Top Ten Tuesday: Never again!

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday. This week they ask us to share lists on:

May 5: Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

Now my first reaction was to do a list on books I want to read, but probably never will and/or keep putting off.  Then I started going through everyone’s lists to see what they posted – something I usually don’t do, and never will again (first that is)- cause I found myself being pretty offended and ended up with some hurt feelings, some instances to the point where I wanted to unfollow blogs…  I know get over it, stop being so sensitive, everyone is entitles to their own opinion (and they are!),  but I am sensitive and can’t won’t change that about myself.  I found most of the lists were being used to bash books and authors I enjoyed, adored even, by bloggers that had never even tried the book.  One think I HATE  most in this world is a book snob.  Especially when people are overly critical about something and are forming that opinion solely upon what they’ve heard not personal reading experience.  I now feel this week’s list is just an excuse to be mean.  So I’m putting a twist on the list so that it more aligns with my own personal philosophy of not blasting something unless you’ve tried it and formed your own damn opinion.

Ten authors I will never read again…and why.

  1. Stephen King:  Much of my Jr and Sr High School days were spent carrying around one of this man’s books.  He was the first author I actively strived to read everything he had ever written.  Then I grew up, became more sensitive to gore and read several interviews he did and realized he is an ass.  For someone whose work has been pandered and criticized he is awfully quick to put down other popular authors he deems less than worthy.  Time to dismount that high horse Mr. King when you made your living writing about blood & guts, violence, and stories that were meant to make people sleep with the lights on.
  2. James Patterson: This one should have an asterisk by it I could read another of his books again, possibly, but probably not…  I’ve read two books by Mr. Patterson and actually didn’t hate them, they were alright, but his chapter lengths bothered me.  He broke up the action in odd places and I had trouble getting over that.  I mean walking from one room to another should not mean a break in chapters.  The book is the same length no matter if it had 24 or 94 chapters in it.  So this selection is a case of it’s not you its me.
  3. Orson Scott Card:  This author’s politics got in the way for me.  He is a stark raving mad right-winger and homophobic.  I can not respect him and will not read anything he has written ever again.  I do not believe in giving bigots a platform to spread their hatred.
  4. Charlaine Harris:  I loved the Sookie Stackhouse series up until book 10 and then it was just a slow slide downhill as she worked to destroy a character I LOVED, Eric.  I trusted you with my heart Ms. Harris and you broke it into a million tiny pieces and gave Eric the worst ever-after of any character in the entire series.  I will not be trusting you again ma’am.
  5. Laurell K. Hamilton: I had several people tell me I should read her series, that I would love it.  So I tried it and didn’t. Tried it several times and after book six I just couldn’t take it anymore.  The main character was my main issue,  I just didn’t like her very much.
  6. MaryJanice Davidson:  This author’s writing just got on my nerves.  Her lead character in the Undead series was shallow and all sorts of other annoying characteristics that made me abandon this series after three books.
  7. Wayne Gladstone:  This author contacted me through Goodreads after I read and reviewed his book.  Now normally I don’t mind that, but if you are doing so to tell the reviewer they didn’t get your book and probably will in a few days… Well, it makes me not want to read anything else you’ve read.  In that instance just don’t bother commenting, cause I would have given your next book a try before you messaged me.
  8. Melissa de la Cruz:  Loved the Blue Blood series, tried the new spin-off and had to DNF it.  I think this is a case of I just need to move on and not try to recapture what we once had.
  9. Kresley Cole:  I can’t believe I read so many of this author’s books (7), they all had like two star ratings.  Now I wouldn’t even pick up the next book after a two star review, but I think I picked up the series at a book sale and felt obliged to read them.  No more.  I still have several of her books in my house unread.  They are going on Book Mooch to be traded for something I want to read.
  10. J.R. Rain:  I broke up with this author whose Vampire for Hire series is actually really good.  I stopped reading him when he stopped offering his book for Nook reader.  First it was we had to wait 90 days and now they are not even available at all.  He sold out to Amazon, which is his right (he needs to do what works for him), but I need to do what I think is right too.  I think it is unfair to try to force readers into one platform over another and I will not review book that are only offered on Amazon.  I might read them, but no reviews…of course with as busy as I am that usually means I’m not going to read them either.

