Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Books by my Favourite Authors I Still Haven't Read


This list includes book I've been meaning to pick up, books I have no intention of reading, and books that I'll eventually get around to reading. This does not (I repeat, does not) make me any less of a fan, mind you. (Sorry.)

1. Pelican Brief by John Grisham - I have wanted to read this book for an eternity. I was on high school when I first picked it up, but for some reason or the other, had to return it to the library. This topic is a happy reminder to pick it up. 

2. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King - The other day a certain someone told me I'm not a true SK fan until I read his "magnum opus." Naturally, I bristled. I like King for his characters, naturally, but I am somehow more drawn to horror.

3. Sandman by Neil Gaiman - My book club had a Gaiman-themed meetup once and that was the first time my curiosity about Sandman was piqued. Otherwise, I really don't consider myself a graphic novels-person. Appreciate the art, can't get into the read. 

4.  Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) - When I saw the topic, I thought to myself, surely there must be some Cormoran Strike novel out that I haven't read yet. Somehow these books never produced that urgency in me to pick up and read them. I will eventually read it. Meanwhile, desperately awaiting the Fantastic Beasts movie.

5. The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter - I have read about 35 of Pratchett's Discworld books (of around 50.) I read some non-Discworld stories before his death, including the beloved Good Omens. I do plan on finishing the series, am slowly relishing it. But now, since we lost him, I just can't bring myself to read a collaboration with another author.. in fact, part of which was published posthumously... there's something unsettling about it.

6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - This is a little silly of me. I love Mark Twain, have read quite a few of his books. I also enjoyed The Adventures of Huck Finn.. I just think I've crossed the window of life when I would have actually appreciated this book. There are other books by Twain I have yet to read, which I would like to (like Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc), and I don't see myself ever going back to Tom Sawyer.

7. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro - I keep meaning to pick this up. I love Ishiguro's style. I think his Englishness makes his Japanese-ness a tad less incomprehensible for me.. I'm more suited to his style of writing than any proper Japanese translation for instance. I would highly recommend An Artist of the Floating World to get a good taste of this mixed style I'm talking about... and Nocturnes (short story collection) for a snippet.

8. Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft - This one makes me laugh! I have no clue how I could have read so many stories by Lovecraft and somehow missed this. I know the story, naturally. In fact, you know what, let me go read it right away. This is awfully embarrassing.

9. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury - I've read his novels, his short stories, his book on writing advice and a fantabulous review of Dandelion Wine - but I have not been able to read beyond five pages of this book. I found it a bit to esoteric and lacking in those elements that I personally admire about Bradbury, but mostly, the book left me feeling in "the wrong place, at the wrong time." Have you ever felt that about a book? You can tell it is great, but exactly how is just out of reach... like it wasn't written for this version of you.

10. The Sundial by Shirley Jackson - I am not sure I get to claim Jackson as a favourite author when I have only read two of her books (but how delicious they were.) I really want to read The Sundial... I am convinced that it will leave as great an impression on me as We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

And that's it for today. If you haven't figured out, this post is part of the Top Ten Tuesday meme. Feels good to be back to blogging! Any books by favourite authors that still haven't made it to your shelf?

7 comments:

Divers and Sundry said...

I may well be the only Memphian never to have read Grisham lol. Of the others, I've read these: I enjoyed The Dark Tower series, but it's so _long_! I'm re-reading The Sandman now, so it's funny you mention it. I'm not generally a graphic novel reader, but I enjoy Gaiman's work. Tom Sawyer I read as a child and then again when my kids were young. I think I still have that Lovecraft book, along with one or two others, from when I originally read them. I remember reading Dandelion Wine back in high school when I went on a binge of his books. It's not one I ever re-read and don't really even remember it now... I'll have to look into the Shirley Jackson book. Thx for the suggestion :)

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch said...

I love the theme of your blog so much omg!!! It's very refreshing and creative.

Anyway, wonderful post! I've been eyeing some of these titles, too.

Astilbe said...

I haven't read The Dark Tower series either. You're not alone there.

Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

Brooke Lorren said...

I didn't even know King finished The Dark Tower series. I thought it was like The Song of Ice and Fire... one of those series that would never be finished in the author's lifetime. Guess not.

Lauren Stoolfire said...

One of these days I'll need to read The Buried Giant too - Happy reading! :)

Priya said...

Divers and Sundry - But John Grisham is a must! I went on a John Grisham binge-read in high school, but never got around to this for I watched the movie! I don't remember the movie any more, so I might pick it up after all. Dandelion Wine, I can give another old college try... Thanks for stopping by!

Shealea - Thank you!

Brooke - Didn't it finish a long time ago? Lol. It's much shorter than that (8 books, but smaller I guess), so I might pick it up one of these days, after all...

Literary Feline said...

I have always wanted to read Pelican Brief. Not all of Grisham's books interest me (I've read two so far), but I definitely want to give that one a try. At one time I really wanted to read the Dark Tower novels (I enjoy fantasy quite a bit), but I have lost some interest in them. Maybe someday. Not any time soon though. I'm so behind on the Cormoran Strike series--I've only read the first book, which I loved. I'm excited she's come out with a new book in the series though. And glad there aren't so many books out I feel like I'll never catch up . . .

I liked The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn more than Tom Sawyer. I don't know that those are books I would ever re-read, but I enjoyed them when I read them.

Have a great weekend!

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