This post is inspired by a recent BooksandLala video where she reacts to a video she made 3 years ago with 10 authors she needed to read. She actually did pretty well––but the video is awesome, so you should watch it to find out more. I don’t make video content, but I thought it would still be fun to make a similar list of ten authors I’ve been meaning to read to look back on later. It’s certainly an eclectic mix of classics and contemporary, but these are 10 authors I really do mean to get to, but haven’t managed yet.
- Victoria (V.E.) Schwab– I honestly don’t even know where to start with Schwab’s books, and I don’t generally read a lot of fantasy novels, but her novels come highly recommended and I have heard they are really original, so I do need to pick one up just to see what they are about.
- Laini Taylor– Another fantasy author, which again, I don’t read much of, but I have heard so many times that her writing is really beautiful, and I’ve had Daughter of Smoke and Bone on my shelf for years, and then her latest series Strange The Dreamer is all over the internet, so I’m hoping to finally give her work a try.
- Ernest Hemingway–Switching over to classics, I’ve somehow never managed to pick up a book by Ernest Hemingway. I am going to Havana, Cuba in December though and that’s where Hemingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea, so I’d really like to pick up at least the second one before I head there.
- Jennifer Brown– I actually have FOUR of her books on my GoodReads TBR, and at least one of my physical bookshelf, and basically every new book she releases sounds interesting to me, and yet I have not managed to pick a single one up. Why? I don’t know. I love dark YA contemporary. She could be my new favourite author. I need to get to this one.
- Nina LaCour–This is YA contemporary author who apparently has beautiful writing, and since I’m a sucker for beautiful writings and I love contemporary YA, I’ve been meaning to pick up a book by LaCour for years. Will I finally do it? Hopefully. I also have 4 books of hers on my GoodReads TBR, but no real preference for where to start, so let me know if you have a recommendation!
- Michael Pollan–As a scientist who loves plants, it’s kinda ridiculous I haven’t read anything by Michael Pollan yet, but I definitely plan to fix that soon. I don’t read that much non-fiction, but I definitely enjoy it, and Botany of Desire is high on my list of books to read. I even have the audiobook on hold from the library…I’ll get to it soon, I swear.
- Jane Austen–Another classics author I have been meaning to read for, well, most of my life? Need I say more?
- Maggie Stiefvater–A well-loved YA author, I initially heard of Stiefvater because of her Shiver series, but that really didn’t interest me. However, I have heard really good things about the Raven Boys series, including from BooksandLala, and Ambur sent me All The Crooked Saints, and I think I still have an e-galley of her her shared short stories collection, The Curiosities, so between all of those I should finally try out one of her books.
- Christa Desir–Another author who writes hard-hitting contemporary, and I’ve been meaning to pick up one of her books since her debut, Fault Line, which released in 2013… She’s published a few more books since then, so I have plenty to pick from when I finally reach for her.
- Gretchen McNeil–I love picking up YA thrillers even if I’m pretty picky about which ones I love, and I’ll be honest, I haven’t read the best things about McNeil’s books, which are a blend of mystery and horror, but there’s something about them that really draws me in. Whether it’s Ten, her Agatha Christie retelling, or her latest #Murdertrending which has a sci-fi/dystopian angle to a murder mystery, surely one of her books has to be a winner.
So, I’m going to check back in a year–seriously, I even put it in my calendar for 2019–and we can see how many, if any, of these authors I’ve managed to remedy this for. It’s only ~1 a month, I can do it, right?
Have you read any of the authors on this list? Let me know if you have any recommendations for particular books, or if there’s anyone I should start with.