I have a reading
idiosyncrazy idiosyncrasy. When some readers really enjoy a book, they tend to devour everything by that author. Me? I STAY AWAY. It hasn’t always been like this – the reason I have read tons of Jodi Picoult and Karen Kingsbury. I think it started in university when I realised I don’t have time to read everything I want to read. So now, when I have read a book that I absolutely adored, I actually willfully stay away from reading another work by the same author. I think partially it is because I don’t want to ruin my experience, but also partially because I want to read as many different voices as possible, and not restrict myself.
So although today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Ten authors I’ve only read one book from but NEED to read more”, I’m asking: SHOULD I read more of these authors?
1. Zeina Abirached – I Remember Beirut
I wrote a mini-review for this graphic novel here. I really enjoyed reading it, especially as it was the first book I ever read set in Lebanon. She has another graphic novel, also about her childhood in the war, so I am a bit wary of reading the same author and the same setting. The other option would be for me to read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, which is also a graphic novel that sounds similar but not the same, and set in Iran.
2. Benjamin Alire Saenz – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Okay, lets be frank: Ari and Dante don’t exactly have hectic adventures. If you think about it, the plot is kind of boring. And yet I couldn’t stop reading this book. Saenz writes absolutely beautifully, so even though I’m not thaaaat interested in reading about a teen in rehab, I have a feeling Saenz probably wrote so beautifully about it in Last Night I Sang to the Monster.
3. Mindy McGinnis – Not a Drop to Drink
I kind of expected to find this book a little lame and full of tropes, but I liked it. Apart from the whole romance things, which I did not “feel”, it was good! But now there’s In a Handful of Dust, which is a sequel but not a sequel (huh?) and I want to read more about Lucy… I think! But what if it’s just the same story rehashed?
4. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
I waited for the hype to die down well and proper before reading this and I loved it. My brother, at the same time, read I am the Messenger, which he loved. He says it’s quite funny and awesome. It sounds verrrry different from The Book Thief though. Which is not a problem but… will I like it?
5. Jennifer Donnelly – Revolution
I really enjoyed the way Revolution weaved together history and music. I’m interested in A Northern Light which seems to have more recent history (1900s) and writing/words. It sounds pretty awesome too.
6. Elizabeth Wein – Code Name Verity
I REALLY want to read Rose Under Fire but I keep avoiding it! CNV really kind of broke my heart and I don’t know if I can take more of its awesomeness. Am I weird? I’m weird aren’t I.
7. George Orwell – Animal Farm
People say a writer writes the same story over and over. I thought Animal Farm was decent, but isn’t 1984 kind of similar? I’m kind of over reading things because I feel compelled to…
8. David Levitan – Every Day
I tried reading Two Boys Kissing, which sounded awesome, but I couldn’t get into it. Something about the tone. But there’s a whole bunch of other Levithan books that sound so cute and awesome.
9. Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor & Park
Okay, this one is definitely a fear of being let down! I really enjoyed E&P but quite specifically because of the characters. Fangirl and Landline just don’t sound appealing to me, to be honest… Attachments, maybe?
10. Gayle Forman – Just One Day
SERIOUS HYPE MONSTER. I don’t think I would have read it if not for the fact that I won it, and then it was pretty awesome. Do I want to find out what happens in Just One Year, though? I’m not sure. I’m not all that interested in D*ckwad’s excuses, y’know? And then Forman has some other books that are apparently awesome, but still: HYPE MONSTER!
As you can probably tell, I really do want to read more of these authors, I just need a bit of a push.
So, push me already! :)