Straight from The Broke and the Bookish is this Tuesdays Top Ten: Authors I Need To Read More Of.
This topic perfectly illustrates some of my frustrations. There are a number of authors of whom I’ve read one or two of their books and are dying to read more, yet where is the time? I just can’t seem to fit them in!
1. Elizabeth Gaskell: Okay, I admit that I’ve already read Cranford —- I just really liked this cover. However, I haven’t read Wives and Daughters, Mary Barton, Sylvia’s Lovers, or The Moorland Cottage.
2. Walter Scott: Who could resist the romance and chivalry of this author’s novels? I did get through part of Ivanhoe as a teen, but I spent so much time looking up and writing down unknown words, that I exhausted myself and didn’t finish. Should I perhaps try a Scott Project, or would I get sick of him before it was done? Is he best read in doses?
3. Winston Churchill: oh yes, non-fiction here I come! The small amount of Churchill’s writings that I’ve read, indicate to me that I’d really enjoy him as an author. His A History of the English Speaking Peoples is daunting though.
4. Alexander Dumas: with a thirst for adventure, who could satisfy more than Dumas? I’ve read his two “biggies” but there are tons of other works just waiting to be discovered by me.
5. Edith Wharton: I just love Edith Wharton! I love her so much that I’m completely perplexed as to why I never seem to be reading any of her novels …..???
6. Georgette Heyer: Everyone has such fun reading Heyer! I’d like some fun too. But somehow I don’t seem to have time for fun. Sigh!
7. The Bloomsbury Group Books: I’ve read Henrietta’s War and it was a hoot. The rest of the books look so entertaining; nice light, feel-good reading.
8. Anthony Trollope: Well, his Barsetshire Chronicles have been such delightful reading that I don’t think that I’ll have a problem carrying on to his The Pallisers series. I know he’s been compared to Dickens but his writing is so much more lively and amusing.
9. G.K. Chesterton: Okay, I’m convinced that this man is brilliant. I just read The Man Who Was Thursday and it blew me away. I’m so looking forward to reading anything by him. And then reading it again. There are so many layers to his books, it will take a lifetime to peel them off.
10. Arthur Ransome: one of my favourite children’s authors. I’ve read the first four books of his Swallows and Amazons series and I’m determined to read the rest. A truly great writer.
11. Alfred John Church: he’s written a ga-zillion books about Ancient Rome, Greece, and Medieval times for children. They’re somewhat dated but very well-written.
12. Christopher Hibbert: one of my favourite writers of historical non-fiction. I haven’t read one of his books for a loooong time ……
13. Charles Dickens & Fyodor Dostoyevsky: For some reason I don’t get a thrill when I think of reading either of their works but on the other hand, I do want to read them. Strange ….
14. William Shakespeare: Oh, my poor Shakespeare Project! Need I say more?
I know I was supposed to stop at 10 but, as you see, I was inspired. I’m going to have to take a different tact for 2015 if I want to read even some of these. This probably means a reduced amount of challenges and perhaps joining less reads in my Goodreads groups. We’ll see what 2015 brings ….