Today's topic is about popular authors that we've never read. I struggled with this one, because I'm usually willing to give pretty much anything a go. So there aren't a lot of popular authors that I haven't read. Sure, there are some I WISH I could put on this list, but that doesn't quite fit the criteria, does it?
Anyway, here's my top ten:
1. E.L. James
Nope, I've never read any of Fifty Shades books, and I don't plan on reading them either. I read the recaps over on Snark Squad, and that was more than enough.
2. Nicholas Sparks
Really not my thing. I know there are millions of people out there who love his books, but based on the blurbs and the movie trailers, they just seem really recycled plotwise. You know, boy meets girl, they fall madly in love, something comes between them, they overcome it, someone dies. Rinse and repeat.
3. Virginia Woolf
One that will be changing fairly shortly as I have two of her books on my list for Classics Club!
4. Rick Riordan
I'm not quite sure how the Percy Jackson series slipped past me, but they did. And now I sort of feel like I'm too old to be reading middle-grade fiction. Sigh.
5. Stieg Larsson
I've had at least ten people tell me to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo over the years. But it just doesn't even remotely appeal to me. Sorry not sorry.
6. Steven King
I have this vague memory that at some point in the dim dark past, I tried to read Salem's Lot. But I don't remember anything of the story, so I'm guessing I probably picked it up at the library, read the first page and put it back. I'm still going to count it as not having read Steven King. What can I say - I'm a wuss.
7. Richelle Mead
You'd think her stuff would be right up my alley. I mean, it's YA, paranormal, urban fantasy-y stuff. And yet, I've never read anything of hers despite having seen it at the library and at bookstores on numerous occasions.
8. Jodi Picoult
I don't know why, because her books seem to be more crime-centric, but I always put her into the same category as Nicholas Sparks in my head...
9. Alexander McCall Smith
I've heard a lot of good things about his books. One that I keep meaning to read and that just keeps on slipping my mind.
10. Veronica Rossi
I've heard good things about the second and third books in the Under the Never Sky series, but decidedly mixed things about the first book. Which makes me hesitant, regardless of how many times it pops up as a recommendation from Goodreads or Amazon...
Have you read any of these authors?