10 Authors I Need to Read More From

this post is part of the Top Ten Tuesday feature, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

For a while now I’ve been checking out the top then themes to see when I could participate, and this week there was finally a subject I felt comfortable listing! The order is based on… sort of a mix of my enjoyment of the author itself (not necessarily the book I’ve read), and the urgency to read more from them.

Honourable Mention: John Steinbeck. I liked East of Eden, but family dramas are not usually my cup of tea – in fact Steinbeck may be the only author that ever got me to enjoy the genre. So I’m a little scared of his books because they all sound a bit boring!

#10 Carlos Ruiz Zafón, La Sombra Del Viento [ The Shadow of the Wind ]
I’ve read this book so many years ago I can’t even recall what it was about exactly. I know how I was very impressed with Zafón‘s novel at the time and so I’m actually thinking of revisiting the novel before moving on. Next: El Juego del Ángel [ The Angel’s Game ]

#09 Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Brontë is a very peculiar situation for me. I found Jane Eyre to be a fantastic book, one that I thoroughly enjoyed and adequately obsessed over it for a long period of time; but I can’t find another Brontë novel that I’m dying to read. Next: probably Villette

#08 Florbela Espanca, As Máscaras do Destino [ The Masks of Destiny ]

This is shamefully the only portguese author in here, and it’s shameful because the reason for that is that I haven’t read many portuguese authors. From all that I’ve read only one book from, Espanca is the one that I want to read more from. Interestingly enough, Máscaras is a book of short stories and Espanca is better known for her poetry. I’ve talked on our podcast about one of the short stories, O Sobrenatural, the one that truly got to me. Next: Sonetos

#07 Milan Kundera, Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí [ The Unbearable Lightness of Being ]

This is just like Brontë, possibly worse. I loved The Unbearable Lightness of Being,  I honestly don’t know what to read next, but I need to read something. Next: HELP

#06 Penny Reid, Neanderthal Seeks Human

Okay so technically when I wrote this post I had not yet finished the book, but I knew I needed to read more from Reid; and now that I am done with it, the feeling remains. I’ve just begun reading Friends without Benefits (the second book in the Knitting in the City series), so I don’t know if I’ll like it as much as Neanderthal, but I can tell you that the latter is worth a read.

If you’re looking for a smart and funny (I honestly laughed out loud several times) romance novel that doesn’t go where you’re expecting (at least in the first two-thirds of it), that has a quirky female lead, and just a bit of darkness to it, this is your book. Next: Friends Without Benefits 

#05 Stephen King, Misery

Of all the ten authors that are featured in this list, Stephen King is the only one that I like despite having tried to read a second book of his and failing to finish. That book was Lisey’s Story, and I simply lost all interest in it halfway through it, three or four summers ago.

Misery, however, had me hooked. I distinctly recall being pleased by how gross (that mouth-to-mouth breathing description has stayed with me since) and how scary it was, something I had never felt while reading a book. So I want more, because fear is something no other author ever gave me again. Next: The Shining 

#04 Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man

Isherwood moved me deeply with his beautiful, poignant writing in A Single Man, and I’m just itching to get more of his writing style and sensitivity. Next: The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr Norris/Goodbye to Berlin

#03 Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus

Though Delta of Venus is the only book from Anaïs Nin  that I’ve finished, when I was done with it I wasn’t very keen on reading Little Birds or any other erotica novels for which Nin is famous (though I understand and can appreciate the genre). Nonetheless, I couldn’t shake the feeling that she was a beautiful writer of prose, and a great character builder. I got this impression from passages like this one, from The Hungarian Adventurer short story:

When he needed money he married a rich woman, plundered her and left for another country. Most of the time the women did not rebel or complain to the police. The few weeks or months they had enjoyed him as a husband left a sensation that was stronger than the shock of losing their money. For a moment they had known what it was to live with strong wings, to fly above the heads of mediocrity.

