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The 10 authors you most want to read books by

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What are 10 authors that you haven't read any books of yet, but that you really want to start reading? For myself I'm only including authors who've written more than one book, that I'm interested in.

 

I'm going to have to think about this one, a quick list on top off my head:

 

Raymond E. Feist

Robin Hobb

Terry Brooks

Isaac Asimov

Neal Asher

Jill Mansell

Jenny Colgan

Katie Fforde

Diana Gabaldon

Rick Riordan

 

I might still change this though as undoubtedly there were authors I forgot about!

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez

JG Ballard

Louis Sacher

Anya Seton

Alexander Dumas

Ian Fleming

Gillian Flynn

Shelby Foote

Andy Weir

Oscar Wilde

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I looked no further than my TBR pile for this list, as I have a tendency to buy a lot of books by a particular author before reading even one by them.

 

Like Athena, I've only included those for whom there are multiple books that I want to read. Even then, I had to make two lists in order to fit all of my choices!  :blush2:

 

Fiction

JG Ballard

Wilkie Collins

Philip K Dick

Robert Heinlein

Ursula Le Guin

Stanislaw Lem

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

China Mieville

Sarah Waters

Jack Womack

 

Non-Fiction

Vincent Bugliosi

Richard Dawkins

Peter FitzSimons

AC Grayling

Christopher Hitchens

Thomas Keneally

HL Mencken

Oliver Sacks

Andrew Solomon

Simon Winchester

 
This list is a good idea, thanks Athena. I think I might link to it in my reading blog next year for when I put together my next priority reading list. :)

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This list is a good idea, thanks Athena. I think I might link to it in my reading blog next year for when I put together my next priority reading list. :)

Thanks :)!

 

Interesting lists :). You should totally read Philip K. Dick, I've read a couple of books by him now and I liked them all :). I've got a few more on my TBR.

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That's a really tough one - of those I'm keen to read, most I've read at least one already.  Having said that, I do need to complete different lists for fiction and non-fiction.  I've used the rule others have used, that I want to read more than one book, or just want to read the author with no book particularly in mind.

 

Fiction

1.  Honore de Balzac

2.  Arnold Bennett

3.  Ford Madox Ford

4.  Edith Wharton

5.  Fyodor Dostoevsky

6.  Victor Hugo

7.  Mario Vargas Llosa

8.  Angela Carter

9.  John Updike

10. Joyce Carol Oates

 

Non-fiction

1.  Fernand Braudel

2. .William Dalrymple

3.  Winston Churchill

4.  Edward Gibbon

5.  Stephen Jay Gould

6.  Samuel Pepys

7.  AJP Taylor

8.  Gillian Tindall

9.  Amanda Vickery

10. CV Wedgewood

 

Whilst I've read much of their fiction, I've yet to read any non-fiction by Virginia Woolf or Peter Ackroyd, so they sort of half count!

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Oh man, this is about authors I've read nothing by yet? This is tricky :D 

 

Marcel Proust

Ayn Rand

Simone de Beauvoir

Bill Bryson

H. L. Mencken

Natalie Goldberg

Penelope Fitzgerald

Joe Abercrombie  :hide:

Georges Perec

Mervyn Peake

Alan Bradley

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Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged over Fountainhead, trust me :)  Or Anthem, but that's sort of cheating :giggle2:

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Atlas Shrugged over Fountainhead, trust me :)  Or Anthem, but that's sort of cheating :giggle2:

 

Those are the books I have. And yes, I agree that A would be cheating :giggle2::D 

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Willoyd, have you read anything by Joyce Carol Oates? I read The Gravedigger's Daughter some years ago and I very much like the way she writes, so detailed. I have two others of hers on my shelves, The Falls and Little Bird of Heaven.

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Hmmm, I don't think I have 10, but there are a few.

 

1. John Fowles

2. Umberto Eco

3. Henry James

4. E.R. Eddison

5. Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

I do have a few authors that I have read one or two books by, and want to read everything I can get my hands on.

 

1. Daphne Du Maurier

2. Vladimir Nabokov

3. Neal Stephenson

4. Mary Stewart

5. Peter Straub

6. Theodore Sturgeon (he writes mostly short stories, but he has more to say about the human condition in short pieces than most authors say in a long novel)

7. Jack Vance

8. Gene Wolfe

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Those are the books I have. And yes, I agree that A would be cheating :giggle2::D

:P 

Anthem is good, I liked it.  :smile:  I was happy to see her on your list!

