Happy Tuesday everyone! It is the second day of the week already but I hope everyone is doing well and is safe. Tuesdays also mean one thing, a Top Ten Tuesday update! Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s given topic is Authors I Haven’t Read But Want To
The world of literature is very vast. There is still a lot of literature that I haven’t covered. Because of this, I have a lot of authors whose prose I want to explore. Ten is a number that will not cover the long list of writers I still want to read. But because my list is inexhaustible, I think twelve is enough to limit this list while, at the same time, capturing the diversity that my current reading list has. Without more ado, here are some ten writers who I still haven’t read but I am more than excited to. Happy reading!
Pat Barker – I am not sure when or where I first encountered British writer Pat Barker. I know it was recent when I purchased a copy of her Booker Prize-winning work, The Ghost Road. But I am not sure if it was the first time I heard of her or if it was through her latest novel, The Women of Troy. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to reading her works. I was thinking of The Ghost Road but I learned that it was the third book of a trilogy so I am shelving it in the meantime. I will, instead, start with The Silence of the Girls, which is a retelling of Greek mythology.
Aleksander Tišma – When I obtained a copy of Serbian writer Aleksandar/Aleksander Tišma’s The Use of Man, it was more because I was curious about who he is. I didn’t realize that he is actually an influential name in Serbian literature, a fact I came across when I obtained a copy of Kapo just recently. His works were critically acclaimed and have earned him several accolades. I am excited about what his novels have in store for me.
Marcel Proust – Of the authors on this list, I think it is French writer Marcel Proust who was on my to-be-read list for the longest time. It was in 2015 – if my memory serves me right – when I acquired a copy of Swann’s Way. I obviously had no inkling of who Proust was or that Swann’s Way was just the first book of a series named Remembrance of Things Past/In Search of Lost Time. I have since acquired all the books, save for one, in the series and I am raring to start my reading adventure into this series and into Proust’s prose.
Angela Carter – Whenever I encounter Angela Carter’s name, the first thing that comes to mind is her novel Nights at the Circus. It was a book that I kept encountering on must-read lists and because of these encounters, my interest was finally piqued. It did take me some time to obtain a copy of any of her works but I was finally able to obtain some in 2020 and 2021. From the title of her works, I am getting the vibe of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I can’t wait to read her works.
Abdulrazak Gurnah – Over the past few years, I have kept abreast of prestigious literary prizes such as the Nobel Prize in Literature. Last year, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah. As acknowledged by the Swedish Academy, his works, and even the author himself, were foreign to many readers. But because of his win, and the prospect of exploring a new literary voice, I obtained a copy of two of his works, with the possibility of reading more depending on my experience with these two books.
Sir V.S. Naipaul – Another thing that characterized the past seven years of my reading journey was my indulgence in must-read lists. It was through these lists, actually, that I have come across some of the writers on this list. One of the names that kept popping up was Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, who also happens to be a Nobel Laureate in Literature. My repeated encounters with A Bend in the River and A House for Mr. Biswas piqued my interest and for a very long time, I have been wanting to read one of his works. Luckily, I was able to obtain one of his works last year.
Franz Kafka – I am pretty sure that many devout readers have encountered Franz Kafka and his works. One book comes to mind actually, Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. I kept encountering his name and even the term Kafkaesque is prevalent in books I have read. I didn’t know then that his works were critically acclaimed. The more I learned about him and his works, the more I want to explore his prose. Perhaps this year I can finally get to read The Castle.
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio – It was in 2021 that I first encountered French writer Jean-Marie Gustave (J.M.G.) Le Clézio. His novel Wandering Star was being sold by an online bookseller. My curiosity piqued, I did a quick search on him and I learned that he was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. This made me automatically add his works and his name to my perpetually growing reading list. To be honest, the works of Nobel Prize in Literature recipients are automatically part of my reading list. Well, except perhaps works of poetry.
Tan Twan Eng – It was through a friend and fellow reader that I first encountered Malaysian writer Tan Twan Eng. My friend recommended him highly. Unfortunately, it took me some time to acquire at least one of his works, The Garden of Evening Mists. The fact that it is a work of historical fiction is enough to pique my interest. Moreover, this is going to be my first novel by a Malaysian writer. These past few years, I have been extending my forays into South East Asian literature and Tan Twan Eng is a nod to the right direction.
Natalia Ginzburg – I kept encountering the works of Italian writer Natalia Ginzburg on online booksellers’ pages. Unfortunately, I was never successful in obtaining any of her works because I am a minute or two late. Thankfully, I was able to obtain a copy of Family Sayings which made me research more about her. I learned that she was an accomplished writer whose works earned her several accolades. Her works also explored family relationships; Family Sayings, I have learned is partly autobiographical. With this novel, I hope to dip into her prose.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o – In relation to the Nobel Prize in Literature, one name that has been stirring quite the noise is Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Many have deemed him a perfect shoo-in for the award. The Swedish Academy, however, has other ideas. Because of these endless praises that he kept receiving from readers from the world over, my interest in his oeuvre was inevitably piqued. I jumped on the bandwagon! However, unlike the other authors on this list, I am not yet able to obtain any of his works. I am crossing my fingers that I get to obtain at least one because I am really, really looking forward to reading his works.
Javier Marías – Spanish writer Javier Marías was another author recommended to me by a friend and fellow devout reader. His novel A Heart So White was specifically recommended by this friend. He also thinks that Marías is a decent selection for the Nobel Prize but until now, he hasn’t received the recognition. Because of my friend’s recommendation, I researched more about him. This led me to obtain two of his works – alas, neither was A Heart So White – which I am looking forward to reading perhaps later this year.
These are just some of the writers I really want to read. Some of the other names that come to mind include Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Roth, Yūko Tsushima, Albert Camus, Doris Lessing, Joyce Carol Oates, and Knut Hamsun. Again, these are just some of the authors I want to read. Hopefully, I get to read at least one of their works this year or in the coming year.
How about you fellow reader? Are there any authors you haven’t read yet but badly want to? I hope you can share them in the comment box. For now, have a great Tuesday!