Alright there you have my list.  All are authors I’ve read but probably won’t read again.   What authors have you broken up with?

*** I would like to clarify my option from the start of this post.  It isn’t that I don’t think people should go out and read those books they know they won’t like.  There are plenty of books that I know I won’t like and never plan to read.  What got to me is everyone bashing these books on their blogs.  That upset me. As a librarian I have learned we are all different readers and have different taste and you never know when you might offend someone by being critical of an author’s work, especially when you’ve not read it.  Then again I know that these are all personal blogs and people have the right to post what ever they want, so be it. To quote Wil Wheaton: Don’t be a dick.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Why haven’t I tried these yet?

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share:

February 3: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre (for example I feel like I’m pretty well read in contemporary YA but there are some STAPLES I can’t believe I haven’t read. Or if you just want to books you WANT to read in a particular genre..not necessarily long overdue)

I’m pretty well read in the paranormal genre and decided to do a quick search to see what authors I haven’t gotten around to trying yet.  I was both surprised by how many authors I’ve read and how many I’ve yet to try.  So here are some series and authors I hope to get around to reading in the future.

Ten Paranormal Authors I haven’t tried yet.

  1. Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian #1)  Keri Arthur:  I even have several of this author’s books sitting up on my to-read bookcase.
  2. Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1)  Karen Chance: Another series where I own the first book but haven’t worked it into the reading mix yet.
  3. Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) Ilona Andrews:  This author is less familiar to me but somehow made it to my to-read list on Goodreads.  I have a few GR friends that gave it high marks as well.  Perhaps I’ll borrow this title from the library sometime.
  4. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) Richelle Mead:  I know, I know, way behind the boat for this one, they even made a movie of it that has come out on DVD.  It sits up on my bookcase waiting for its turn.
  5. Pleasure Unbound (Demonica, #1) Larissa Ione:  I keep seeing this author everywhere; bookstores, reviews, etc.  I have yet to try her books yet.
  6. If Angels Burn (Darkyn, #1) Lynn Viehl:  Another one I own and haven’t gotten around to trying.
  7. Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1) Lili St. Crow:  This author I just found today, but she looks to be popular with several of my G.R. Friends.
  8. Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1)  Carrie Vaughn:  This author has been on my radar for a while.  I keep going back and forth about picking up one of her books though.
  9. Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)  Nalini Singh:  Another one that I keep going back and forth about if I should try her or not. I do have two of her series on my to-read lists over on Goodreads though.
  10. Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, #1)  Jennifer Radin: This one looks interesting after re-reading the synopsis.  Perhaps this one will have to move up the priority list.

 

There you have my list for this week,  if one of the above authors is one of your favs feel free to lobby for them in the comments.  Know of another staple in the paranormal genre that I should try let me know that too.

Top Ten Tuesday: Only read once.

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Welcome to another contribution the wildly popular blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week they ask us to share top ten lists on the following: September 16: Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More.  I was surprised by how many books I could come up with for this list.  If I like a series or author I tend to stick with them until I read all the titles available.  So several of these authors are ones that only have one book out, but there are a couple of series/authors that just got away from me (I’ll let you know which is which).  So here they are the authors that I’ve only read one book of but would really like to read more.

