Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

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Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

Well, by George, as soon as I saw this week's top ten, I knew I was going to have fun with this. I tried to keep this list pretty balanced between authors everyone knows and authors everyone likes. I will also add that, most likely, there are authors on this list that I will never read. Of course, not know what they'll write next, I cannot say that for certain. So, let's get started.

10) Stephenie Meyer
No matter how many books she writes, I will only be able to think of Twilight when I hear her name. Vampires seriously are not for me (least not any more...) and I just know better than to subject myself to something I most likely wouldn't enjoy.

9) Janet Evanovich
Somehow, back in the day when I read nothing but mystery novels, I missed this author. Ultimately, I'm glad I did, but - considering everything else I read - I cannot quite understand how that happened.

8) Rick Riordan
I do have some interest in his books and they sound fun, I just... Oh, I hate saying this but... They sound a little young for me. That might not be fair, but I just can't shake the odd feeling I get thinking about reading about a sixth grader.

7) J.K. Rowling
I actually do intend to read the Harry Potter series. Eventually. It's just that I've seen all except the last movie and I really don't understand the fuss. I enjoyed them well enough, I'm just not getting motivated to read the books. And this kind of goes with the last one for comfort level - or lack thereof (least at first).

6) George R.R. Martin
For someone that claims to love the fantasy genre, it's probably unbelievable I've not read any of his books. Honestly though, they sound too gritty, sexist and way too sexually graphic for me.

5) Meg Cabot
I don't really do contemporary. Or, if you'll pardon the term, Chick-Lit. The Princess Diaries does interest me a little - I do tend to like those type of stories - but I've never been sufficiently convinced to give it a go.

4) James Patterson
I honestly don't know why I've never read Maximum Ride. I mean, they sound right up my alley with the X-men-esque kids. I guess my disinterest in his other work bleed over to this one...

3) Isaac Asimov
Oh, I so want to read some of his books. He is, after all, something like the father of science fiction. I just don't know where to start and I am terrified I won't like them. Because I want to like them.

2) Suzanne Collins
With all the interest in The Hunger Games, I'm just not interested. I might watch the movies if I can get them cheap, but I've seen enough stories inspired by The Hunger Games to know that this is one plotline that just isn't for me.

1) Michael Crichton
I loved the Jurassic Park movies, enjoyed Timeline and saw Congo and even liked it. I need to read some of his books - I just don't know where to start.

So, there you go, ten popular authors that I've never read. What are yours? Any input on these authors?


  1. Michael Crichton wrote The Great Train Robbery, which was made into a movie in the 1970's with Lesley Anne Down, Sean Connery, and Donald Sutherland. I loved the movie, found the book, and discovered how great it was. I really want to reread it. Jurassic Park is good, but The Great Train Robbery is wonderful.

    1. Ooh, I've never heard of The Great Train Robbery. I'm definitely going to go look into that movie. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Ahhhh! Well, if I can assuage your fears about reading Rick Riordan - middle grade is really not my thing either, but the Percy Jackson books are some of my all-time favorites. They never come across as overly juvenile, and as the series progresses, the books progress along with the characters. They really are SO good.

    And I loooooved the movie Timeline!! The book is really quite different, but I really really really enjoyed it, as well.

    1. That's good to know. I have read some middle grade books, a few years ago, and they were just too juvenile for me. At least the Percy Jackson books do sound fun - as well as Rick Riordan's other stuff - so I will probably get to them. Maybe even soon.

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. Ah! So much to say! haha. First of all, you're not missing too much by avoiding Stephanie Meyer. While I bought into the Twilight phase, I was not too impressed with the books. I didn't read her other book The Host, but have been told by many not to read it, and that is usually enough for me. My middle school students are trying to get me to read the Percy Jackson series (as they are in 6th grade), and I will probably given in and eventually so so. I LOVE, love, love the Harry Potter series. Not just for the story, but because the way that J.K. Rowling writes is spectacular; she has wonderful craft. As for Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games, I'm a little wishy washy. The first book too me MONTHS to get through. I just didn't really enjoy it. After seeing the second movie, I decided to give the series another try and read Catching Fire, which I enjoyed much more than the first. Then Mockingjay came along...and yeah, kind of wish I hadn't wasted the time. Great list! Thanks for stopping by my blog :]

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    1. I never really got drawn into the Twilight thing. I do remember telling my brother that, if I could find the movie for five bucks, I might buy it. Once the movie went down in price though, I had completely lost interest. As for the Harry Potter books... Honestly, I probably get to them before too much longer. I've never really been one to jump on the 'bandwagon' when things first come out and are popular. The popularity seems to have died off a little by now. At least the fans of the books still like them - which means to me that they weren't the next (or, rather, last) big fad. The Hunger Games don't really interest me much because of the whole plotline. I might eventually read them, but I've got so many other books I want to read that sound so much more my style that it will be a really long time, if ever, before I do read them. Thanks for commenting.

    2. I can definitely understand what you mean about the bandwagon thing. I have felt that way before, but I grew up waiting in line at midnight for the HP book releases, so I just love them! I still struggle with the plot of HG as well, though.

    3. Honestly, I cannot imagine doing that for anything - although I'm sure that something like the HP books must have had a very interesting group waiting in line. I do remember when they showed those lines on tv and I remember some of the awesome outfits the people were wearing - cosplaying as the characters from the books.

  4. I think you should give The Hunger Games a chance. The reason why there are so many books that compare themselves to that series is because it is SO good. I haven't read Harry Potter since elementary school, so, it's kind of like I haven't read it? I am going to try to reread that series over the summer. And, I've never read any Meg Cabot either, but I don't really like Chick-Lit either.

    1. I might, eventually, read The Hunger Games. It's just that the whole plotline doesn't really interest me. The few things I've actually seen/read that follows the same basic plot, I didn't really like. However, I have heard some good things about the characters and that, over plotline, is what I get attached to in books. So, yes, it does have a chance - although that is a small one, but I won't say II'll never read the books. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Read Harry Potter and Hunger Games! I totally understand avoiding Twilight and wish that I had.

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    1. I'm sure, once I get some of these lurking books cleared out that I will be reading the Harry Potter series. It's been in the back of my mind way to long for me to just keep ignoring it. Thanks for commenting.

  6. I snap! I can't believe I forgot to put George R.R. Martin on mine! I want to try GOT but... it's just so intimidating to me! I really hope you enjoy Harry Potter when you read them :)

    1. Yeah, at one point I was really interested in Game of Thrones, but then I read a little more about them and discovered just how long the series is. I'll actually probably never get to them. I'll definitely be buying the Harry Potter book/s soon. Thanks for commenting.