10 Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

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As I’m sure a lot of you know, I usually participate in Top Ten Tuesday posts each Tuesday. As you may also know, Top Ten Tuesday has been on a hiatus for several weeks (this is the last week of the hiatus though – next week TTT returns!). During this time, I’ve been doing past topics that were done before I started blogging. This week I’m talking about popular authors whose books I’ve never read and let me tell you, there are a LOT. I easily could’ve come up with a much longer list. I’ve decided to stick with young adult authors since that’s primarily what I read. All of the links I’ve included will take you the respective author’s website.

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas author pic

Truthfully, I’m not sure if I’ll ever read any of her books. I know a lot of people love her writing (like, really love her writing), but I also know a lot of people have problems with her/her books. I have Throne of Glass on my Kindle (just the first book) so I might read it at some point, but I’m not sure. I’ve got so many books I want to read that Maas might end up being skipped over.

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo author pic

Bardugo is an author I’ll definitely end up reading at some point. I have Shadow and Bone on my Kindle and I really want to read all of the Grisha books (both the original trilogy and Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom). I’m also really interested in her next book, Language of Thorns which sounds amazing. I’ve heard a lot of good things about her books, so like I said, I’ll definitely end up reading her books at some point.

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell author pic

Like Sarah J. Maas, I’m not sure if I’ll read Rainbow Rowell at any point. Her books have just never really interested me that much and I’ve also heard that Eleanor and Park is pretty racist in its portrayal of Asian characters. Again, I have so many books I want to read that I’m not sure I’d waste my time reading her books when they don’t interest me all that much.

Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor author pic

So I might be kind of cheating with this one because I technically did listen to about 2 chapters of Daughter of Smoke & Bone last summer when I decided I needed to try audiobooks. But considering it was only about 2 chapters, I don’t really think that counts. I know a lot of people love Laini Taylor’s writing and find her prose really beautiful. Plus her books all sound really good. I’ll most likely end up reading her books relatively soon. I might start with Strange the Dreamer just because it’s the only book out right now in that series (duology? I don’t know) and would be less time-consuming than reading a whole trilogy. But we’ll see.

Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver author pic

This is actually kind of pathetic because I literally have been wanting to read Oliver’s Delirium series since it first came out. I remember seeing it at the library, the bookstore, EVERYWHERE and thinking it sounded awesome. And yet five years later, I still haven’t read it (or any of her other books). I swear I will change this.

Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi author pic

Another author who really shouldn’t be on this list. Like with Delirium, I wanted to read Shatter Me ever since I first heard about it. At the time, I didn’t buy many books and my library didn’t have it (or maybe there was a ridiculous amount of holds on it, I don’t remember) so I never got around to it. I did finally buy the eBook awhile ago because it was on sale for $2 so now I really have no excuse, especially now that it’s been announced there will be more books added to the series.

Jenny Han

Jenny Han author pic

I’m fairly certain that I will be changing this kind of soon, but as of right now, I’ve still not read anything by Jenny Han. BUT I really want to read the Lara Jean series now that there’s going to be a movie and I actually recently got The Summer I Turned Pretty at a library book sale. Hopefully, I will soon be able to say that I’ve actually read something Jenny Han wrote.

Marie Lu

Marie Lu author pic

I really, really should have read something by Marie Lu by now. Years ago, I managed to convince my older brother to buy me Legend because I was dying to read that trilogy and then I never did? I also have the first two books in the Young Elites series on my Kindle but have I read them? Of course not. Sooooooo I’m not really sure what else to say about this except that I REALLY SHOULD HAVE READ SOMETHING BY MARIE LU BY NOW.

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins author pic

I’m actually not that surprised that I haven’t read Perkins yet. Back when her Anna and the French Kiss series was being released, I didn’t read a lot of YA contemporary romance (I was more into darker contemporary or dystopian) so I had no interest in it. And she hasn’t released anything since finishing that trilogy (well, unless you count the anthologies she’s edited and contributed to). Now I might actually want to read the Anna trilogy and I definitely want to read her book that’s releasing this fall, There’s Someone Inside Your House. But still, as of right now, I’ve not read anything by Stephanie Perkins.