  1. The Martian Andy Weir:  This book was AMAZING.  Have you added it to your to-read list yet.  NO?!  Go do it now, I’ll wait.  I am still singing the praises of this book to library patrons and people I meet in laundry mats or book stores.  I am definitely going to be reading more by this author if he ever publishes anything else.   So this is one of the cases where I have only read one book because there is all there is to read.
  2. Angel Kin (Angel Assassins, #1) Tricia Skinner:  This is another one where I have to wait for another book to come out before I can read another title by this author.  Angel Kin was the first book in her series, but it looks like I might not have to wait long, Goodreads tells me that the next title is due out in November.
  3. Fury (The Cure, #1-3) Charlotte McConaghy:  Read the first book by this Australian author for review from Net Galley and now I need to wait for more to be released in America or for her to write more, not sure the case for this author.  Enjoyed what I’ve read so far, it was thought provoking and I want to see what the author does next with her world.
  4. State of Grace Elizabeth Davies: All the books are out in this series, but I just haven’t worked them into my schedule… I want to see how the story ends though, I will eventually get around to reading the rest.
  5. The Gargoyle Andrew Davidson: This book was AMAZING too.  Again go add this to your reading list, right now.  Such a beautiful story about love, all kinds of love too.  At times this was a difficult read, very graphic, but so worth it.  It reached right in my chest and ripped out my heart.  The story was expertly craved and woven with many different tales and time periods to present the reader with an amazing read.  Again though, this is the only book the author has written.  I so hope he writes more.
  6. Yesterday's Kin Nancy Kress: This is an award-winning author and I could see why from what I’ve read.  She has actually published quite a bit and I’m going to eventually get around to reading more by Ms. Kress.
  7. Past My Defenses (Taming the Pack, #1) Wendy Sparrow:  I really liked this shifter story and hope the author continues the series soon.
  8. The Revealed Jessica Hickam:  This book had mixed reviews, but I liked it.  Author gets bonus cool points for being connected to Star Trek: Into Darkness.  I hope she continues writing though, or at least finishes up this series.
  9. Darkfever (Fever, #1)  Karen Marie Moning:  I know, I am so behind with this author.  I think the series is even finished now…  I read the first book liked it, didn’t love it, but liked it.  Moved on to something else and never returned.  I have book two in my possession so I will be giving one more title a chance before I decide if I am going to read the complete series or not.
  10. Tempest Rising (Jane True, #1) Nicole Peeler:  Read the first book of her series and then didn’t continue, kind of like with Moning.  I’m going to continue someday, or maybe not.  We will see.

Bonus!

Crack in the Curtain  Alright, bonus book this week.  How can I not?   Yes, it is shameless promotion of my husband’s book, but it is my blog and I’ll do what I want.  This is Selatin’s first book and I really enjoyed it.  Little rough in spots, but a good story.  I think the author has potential and look forward to seeing what he does in his next book.  Just thought I would also mention I am giving away a signed copy of this book over in the giveaway tab on the right side of the page or click on the word Giveaway to go enter.  Entry closes Sept 20, 2014.

 

Monday Morning Question: Authors you know.

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Good Monday morning everyone.  Welcome to another addition of my blog meme Monday Morning Question.  This week is going to be dedicated to my husband here at Read What I Like.  He recently self-published his first book Crack in the Curtain, and I am going to be posting some blog entries around it this week starting with my next post, my review of his book.  So I thought it would be appropriate to ask you all how you handle reviews of Authors you know?  Do you even review books of people you know or is it something you choose not to do?  How do you handle those reviews if you do?  Do you think you are easier on them because you know the author or about the same?

Personally I do review books of people I know, or know online at least and call friends, or in today’s case family.  I also try to remain as honest as possible and share what I liked and what didn’t work for me, the good along with the bad…  I will fully admit though that the review is probably not going be unbiased,  how could it be.  You know the person, sometimes you even got to help or watch the story come together.  So I hope people do take those reviews with a grain of salt, but that doesn’t mean they still are not valuable.  If you are honest and give valid reasons for you opinions of the piece it can still help others decide is they want to read the book.  Knowing the author might make me a little more conscious of how I word my review and in turn a little more nervous about sharing them.  Knowing that the author is definitely going to read the review puts the pressure on you a little bit more.  Full disclosure my husband did get to read today’s review before I posted it.  I told him I wasn’t going to change it if he didn’t like it, but I wanted him to read it before it went live.  Luckily he did approve it, even if there is a whole paragraph he wishes I would cut out…

So how about you?  Do you review books from authors you know?

Monday Morning Question: Favorite Author?

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Good Monday morning everyone.  This post is going to be a quick one so I can get back to helping the husband on his book project.  This morning I ask you: If you could only read one author’s books ever again who would it be?  Now this is a hypothetical question inspired by some commercial I remember seeing as a kid, promoting Mormonism I believe.  Still I thought it was an interesting thought.  We all have our favorites and some of us tend to stick to a genre or select group of authors that we know we enjoy.  Some of you are more adventurous and will read anything put in front of you.

