Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Authors I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read Yet

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About a year ago, I took stock of my bookshelves and found them woefully lacking. Most of my favorites were represented but conspicuously missing were some of the greats–the standards–the authors of note whom my friends and contemporaries owned and swore by, read in their youth, or were currently reading. I made a list of those that I want to get to, sooner rather than later. I’m not talking James Joyce or Leo Tolstoy here either, no offense to their prestige, but I’m not up for that literary frippery. I’m speaking of authors beloved for their heartfelt words, thrilling world-building and impact on the reader’s very identity.

Behold, the authors I cannot believe I haven’t read (yet):

10. Michael Crichton- one of my husband’s most read and beloved authors. I’ve said it before but this time I really mean it: I’m coming for you Jurassic Park. (Not this year, but next) (probably).

9. Tana French- I remember the disappointment in the eyes of one of my favorite library patrons, the cool one who read and watched all of the best books and movies in my opinion, when I admitted I hadn’t read Tana French. In that moment, I lost all of my legit library cred. And I made a solemn vow- I must read Tana French and seem low-key about it so she and I can chat. (It no longer matters as I’ve transferred to another library position and don’t work with customers, but for my own sense of self-worth, I must read some Tana French).

8. Donna Tartt- A lil’ birdie told me there’s a best-selling book/soon-to-be movie I should check out.

7. Charlotte Bronte- feel free to shun me over this. Honestly, I shun myself. (I do love me some Bronte sisters’ poetry, though).

6. Rainbow Rowell- an author who can bridge Young Adult and Adult novels, pays homage to fans and fan fiction, and can write funny, heart-wrenching, relatable character situations with sensitivity. Why haven’t I read her??

5. James Baldwin- there are likely countless reasons to read Baldwin’s works-his legacy, activism, and enormous influence due to telling the truths of his time. The main reason I feel compelled to read him, however, is because there are no less than 3 of his books sitting on my bookshelf right now. I have no excuse.

4. Georgette Heyer- Who? I know, the name doesn’t ring many bells within this century, but in Heyer’s heyday (the late 1920’s early 30’s) she was the Jane Austen of social satire and romantic folly. Several Heyer fans have mentioned her books as being an integral part of their growing up. When you think about how few authors have reached that Austen-esque bar, I’m willing to give this comparison a go.

3. Isaac Asimov- Why even read Asimov if, like me, you aren’t a sci-fi fanatic? Because Isaac Asimov has reportedly published a work under nearly EVERY number in the Dewey Decimal System! And that’s just the kind of nerd I am.

2. Kurt Vonnegut- one of those classic post-WWII American authors I know I’m supposed to read. But for the life of me, I’m not entirely sure why. This article might shed some light.

1. Patrick Rothfuss- a name that will be checked off this list before 2020. Wooo! On my tbr next month, for reals.

Do you ever feel shelf-shame for missing authors, or is it just me? Who’s on your not-read-yet list? Don’t forget to mention your freebie topic today in the comments so my readers and I can stop by your TTT. Have a great week!

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  1. Great list! Charlotte Bronte is one of my favorite authors. I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and wasn’t a huge fan, but she is a good writer and I’d love to read more of her books.

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    1. I own Eleanor and Park and believe I’ll start there. I’m quite ashamed of my Bronte-less existence, soon though, I own multiple copies of Charlotte and Emily’s books and just need to commit.

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  2. My favorite Michael Crichton book is Timeline. Whenever I think of him as an author I get an itch to read that book again. I really liked Fangirl.

    I haven’t read VE Schwab and I really want to. Maggie Stiefvater was on that list and I just finished The Raven Boys last night, so she’s off my never-read list now.

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    1. Yes, that one is my husband’s fave too! He geeks out about it and when I borrowed it for the photo he started to again. I told him, save it, I’ll read it eventually.

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  3. Georgette Heyer is amazing and Yes if you love Austen Heyer reaches her books are perfect for you. She is the next best thing to reading Austen and I don’t compare authors to Austen ever. Only Heyer is worthy of that honor. I would start with Frederica, The Grand Sophy, or Cotillion. Rainbow Rowell is really good. I love Eleanor and Park so much. Jane Eyre is a must-read. Start with that.

    My TTT https://thereadingrebel.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/top-ten-tuesday-my-top-ten-favorite-bookish-businesses/

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    1. I knew it! Thank you, The Grand Sophy is on my radar, but she was so prolific, I need to check out more titles. Thanks, my plans are definitely for Eleanor and Park and think I’ll go Emily’s Wuthering Heights first, but l’ll give Jane Eyre it’s due someday.

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      1. Wuthering Heights is one of my all time favorite books. I have read it 15 times. Heyer thankfully wrote a lot of books. They are very addictive. I am rereading them with a friend and she is loving them as much as me.

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  4. Casually pushing you in the direction of Donna Tartt’s books!!! It took me what felt like ages to get to her work but it was so worth it. They are brilliant and so beautifully written. And I’m always excited when I see someone appreciating the Bronte sisters’ poetry! (Which, needless to say you definitely need to read full length novels and I hope you enjoy them when you do, regardless of where you start!)

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  5. MICHAEL!! YEZZZ!! It makes my geeky heart sing to see Savanna read his books now too. I just love his work. You have some amazing authors on this list. I will join you for The Name of the Wind either this year or next. I am waffling. I hear such great things about it. I kind of want to savor it. Read it at a good time. Does that sound weird? I want to end 2019 strong on reading books so I am trying my best to read every night before bed. I am enjoying the lack of screen time that involves too. Great list! I think I need to make a list like this. Get me motivated to go outside the box.

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    1. I’ve struggled to get my reading in enough the last few years that I found adding that structured time into my day is necessary. I read on one of my 2 breaks and work lunchtime when I can.
      Savanna is already more well-read than I am, but I’m catching up;) I bet you’ll pick up TNOTW at just the right time, I felt that happened for me❤

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  6. I managed to dodge James Joyce across three different English courses in university. It was NOT going to happen, and indeed, it didn’t! Life’s too short to be reading things that just don’t speak to you, though it’s always nice to try something new and discover a new fave (which is pretty rare; finding favourite new books is actually kind of a chore. It’s like the TV thing – there’s just too much out there, the choice is daunting.)

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