Tuesday, March 4, 2014

TTT - Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

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?

K xx

27 comments:

  1. Wilhelmina UptonMarch 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    EL James, just NOPE! Glad you're rectifying the never having read Virginia Woolf thing. I know people either like her or don't but I really do like her.
    I've watched 2 Nicholas Sparks movies, that was more than enough for me. I have a vague recolletion of my mother one reading a book of his and even she was bored by them.
    I read one Stephen King and that was enough for me.
    Yes, I have read lots of raving things about The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo but I just don't have any interest in picking it up.
    Read one Jodi Picoult and I loved it but I'm reluctant to pick up another one because they all seem to have the same concept. There usually is some big trial in the middle and I just hate reading the same thing over and over.

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  2. Ula @ Blog of ErisedMarch 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Riordan and Mead are amazing, I love their works.
    I want to try 50 Shades but I won't force myself with the novels.
    Rossi let me down a bit so I will wait a little on her last novel.
    Happy reading!

    My TTT

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  3. I have a lot the same as you! In fact, I think the only one you mentioned that I HAVE read is Rick Riordan (and I've actually only read 1 book of his...but I fully mean to finish the series. Someday... xD) I would like to try Jodi Picoult someday. I have no intention of trying E.L. James.

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  4. Jodi Picoult is hit or miss for me. Some of her books are my favorite books ever, but some I don't even like. However, she writes NOTHING like Nicholas Sparks. Girl, I would never pick up one of his "white people almost kissing" books. Jodi doesn't have romance in the ones I've read and her books usually deal with a serious, current issue (rape, school shootings, suicide pacts, etc.). PLEASE try one of her books. For me? ;) I will tell you the absolute best ones!


    E.L. James makes me weep for humanity.

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  5. I've read a few Jodi Piccoult, and I'd say you're right on: It's pretty Nicholas-Sparks-y. Really heavy-handed metaphors, aiming to be nothing more than a tear-jerker. No thanks.


    I've read Percy Jackson and I have to say they don't crossover well into the adult market the way HP did. The whole time I kept thinking "If I was 12, I'd love this. But I'm not 12, so..." But my kids liked them.


    I liked the first Larsson book okay, but the second was stuuuuuuuuuupid.


    And you're spot on about Sparks, of course. I've read a couple because I hate the "If you haven't read it you can't say anything about it" mantra. I've read it. I can say it. It's rinse and repeat fiction. Not my thing.

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  6. The only ones on this list are Nicholas Sparks and Rick Riordan. I used to read a bunch of Nicholas Sparks books, but not so much anymore. They've become so cliche now. I guess they always were, but not everyone knew they were so they were kinda cool. Now everyone reads them and I'm over it. And I've only read the first Percy Jackson book by Rick Riordan. I've heard they're awesome, but just never got into it.

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  7. I've read Riordan because my son liked the Percy Jackson series, and I picked it up to see what he was reading. They're not bad and not great. I know I've read a Sparks book or two, but I can't remember anything about them, so that's a ringing endorsement. Stephen King is my favorite author ever. I plan to do a post on my 10 favorite King books, in fact. I know he's not for everyone but he writes characters I really care about. And not all of his stuff is horror, although most of the earlier stuff is. Nope to James. I actually want to read Larson, but I'm going to go the library route because I don't know if I'll like them enough to pay for. I have never read Virginia Woolf either, I should fix that.

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  8. I love NIcholas Sparks, but they are definitely all heart breaking, sob stories!
    New follower :)
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  9. Virginia Woolf: I've read To The Lighthouse, which was an enjoyable mindbender, and Mrs. Dalloway was OK.

    Rick Riordan: I read the first Percy Jackson book; it didn't do much for me.

    Jodi Picoult: I've read several of her books (My Sister's Keeper, Plain Truth, Keeping Faith) and generally enjoyed them. Plain Truth was probably my favorite. They're a little formulaic -- family courtroom drama plus romance -- but I like her writing a lot.

    Alexander McCall Smith: I read The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and was underwhelmed by his inability to keep basic facts about his characters straight.

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  10. Wilhelmina UptonMarch 5, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    The only Picoult I read was Sing you Home and that was pretty good since it has lesbians in it which I didn't even know when I picked it up. I bought it because of the singing main character, priorities I has them, I know.

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  11. My favorites are Nineteen Minutes (about a school shooting) and The Pact (suicide pact). I haven't read Sing You Home yet! I've really enjoyed the ones I've read, though :)

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  12. Wilhelmina UptonMarch 6, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    I've held many of her books in my hands on many occasions but every time I look at them and see the almost identical structure I put them back down. The one I read I liked but I'm afraid I would kills its mojo by reading more of her. Sing you Home is incredibly personal to me because it helped me to finally come out.

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  13. That's amazing and I love it! *coming out hugs*

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  14. Wilhelmina UptonMarch 6, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Haha, I actually wrote a little bit about it when I was doing 30 Days of Books http://williesun.com/2012/11/05/30-days-of-books-day-5/

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  15. Oh jeez. Not being able to keep basic facts about the characters straight doesn't sound good........

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  16. I think I was only even intrigued by the Rick Riordan books because they're so popular with the kids at school. And I think most of the reason why I avoid horror is because I read a couple of Richard Laymon(?) books as a teenager and scarred myself for life...

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  17. It's interesting how some middle grade books will appeal to all ages and some you're just like "...meh" if you're not a middle grade kid.

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  18. I'm glad that my assumptions have been accurate. Thank you for reading them so I don't have to ;)

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  19. I don't know why I made the Nicholas Sparks assumption about her. I guess something about the covers?!?!? But sure - suggest some of the best and I'll track one down.

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  20. I can just picture your gleeful expression when lesbians turned up unexpectedly.

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  21. Maybe we should make a pact that we're both going to read a Jodi Picoult book this year?!?!?!

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  22. Yeah, I've seen The Notebook and I figure that was enough for me. And yeah, that's exactly why I was hesitant about Jodi Picoult. But I should probably try one before I write her off completely...

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  23. Oh man, I hate when authors let you down with a middle book...

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  24. You know me so well ;)

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  25. I do like some of Nicholas Sparks' books (yes, I did like The Notebook), but after he'd written a few that were decent, he kind of reverted to the same formula for subsequent ones. So your instincts are correct there.

    Jodi Picoult's books are also a bit formulaic, but they're interesting. I've read a few and they're pretty much all based around court cases and timely issues- and there's always a last-minute twist.

    I've read some Steven King, but oddly, none of his horror books. And I don't really mind horror, so I'm not sure why.


    I like but don't love what I've read of Virginia Woolf. Her prose is very dense and short on plot.

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