If I had to pick only one author to read ever again or even a shorter time frame like a year, I would pick Sherrilyn Kenyon.  Hands down, no contest.  She has several long running series in a few different genres and even under an alias.  I would have a nice selection of titles to pick from and am going to almost be guaranteed a good or great read. I love her Dark Hunter world and all its spin-offs, enjoy her Sci-Fi series, The League,  and want to try her Belador series written with another author.  I would even like to try her books written under the name Kinley MacGregor, especially since the Lords of Avalon is somehow connected to her upcoming release, Son of No One.

So you have my pick,  how about you?  Which author would you select if you could only read one author from now on?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Author’s whose books I own.

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Welcome to another contribution to the weekly blog meme hosted by The Broke and The bookish.  This week they ask us to share: Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From.  My husband and I have a fairly large library, 9 book cases in total and even more on the Nook and Kindle.  I’m not sure on the totals for each author below, but they are going to be close.  I was surprised once I started counting them up, I have a lot of books…

Top 10 Author who I own the most books from.

  1. Sherrilyn Kenyon:  I own a whooping 51 books by this author.  I have her complete Dark-Hunters series (including all the were-hunter, dream-hunter, hell-chaser books).  I also have her complete League series, her sci-fi series.  I have one book from another series she co-authors that I have yet to try, but if I love it too I may be adding to the books I own by Kenyon.
  2. Katie MacAlister: 30 books (estimate).  This one surprised me,  I didn’t realize I owned so many books by MacAlister.  I’m thinking it has to do with my fondness for her dragon series, but I her Dark Ones world too.  I have tried a few of her contemporary romance and wasn’t such a big fan of those and have not/will not be reading her historical books.
  3. Lynsay Sands: 23 Books.  This one isn’t such a surprise.  Most of the books I have of hers are part of the Arganeau series, I think I picked up one of her historicals, that has yet to be read, at a garage sale.
  4. J.R. Ward: 17 Books.  I have her complete Black Dagger Brotherhood series and three of the Angel ones, two of which are unread.
  5. Kerrelyn Sparks: 16 Books.  I have all of the books in her Love at Stake series, only one left…sniff, sniff.
  6. Alexandra Ivy: 14 Books.  I believe this is an author that I have all of her books only in e-format, all but one of the remaining authors on this list are that way.  I have most of the books in her Guardians of Eternity series and a couple she co-authored with #7 on the list.
  7. Laura Wright: 13 Books.  Authors #6 & #7 are such good friends that I find it fitting that I have very similar counts for them.  I have most of the books in her Mark of the Vampire series and a couple of other titles as well.
  8. Lara Adrian: 12 Books.  I have most of the Midnight Breed series.
  9. Jacqueline Rhoades:  11 Books.  I have every book this author has published:).
  10. Michele Bardsley: 10 Books.  I have most of her Broken Heart Series in print and on the Nook.

Monday Morning Question: Authors you would like to meet?

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Good Monday morning everyone.  I’m experiencing spotty internet coverage this morning, so I am going cross my fingers and hope I can get this typed up before I lose a connection again.  My service provider is putting in optic cable in my area and updating their equipment and other technical type things that I don’t understand this summer.  All I know is that we have been having a significant increase in occurrences of no internet.  Been a busy reading-free weekend for me, lots of catch up from being gone the previous weekend and then a tree decided to come down in our pasture…  So lucky that it didn’t take the fence, land in the road, or kill a cow, but it meant all plans for a Sunday on the couch reading flew out the window.  We spent 5 hours cutting up and moving firewood from the tree and boy does my body feel it this morning.   Trunk is still leaning over the fence, but it will have to wait for neighbors to come up with heavy equipment to lift and move it, cows though are digging their new scratching post.   Anyways…back to my question this week.  Are there any authors you would like to meet in person?

 

I must confess authors are my rock stars.  I follow them on Facebook, twitter (although I’m not real good about tweeting), subscribe to their blogs and on Goodreads.  I love it when they interact with fans on social media, and am always amazed when one contacts me through Goodreads in regards to my reviews.  So, yes,  there are plenty of authors I would love to meet in person, be it just to say thanks for sharing your talent, to get a book signed or what not.  For this post I am going to limit it to my top four authors I would LOVE to meet! ( click on author’s name to visit their Goodread’s page.)

