Give Me Some of That Backlist, Baby


It’s been a while since I jumped in on a Top Ten Tuesday post, but this week was calling to me: authors I’ve only read once, but need to read again. So, here are ten authors that have me itching to jump in their backlists.

Wilton Barnhardt

After falling hard for last year’s hilarious romp, Lookaway, Lookaway, I heard amazing things about Barnhardt’s backlist chunkster Gospel, which I have waiting for me on my bookshelf.

Anthony Doerr

I’m still learning to love short stories, but the short chapters in Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See were like a preview of his ability to write in a short space. Other readers have mentioned how great The Shell Collector is, so I’d love to give it a try.

Jonathan Evison

After I read The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, I needed anything Jonathan Evison had ever written. Even though West of Here has a wide range of reviews, it sounds like it’s right in my wheelhouse.

Tom Franklin

I know, I know. I’m way overdue for Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. But I did read and love The Tilted World.

Laird Hunt

Neverhome totally blew me away, and I had no idea Laird Hunt was hiding so many novels under his belt. Kind One sounds particularly incredible.

Lorrie Moore

After falling head over heels for Anagrams last year, I’m determined to take a deep dive into Lorrie Moore’s classic Birds of America.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I read Americanah earlier this year, but already miss that reading experience. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Half of a Yellow Sun and would love to give it a read.

Wallace Stegner

I guess I was hiding under a rock until I read Crossing to Safety at the end of last year and it totally rocked my world. Now I need Angle of Repose.

Daniel Woodrell

I flew through The Maid’s Version during a recent readathon, but I definitely need to go back and read Woodrell’s infamous Winter’s Bone.

Simon Van Booy

The Illusion of Separateness was so incredibly beautiful that I might have created a bit of a Simon Van Booy stockpile since reading it. I think I’m going to tackle The Secret Lives of People in Love first.

Are there any author backlists you want to dig into?


  • Oooh, I didn’t know Anthony Doerr had a short story collection out (and that he wrote other books prior to All the Light We Cannot See) *goes off to check it out* I think someone had recommended Angle of Repose to be some time ago but yeah, haven’t checked it out as of yet…

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  • Awesome list, there is so many authors there that I really want to read. Tom Franklin almost made my list

    • I have both Poachers and Crooked Letter waiting for me on my shelves, so I need to get to one of them this year…he’s fantastic.

  • Winter’s Bone is lovely (though not the subject) and I am sadly overdue for another Franklin too (I enjoyed Hell and the Breech and own Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter).

    • Even my husband beat me to reading Crooked Letter, so I need to catch up with him.

      • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter was wonderful. I liked that one far more than Tilted World actually.

  • Natasha @ Tea in the Treetops

    Americanah is high on my tbr list. Great choices!

  • Caroline

    I’m a bit ashamed to say I have not read any of these authors, although I’m keen to read som of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie given all the wonderful reviews her books have received.

    My TTT is here recommendations are more than welcome :-)

  • I love Adichie. I’m reading Americanah now and loving it and I’ve also read Purple Hibiscus and her collection of short stories – The Thing Around Your Neck. I recommend them all!

    • Glad to hear she’s just as wonderful in all of her other forms – I can’t wait to pick up another one of her pieces!

  • debnance

    Wallace Stegner is one of my favorites. I’ve read Angle of Repose, but I need to reread it. I read it before I read Crossing to Safety. Read Spectator Bird, too, I’d say.

  • I read Crossing to Safety last year too, but didn’t love it enough to want to read his backlist. Lookaway, Lookaway is on my TBR list!

  • I can’t believe I haven’t read Winter’s Bone. Sigh.

  • I just did my list, and I have Half a Yellow Sun and Kind One as well. Yes, yes, everyone should read Winter’s Bone!

    I haven’t read Anthony Doerr yet . . . hmm, not sure why, but I keep hesitating about All The Light We Cannot See.

    • Maybe because it was pretty hyped for a bit? I tend to push books like that away at times, but it’s really gorgeous.

  • Van Booey! I’m with you there. HIs prose is so gorgeous! The Secret Lives of People in Love was fab. I need to move up Illusion of Separateness then!

  • I was bummed to miss Woodrell when he came through Kansas City on tour for The Maid’s Version recently! Adichie’s Americanah is on my radar, probably thanks to your blog :) Great list!

  • So many backlists I would like to read that I can’t even bother to list any. And, now I would like to add your backlist wishlist to mine, as well! Help!

  • This week’s topic called to me too! It’s both wonderful and terrible when you’re chipping away at your TBR and suddenly you read a book and have to add the author’s entire backlist.

  • The Maid’s Version and The Winter Bone have been on my TBR forever, as has Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Not sure why I haven’t got to them yet. Well…I am….too many good books and not enough time!

  • Tanya M

    I saw Lookaway, Lookaway on our Local Authors table at the indie bookstore I visited last week and I really would like to read it. I have 3 john Green books waiting to read, another Lisa See and Renita d’Silva’s latest.

  • Ti Reed

    Half of a Yellow Sun was okay but not great. I read it for book club. Another member raved about it but most of us felt it fell a little flat. It has some beautiful passages though.

  • Americanah!! It’s been on my TBR list for tooooooooo long. You always post the most gorgeous book lists – contents and covers!

  • Amy Sachs

    I’ve been meaning to read Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter since I heard about it on Literary Disco! Same goes with Daniel Woodrell, who I feel like they’ve mentioned a couple of times too. Birds of America didn’t really live up to everything I’d heard about it, but did have some good stories that stuck out to me!

  • Gimme some of that backlist bay-bayyyyyyy! Sorry, I get a little excited about backlist talk. It’s my favorite list.

  • I am MILES overdue for Crooked Letter Crooked Letter myself. I keep forgetting about it. That’s a backlist I need to dig into.

  • I feel so underread reading all these posts! Half a Yellow Sun is one I’ve been meaning to read for so long. The others I haven’t read either!