Various things have caused me to be pretty inactive lately, so I thought I’d do another Top Ten Tuesday. Here are my top ten authors I’ve read one book from but need to read more… (In alphabetical order).
Book read: The Penelopiad. I wasn’t completely mad about this book, but it made enough of an impression for me to want to read some more of her stuff. A Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin in particular are very high on my reading list (I even have a copy of the former ready!) I guess The Penelopiad suffered slightly due to me not being too familiar with The Odyssey.
Book read: Waiting for Godot (that counts as a book, right?) Really loved this play, even getting inspired enough to write my own take on it, and want to see what Beckett’s other stuff is like. I generally love stuff that goes against the mainstream. I have a copy of Endgame ready to read and am really eager to see some of his stuff on the actual stage too… If I get the chance.
Book read: Gone Girl. Gone Girl was a great read, there’s no doubt about that. It wasn’t thought-provoking or anything, but it was a proper page-turner with interesting characters and witty dialogue. Sometimes it’s nice to read something you can just enjoy without having to think too much. As well as seeing Gone Girl’s film adaption next month, I’d really like to see if Flynn’s other books match up to the one that made her famous.
Book read: Catch-22. When it comes to old Heller, it seems like everyone only talks about Catch-22 (it is great) despite him having quite a few other published books. I’d like to give at least one of them ago to see if the author’s first novel was a one-off stroke of genius or just one part of a fantastic body of work. Closing Time in particular sounds great.
Book read: Embassytown. It’s been almost a year since I read Embassytown and I’m appalled with myself for not getting round to any of Miéville other books. I’ve got a copy of The City and The City now though, and I’m very excited to get stuck in!
Book read: Fight Club. I didn’t expect to love Fight Club quite as much as I did and as a result I’m interested in seeing what other twisted stuff Palahniuk has to offer. If any of his books end up being half as enjoyable as Fight Club, then I’ll be very satisfied.
Book read: Ariel. Okay, okay – I’m not too big a fan of poetry, most of it just goes swish over my head. Ariel is pretty damn fantastic. You can just feel the emotion pouring off the page. I’d love to delve into more of Plath’s poetry, maybe even her novel, The Bell Jar, or, heck, just read Ariel for a second time.
Book read: The Crying of Lot 49. Wasn’t too sure what to make of Lot 49 and it would probably do me well to read it through a second time. It was interesting enough for me to want to delve further into the world of Pynchon though – and get thoroughly confused all over again.
Book read: Pamela. I started reading Pamela out of literary interest but a few hundred pages later it transformed into a bit of a hate-read. I wanted to see how Richardson could honestly stretch out so little plot for such a long time. It was crazy. Knowing that Richardson’s other famous novel, Clarissa, is heralded as one of the longest books ever, I can’t help but be curious to see whether he learned a thing or two from how poor Pamela was.
Book read: The Hobbit. I’m probably going to end up getting lynched for not reading Lord of the Rings, aren’t I? I found The Hobbit to be enjoyable – though the thought of three three hour-long movies is very frightening – but not enough for me to rush out and buy the famous trilogy that succeeds it. Of course, it’s on my reading list or I wouldn’t be mentioning it here… just not too high up.