Top Ten Tuesday is a book blogging meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish each week. This week, we’re talking about authors who we’ve only read one book from but whose work we’d like to read more of. I’m afraid that there are a lot of these for me. Part of the blessing of graduate school in an English department is finding new authors, sometimes formally in a classroom syllabus or project, and often by recommendations from other students. But there’s so little time, and there’s so much to read, and often, there’s just time for one book before moving along. So here’s a list of authors I want to read more of, which will probably happen when I finish grad school:
1. Leslie Marmon Silko.
I read Ceremony (1977) for a course, and I loved the book. I’d really like to read more of her work, and there’s quite a lot of it.
2. Paul Zindel.
I read The Pigman (1968) for comps, and I loved the weirdness of it and the shifting narration. Zindel’s YA books are neatly done.
3. Lee Smith.
I read Oral History (1983) when I was in a graduate class on Southern literature, and it’s now in my must-reads of Southern literature. Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to read any of Smith’s other work, and it seems worth it.
4. John Green.
I’ve read The Fault in Our Stars (2012), but I’ve heard a lot of positive things about Green’s other work. While TFIOS was something I liked rather than loved, I’d like to see what else Green has up his sleeve.
5. Yann Martel.
Life of Pi (2001) is the only one of Martel’s works that I’ve read. While I have conflicted feelings about the ending of the novel, I was enchanted by the story and use of language, and I’d like to read his other work.
6. Katherine Dunn.
Someone handed me a copy of Geek Love (1989) when we were standing in a Hudson’s Salvage Store full of books. A nearby Borders had fire damage, and the whole stock was in Hattiesburg. I bought so, so many books, including that copy of Geek Love. Years later, I still haven’t read some of those books. But I did read this one, and I fell in love with the weird. I can’t wait to see what else is in Dunn’s work.
7. Margaret Atwood.
I read The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) in my first ever graduate seminar, a class on sexuality and the government in literature. That book has, for so many reasons, stuck with me over the years. I admire Atwood as a writer, and I can’t believe I haven’t had a chance to read more of her work.
8. Sara Gruen.
I read Water for Elephants (2006) one summer just a few years after its release, and I loved it. I’ve heard positive reviews of some of Gruen’s newer work, too, and I’d like to give them a try.
9. Ransom Riggs.
I’ve only had the chance to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011), a book recommended by my colleagues, and it was wonderful. I’d like to read the second in the series and Riggs’s work about photography.
10. Vera Brosgol.
Anya’s Ghost (2011) is the most recent children’s literature book on my comps list, and for good reason. It’s a haunting (literally) tale of girls, society, and culture. And it’s beautifully drawn and utterly complex.