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March 4: Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read
I’m not 100% sure how you define this one. I’m going for authors I have seen mentioned on blogs and in bookstores, but still haven’t read anything by them.
1. Brown, Dan. Robert Langdon series. I have seen these books everywhere, but they don’t particularly appeal. Sometimes I’m a little curious, just from how often I see something by him. Still, it’s a bit conspiracy-theory for me.
2. Brown, Pierce. Red Rising Trilogy. So, he’s only published book one, but it seems to be doing really well, and growing in popularity. A story a bit like The Time Machine, with Helldivers working on Mars to make the planet terraformed–and then they discover that their sacrifice is a lie. I’m mostly waiting–to work through a backlog, and see how book 2 does.
3. Cass,Kiera. The Selection. Another beautiful set of covers, with ball gowns that would pretty much guarantee you’d drown if you fell into a pool. A competition for a prince’s bride, and an inevitable love triangle. Another book with mixed reviews, plus I’m getting a little tired of the love triangles being the main focus of a book.
4. Forman, Gayle. Just One Day series. These look like very sweet books, and I’ve seen people rave about them. Except… is this book sad, people? I think it might be too sad. I’m not very brave about that.
5. James, E.L. Fifty Shades series. If you don’t know what this book is about, I’m amazed. The negatives make me really leery of this book, though, no matter how many good reviews I see.
6. Lu, Marie. Legend series. A city divided into rich and poor, and two people from each side brought together over a murder. Sounds interesting to me, I just haven’t added it to my ever-growing list of books. Yet.
7. Mafi, Tahereh. Shatter Me series. These covers, with stuff growing out of an eye is pretty when you focus on the details, but the concept gives me the creeps. The concept sounds interesting–a teenage girl with a fatal touch, but enough people have died that now they want so use her as a weapon. But the reviews… enough of them are harsh about the writing to make me waffle.
8. Oliver, Lauren. Delirium series. A world when love is a sickness, and there’s a cure–and the main character is waiting to receive it. There’s some very good ratings on this, but also some complaints about prose so purple it glows in the dark. I can’t decide.
9. Simsion, Graeme. The Rosie Project. I have seen this book all over the place, and it seems to be either really smart, or not smart enough. It’s about math, genetics, research, and love and family–which usually sounds good, but not if it isn’t well written.
10. Tart, Donna. I’ve seen The Goldfinch especially, which made a bunch of lists, but her other books have a ton of ratings, too. The Goldfinch is about an orphan struggling to stay out of the system, living on the streets and with friends. It’s 771 pages, so it’s quite a time commitment if it’s not my cup of tea.