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness author pic

Patrick Ness really shouldn’t be on this list. This is another situation similar to Marie Lu. A few years ago, I bought The Knife of Never Letting Go because I’d heard it was great. And then last winter I bought A Monster Calls. And then a couple months ago I bought The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Somehow I have not read any of those books yet. Ridiculous, right? I’ll fix this soon, I promise.

What popular authors have you still not read?

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59 thoughts on “10 Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

  1. You have a few of my favorites on this list! Laini Taylor and Tahereh Mafi both write some of the most beautiful prose. Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins are two of my auto-buy contemporary authors. And, of course, Leigh Bardugo is just the queen of my heart. Honestly, I’ve never been a Rainbow Rowell fan– I’ve read most of her books, and I think she’s SO overhyped. I get why people love Maas so much, but aside from how problematic her books are, her writing is just… not good. Sooooo many ellipses and em dashes. Anyway, I hope you enjoy all of these authors if/when you get to their books! Great list. 🙂


    • I honestly doubt that I’ll ever end up giving Rowell or Maas a try. Maas is a maybe just because I have the Throne of Glass eBook, but I’ve pretty much lost my interest in it anyway, haha. I definitely want to give Mafi, Taylor, Han, Perkins, and Bardugo a try though!


  2. Great list Kourtni we have quite a few of these in common! I am 100% with you on Sarah J. Maas, loads of people love, love, love her but I read “Throne of Glass” and really wasn’t all that impressed and I just don’t think her writing is for me.

    Glad you’re going to give Leigh Bardugo a try though! I wasn’t the biggest fan of “Shadow and Bone” but I did really love “Six of Crows” and like you said “Language of Thorns” sounds super amazing! I would love to see what you think of her books though!

    I also really hope you’ll enjoy Laini Taylor’s books since I’m one of those people that thinks her writing is gorgeous as well! Same goes for Patrick Ness!

    I haven’t read (but really want to) Tahereh Mafi and Stephanie Perkins but they aren’t on my priority TBR, I’ll get to them eventually! I also don’t really have any huge interest in Rainbow Rowell’s books either, I may read one but I also may not.


  3. There are quite a few authors on this list that I’ve also not read including SJM. I have gone back and forth over whether I want to read her books but finally decided that they probably aren’t for me – which sees to shock a lot of people! On the other hand, Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor are two of my favourite authors (Laini being a more recent addition to this list!) and I hope that you’ll enjoy their books when you get the chance. Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park is one of my favourite contemporaries too!

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    • I honestly probably would’ve completely written off SJM awhile ago if not for the fact that I have the Throne of Glass eBook, haha. That’s the only thing keeping me from saying with certainty that I won’t bother reading something by her. She’s definitely not a high priority for me, though. Bardugo and Taylor are two authors who I really want to read, preferably soon. My library has several books from both authors, so that’ll help, haha. 🙂

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  4. I’ve read a couple of Rainbow Rowell books and one of Patrick Ness’ books and one of Stephanie Perkins. It’s nice to know there are other people who haven’t read popular authors too! It’s hard to keep up when there’s so many good books out there! I bought Six of Crows the other day so I’ll be able to tick Leigh Bardugo off my list some time soon!

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    • It can be super overwhelming to try and read all of these popular books/authors because like you said, there are so many of them! And I always love reading less well-known books/authors too so it can be very hard to balance it all. I’m hoping to check Bardugo off my list soon, too. I have Shadow and Bone sitting on my Kindle and I know my library has Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Hopefully I’m able to read something by her soon!

