with her books, and on Twitter I think she said that This Lullaby is her favourite if she had to pick, so that definitely jumped it to the top of the list. I have several of her books, I just haven't actually *read* them yet!

      Yeah, there were a bunch I hemmed and hawed about including too - this week was tough!!

  6. not going to go into great detail as to why you should read Sarah Dessen, but it does shock me that still so many people haven't read at least one book by her, she's fantastic. ( also, agree with your colleague, it something I would do haha)

    Just recently finished The Distance Between Us and it was ok, people told me how good it was and I think my hopes were a little too high for it but it was a nice book :)

    great list as always :)

    1. Haha! Yeah, she made a great Dessen case. So much so that I have purchased some of the books - in box sets, no less - but I haven't *quite* gotten to them yet. I was thinking about it more after this post, and I think maybe part of it is that I'm worried about being disappointed, because I have SUCH high expectations now, and also I like the feeling of knowing there's a whole new author who is apparently amazing that I haven't discovered yet. It's like how I would have felt before reading Harry Potter if I'd had any inkling of how great that was going to be, you know? But yeah, I definitely will get to them! (Of course your recommendation makes them more of a priority!) Thanks!

    2. I know exactly how you feel because I'm like that too, so much that I tend to read book's years after the hype. But she's pretty amazing if I do say so myself, I might be a little biased because she's a favorite of mine but I have yet to read anything by her that I don't like ( and I've read all but maybe 2 of her books)
      Harry Potter for me was the same, although I wasn't a reader when I started them so the hype didn't bother me, but it would be very daunting to me if I was an avid reader and was starting something as widely popular as that years after it was completed. I'm so glad you liked them.

      haha you don't have to go on my recommendations , like I said I'm pretty biased, but when it comes to contemporary books its not often I find a book that will wow me because the stories tend to be so recycled. She does it for me every time though :)

      you are welcome, I just hope when you eventually get around to reading any of her books that you like them since I've talked them up so much haha.

    3. I'm just doing my WWW Wednesday post, and I'm now in the interesting position of having NO idea what to read next, because everyone's lists this week and comments and recommendations have me feeling like there are just so many books at the very top of my list! I do have a Dessen book as a possible next pick, though... so thanks to you for that! :)

    4. I always end up having no idea what to read next because of amount of books I have on my TBR shelf, and I find that reading other peoples reviews helps me pick one so I know how you feel.

      Haha well I look forward to hearing what you think about her if you pick her next :)
      Sorry to bonbard you with recommendations (I get a bit obsessive about books I think people need to read) but if you have The Truth About Forever or What Happened To Goodbye, then they would be good books for a first timer :P

    5. Tell me about it! Every time I read a well-written review (particularly if it's amusing and has good GIF placement), I need to have that book - or at least add it to my TBR list. But this means that I add like 10 books a week, and there's just no way it's humanly possible to keep up with that kind of growth rate. I know; I've tried! I'm gullible, that's what it is.

      Do not ever apologize to me for chatting about, raving about or recommending books! I LOVE hearing what you think, and like I said - GULLIBLE. I totally take recommendations into account.

      I do have The Truth About Forever!! Okay, deal. I'll give it a try. Though I'm scared a little bit - what if I don't love it??? Though it sounds like I will!

  7. You HAVE to read Pivot Point! I'm not really familliar with other books (even thouogh I have Alice sitting on my bookshelf for about a year now lol) but totally check out Pivot Point. I can't wait to read her second book. Thanks for stopping by my post :)

    1. Ooooh, okay! Confession? I actually *have* both Pivot Point and Split Second sitting on my shelf! I fell in love with the covers. But now that you've recommended it, I'll totally move it up the list! Oh Alice... I was super excited about that book at first, but then I read a few "meh" reviews of it, and it kind of fell off my radar. I have a feeling that at some point I'll binge-read all the Alice in Wonderland type books (Splintered, Unhinged and this series) at once! :)

  8. Lol I wouldnt say you are gullibe as such, it's what the reviews are for after all. I just wish I had more self control is all, my kindle is over packed as it is haha

    I know, I love hearing what people think too but have found myself reading a few stinkers because of that so don't want that to happen to you.

    Just keep telling yourself that it's ok not to like it, because it is, I mean I might disown you if you don't ;) joking. Also, if you don't like that one she has a lot of other ones you can give a go and if you still don't like them then like I said, it's ok to dislike the popular books.

    1. I'll give it a try - I also want to read This Lullaby because she said on Twitter that it's her favourite. And if it's the author's fave... well, you can't really go wrong with that!

  9. It actually happens to be a favorite of mine too :)

  10. I thought I wouldn't like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, but I just started it a few days ago and reading it is all I want to do. Sleep? Nah. Doesn't interest me right now. I haven't read any of the others, though!


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