Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.


So, this topic was ridiculously easy for me, which I don’t think is a good thing because, you know, there are amazing books out there that I haven’t read.  That said, some of the authors I mention I know I won’t be reading their books, because their books might just not be my thing.

In no particular order . . .

hunger games

1.  Suzanne Collins
I know!  What book blogger who’s worth her salt, and also happens to be a children’s librarian, hasn’t read The Hunger Games?  This lady right here.  You guys, I just can’t handle dystopians.

vampire academy

2.  Richelle Mead
I keep hearing how great the Vampire Academy series is.  I even own the first three.  I seriously need to make time to read them!


3.  Veronica Roth
See above, where I say that I can’t handle dystopians.

book thief

4.  Markus Zusak
I do want to read The Book Thief, but I seriously need to be in the right frame of mind, and I just haven’t been there.


5.  Ransom Riggs
Two books full of creepy photos seem right up my alley.  I totally want to read them . . . I just haven’t gotten there yet.

maze runner

6.  James Dashner
The Maze Runner books seem very stressful, and just not my thing.  I would see the movie, though.

shatter me

7.  Tahereh Mafi
I’m not sure why I haven’t read her books.  I hear they are amazing.

perks of being a wall flower

8.  Stephen Chbosky
I know, I still haven’t read The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  But I haven’t seen the movie either, so that’s good.


9.  Scott Westerfeld
You know, the whole dystopian thing . . .


10.  Tamora Pierce
I HATE that I haven’t read any of her books.  She even lives in my city.  What the hell, Quinn?  What the hell?

Okay guys, which popular authors haven’t you read?  Do you plan to sometime in the future, or do you know that author’s books just aren’t for you?

Also, I’m having a 2 Year Blogoversary giveaway.  Feel free to check it out!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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19 Responses to Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

  1. I can easily say 7 of your 10 are some of my FAVORITE books! The top 4 you listed are like my DIEHARD favorites! Get reading girlfriend, you won’t regret it 🙂

  2. We have some never-read overlap here for sure! I would definitely recommend trying out some Pierce – her books are shorter and really fly. Make sure to start with Alanna – I failed at this and ended up spoiling myself. Haha!

  3. ChrissiReads says:

    I loved The Hunger Games, Divergent, Uglies series and the Shatter Me series. I can understand why you wouldn’t want to read dystopian. If I could pick just one series to recommend for you, I’d go for the Shatter Me trilogy!

  4. Most of your authors are ones that I haven’t read, and a few ended up on my list. But do, read Pierce when you get the chance. She’s an amazing author. Start with the Alana series and go from there. The books overlap a little and characters show up in each others series.

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  5. bookmammal says:

    I am just not into the whole dystopian thing either–I read The Hunger Games, and it was fine . . . but I just wasn’t tempted to go on with the series. I’ve never tried Divergent. (I’ll just sit here right next to you!)

  6. I find it funny that the only books I’ve read from your list are the Dystopian books.

  7. Rimsha says:

    You haven’t read Hunger Games and Divergent, you need to read it and by need I mean NEED! 🙂
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  8. Christina says:

    Fantastic list! I included Tamora Pierce on my list too. I feel really bad about that one. I have only read Divergent…I never continued with the series. I am getting sick of dystopian novels. I do like the Shatter Me series though—I’m reading Ignite Me right now! The Book Thief is awesome, but you are right…you do need to be in the right frame of mind!

  9. bftreviews says:

    I can’t believe you haven’t read all these! Honestly The Hunger Games can wait a bit longer but hurry up and read Divergent and Miss Peregrine. Seriously! Both amazing series!

  10. OMG I love you!!! I finally found another book blogger who HASN’T read The Hunger Games!!! I thought I was the only one! Dystopians are not my thing either. Richelle Mead made my list this week too. I didn’t love Perks (and still need to see the movie), but I think it’s worth reading at the same time. Cool list!! I could have put 80% of them on my list too 🙂

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  11. Elizabeth says:

    The Vampire Academy books and The Book Thief made my list, too. I’m kind of iffy on the VA books, like, maybe I’d like them, but I’m afraid I would actually hate them at the same time. And like you I have to be in the right mood for The Book Thief and I just don’t know that I ever will be.

  12. I definitely think you should make a priority to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. That book is among my favorites of all time. You know how much I adore contemporary novels that make you feel and think, and this one definitely delivers on that + so much more. It’s just a brilliant book that will make you cry, yes, but it will also cause you to think about your own life. I hold a book at high standards when it produces that sort of outcome.

    As for the dystopian novels… I am not a huge fan, either. However, I enjoyed The Hunger Games and Divergent. The story telling is just so gripping.

  13. Thomas says:

    Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Scott Westerfeld are such great authors! As a dedicated book blogger I think you will have a blast reading them and discussing them with your WordPress community. (:

  14. Alison says:

    Wow, you’re missing out of some pretty big authors/books! I hope you can get over your ‘fear’ of dystopias. They’re intense but very good reads.

  15. I’ve read seven of your top ten list, but I am with you on the Tamora Pierce. She’s on my half of our list too! I’ve heard that you have to start with ALANNA, because her other books still reference those characters (?). DEFINITELY read the standalones: THE BOOK THIEF and PERKS. The others get to if you can (although if you want to SEE “Divergent” you might want to read that first).

  16. The Book Thief is a novel I hear so much about but have yet to delve in to – something is putting me off picking it up. I can’t quite put my finger on what though… I feel like it might be the ‘hype’. In my experience reading a book that has a lot of hype surrounding it only lessens my reading experience. They end up just being pleasant reads for me, not the ground breaking stuff others are getting, case in point, The Fault in our Stars. I’ll wait until I forget about The Book Thief and then give it ago.

  17. Gone Pecan says:

    So happy there are others that haven’t read Pierce! Agree on Dashner, Maze Runner you can skip. ~Kristina

  18. I’ve been meaning to read Tamora Pierce too! Also love The Book Thief and Perks 🙂

  19. Lucy says:

    I didn’t participate in TTT this week, but I’m finding all the responses so interesting. It really helps me get to know your reading taste better.

    The Book Thief was on my unread list for so long, but I finally read it last year. While some of those dystopians you list are favorites of mine, I don’t consider myself a great lover of dystopia in general, so I totally get where you’re coming from.

    I can see you liking Perks and The Book Thief, but both are books you have to be in the right mood for. Thanks for sharing!

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