When I found out this week’s TTT topic, I told myself to not make a list that consists of 100% YA authors.  Or at least make a separate list for them.  The book blogging community is inundated with YA-related discussion, reviews, giveaways, and conversation.  More than half of the names, I haven’t even heard of before.  That’s an entry right there.  I’ve only been dipping into the apparently magical world of YA.  But there are other names in the game that I’ve heard of so many times before, even bought their books, but never really read it.

There are a couple of very popular authors that I initially wanted to include but then again, I’ve read at least ONE of their work.  One out of 234907, that is.  For Neil Gaiman, I’ve read – and not finished – one.  Same with Max Brooks.  They don’t count anymore.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday , we’re hanging our heads in shame and admitting to the fact that we’ve not read ALL the popular authors! Try not to judge us too much.

I feel that I’m familiar with a lot of these authors’ books because of screen adaptations.  For example, I own and read a lot of Stephen King in high school.  I love Firestarter starring Drew Barrymore… but I’ve never actually read the book.  I have it, I started reading a few pages but Stephen King being Stephen King, it became too tedious for me.  The same with The Shining, I watched it but never read it.  I’ve subjected myself to a couple of Nicholas Sparks because my friends said it’s the only author they’d read.  Please, let me be a warning… don’t do it.  If you want Sparks so bad, watch the movie adaptation.  At least that has hot guys.

I’m not a stranger to “collecting” bibliographies though.  I’m almost complete with James RollinsSigma Force series of books as well as George RR Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire.  I do like these character-driven mystery series occupied by the likes of Dan Brown, Tess Gerritsen, Steve Berry, and the late Robert Ludlum.  I seem used book stores with monotone shelves lined with all the books of these authors, spines ranging from good as new to tattered and loved.

So… off the top of my head, here we go:

1. John Green.  I am avoiding The Fault in Our Stars until the very last minute.  Hype is not a good thing, y’all.

2. Laurell K. Hamilton.  I love Anne Rice and her type of vampire fiction.  I was told that Miss Hamilton’s work is similar to that.  But all I’ve heard about her is her dislike of fanfiction.

3. Sophie Kinsella and Meg Cabot.  Their topics are simply not my thing.  I might pick one up when I’m bored at the dentist’s waiting room but to make it a point to follow everything they’ve done?  No, too many and my interest is just not there.

4. Jonathan Kellerman and Sue Grafton.  These authors are used bookstore staples.  I see Kellerman’s name all the time but I don’t really know much about him.  I’m told he’s in the mystery genre so I might remedy this in the future.  And NGL, I have most of Grafton’s Alphabet mystery series.  I just have no idea where to start.  I kept on pushing it further back until I forgot about it.  Also, David Baldacci.

5.   Margaret Atwood.  I’ve been meaning to read her work for yeaaaars.  I never had any of her books until late last year and still I haven’t read it.  I’ve heard nothing but great things, I need the time. *hangs head in shame*

6. Nora Roberts and Mary Higgins Clark.  Another used bookstore regular.  Roberts is everywhere.  But I don’t have any of her stuff.  And Clark?  I see her books at grocery stores and my local Rite Aid, for crying out loud.

7. James Patterson, John Grisham, and Tom Clancy.  I’ve watched all the film/tv/game adaptations of their books but I’ve never read a single one.  Hollywood kept churning them out faster than I can read any of them.

8.   Salman Rushdie He’s Padma Lakshmi‘s ex-husband.

9. Keira Cass.  When her book, Selection, came out, I came across the most scathing reviews before I found relatively favorable ones.  And even those aren’t really positive.  Ally Condie.  The premise of her series is interesting.  The blurb is not.  Sara Shepard.  I don’t even watch Pretty Little Liars.  Tahereh Mafi.  I love her husband’s (??) work so she should be under my radar, right?  Not really.

10. Rainbow Rowell. That’s her real name, right?  I have Eleanor & Park but there are other books in my queue that interest me more.

So I cheated.  Again.  Haha!  There’s simply too many books and authors and so little time.  If you’ve read anything from these authors, I’m open to recommendations.  Thanks!



  1. Going to comment on those I’ve read (and liked)…

    [1] Max Brooks (World War Z) – a great book if you are fascinated with the zombie apocalypse. Very different from the movie. WWZ is written like a history book. A bleak history where dead people don’t stay dead and the ones who are still alive kill each other for control.

