Beware, this is a rambling post. Over the years, I’ve collected books from authors I’ve…never read. I’d like to read them. Someday. There are authors who I will never “get” so I won’t even bother with those. For example, I bought a bunch of Liz Carlyle books but I learned too late that she just doesn’t work for me. So, here’s my list of romance authors who I’ve heard good word of mouth about. Should I even bother?
Authors who I would like to read and just haven’t yet:
Johanna Lindsey. I’ve collected her books for years. Never read her. Where should I start?
Catherine Coulter. I’ve heard so many good things about this author. Is it all hype?
Eloisa James I’ve collected a few of her historical romances.
Christina Dodd I know readers who _love_ her. I wonder if I will.
Candace Camp (might have read her under a pen name)
I know this comment will generate a lot of eye rolls but JR Ward is one author I don’t get. I found the first book unreadable. I’ve heard of other readers getting a foothold into the series with other books. I would rather not try again. Nora Roberts. I can’t quite explain it but I quit reading her a long time ago. I find her narrative voice just doesn’t work for me like it used to.
Other authors I’ve ditched: Janet Evanovich. Her Stephanie Plum series is a recycle of the same plot with different character names. Laurell K. Hamilton. Character assassinations all around. Karen Robards. I’ve finally accepted that she cannot give me another book like “One Summer” or “Maggie’s Child.” Anne Stuart. Her heroines are weak and kind of stupid. Jennifer Crusie. She writes with other people now.
On borrowed time: Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Usually have to be in the mood to read her so she’s still safe for now. Lisa Kleypas. I’ve enjoyed her books but not all of them. Mystery-Chelsea Cain. I could probably forgo reading anymore Archie/Gretchen books. That last book of hers was sorta blah for me.
Authors I Miss: Katherine Sutcliffe, Judith Ivory, Penelope Williamson
My new auto-buy list has just two names on it for now: Jo Nesbo and Karin Slaughter.
What authors are you wanting to read but haven’t yet? Are there authors you’ve finally just thrown in the towel with? Are there any new authors you’ve found this year?