Hello fellow Booklovers!
I feel ashamed to admit that there are some really amazing and popular authors out there that I am yet to read any work by. For some of these authors, I don't really intend on reading their work, but there are heaps that I still really want to read, but just haven't got around to reading anything. So, here is a list of my top ten authors that I still really need to and want to read!
So in no particular order...
1. Cassandra Clare
Yes, I haven't read any of the Mortal Instruments series. Please don't hate me! Before joining the online book community, I had no intention of reading the series because I just didn't want to dedicate the time to such a big series. However, this year, I've come to realise that I will probably enjoy Cassandra's book, whenever I finally get around to reading them. Currently, I do own City of Bones, so hopefully I'll be able to jump into her writing very soon.
2. J.R.R. Tolkein
Again, don't hate me, but I haven't yet ventured into Middle Earth. I know, I'm a terrible person! Again, I never really felt like reading the series, even though it's relatively short compared to the Mortal Instruments, and even Harry Potter. And yet, I still haven't read it! But, don't worry, I now own all of the Lord Of The Rings books, so I'm planning on starting them by the end of the year.
And also, I still haven't seen the movies, but in my defense, I want to read the books first!
3. George R.R. Martin
So this one I don't feel so bad about, because it's only since the TV series came out that the books have become popular again and everyone is jumping aboard the Songs of Ice and Fire train. Also, have you seen how long this series is? Each book is over 800 pages, so it's a little hard not to get overwhelmed by the thought of reading them. I do own the first book, but still haven't worked up the courage to actually read it. I do hope I get to it soon though.
Again, like LOTR, I haven't even watched the TV series yet (despite owning the first three seasons on DVD). I want to have read at least some of the first book before I check out the TV show, but I'm definitely not going to try to finish reading the series before I watch it (that would take forever at the rate I'm going!)
4. Philippa Gregory
Philippa Gregory keeps bringing out amazing sounding books, and I haven't even read one of them yet. She's going to have an entire library worth of books released before I get around to even starting on one of her books. I really love historical fiction, and Philippa focuses on two of my favourite eras, that of the War of the Roses and the Tudor Dynasty, so I don't know why I haven't read at least one of her books. I currently own three ~ The Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance and The King's Curse ~ but I feel like I need to read her series in order, meaning I need to go and get the books.
I think I'll aim to have read one of her books by this time next year.
5. Charles Dickens
I feel like I should have read at least one Charles Dickens in my life before now, but I haven't and it feels wrong! I know about some of his stories, but I don't actually know them, so I really want to read his work, ASAP!
Actually, I am meant to be reading A Tale Of Two Cities this month as it was my TBR Jar Challenge, but I haven't started it yet, so hopefully I'll be able to cross Dickens off this list very soon.
6. Jane Austen
Again, I feel like I should have read something by Jane Austen already. Don't some people read Jane Austen in high school? Anyway, like Dickens, I've heard of Jane Austen's books, I just don't actually know what they are about. I currently own a gorgeous edition of Northanger Abbey so I'm hoping to read it soon, because I feel very unread at the moment...
7. Ransom Riggs
Like George R.R. Martin, I don't feel too bad about not having read anything by Ransom Riggs, because his books have only come out recently. But, I still desperately want to read the Miss Peregrine's series because it's gotten nothing but amazing reviews and people can't seem to speak more highly of it.
Hopefully, I'll be reading the series around the time book three comes out, but if that doesn't happen, I seriously want to have them all read by the time the movie comes out!
8. George Orwell
I feel like everyone read something by George Orwell in school and I didn't! And because of this, I feel like I'm missing out on some of the literary references that are made in life, simply because I haven't picked up one of his books yet. Orwell is another classics author who I need to read, because everyone seems to really enjoy his work, even if they were forced to read it in school.
Let me know, which Orwell book should I try first?
9. John Green
Shots are about to be fired, I can just feel it!
Okay, so I haven't read anything by John Green and I haven't even watched the movie adaptations - please don't hate me, I really do want to read!
I've been wanting to read some John Green for ages, but kind of wanted to wait for the hype of The Fault In Our Stars to die down before I got into the book. However, I realised I didn't really want to start with TFIO, so I've since picked up Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherine's because these seem to be John's more up-beat books (also, they sound like they are gong to be great!).
I'm aiming to read one of these books in the next few months, so hopefully John's name won't be on this list for too much longer!
10. H.G. Wells
So as you can see, I really want to catch up on some classics, and H.G. Wells is another one of those classic authors. I mainly only want to read The War of the Worlds because I'm fascinated by the radio broadcast that came out of it (which sounds awesome by the way, so go check that out!). However, his other work sounds amazing too, so I just really need to get on with it and pick up one of his books.