Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is about authors I haven’t read yet but want to. 

In fiction, here are some of the authors on my TBR list:

  • Amor Towles: Rules of Civility, A Gentleman in Moscow, The Lincoln Highway – I keep hearing great things about these books.
  • Peter Heller: The River is a frequent recommendation of Modern Mrs. Darcy.
  • Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited has been on my TBR a long time.
  • Anne Enright: The Gathering, Actress. She’s won or been nominated for a number of awards, including the Man Booker Prize and the Women’s Prize longlist. 

There are several science fiction and fantasy authors I keep meaning to read.  These authors are always on a lot of favorites lists:

  • Laini Taylor: Strange the Dreamer and The Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Sarah J. Maas: A Court of Thorn and Roses, The Throne of Glass, and Crescent City series
  • Matt Ruff: Lovecraft Country. I didn’t stick with the television series but I’d like to read it.
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky: Children of Time is a favorite of Mr. CG.

In nonfiction, here are some authors I’ve heard great things about:

  • Emma Dabiri: Dabiri writes about race; her books include Don’t Touch My Hair, What White People Can Do Next, and Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture.  As someone who thinks about hair and what it means, I’m intrigued. 
  • Oliver Sacks: Sacks is a British neurologist who writes about his patients; his books include Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Anthropologist on Mars
  • Temple Grandin: I’ve long been intrigued by the great work of Temple Grandin and her advocacy for those on the autism spectrum. Her books include Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation, and The Autistic Brain.
  • Gabrielle Union: An actress, activist, and author, I’ve heard great things about her books We’re Going to Need More Wine and You Got Any More?

Those are 12 authors I still need to read. If you’ve read any of these authors, where would you suggest I start?

  19 comments for “Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

  1. lydiaschoch
    April 12, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Animals In Translation sure sounds interesting.

    My post:

  2. April 12, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Taylor is a great writer. I hope you love all of these authors when you get to them.

    • April 12, 2022 at 7:10 pm

      I’ve seen her so many times on people’s best-of lists! A lot of fantasy series sound the same to me, so I try not to pick up too many, but she clearly stands out.

      • April 12, 2022 at 9:00 pm

        I can understand that. I think hers would stand out.

  3. April 12, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    Ooh, you should definitely read some Oliver Sacks – fascinating stuff. I keep meaning to read Evelyn Waugh but never get round to it.

    • April 12, 2022 at 7:08 pm

      I’m very interested in brain research, so Oliver Sacks sounds like a perfect read. Lory from Enter the Enchanted Castle recommended Anthropologist on Mars, and I never go wrong with her recommendations!

  4. April 12, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    This is the second time I’ve seen Towles on a list today. I really need to give him a whirl as well. His books sound excellent!

    Happy TTT!


    • April 12, 2022 at 7:06 pm

      I feel like everyone is talking about his books. Of course Lincoln Highway is his latest, but I’m drawn to Rules of Civility.

  5. April 12, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    I’m pitching for you to read Evelyn Waugh. Brideshead is simply wonderful and then you can enjoy the TV series based on the book. Forget about the film version though – it doesn’t do justice to Waugh at all.

    • April 12, 2022 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks, I don’t have a good reason for wanting to read it, maybe because you’ve recommended it before! Appreciate the recommendation of which version to watch when I’m done.

  6. April 12, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve read Laini Taylor and Daughter of Smoke and Bone was my favourite of hers, so I recommend starting there. Sarah J Maas I’ve also read and I would say start with Throne of Glass, mostly because I prefer that series to ACOTAR.
    My TTT:

  7. April 12, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    I just read The River a couple months ago as my first Peter Heller book, and I loved it! (so much so that I dove straight into its sequel, not quite as perfect but very close) I’m not sure if any others will match the perfection of these characters, but I pretty much have the rest of his catalog on my interest list now.

  8. April 12, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I’d like to try Amor Towles too. Certainly seeing a lot of that name around lately! I’ve read Actress by Anne Enright – it was interesting but I didn’t love it. I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone a million years ago but never finished the rest of them – definitely something I want to do one day.

  9. April 12, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    So many great choices! I’ve read one book by Peter Heller (The Dog Stars — it was excellent), and I really do want to read The River too. I’m also looking forward to reading Children of Time. So far, I’ve read two novellas by that author, and loved them both, so I’m eager to try his full-length novels. Hope you enjoy!

  10. April 13, 2022 at 4:53 am

    I second Brideshead Revisited! It’s one of the few books I’ve read twice and is quite different from his satirical novels, which I also love but haven’t read for far too long. On the other hand, I really didn’t like The Gathering at all. You should definitely read some Oliver Sacks if you’re interested in brains and neurodiversity. I’ve only seen a TED talk by Temple Grandin, but I can only imagine her books would be equally fascinating.

  11. April 24, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    I have mixed feelings about Peter Heller — I really disliked Celine, but since everyone was raving about The River, I gave it a try, and thought it quite good. I’m with on needing/wanting to read Amor Towles.

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