Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Krakauer on Koalas; or Auto-Buy Authors (Top Ten Tuesday)

This week, the theme of Top Ten Tuesday (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is authors whose books I would always buy/read, regardless of what it might be about.

So, in no particular order...

Jon Krakauer
To be fair, Krakauer has written on a range of subjects, from his earlier books about mountain climbing and the 1996 Everest disaster, to the story of Chris McCandless in Into The Wild, to his more recent books on fundamentalist Mormons and the war in Afghanistan (told through the story of Pat Tillman and the cover up of his death).

Philip Roth
Having recently read and reviewed Roth's final novel, this is more a case of wanting to read all of the novels of his I haven't read yet (at last count, I had read 14/27). [Read my review of Nemesis here.]

Armistead Maupin
I feel like I am always eagerly awaiting a new Maupin novel, and the next one (focusing on Anna Madrigal, one of his best-loved characters) is no exception.

Stephanie Perkins
I think this is a case of really gelling with an author's style and voice, and I appreciate the way Perkins writes realistic conversations and gives her characters hormones! (I guess that sounds weird, but I like that she lets her characters think about sex in a normal way.)

Erlend Loe
There are quite a few Loe novels I haven't read, because sadly I can't read Norwegian... but as soon as more are translated, I will be scrabbling for a copy! [Read my review of Doppler here.]

Siri Hustvedt
I read Sorrows of an American a couple of years ago, and ever since then I have gone back and read all of her other books, too. Absolutely wonderful novels, particularly Sorrows and What I Loved.

Jeffrey Eugenides
Eugenides comes out with a book so infrequently, but they're always a joy when he does. [Read my review of The Marriage Plot here.]

Okay, so just seven this week, which is maybe just as well!

Don't forget the blog-birthday giveaway this week - two pairs of young adult books to win!


  1. Very interesting list! I've always wondered if I'd enjoy Philip Roth, but never got around to reading any of his stuff. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. I have Anna and the french kiss on my kindle but I haven't read it yet. I guess I just haven't been in the mood to get into it. I'm fussy like that! Great list though :)
    Beth @ YA Vixens
    Vixen's Top Ten!

  3. I love Stephanie Perkins as well. Anna and the French Kiss is one of my favorites. The other authors are new to me. I will have to check them out. I'm a new follower!

  4. You have a fabulous list :) I think the book about Pat Tillman looks really great but I just haven't read it yet. Its definitely on my TBR pile!
    Top Ten Tuesday @ The Brunette Librarian

  5. Love how diverse your list is! I am a huge fan of Stephanie Perkins too.

  6. I love the diversity - I've not read most of these authors but I've heard of most of them. I'm think that Erlend Loe's books look really interesting. I don't read a lot of translated fiction but I'm going to go see if my library have any in stock.

  7. Ah!! I LOVE Erlend Loe! I went to high school in Norway, and Naive Super will always mean a ton to me as the first book I read in Norwegian. So glad to find someone else who knows of him outside of Norway (and YES, more of his books need to be translated...it's been too long, not sure I could still read them in Norwegian!).

  8. I really want to read Anna and The French Kiss, I'm sure I would love it! :)


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