    What fascinated me about WWZ is it was grounded in the cultural oddities of the characters. Events weren’t presented as “she got bit because she was stupid and someone had to die” but rather because (eg) they refused to put down family members, or their government had a history of covering up mistakes, and this “disease” would affect their economy.

    The book is formatted into a series of stories and reports, so you don’t have to finish it in one go. 🙂

    PS I love WWZ.

    [2] Neil Gaiman (Coraline and The Graveyard Book) – would’ve been amazing if you haven’t read a lot of amazing books already. I enjoyed both books but I can’t say the same for you. If I had to pick one though, go with TGB.

    [3] John Green (TFIOS) – your choice when you want to read it. 🙂 BUT it IS a good book. I’ve been pestered to read this for years too but I only picked it up last year on a whim, not even remembering this was The Book my sis kept asking me to read. It’s a good but short read. You said you liked Sparks movies but hated the books? TFIOS feels like JK Rowling delivering Sparks’ poignant message… which sounds weird. LOL But John Green won’t ramble on and bore you at any point in the book.

    [4] Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries) – You’re right. You’re probably too old for that. Read only if you have lots of time. (Which you don’t! Haha) I can’t comment on her other books though.

    [5] Margaret Atwood (Handmaid’s Tale) – I only read this because the past renter left it in the boarding house. You’re right, it takes time to read her work. (Also based on the fact that my lit classes keep quoting her, I think it’s the kind of work where you have to think a lot. Haha. So yes, read if you have time.)

    [6] Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl) – Fangirl was ok. But only because I’m a fangirl and there’s a character in the book with the same name as my crush. Haha (Sorry, there’s no GD or TOP in the book for you.) It felt like a grown-up Princess Diaries. Since you weren’t tempted to read TPD back in HS, I don’t know if I should recommend RR’s Fangirl to you. 😦

    *edit edit* I’m reading E&P reviews and it sounds so much better than Fangirl! I’m going to get a copy and tell you if it’s worth it.



    Please just read WWZ and TFIOS. 😀


    • Thanks for the recs! 🙂

      I’ll eventually get to TFIOS; probably a week before the movie’s release. I just don’t want to join that gaggle of blubbering fangirls I see everywhere when this book is mentioned.

      I partially read the companion book to World War Z. I didn’t finish because the book is my cousin’s and I didn’t get to finish before I left San Francisco. But my brother has a copy of both so I’ll just wait for him to get here. And that one Gaiman book I started is The Graveyard Book. I got confused halfway through so I put it down. It’s my brother’s copy that I read when I was in the Philippines two years ago.

      “You said you liked Sparks movies but hated the books?”

      LOL no. I don’t like Sparks, period. Overrated and overdramatic. What I’m saying is that the films are more worth my time. At least I don’t get to sit there for a day or two for nothing. If the movies bore me, I can just turn it off. 🙂

      I do have E&P on queue. I just need the drive. There are other books that interest me more.


  2. I’m glad to see someone else list authors other than YA. I’ve read a few on your list. John Green, I’ve only read The Fault in Our Stars but I did enjoy it. I didn’t cry or end up a emotional mess afterwards like everyone said but I did like the whole feel of it. Laurell K. Hamilton: I have read about 3 (maybe 4) of her Anita Blake novels and 1 of the Gentry series. I would be hesitant to compare her to Anne Rice, since I personally don’t see them as having the same style. I do like her books but I’m not sure if I’ll continue them since so many people have said the series gets worse. Mary Higgins Clark is one of those authors I can’t escape since my mother loves them. They are pretty decent mystery books, but nothing extremely mind-blowing. I love Mafi’s Shatter Me series, but it’s not for everyone since the writing style is so odd and the characters are not typical. I’ve only read one of Rowell’s books and that was Fangirl, while I liked it I also had issues with it and wasn’t all that impress.

    Great list! We share a lot of authors we haven’t read.


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  4. I haven’t read any of your author picks either. I’m ashamed I haven’t read Rainbow Rowell. This was a topic that has me motivated to dive into the books that have been patiently waiting for me on my bookshelf. Now if I could just catch up on my review books… New follower by Bloglovin’ and email. 🙂
    My TTT @ Donnie Darko Girl


    • Thanks! 🙂

      That’s one of the reasons why I stopped with the review exchange thing. I want to read so many books that I actually WANT to read but I felt obligated to read and review books that are gifted to me… even though I’m not really required to review them.



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