Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read (But Want To)

popular authors i've never read but want to

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on popular authors we’ve never read. Lists like this usually make me sad because I tend to get thrown into a “BUT HOW WILL I READ IT ALL!?!” panic, but these are all authors I’m planning on making a serious effort to read. I mean, I own books by every single one of them. I have multiples of a few, so things are getting dire.

Anthony Bourdain
I have a soft spot for anything Bourdain does on TV, so even though I’m not much of a foodie, I have a feeling I would love reading his books.

John Boyne
I heard so many great things about The Absolutist and absolutely love the premise of The House of Special Purpose, so I’m not sure how I haven’t picked up one of Boyne’s books yet.

Bill Bryson
I know, I know. I have three Bryson books sitting on my shelves right now. The fact that I haven’t read any of them totally baffles me, too. 

Joan Didion
I know that her writing is incredible, but I’m always afraid that I’m just going to be sucked into this black hole of emotion if I start reading one Didion’s books. And it never feels like the right time for that.

Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca has been on my list forever, which is why I added it to my TBR Pile Challenge this year. It will be read. 

Nick Harkaway
I have copies of both The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker, but for some strange reason I get super intimidated whenever I go to start reading either of them and end up picking something else. I’m almost positive I will love them, I just need to do it.
China Mieville
Pretty much the same story as Nick Harkaway, but I think I’m a little worried about genre here. Still super intrigued, though.

Toni Morrison
I’m just going to hang my head in shame and walk away. I don’t even know how this happened. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

Marilynne Robinson
Gilead has been on my shelf for ages, recommended by dozens of people, but I never get the urge to choose it over something else. I need to.

Sarah Vowell
I will probably want Sarah Vowell to be my best friend when I finally get around to reading her, so she better enjoy her free time until then. 
Are there any popular authors you’ve somehow missed reading?
  • Tanya Patrice

    Oh choose that China Mieville book wisely, because some of his stuff is waaayyy out there. I couldn’t really hang with Kraken or Embassytown, but Railsea was okay (still way out there though).

    Tanya Patrice

    • I’ve heard they can get quite wacky. Glad to know Railsea is a safer choice, that’s one I was thinking of!

  • I can highly recommend John Boyne. I think he’s a great writer! I haven’t read any of the other authors on your list! Oops.

  • Awesome picks! I loved Kitchen Confidential and Beloved, and I just finished Vowell’s Assassination Vacation! I’ve only read one Bryson (A Walk in the Woods) liked it, didn’t love it, and I started the Didion you have listed here but DNF. Just didn’t do it for me. I’ve been curious about Rebecca and Gilead too.

  • I am loving TTT this week. The one thing i’m finding it that everyone has at least a couple of authors on their list that I haven’t read either. Bill Bryson, DuMarrier and Didion are the big ones that stick out on your list. And yes, this will be the year that i read Rebecca!

  • debnance

    No Marilynne Robinson?! No Bill Bryson?! You must correct this situation now! :-)

    Here’s my Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read.

  • Very interesting list – get on to the Bill Bryson you have on your shelves!

    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

  • Jennine G.

    Haven’t read many of those authors either, but of the ones I have, I like Bill Bryson best. I think he does have some books that are better than others though. I loved his one about Australia.

  • I’m the same with Harkaway! I’ve had The Gone Away World on my shelf for almost two years, and I’m sure I will love it, but I can never bring myself to read it!

  • You have some great books on there! I adore Bill Bryson. Kitchen Confidential is the stuffing. Rebecca is fantastic. Several of those I haven’t read either! There are just too many books. *sigh*

  • Wesley

    I finished Rebecca yesterday! You’ll love it! The Absolutist was good but sad and Bill Bryson always cracks me up! His one from Australia is my favorite.

  • Oh my word…Rebecca is amazing. I’m jealous you get to read it for the first time. I wish I could forget what the story was all about, so I could read it for the first time again :)

  • (Hmm, my last comment didn’t seem to go through, so let’s try this again.)

    Adding to everyone who says Rebecca is great. It was my first read of 2014 and I’m very glad I finally picked it up.

  • Yes, you know Rebecca is a must, right? Right. I’ve also really enjoyed John Boyne.

    • Oddly enough, his This House is Haunted is partly an homage to Rebecca.

  • Bill Bryson is great–especially if you enjoy audio as he usually narrates his own books. I adored Rebecca and am so bummed that I loaned it to my stepmom and dad a year ago and it’s been collecting dust on their bedside table. I need to steal it back!

  • I’m seeing so much press for Rebecca today– I’m going to have to check it out!!

    Here’s my TTT!

  • Isi

    Ohhh some of them are also on my list (Morrison, Boyne, Du Maurier), and I also have to do something about it!! Great list of authors ;)
    Good luck!

  • Words for Worms

    You make the prettiest graphics, I must say. And just pick up a Toni Morrison. You will love her. I promise.

    • Aw, thanks! I really, really need to get to Toni Morrison, and you’re right – I’ve had so many people tell me tons of different favorites.

  • The Wordy Shipmates?!?! What the heck!! That sounds all kinds of awesome! I haven’t read any of her stuff, either. I agree with Katie about Toni Morrison!

  • Kelly Massry

    Crazy how this list is completely separate from your TBR Pile Challenge list.
    If you’re intimidated by Didion, maybe try one of her essays first? Goodbye to All That is a classic.
    I want to read Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell – sounds fascinating.
    I’ve never read Toni Morrison either – this may be blasphemous to say but I don’t think it’d be really my thing.

  • Bourdain! Rebecca!!! Vowell!!! All the awesome. You will lurv them.

  • Kelly Massry

    We’ll you remember Rebecca’s book riot post about throwing out those lists, right? No pressure, just anticipation…

  • So many good authors. Highly recommend Rebecca, also Angelmaker. As for China Mieville, I have a love/hate relationship with him but would recommend The City and The City

  • Read REBECCA and honestly, at first, I was not so into it. But, but. but… I kept on and it gets better. Way better. Def glad I stuck it out!

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