  • My first pick is Jacqueline Rhoades, an independent author of three series; The Wolvers, Guardians of the Race, and Hidden Mountain.  Jackie is my first pick because she has become a good friend of mine.  Most of our interaction happens over at Facebook, but I would love to meet her in person someday.  She is a great writer and I have enjoyed all the books of hers that I’ve read.  If you enjoy any of the big names in paranormal fiction I suggest you give one of Jackie’s books a try!

 

  • Up next is Sherrilyn Kenyon,  I have spoken often for my love of all things Kenyon, so how cool would it be to meet her and thank her in person for all that she has written.  I know she frequents conventions and may have to make plans to attend one she will be at to fulfill this dream I have.  Of course I will go all fan girl and embarrass myself by being a fool, but it would be so worth it, especially if I score an autographed book too.  But really just being able to tell her how much I have enjoyed her work would be enough.

 

  • Another author that has interacted with me, briefly, through Twitter and Facebook is Darynda Jones.  She is perhaps my latest author crush, as well as her Reyes being my latest character crush.  I would love to attend a signing of hers some day and add one of her titles to my small collection of autographed books.

 

  • Last but in no means least is Deborah Harkness.  I already have an autographed copy of her second fiction book, Shadow of Night,  found it at a local bookstore.  I just think it would be amazing to get to meet her in person and again try to play it cool as I thank her profusely for writing the All Souls Trilogy.

So who would you love to meet in person?  What would you say to your favorite author?

Monday Morning Question: 15 Literary Influences

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Good Monday morning to you all.  This morning I opened up Facebook to find myself tagged in a post/Facebook game.  I thought it was an appropriate question for my Monday Morning Question feature here at Read What I Like and decided to go with it.

Here is what was asked

My literary influences in 15 minutes:
The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. List 15 authors (poets included) who’ve influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag at least 15 friends, including me, because I’m interested in seeing what authors my friends choose. (To do this, copy this intro, paste the intro into the ‘body’ and start your list.)

Here is my list of authors and how they influenced my life:

  1. Stephenie Meyer: was my first real venture into the paranormal genre.  She helped me remember that I loved vampire movies and shows growing up and that I could now find them in the world of books with a little romance thrown in.
  2. Deborah Harkness:  made me realize there were better written vampire books out there for adults rich with history, action and again romance… See a trend here, I’m a sucker for a good love story.
  3. Sherrilyn Kenyon: Showed me a dark gritty side of paranormal ripe with tortured heros and good overcomes evil.  She is also one of the few authors where I know I will enjoy most anything she writes in any genre. 
  4. J.R.Ward: Also gave me a dark and gritty world to love filled with lots of swearing.
  5. Jacqueline Rhoades: Is one of the first independent authors I love and is another author who I know I will enjoy any book she writes no mater the genre.
  6. Jeaniene Frost: Just enjoy her work
  7. Darynda Jones: recent find that along with #8 has taught me to look outside of but right next to the box of types of books I enjoy reading.
  8. Patricia Briggs: helped make me love werewolves
  9. Stephen King: one of the first authors I was obsessed with.  Also a connection to my departed mother.
  10. J.K. Rowling: My introduction to the world of YA.
  11. Charlaine Harris: the first author to really disappoint me.
  12. Molly Harper:  The next three authors showed me that reading can be silly and fun.  A true escape.
  13. Lynsay Sands
  14.   Kerrelyn Sparks 
  15. J.R.R. Tolkien: This author taught me that I am not going to love someone’s books just because most everyone else does or they are considered a great asset to the literary world, and that is okay.  I don’t like his books I find them boring, tedious and seriously lacking in female characters.

If you wish to play along feel free to share you 15 authors of influence in the comments below.

 

Monday Morning Question

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Is there an author you used to love but don’t read anymore?

There are probably a few authors I used to read but don’t anymore, but the one that sticks out most in my mind is Stephen King.  I have read most, well probably all of his books up until The Cell.  By then, though, they were already becoming a struggle. I just wasn’t enjoying them anymore, my tastes had changed.  I believe this was just before my discovery of paranormal books.