So I started Henry and June, which is gathered from passages of Nin’s real life journals, and my feeling was right. Her writing is wonderful, and her thoughts are so captivating. I could only find one volume of her journals, but hope someday I will get to read them all. Next: finish Henry and June

#02 Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

I guess the only surprise here is that I haven’t read more books from Ellis! American Psycho is the coolest book ever ever ever, which is a bit scary because it won’t be easy for other novels to live up to it. Next: either Less Than Zero or The Rules of Attraction

#01 Donna Tartt, The Secret History

This is kind of like Shadow of the Wind, but the feeling of having loved it is much, much stronger. I honestly can’t really remember the plot, nor what happens at the end, not even the character’s names apart from Bunny. I remember it was dark, secretive, and extremely alluring. This book seduced my when I was eighteen and never allowed me to move on.

I’ve waited a long time for Tartt to write another novel that would spark my curiosity. Now there is The Goldfinch, highly praised, equally long. I’ve read the first chapter but put it down and decided not to buy it just yet. I’m thinking December will be a good time to read it, and until then I’ll be able to revisit The Secret History.
Next: The Goldfinch

next tuesday’s list will be 10 Books in My Fall Reading List, join us! 

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  1. September 17, 2014 / 5:32 PM

    I have a way too long reading list and I just added a few of these books & authors to my list! Thanks for some good recommendations.

    • September 17, 2014 / 7:49 PM

      That’s great Jess, I’m so glad! Let me know what you thought about them when you read them!

  2. September 17, 2014 / 9:12 PM

    You won’t like Villette. Trust me.

    I have The Secret History sitting on my bookshelf right now, actually, and I’m hoping to get to it soon x

    • September 17, 2014 / 11:02 PM

      Oh really, why do you say that? I seriously don’t know where to turn next with Brontë. Shirley’s story doesn’t appeal to me, and the others have kind of meh reviews.

    • September 17, 2014 / 11:15 PM

      Villette was very … dull. Same with The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. I actually really enjoyed reading Wuthering Heights – have you read that one?

    • September 18, 2014 / 10:27 AM

      Ohh that’s too bad. I’ll give a try when I feel like reading something possibly dull 😛

      For a year I picked WH up and put it down, picked it up, and put it down again… I was halfway through it but could never finish. In part I think that was due to the old english, it’s exhausting when I can’t understand everything that is said, and eventually I’m lost.

      I’ll have to give a try again soon, I think now I’ll be able to understand it better.

  3. Nikhat Zahra
    September 18, 2014 / 9:26 AM

    I have the ebook of Goldfinch but my college reading list is so mental right now that I don’t know when I’ll get to do any reading of my own. And oh oh I forgot to tell you. My friend gave me American Psycho for my birthday! I mean to read that when I have time as well (which will probably be after college gets over but lessee).

    • September 18, 2014 / 11:05 AM

      Oh how I get that… this is the most I’ve read since I got into college. I hope I can keep it up when my obligatory reading list goes crazy too.

      Yesss, hope you like it!! I read it in the summer, so I was free to spend entire afternoons obsessing over it, which was good. Or maybe not 😛

  4. Brittani
    September 18, 2014 / 3:15 PM

    I always have this problem. I read one book, love it, then just move to the next on my list without checking out more of the author’s work. I’m trying to fix that.

    • September 18, 2014 / 3:37 PM

      it sounds counterintuitive doesn’t it? If we liked them, we should look for more!

  5. moviesandsongs365
    October 2, 2014 / 8:43 AM

    I’ve read The Secret History, I love her writing. Richard is a great narrator, you really get under his skin and see the college world through his eyes. I’m getting Donna Tartt’s new novel hopefully soon. I actually stumbled upon Tartt’s short stories and non-fiction online, if has any interest: http://tinyurl.com/mqejqjs

    • October 2, 2014 / 2:11 PM

      I just bought The Goldfinch a couple of days ago, hope you get it soon, too. Thanks for the link, I’d love to read more from her – bookmarking it right now!

  6. Josh
    December 2, 2014 / 5:17 PM

    I’d like to get into some of Stephen King’s novels, as I’ve only read his book On Writing. Bret Easton Ellis is a big blind spot as well. I’ve only read a couple of his short stories.

    • December 4, 2014 / 11:19 AM

      Same here, though in Ellis’s case I wonder if I’ll like his other books as much as I did American Psycho.

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