Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays: Popular Authors I've Never Read

Hello again! I wasn't sure at first if I'd do this week's Top Ten Tuesday, since there are a lot of popular authors I've never read. Then I decided that I might as well- after all, I should have no problem coming up with people to put on the list . . . except that I'm not entirely sure who's popular and who's not. In the end, I took a few guesses, but I think that most of these authors either are or were popular.
  1. J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter is one of the few series that my parents have ever specifically said I'm not allowed to read. I'm ok with that.
  2. Rick Riordian. The whole descendants-of-gods thing kind of turned me off. It's one thing when it's the actual mythology; it's another when it's set in modern day.
  3. Ally Carter. I've said a few times that I'm going to try one of her books. It obviously hasn't happened yet.
  4. John Green. No, I haven't even read The Fault in Our Stars. I don't plan on changing that. There are other books that interest me much more.
  5. William Shakespeare. I've read several adaptations of his work, but never the actual plays. I will have by the end of this school year, though. Romeo and Juliet I'll be reading for literature, and I still want to read Hamlet at some point too.
  6. Brandon Sanderson. I think he's popular? I know several people who really like his books. I haven't heard much about them, but I'm pretty sure they're fantasy and I'm considering looking into them over the summer. (Or whenever I run out of new books to read. Whichever happens first.)
  7. Erin Hunter. Are the Warriors books even still popular? Anyone know? I used to know several people who were into them. I even joined a roleplay or two based on the books. (I'm weird that way. I joined a Hunger Games based RP before I read THG.) But I never actually read them.
  8. Cassandra Clare. Her books sound interesting, but also very much  . . . not sure what the word is, but I don't want to get into it.
  9. Stephanie Morrill. I'm a big fan of the Go Teen Writers blog, which she writers for. I have e-copies of two of her books. I think that her Ellie Sweet series sounds pretty cool, what with the main character being a writer and all. But I have yet to actually read any of her work.
  10. Stephen R. Lawhead. I thought about reading one of his series, I think the King Arthur ones, at one point. But I couldn't find them at the library, and I think I heard something about mature content, so I decided not to.
There's my list. Please don't kill me over any of them. Thanks for reading!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)


  1. Yep, I haven't most of these either for the same reason, except for Stephanie Morril and Stephen Lawhead (probably a good call waiting on his). I'm interested in Brandon Sanderson, but I'm not sure if I'd find them too dark...

    Funny, I haven't even heard of two of these. :)

    1. I have no idea how dark or otherwise Brandon Sanderson's books are. *shrug* But glad you agree that waiting on Lawhead was a good idea.

      Really? Which ones?

  2. If you don't read Hamlet, I may have to revoke your friendship card. (Okay, I'm joking. Mostly.) Ally Carter is amazing. Seriously. Her books are fabulous and very clean.

    I think the Warriors series is still good. The first is the best, and the fourth is the worst, but I feel like the fifth is similar to the first and second. And the Super Editions are cool, too!

    1. I will read it. Don't worry. And thanks. Once I get through my current reading list, maybe I'll try them.

      Ah, got it. Thanks for clarification. The reason I didn't read them is that I think the concept didn't appeal to me.

  3. I read the first book in the Warriors series but never got to the second book.I tried to read one of Shakespeare's once but I just couldn't finish it.And I don't think I'm ever going to try J.K Rowling or Casandera Clare.The other ones I haven't even heard of.

    1. I'm surprised you haven't heard of some of them, but then again, if not for the UG and certain book blogs, I wouldn't have either, so . . . I guess not such a surprise. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Brandon Sanderson is great! I'm currently in the middle of his series Mistborn, and my brother has devoured everything by him. His magic systems are wonderful, and so far I'm loving Mistborn. You really should check him out. *nods*

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! Seeing so many TPSers who like the Mistborn series is part of the reason I'm thinking of looking into his books, actually.

  5. I haven't read most of those authors either. But I have read the Percy Jackson Series, and a couple of Shakespear's plays. :) Also, Stephen R. Lawhead's "In the Hall of the Dragon King" is really good, and I highly recommend it! Its sequels are good as well. I wouldn't give them to my twelve-year-old brother, but for thirteen and up, they're great. At first, the Christian parallel isn't obvious, but about halfway through the first book it becomes apparent who the One True God is. :D

    1. Thanks, Rayne! I'll have to keep that in mind, about "In the Hall of the Dragon King".

  6. I'm not allowed to read the Harry Potter series or the Percy Jackson series. I have to agree with you though, I actually don't care to much. I mean, I just don't go for the whole "god" thing. But I know of a lot of people that are really into them. *shrugs*

    Stephen R. Lawhead. I tried reading the Hood trilogy by him one time. It didn't do it for me. I think I'll have to try again because I heard it's real good. But..some of his books I know are more adult and all, but I've actually read 'The Skin Map' by him, book one in the Bright Empires series. Really good I thought. I started the second, but just go to busy. I really want to finish the series though! I think there's 4 now? But yeah, time travel and all...it's pretty fun. :) And clean as far as I've read. :)

    -Esmerelda of the UG

    1. Yeah. But there's plenty of other books to read instead.

      Thanks for the note! I'll have to look at some of those books.

  7. Hey~Sorry, this is kind of a late comment :(

    Oh, hold on before I get to the book part--I've been trying to join your blog, but for some reason it hasn't been working. I don't think it's my connection, because I joined a site right before I went onto yours...do you mind checking it out? I'd love to follow your site :D

    Also, if you ever do get around to reading Harry Potter, I just want to say that even though the concept is kind of--you know, suggestive--I absolutely love her writing. It's clean, although there's some bloodshed, and her writing has that magnetism to pull you in.

    Rick Riordan was OK, I guess, and I thought his concept was unique, but the Heroes of Olympus is going in ways that I'm starting to dislike.

    I've read one Ally Carter, but I haven't read John Green either (*high fives you*). I just don't think his books will be edifying, judging from some of the synopses I've read on Wikipedia.

    YOU HAVE TO READ STEPHANIE MORRILL. (Sorry, didn't mean to shout.) But after I read the Ellie Sweet series, she vaulted over J.K. Rowling and a bunch of other people to become one of my favorite authors. Seriously, the Ellie Sweet series is amazing. Please read it. *gets down on hands and knees and begs*

    Okay, I'm done :D


    1. Haha, I like any comments. As long as you're not a spammer.

      Thanks for letting me know! I've been having that same problem with other blogs too. I will definitely look into it!

      Got it. I've heard from a lot of people that's it's really good. Thanks for telling me!

      I see. Again, thanks for telling me.

      *hi5s back* I haven't read synopsizes for most of his books, but from what I've heard, they sound depressing. Glad I'm not the only one who things that.

      Wow. I'll definitely see if I can find it somewhere, then! You can stop begging now, LOL.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!


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