Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by The Broke and The BookishThis week's post is a freebie, and since I'm relatively new to this TTT scene, I went back and picked a topic I liked: popular authors that I've never happened. This is a great topic, because there are so many authors whose work I've never sampled! Some of these are ones I don't think I ever will, and some are just a liiiiitle further down on my TBR.



Dean Koontz: I do find the occasional mystery-thriller type book to be entertaining, so I might dip into his writing at some point, but I've seen no need to until now. I assume they must be good because they're so popular?

Nicholas Sparks: Once upon a time I was into the doomed-lovers-one-of-whom-has-cancer-or-something-else-tragic genre, but my Lurlene McDaniels phase is long behind me and this seems like it treads pretty similar territory. Also, I have never seen The Notebook nor do I wish to.

Nora Roberts: Romance is not my genre. It just doesn't keep and hold my attention. There are lots of readers out there for whom Roberts novels are must-reads, but I've never felt even the tiniest glimmer of curiosity about her work.

Agatha Christie: Not yet, anyways. Murder On The Orient Express is on my TBR!

Tom Clancy: Espionage-based books tend to be heavy on plot and light on characterization, while I tend to prefer the opposite.

Ian Fleming: Never read a Bond novel. I find the movies enjoyable but forgettable and the Bond character to be problematic at best, so I don't think I'd enjoy the experience of reading about his exploits.

Sarah Maas: YA is not a large portion of my reading, but in the book blogger community, I definitely feel like an outlier for never having read anything she's ever written. I do have a Maas book on my TBR because the raves on the internet are so intense, but she's not been my top priority to get to yet.

Liane Moriarty: From what I understand, her books are usually of the "middle-class white lady in the burbs finds out an awful secret that turns her world upside down". While I'd be interested in reading something she's written eventually, that's not the type of story that's going to fight for a place on my TBR generally speaking.

Harlan Coben: I have a good friend who loves his books, and I'm definitely interested in reading him someday...if you have recs for a good starter Coben book, leave it in the comments!

John Green: This goes back to the not-super-into-YA bit. But I've heard wonderful things about his writing and have a copy of the much-beloved The Fault In Our Stars that I picked up second hand waiting for me when I get around to it.

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  1. Great list! Dean Koontz books are great, although his recent books have become a bit woo-woo and formulaic for my personal tastes. With you on Norah Roberts, though. Romance is totally not my scene.

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    1. Putting out as much work as someone like Koontz would be almost impossible without having a bit of a formula, I'd imagine. And formula doesn't necessarily mean that they can't be good! I'm sure I'll find myself reading something by him at some point. Roberts, however, I don't think will ever crack my TBR list. Everyone has their thing, though, and obviously she speaks to a lot of people!

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  2. I don't think I've ever read Nicholas Sparks either. I've read a few interviews he's done and he just seems like such a pompous doof that I couldn't get into his stories even if I wanted to :)

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    1. It just seems like he writes the same book over and over and over. Which wouldn't make him the first author with a formula, but that formula is just not my jam. And I agree, he doesn't seem like a particularly decent person at that.

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  3. Sarah J Maas' books are great, I hope you enjoy them if you read them.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/top-ten-tuesday-63/

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    1. I have the first Throne of Glass book on my Kindle that I'm going to read. I'm definitely interested just because she's gotten so much love!

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  4. I haven't read Fleming, Moriarty, Coben, or Green.

    My TTT

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