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:P 

Anthem is good, I liked it.  :smile:  I was happy to see her on your list!

 

I don't doubt that it's good, it's just the length :D I believe Kylie has read it and liked it, too. :)

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:P 

Anthem is good, I liked it.  :smile:  I was happy to see her on your list!

 

 

I don't doubt that it's good, it's just the length :D I believe Kylie has read it and liked it, too. :)

 

I liked Anthem and Atlas Shrugged, even though that last section is a long speech, it still was interesting, and I happen to agree with a lot, but not all, of her philosophy. I couldn't get through The Fountainhead, though.

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I don't doubt that it's good, it's just the length :D

I know, right? She goes from AS at nearly 1200 pages and then does less than 100 with Anthem.  Proof she does know limits :giggle2:

 

I couldn't get through The Fountainhead, though.

That was a tough one.

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In no order:

 

Michael Connelly

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Daphne Du Maurier

Richard Ford

Ingrid Hedström

John Le Carré

Vilhelm Moberg

Joseph Conrad

Lev Tolstoj

Joyce Carol Oates

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Ker-runch!!  What a good question and what great lists of authors!  But at the moment I am caught entirely off guard, standing completely on the wrong foot, without a single author who comes to mind.  :o I am just plain authored out.

I would just be happy to conquer the twin peaks of TBR books on my end-table, even though I haven't the faintest ideas of who their authors are.

But when I scrunch my brain, some almost forgotten pending names do fall out:

 

Jules Romains

John Dos Passos

H. Rider Haggard

Louis Lamour

Larry McMurtry

Taylor Caldwell

Graham Greene

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Peter Matthiessen

Marilynne Robinson

Anita Shreve

 

That's ten anyway, actually eleven; but those TBR's are still staring at me. :(

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1) George Orwell

2) Anne Bronte

3) Katie Fford

4) John Steinbeck

5) Dorothy Koomson

6) Leo Tolstoy

7) Hilary Mantel

8) Oscar Wilde

9) Virginia Woolf

10) Gillian Flynn

 

Authors I have read but want to read more of

 

1) Daphne Du Maurier

2) Thomas Hardy

3) Charlotte Bronte

4) William Shakespeare

5) Maureen Lee

6) Sophie Kinsella

7) Jill Mansell

8) Philippa Gregory

9) Charles Dickens

10) Stephen King

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Peering at my Goodreads TBR, it's these guys:

 

Virginia Woolf

Rex Stout

Thomas Hardy

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Sherwood Anderson

Hilary Mantel

Patrick Gale

Mary Renault

Harriet Rutland

Shirley Jackson

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Oh gosh, I'm just looking at my list that I made back in March, and I still haven't read anything by any of those authors!  I must choose one for my next read...

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I have read George Orwell and John Steinbeck! Two of my favourites. I have also read a couple of Oscar Wilde one that I really enjoyed and one I liked. Not really got much further with the others. 

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I'm sure there are loads out there, but I have enough to be going on with, so the authors I have already read, but want to read more of (make sense?) are:

Louise Penny

Elizabeth Chadwick

Kate Ellis

Jasper Fforde

Daphne du Maurier

Jodi Taylor

Anita Shreve

Mary Stewart

Diana Gabaldon

Susanna Gregory

L J Ross

Phil Rickman

 

and too many others to mention!

 

I've taken out Barbara Erskine as I've read nearly all of hers - only one I haven't read is The Warrior's Princess, plus the new one which isn't even out yet - and replaced her with Louise Penny, as I'm way behind with her Inspector Gamache books.

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On 3/20/2017 at 12:12 PM, Onion Budgie said:

Peering at my Goodreads TBR, it's these guys:

 

Virginia Woolf

Rex Stout

Thomas Hardy

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Sherwood Anderson

Hilary Mantel

Patrick Gale

Mary Renault

Harriet Rutland

Shirley Jackson

 

I've managed to cross three off the list that I made last year.  Woolf has become one of my favourite authors, so that was a good pick. 

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It's great to see you guys going through your lists and telling us how you've made progress on your lists! :smile2: Onion Budgie, I'm especially happy to see that one of your TBR authors has become one of your favorite authors! :D  Imagine that!

 

At the same time, I'm sad to say I've not read any of the authors I've mentioned in my list! :D:unsure::D 

Edited by frankie

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