Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share the authors who we’ve read the most books by. However, I thought it would be fun to do this topic in reverse: instead, I’ll be sharing the ten authors whose entire bibliography I hope to read someday. Some of these authors are no longer writing, while others are still releasing new books.
William Faulkner. I’ve been slowly working my way through his books for years, but I still have so many left! Faulkner’s work is problematic in many ways, and analyzing how his work presents racist and sexist views and how (if) those views have changed today has helped me to think more critically about what I read.
Zadie Smith. I’ve only read White Teeth and On Beauty by Zadie Smith, but I enjoyed them both immensely and have heard such great things about her many other novels.
Willa Cather. I adore Willa Cather’s novel My Ántonia and have enjoyed a few of her other novels, but there are still some that I’ve yet to pick up. I’ve also visited Willa Cather’s grave (she’s buried about an hour away from where I live), which definitely made me feel more connected to her work.
Ann Patchett. I haven’t read much by Ann Patchett, but I’ve really enjoyed what I have read by her. I listened to an amazing interview with her in a podcast earlier this summer and now I am completely hooked.
Virginia Woolf. I took a course on Virginia Woolf when I studied abroad at Oxford and have wanted to work through the rest of her novels ever since. She’s such a thought-provoking, brilliant writer.
Helene Hanff. I read 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff earlier this year and absolutely adored it (as you can tell from my gushing review of it). Helene Hanff is so witty and interesting and I would love to read more of what she’s written.
Jane Austen. I’ve actually only ever read three novels by Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Emma) but have been meaning to read the others for YEARS. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading them very soon!
Neil Gaiman. I’ve really enjoyed several of Neil Gaiman’s books, particularly when listening to the audiobook versions that he narrates. I’d love to read all of them someday!
The Brontë sisters. I’ve only read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, but I’ve always wanted to read the other books written by this terrific trio eventually.
Penelope Fitzgerald. I’ve only read her novel The Bookshop, but I really enjoyed the story as well as her writing style. I’ve come close to picking up some of her other books over the years, but for some reason I’ve never actually read them.
Do you hope to read all the books written by a certain author? Any recommendations for books by the authors that I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!