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?