04 March 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

When it comes to 'popular' books, I'm always pretty wary - as my tastes tend to run to the eclectic, there are a lot of books that don't always necessarily appeal to me, particularly when they are so successful.  I think it's mainly because I'm scared I'll hate books that everyone loves, so I just prefer to leave them with an air of mystery.....

As such, this is my Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read - some of them I own their books and fully intend to read them one day - others, not so much...

J.K. Rowling

Stephanie Meyer

Maggie Stiefvater

Richelle Mead

Libba Bray

Rainbow Rowell

Stephanie Perkins

Simone Elkeles

Sarah Dessen

Meg Cabot

So, recommendation time - are there any of these authors that you recommend I DO read sooner rather than later?


  1. Out of all of those authors the only one I can truly recommend is J.K. Rowling. Of course I'm a huge Potter fan and I'm a bit bias, but I think it's definitely worth a shot! I really liked her mystery novel Cuckoo's Calling too. I'm not a Meyer fan, at all, and I've only had one experience with Rowell which was so-so.

  2. Definitely recommend you to start JK Rowling. Am not a personal fan of Stephanie Meyer so I don't think you're missing out on too much if you haven't read Twilight yet. The others, don't stress :) just read them when you can, I guess,

    New GFC follower :)

    My TTT

    Witless Fool @ Obsessive Compulsive Reader

  3. I love Sarah Dessen! She writes really compelling stories. Of course, some people do complain that nothing much happens in her books, so if you're looking for a lot of action, you may not enjoy her books.

    My favorite book from her is "The Truth About Forever", about this girl who thinks that she's dealt with her father's death, but it turns out, she hasn't.

  4. Chelsea @ Books For ThoughtMarch 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Skip Stephanie Meyer and go right to Rowling.

  5. Harry Potter is a must, of course, but Libba Bray and Meg Cabot are two of my favorite authors. I think you'd particularly like Going Bovine and Beauty Queens by Bray.

  6. I've never read John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Maggie Stiefvater and I'm sure dozens more.

    I'm almost afraid to at this point. my friend solve them so much and what if I don't? lol

  7. Nikki @ Foil the PlotMarch 4, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Okay, so I would definitely recommend Libba Bray. Her book, The Diviners, was DIVINE (see what I did there?)! Also, Maggie Stiefvater. I'm hooked on her Raven Cycle series. I read The Scorpio Races and liked it but didn't love it. It was a great book but not what I was expecting. I suspect a re-read on that one is in order. Skip Meyer. Seriously. And Rowling... I've only read Harry Potter so far. If you liked the movies then I'd recommend making the commitment to the books. If you disliked them, well, maybe try her series published under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, instead.

  8. As others said, Harry Potter is a must! It took me a while to get into it but by the third book I was hooked, so stick with it even if you think you're not quite liking it.

  9. Dude your list is like almost all of my favorite authors. Ok not exactly, but still. :) I loved HP, but as I said, I won't try to force him on you. Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors. I love the Vampire Academy series. She and JK Rowling are both masters at foreshadowing. I definitely enjoy Maggie Stiefvater's writing. She can be very poetic and lyrical. She reminds me of Lauren Oliver and Tahereh Mafi in that way. Really enjoyed Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, but that's the only one I've read by her. You can pass on Stephanie Perkins for me. I haven't read Libba Bray, Meg Cabot, or Sarah Dessen either.

  10. I'm with Sandy - a lot of my favorite authors are on your list. I see from the rest of the comments that a lot of people have recommended you skip Stephenie Meyer, but I actually really like her books (even though the movie versions are all across-the-board terrible). To each their own, I guess. :-)

    Here's my TTT if you'd like to check it out.

  11. Oh I definitely recommend Maggie Stiefvater sooner than later. Her writing is so mesmerising. I totally didn't think I'd like The Raven Boys (which was dumb of me, because I looooved all her other books), and I ADORED IT'S VERY SOCKS OFF. My TTT!

  12. I would definitely recommend Melina Marchetta. I am a late convert to her books having just started them last year but, oh my goodness, she is so good. I highly recommend On the Jellicoe Road and The Piper's Son (which is a sequel to Saving Francesca so it is best to read that first).



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