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    • I definitely want to read Tahereh Mafi at some point. I have Shatter Me sitting on my Kindle waiting for me, now I just need to actually read it, haha. Hearing about how badly Rowell wrote Asian characters has definitely made me really hesitant to even *consider* reading her books. I highly doubt I’ll ever read anything by her, honestly. There are so many other books more worthy of my time. 🙂

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    • hahaha, I can totally relate! There are SO many series that I’ve started and never finished. A lot of the time it’s just because I started the series before it was finished and then never got around to the other books once they had been published. I really need to get better about finishing series 😛


  5. I haven’t read anything by Laini Taylor ot Tahereh Mafi but I want to so badly! I have A Daughter of Smoke and Bone on kindle but just have not picked it up yet.. don’t know why!! Great list!!😊

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  6. I have read Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass and wasn’t a big fan. Needless to say I haven’t really read any of her books since then. I do love Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty, such a lovely lighthearted book, so I really suggest adding her to you list of have read authors


  7. I haven’t read books of Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han and Leigh Bardugo from your list, though Six of Crows is sitting on my shelf. I do hope to cross out Jenny Han from my list soon enough!

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  8. Some of these are all-time favourite authors of mine, so they’re authors whose books I’d highly highly recommend. Then again I only picked up Patrick Ness’s books last year myself, so I don’t think I have a lot of room to talk as there are people who have been fans of his for years! 😀
    Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor are two all-time favourite authors of mine. So if you can only get around to two I’d recommend those two! 🙂 ❤

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  9. Nice post! If it makes you feel any better, I’ve never even heard of the majority of these authors haha. I do see Maas hyped up so much on book blogs, though… but I think I’ll join you in skipping her novels.


  10. Honestly, my list would be basically the same except I have read some Patrick Ness, Rainbow Rowell, Lauren Oliver and Tahereh Mafi. Most of the others are authors I intend to read at some point, many of them before the end of this year. Stephanie Perkins though…I keep hearing rave reviews for Anna and the French Kiss, but it just doesn’t interest me at all. I think at some point I will have to try it just to see what the hype is about.


  11. Except for Laini Taylor and Marie Lu, and sort of Stephanie Perkins (I’ve read her short stories, but not her novels) I’ve actually read at least one book from all of these authors – which is surprising, because I feel like I’m usually out of the loop lol. I have to say though, out of all of these authors, I love Lauren Oliver’s books the most! I just love her writing, and I feel like each book she writes just gets better and better.

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    • I’m so bad at reading popular books/series/authors. I don’t know why either because I always want to read popular books but I take forever to actually get around to it. So I’m impressed that you’ve read most of these authors! I really want to read Replica very soon. I’m glad to hear you like Lauren Oliver’s writing so much 🙂

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      • Haha understandable! It’s so hard to decide which book to read from popular series everyone loves, because there’s just so many to choose from! 😜

        I would really recommend Replica. Personally, I really loved it, and I think it’s my favorite Lauren Oliver book that I’ve read. ☺️

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  12. This is a brilliant take on the TTT for the week! Perhaps I’ll steal this idea for the future. 😉 I love it!

    I have read two of Sarah J Maas’s books, and, well, they just don’t do it for me. Actually, of the other authors on this list I’ve only read Rainbow Rowell (she’s my favorite author, and I strongly encourage you to try Fangirl), Stephanie Perkins (I really enjoyed her first book, but I’ve read no more) and Patrick Ness (UGH. Ness’s books aren’t bad, per say, but they are just the least engrossing books I’ve ever read. Ugh). I have a long way to go, too!


    • I love going through some of the older topics that TTT has done in the past. That’s how I found this one 🙂

      I could’ve made this list soooo much longer. There are a ton of popular authors I still haven’t read. I’ll probably end up picking up Perkins’ fall release because it sounds really interesting. Ness is another author I’ll probably be trying relatively soon since I now own 3 of his books (don’t ask me why since I still haven’t read any of them lol). Rowell’s books just don’t really appeal to me that much, but I might end up trying one or two anyway since so many people love her writing. I haven’t decided 😛

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