My first Stephen King book was The Shinning.  My mother had died that summer in a car accident and I was going through her paperbacks that were still on a bookcase in the basement.  I was looking for ways to keep her in my life and thought I would try reading something that she read.  I picked The Shinning.  Scared the crap out of me, what 13 year old wouldn’t be, but I slowly worked my way through his books.  They were perfect for a young teenager that was hurting inside, wanting to escape and was intrigued by the morbidity of his story’s themes.  I thought them cool and many of my English teachers rolled their eyes as I became yet another teen who read Stephen King, it was the late 80’s.

In high school I set out to read everything he had written up to that point and soon discovered his Dark Tower series.  I think this was probably the first series I fell for,  I loved the reoccurring adventure and started searching out his other titles that had anything to do with these characters and their saga.  That series is still my favorite work of his and I continue to have those books and a few others on my shelves.

As I became an adult either I changed or he changed, maybe both, and his later books just appealed to me less and less.  I didn’t care for the gross out factor that had become a key element in many of his books.  I am not against horror, but I can do without all the blood and guts.  The irony that I now love vampire novels is not lost on me…  I brought home Under the Dome and put it on my to-read bookcase and ignored it…and ignored it…and passed it up for yet another book. Finally I decided if I paid money for the monstrosity I better damn well read it.  So I pulled it off the shelf and got as far as a raccoon being described graphically having been sliced in half by the dome and decided perhaps it was time Mr.King and I parted ways.  I closed the book and it still sits with the others on my shelf.  I will never read it, but hate to give it away because I lost it’s dust cover.

That book wasn’t the only reason I had stopped reading Mr.King.  I also kinda think he is an ass.  (Stephen King Fans please don’t send me hate mail, I’m sure he is not losing any sleep over the fact that a small town librarian from Iowa thinks he is an ass.  I won’t be hurting his book sales anytime soon)  I’ve read several articles where he shares his opinion on other authors (that I enjoy) and was very critical, almost unkind towards them.  (Again I know I am a book reviewer, I see the irony of thinking another is an ass for sharing their opinion of an author’s books,  feel free to think me an ass too.)  I just think it ironic, gosh I’ve used that word three times now, that someone who had had a reputation himself of publishing trashy books would trash someone else’s work in such a public way.

Mr. King’s books will always be apart of me though, a part of my history and a connection to my mother.  I’m grateful for that and wish him and his fans well.  I just won’t be reading anymore of his work.  Well… perhaps someday I will reread the Dark Tower series to remember who I once was.

So I ask again; Is there an author you used to love that you fell out of love with or no longer read?

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s list is top 10 popular authors we’ve never read.

I’ve decided to join in the fun at this great blog I found where they give everyone a topic and we all create our own top ten lists.  There are tons of blogs listed at there site that play along, I look forward to checking them out and hope you do too.  Anyway… here is my contribution to Top Ten Tuesday and the top ten popular authors I’ve never read…and many never plan too, some I just haven’t gotten around to yet.  I’ll try and keep the authors to the genres I tend to read.  Sure there are thousands of authors we will never get around to reading, but that is mainly because they don’t write the types of books we gravitate towards. For example I’ve never read John Grisham, but I don’t think it is in the spirit of this list to include him as one of the authors.

  1. Nicholas Sparks
  2. Nora Roberts
  3. Marissa Meyer
  4. Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Keri Arthur
  6. Christina Dodd
  7. Larissa Ione
  8. Richelle Mead
  9. Karen Chance
  10. Chloe Neill

Alright some of those might be a stretch for ‘popular’ authors, but coming up with this list was more difficult than I thought it would be.  Every time I thought I had an author to add I would discover that I had read at least one of their books.  If this was a list of ten authors you wish you had never read I might have had an easier time.

Some of these like Sparks and Roberts I don’t think I will ever get around to reading.  Sparks just doesn’t appeal to me, saw one of the movies (I know, I know never judge a book by its movie) and it was just too depressing at the end, something I have heard from others that his books are tearjerkers and I don’t want to be depressed every time I finish a book.  The rest of the list it is just a matter of I haven’t gotten around to them yet.

Feel free to share your own list of authors you haven’t gotten around to reading yet or plan to never read in the comments.