Authors I Really Want to Read More

I have a massive TBR, which seems to be a common problem with a lot of readers. Usually, it’s the case of not having enough time to keep up with all the great books. But with me, I’m the type of reader who is, well, a bit flighty. I jump from genre to genre, author to author, with little rhyme or reason. Honestly, there aren’t many books on my TBR which come from the same author.

However, there is the occasional author I read who really impresses me. So today I’m sharing a list of authors I really want to delve into more. Most of these will be classic authors, because that’s what I’m into right now, but I love all of their styles and understandings of complex issues.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

Dostoyevsky is one of the authors I’ve heard wonderful things about for years, but never took the time to read. But I’ve just started Crime and Punishment and I’m so impressed, not only with the story itself, but also the authors complex understanding of human psychology and morality. Because of that, I totally want to read all of his books!

His Books I Want to Read:

  • Crime and Punishment (currently reading)
  • The Brothers Karamozav
  • The Idiot
  • Notes from the Underground
  • “The Double”
  • (and more)

Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)

I don’t read a lot of fantasy series, especially long series. However, I’ve read four of Pratchett’s books (The Colour of Magic, Guards! Guards!, Soul Music, and The Hogfather) and I’ve been impressed by his humor and writing style. So I want to read more of his books.

His Books I Want to Read:

  • The Entire Discworld series (forty-one+ books, only four of which I’ve read.
  • Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman)
  • The Long Earth series (with Stephen Baxter, four books)
  • (and more)

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)

I read Something Wicked This Way Comes this October, and I loved it so much. Bradbury is another author I’ve heard great things of but I’ve never actually read his books. So I want to delve more into his dystopian worlds.

His Books I Want to Read:

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • The Martian Chronicles
  • The Halloween Tree
  • The Illustrated Man
  • (and more)

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

I want to read more French classic authors in general (like Jules Verne and Alexandre Dumas), but none am I more anxious to read than Victor Hugo. I’ve started Les Mis a couple times, but I never had time to really get into it. So I’m determined to read more of his books!

His Books I Want to Read:

  • Les Misérables
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Man Who Laughs
  • The Last Day of a Condemned Man 
  • (and more)

Eric Metaxas (1963-)

Earlier this year I read  Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery and I absolutely loved the book. Since then, I’ve noticed that Metaxas has a lot of other books which sound really interesting. So I want to read more of his non-fiction, historical books. He also writes a lot of children books, but since I don’t really read children books, I’ll skip those.

His Books I Want to Read

  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
  • 7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness
  • 7 Women: And the Secret of their Greatness
  • Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World 
  • (and more)

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)

Despite North and South being one of my favorite books of all time, I’ve never read anything else by Gaskell, which is really sad. I often compare her to a female version of Charles Dickens, as she wrote around the same time and gave commentary on social issues of the Victorian era like poverty and technology.

Her Books I Want to Read

  • Wives and Daughters
  • Cranford
  • Mary Barton
  • Cousin Phyllis
  • (and more)

What are some authors you want to read more of, classic or modern? Have you read any of these authors/books? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

11 thoughts on “Authors I Really Want to Read More

  1. I’ve long since decided not to keep a reading list, though sometimes I find that decision bites me in the ass when I can’t figure out what to read next. 😀 Previously, I was always looking out to read more Jack Vance, but now I’ve kind of outgrown him – should get The Dying Earth in my bookshelf, though, always handy to have for reference. And maybe The Book of Dreams.

    Out of curiosity, why don’t you read children’s books?

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    1. Jack Vance sounds interesting…I’ll check him out, even if you have outgrown him. It’s weird, I actually keep two reading lists, one that’s in an actual notebook and the other is in my head. So I’ve never actually had a challenge finding books to read.

      As for children’s books, I meant picture books (though I still read and enjoy some middle school books). The reason I don’t read them is because they are too simplistic for my tastes and I’m always trying to challenge my reading abilities and understanding. Plus, I don’t have any young kids I’m close to to read them with.


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