Popular Authors I’ve Never Read (Yet!)

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I got this idea from Zuky and I know it’s part of the Top Ten Tuesday, but… I just wanted to do it. I’m going to list a series of authors that I’ve always wanted to try but I haven’t read yet. And please, let me know if you think I should read a particular novel or if I should avoid them!

Fredrik Backman

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Although I saw a film based on his most popular book, I haven’t still read any of his novels… And everyone seems to love him! Bear Town sounds promising.

Michael Connelly

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I thought I had definitely read something by him… but I checked Goodreads and it seems that I haven’t! I did watch some films based on his books so that’s why I think I’d like his stories. Which one is best?

Ruta Sepetys

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She’s an author that I’m really curious about and I hope to read one of her books soon. Probably Out of the Easy, although all three look fantastic.

Nora Roberts

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I’m not so sure about Nora Roberts, but she’s popular for a reason… and I think she used to write mysteries, right? If you recommend me a good mystery, I’ll give her a chance. But the suspense has to be more important than the romantic part 😛

Haruki Murakami

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Another one I’m not so sure about, but everyone -including my parents- have recommended me his novels. I just have a feeling his stories might be too weird for me. What do you think?

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

42 thoughts on “Popular Authors I’ve Never Read (Yet!)

  1. I’m reading my first Fredrik Backman novel atm the moment – The Scandal (also known as Beartown). I’m about a quarter of the way through and really enjoying it – I’m loving the small town feel. I’ve read 1Q84 by Murakami, I really enjoyed book one and two but it all went wrong for book 3 and I was so disappointed- he 100% writes weird stories 😂
    I’ve ready one book by Michael Connolly but none by the females in your list.
    Great post Annie 😊

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  2. I also second Nora Roberts, her JD Robb In Death series is more suspense than romance. And I loved OVE by Fredrick Backman- is that the movie you watched? I’ll have to check out the other authors.

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  3. I read a Haruki Murakami novel (Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage) and I didn’t love it tbh. I don’t like books that don’t go anywhere so I kind of just didn’t get it lol.

    I have Bear Town by Fredrick Backman on NG (or as it’s been published over here “The Scandal”) so I hope I love it!! 🙂

    Great post 😀

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  4. I’m a BIG fan of Michael Connelly! Both of his series are good, the Harry Bosch books are police procedurals and the Lincoln Lawyer books are legal thrillers. But both characters turn up occasionally in later books, so they’re in the same time and place. He’s got a brand new character he’s just introduced in a new book called The Late Show and I’m super excited to try that. Harry Bosch is my favorite because he’s just a decent human being, always fighting for justice for the forgotten victims and the voiceless. His love life is a mess, though, ha ha! But as a cop he’s stellar.

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  5. I have The Scandal by Backman from NG, but I’ve not read anything else by him. I do quite like Murakami, although his novels are a little unusual.

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  6. I agree with Amy, I’m not sure you’d like Nora Roberts, the romance is as important as the mystery which you’d probably have figured out:) I think Michael Connelly is a sure bet for you and if you’ve already watched The Lincoln Lawyer movie, you can go to the 2nd book in that series, The Brass Verdict (I think that’s it) Fun Post!!

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  7. I’m in the minority that doesn’t like Murakami – his style doesn’t work for me. Too slow and too weird! So strike him off your list and add Reginald Hill instead… 😉

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  8. I’ve read all of Rita Sepetys books and they are all amazing!!! Between Shades of Gray was probably my favourite. Out of the Easy was #2
    Nora Roberts is fantastic as well. She is a master at creating wonderful multi dimensional characters that you can’t help but fall for. A lot of her books tend to follow the same flow and story structure, but she makes them all unique. I think I’ve read about 15 of her books now and haven’t found one yet I didn’t enjoy!

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  9. I can highly recommend both Fredrik Backman and Ruta Sepetys! Nora Roberts mostly writes stories that aren’t for me in the first place and it’s been a long time since I read a Michael Connelly book (I can only remember one, The Lincoln Lawyer, and that was four years ago haha). And like you everyone keeps recommending Murakami to me and I have a few titles on my TBR, but I’m worried they will end up being ‘too much’ for me as well.

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  10. I can’t imagine you’d enjoy Nora Roberts. Not that she isn’t good..she is, and I’ve read probably everything she’s written except her romance romance books and her 2 most recent books, but I had to take a break from her books because they are soooo predictable. You read one, and you’ve read them all basically…girl has a problem, meets boy, they solve it while falling in love, dangerous stuff happens, blah, blah, the end. I’ll read her again but just out of habit, lol. Michael Connelly, yes!!! You should read his Harry Bosch series! I love Bosch as a character and if you’ve watched the show, you have some idea, but the books are better, and I just bought Late Show, so I’m super excited…love Connelly ❤😊 Murakami is different. I’ve had to read him for my degree and teach his work in my contemporary lit class. I absolutely appreciate his work as being beautiful and lyrical writing and can say everyone should read him once…ok, that’s what I tell my students, lol. But I’m not sure you would enjoy him. I haven’t read Beartown yet; it’s on my TBR lol! But A Man Called Ove was so good!!

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    1. Everyone has said the same thing about Nora Roberts so I think I’ll pass. I actually ead The Late show last week 🙂 It was good and I’ll definitely read more of him. Not so sure about Murakami… But yes, Beartown looks amazing!!

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      1. Probably a good decision on Nora…she’s more hype now than anything. Twenty years ago, she could write. Glad to hear The Late Show is good; I’m actually going to start it tonight! But I’ve never known Connelly to write a bad book 😊 Murakami is one writer you love or hate. That’s a tough one. This was a great idea for a post 😁 I may have to borrow the idea from you and Zuky when I return to my blog in Sept.

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          1. I probably will since it is an easy post and that is what I need right now that I am on hiatus from my blog until mid-September! 🙂 I have a backlog of book reviews longer than my arm that I probably need to do instead, but I’ll get to them eventually if I can stop getting sick or have personal things that require my needing to taking leave from my blog… 😦 My post will probably be mostly Young Adult authors though, lol!!

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