This week's Top Ten Tuesday on the Broke and the Bookish is a rewind week (you can pick any past topic). So I chose . . .
TOP TEN TUESDAY:
Top Ten Authors I'm Ashamed I've Never Read
1. David Foster Wallace- Infinite Jest sounds interesting and I've heard rave reviews about how it's a modern classic and will be taught in schools in the future, but I just can't do it. Because I've also heard it's extremely long and complicated and not really worth it. Maybe I'll find another David Foster Wallace book to conquer instead (I've heard his non-fiction is actually really great?).
2. Jonathan Franzen- He seems to have a reputation for being the jerk of the literary world, but I've also heard great things about his work. The Corrections has been on my list for a long, long time.
3. Neil Gaiman- A few weeks ago I posted Gaiman's inspiring, hilarious commencement speech. He seems like a talented guy with a lot of great work behind him and it's a shame I haven't read any of it. Maybe I'll check out Coraline sometime for a quick, fun read (I did really like the movie).
4. Haruki Murakami- He's another that sounds like he's writing modern classics, books that will someday be taught, but I just haven't gotten to him yet. His newest, 1Q84, scares me a bit, so I think I'll start out with something shorter like Norwegian Wood. His work is supposed to be very dreamy and unique, and I really can't wait to try it. I'm shocked I haven't already!
|By the way, I totally imagined Malcolm Gladwell to be an old guy with white hair and glasses.|
5. Malcolm Gladwell- I'm a fiction girl all the way, but I've heard Gladwell writes some of the best non-fiction out there. I've been wanting to get around to him for years.
6. Leo Tolstoy- When I think of the hardest, longest books out there, I think of Tolstoy. So is it shocking I haven't read him yet? No. But I'd really, really like to try sometime. Maybe the new Anna Karenina movie coming out will inspire me.
7. Fyodor Dostoyevsky- And the other great Russian (in my eyes). Someday I'll give him a shot.
8. Alexandre Dumas- His seem like the most exciting of the classics, so it's a shame I didn't try reading him when I was caught up trying to read as many classics as possible (way back at the start of high school). I honestly think I'll like him much better than I ever liked Jane Austen or Charles Dickens.
9. Edith Wharton- I have The Age of Innocence on my shelf. It'll happen someday.
10. Virginia Woolf- Of all the classic authors I haven't read, she shames me the most. I've read one of her short stories, but I don't think that counts. The stream of consciousness thing doesn't really appeal to me, but I really should give her a chance.
Which author should I read first? And which book of theirs? I'd love some recommendations!