One thing I say quite often is “Oh I love this author SO MUCH and want to read everything they ever write!”
Which is very heartfelt of me but also such a huge lie, WOW CAIT. I mean the wanting part isn’t the lie. I do want to read everything they ever write. But most of the time I (A) have ample opportunity to do so as they often have plenty of backlist titles, and yet (B) I proceed to do exactly nothing.
Well I made a vague list to make myself feel justified…so here we are:
REASONS I MIGHT NOT HAVE READ ALL BOOKS BY A FAVOURITE AUTHOR
☆ what if I don’t like it as much as the other books of theirs I’ve loved???
☆ their other titles actually aren’t interesting to me? mY BAD
☆ genuinely haven’t. had. a. chance. yet. THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS TO READ.
☆ I CAN’T FIND IT ANYWHERE. WHERE IS IT. COME BAAAAAACK INTO PRINT.
☆ I’m procrastinating it for genuinely no good reason. This is just who i am as a person.
☆ I didn’t realise they had more books out…because apparently I never pay attention to anything.
Regardless of all those pretty excuses…I really need to get my life together and read more of my favourite authors’ books!! So today I’m writing a little list of ones I need to get to. Soon!! I vaguely promise!!
I actually posted about this last year so this is pretty much part 2! (Last time I mentioned VE Schwab, Patrick Ness Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan, Neal Shusterman etc etc.) Have things improved from that list now? Lmao. No. But I will mention DIFFERENT authors this time! Just to see how deeply out of control I am!
Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read
1. SUZANNE COLLINS
Aww, I love The Hunger Games! I owe them so much! They not only got me into YA and therefore blogging and I discovered Maggie Stiefvater (aka my favourite author of life) through them so they have a super special place in my heart.
(Awww! Look at me go! I even admitted I have a heart! Cold and gnarly though it be.)
I actually didn’t even KNOW there was so many Gregor books ha. And the first didn’t appeal to me at all. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2. LAINI TAYLOR
I love her writing. I’m actually in the midst of rereading Strange the Dreamer and then I’m onto Muse of Nightmares (I’m so freaking lucky my publisher sent me an ARC. Like, mate, author perks of being with an epic publisher.) And I’m so ridiculously in love with the prose?! The style. The characters?! The way the descriptions literally melt in your mouth ahhhhhHHH!H!!!!!
Um, so awkward moment here, but I didn’t even realise she’d written books prior to Daughter of Smoke And Bone. I have failed myself here wow.
I genuinely want to read THEM ALL THOUGH NOW…even though I didn’t even realise she wrote faerie books until 2 seconds ago while getting this post together. Haha…oops.
3. RENEE AHEDIEH
I’m just annoyed at myself about this because I loved The Wrath and the Dawn…fully best read of 2015 (WOAH back when the dinosaurs roamed) but yet I haven’t touched a single other of her books and she has 4 more???? When I went to write this post, I actually thought there were only two more. So they’re popping out of the sNOW LIKE DAISIES NOW.
4. KIERSTEN WHITE
There are some authors who pretty much don’t sleep. THAT’S THE ONLY CONCLUSION I CAN DRAW WOW. Anyway this actually gives me hope because I can’t sleep and like to write things about stabbing so hopefully (!) I will grow up to be like Kiersten White.
I love the Conqueror’s Saga books so much (Lada, stabbing! Radu, cinnamon perfection!) and I’m really excited for Elizabeth Frankenstein…except for that cover. It makes my skin crawl. Apparently people love it?? I might read it as an ebook and save myself. Ha. Yes I am weak apparently.
5. HANNAH MOSKOWITZ
I love finding authors who don’t write “normal” things…like bE STILL MY BEATING HEART. I love how her books are full of monsters and claws and sad boys and sharp girls and so so much diversity and have odd plots that totally capture my heart. Never over Teeth. NEVER OVER IT. That, um, person sobbing in the corner is someone…else.
I actually struggle to find her books for sale in Australia though. What is this failure of a planet we reside on.
(Also ANOTHER AUTHOR WHO DOESN’T SLEEP??)
6. BENJAMIN ALIRE SÁENZ
Most of his backlist titles are in Spanish, adult fiction, or poetry collections sooo…I don’t even know if I’d go back and try to read some?? Maybe this is awful to admit, but I’m really only interested in his new books (AKA THE SEQUEL TO ARI AND DANTE OMG COME TO ME PLEASE).
Although it is nice to remember that authors did, indeed, exist before 2014 when I started reading YA widely. Who would have thought.
7. MARIE RUTKOSKI
Honestly I think I’ll get the award for being the person most surprised by my own post…?? But I had no idea she had other books! I’m actually waiting desperately for her to announce new books because I neeeeeed more. (It’s also been two years?! Which is practically a lifetime for someone who is very very short. Shh. This is logical.) Her older ones appear to be mostly MG too which I don’t usually gravitate to honestly.
8. CORNELIA FUNKE
I FELL IN LOVE WITH MIRRORWORLD. SO HARD. I’m anxiously waiting for book 4 yet it still doesn’t have a release date. And I know this is out of authors’ hands most of the time — but I would sacrifice many chocolates and annoying boys to the trees to get to know what happens next. They were the perfect amounts of MAGICAL and DARK.
As for her other books? Ok going through Goodreads showed me most weren’t in English (I am tragically bound by one language) and also lots of picture books/chapter books. Even if I love an author, I often don’t read their MG selections. I’m sorry. I don’t mind a lot of MG! But mostly I feel too old.
I would like to finish off Inkheart but tbh that’s all.
9. ADAM SILVERA
Look technically ONE BOOK isn’t enough to be on this list…but I just wanted to flail because I love his work so much!! It’s not underrated but can the world ever flail too much over a good book?! I THINK NOT, SIR. So here I am to say that History Is All You Left Me totally smashed my heart and therefore is my favourite.
But this is also 900% of the reason why I am procrastinating More Happy Than Not is because I think I’m going to be More NOT Happy Than Anything Else Thanks Why Are You Like This Mr. Silvera Who Hurt You. (That seems like a good retitling.)