Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book Of and Need to Read More


Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list ten authors that I’ve only read one book from but need to read more.

It happens to me all the time, I read a book by an author, love it so much that I look up all books written by him/her and then … never get around to reading any of them. I am always amazed when I so often highly recommend a writer only to realize that I’ve read just one book.


  1. Alice Munro – I read and loved Dear Life. When she won the Nobel prize last year, I was surprised to see that I who had planned to read many more of her stories hadn’t revisited her at all.
  2. Diana Gabaldon – I read Outlander last year and loved it, but have somehow not been motivated enough to invest my energies in the rest of the series. All the recent hype over the TV series and the latest book due out make me think I may be missing out on something here.
  3. Abhraham Verghese – Another writer I highly recommend but have never read anything apart from Cutting for Stone.
  4. Jonathan Safran Foer – I liked Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close but I don’t want to get into a sad mindset again and so haven’t explored anything else he’s written. Lovely writer though.
  5. Kishwar Desai – I have no idea why I haven’t read her other detective books when I liked The Sea of Innocence so very much.
  6. Gillian Flynn – I loved, loved, loved Gone Girl. So why haven’t I picked up Sharp Objects and Dark Places yet? I guess I am afraid I’ll be disappointed.
  7. John le Carré – I loved Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy so I should really read The Constant Gardener and The Spy who Came in From the Cold. Again, I worry that they will disappoint.
  8. Marisha Pessl – I really loved the atmosphere and suspense in Night Film, so I have to get going and read Special Topics in Calamity Physics.
  9. A.A.Milne – This is really shameful. Everyone who knows me knows that I love Winnie the Pooh, but I’ve actually only read the one book in the series 🙁 . All my love for Pooh and his friends comes from watching the show on TV.
  10. Edith Nesbit – I read Five Children and It for the first time as an adult and enjoyed it immensely. I should pick up the other two books in the series.

Doing this meme was a good reminder to me of all the wonderful books I had planned to read and never got around to. Considering I am in a bit of a reading slump for the past couple of months, its good that I have so many books by tried and tested authors to look forward to.

Which authors make your TTT list this week? Do share in the comments.

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  • If you liked Five Children and It, there’s a lot more E. Nesbit to enjoy — I also recommend The Enchanted Castle and her short stories.

  • I’m sorry that I missed this TTT. I really liked the other Gillian Flynn books — but @bookmammal:disqus is right, they’re TOTALLY dark. I need to get to some Alice Munro – period. 🙂

  • This was a great TTT topic for me because I do the same thing. Apparently it’s quite a common problem!

    I actually put off reading Gone Girl for the longest time because I didn’t care for Dark Places (which I’d read before Gillian Flynn became a household name). I also read the first Outlander book, and I liked it, but I didn’t love it… and I feel like to invest myself in that huge a series, I need to be a lot more excited about it than I am.

  • Bookmammal

    Stopping by from Steadfast Reader–I read Gone Girl and really enjoyed it. I tried her others, but they were just too dark and disturbing for me. I’m looking forward to seeing how the movie compares to the book when it’s released in a couple of weeks!

  • Tanya M

    I do the same thing with series, read the first book and then don’t read the rest of the series. Which I need to fix and Outlander sounds like a good one though I haven’t read the first one. I really liked Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close which I listened to on audio and Gone Girl but haven’t read the others. Great list!

  • Ooo, you should definitely read Special Topics in Calamity Physics. It’s excellent. Just be aware that if you get frustrated with the slow-moving aspects of the plot, have patience! It will definitely pick up.

    • Nishita

      @readingtheend:disqus Ooh, great you recommend it so highly. Will definitely pick it up.

  • Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

    Love Diana Gabaldon! The series is absolutely fantastic.

    Here’s my TTT post
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  • Helen

    Great list! The second Outlander book, Dragonfly in Amber, is my favourite of the series so I would recommend trying at least that one.

    • Nishita

      @disqus_PJt0yMC1c8:disqus Thanks for recommending it. Yeah, I think one more book in this series is called for.

  • Avada@ashscerebrations.com

    Havent read most of the authors in your list. You should read the other Winnie books, especially the second part where Tigger enters the story. It was very funny.

    • Nishita

      @Avada@ashscerebrations.com Looking forward to reading the rest of the books with (and to) Piglet. Snubnose unfortunately is not a fan 🙁

  • Wanton Ruminating

    I agree with the assessment of being worried about an author’s subsequent works living up to the one you loved! p.s. did you read about the new agatha christie book that is out? OMG! I am so jittery about whether I should dare to pick it up or not!?! Would you?

    • Nishita

      @wantonruminating:disqus What? There’s a new Christie book out? Is it some old unpublished book of hers, or someone else writing in her style?

      • Wanton Ruminating

        So did u find it already? Apparently she had done 100 pages and the rest were finished by Sophie somebody – whom I have never read btw. Its called the Monogram Murders. It was commissioned by Agatha Christie’s grandson.

        • Nishita

          @wantonruminating:disqus yes, I googled and found it. It sounds a little meh, if it comes my way I will definitely read it, but I am not going to actively look out for it.

  • Zoe

    Haven’t heard of most of these, but I must say that Gone Girl was good, but Sharp Places (for me) was an absolutely terrible read!

    • Zoe

      Sharp Objects, sorry got distracted here while typing! o.O

      • Nishita

        @Zoe: haha, I had to look up that book title as well. Both those book titles sound interchangeable.

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