Authors I Keep Buying, But Still Haven’t Read

Yesterday, I got my preorder of Samantha Shannon’s newest novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree. Which I am very excited to read, despite the fact that I have yet to read a Samantha Shannon book. Which wouldn’t really be a problem, except this is now the fourth unread Samantha Shannon book sitting on my shelves.

Today, I thought I’d talk about the authors whose books I keep buying, but not reading. I fully intend to read them, and I have a feeling I will really like these authors, I just haven’t gotten around to them just yet. I’m hoping to change that soon, so please feel free to guilt me into reading these books. Here are some authors whose books I’ve been collecting for years, and have not yet read. And we might as well start with:

Samantha Shannon. Now that I’ve added the behemoth that is The Priory of the Orange Tree to my library, I have a solid quartet of Samantha Shannon books on my shelves. I also have The Bone Season, The Mime Order, and The Song Rising. I’m fairly confident I’m going to like this series, but I really hope I do. Because I’ve committed to several large fantasy books at this point.

Edward Rutherfurd. Rutherfurd’s books are MASSIVE historical fiction novels that center around not people, but places. They are intimidating, but definitely intriguing. Naturally, I own six of them. I think I might attempt to read Paris first, because it was recommended to me when I first discovered Rutherfurd. Seriously, these books are scary giants, but I need to get over it and work my way through the giant stack of them.

Jay Kristoff. To be fair, I have read the Illuminae Files, but I have yet to read any of the books Jay Kristoff wrote solo. I’m sure I’ll love them because of Illuminae, but I just haven’t read any of them yet. I thought it was just The Nevernight Chronicle on my list, but then I realized I’ve had the entire Lotus Wars trilogy (somewhere in my giant book collection) for years. I need to fix this soon.

Kiersten White. I was really excited about And I Darken and was even more excited to find a signed copy. Which is exactly how I ended up with signed copies of the rest of the trilogy. And then I bought The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein because I love Mary Shelley and have zero self control when it comes to books. I just haven’t quite been in the mood for young adult fantasy, but it’s going to happen.

Daisy Goodwin. I first picked up a Daisy Goodwin book, Victoria, after so many of you recommended it after I reviewed two completely different Queen Victoria biographies. I then grabbed copies of The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter (because, Book Outlet). I might be a bit burnt out on Queen Victoria – temporarily – but the others sound really great, too.

Nancy Isenberg. To be fair, two books is not that bad compared to the rest of the authors on this list. But one of them has been on my TBR for a very long time. I have both White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, which I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, because I also collect unread biographies of Aaron Burr now, apparently (the other one I have is American Emperor, in case you were wondering).

Marie Brennan. I own the entire Memoirs of Lady Trent series, all five books. I’ve actually convinced a few people to read these via my pictures on Instagram. And yet… I still haven’t read a single one. I feel like I just need to jump in and binge this series.

Helen Rappaport. I definitely have an interest in Russian history – I took an entire class on it in college – and I’ve been slowly collecting Rappaport’s books. I think I bought the first one about four years ago, and just recently acquired my third Rappaport book. Naturally, I have read none of them. Surprisingly, I am most inclined to pick up the one book not about the Romanovs: Caught in the Revolution.


I really need to read these books soon. Which author do you think I should try first? Do you have any authors you own more than one book by, but haven’t read yet? (And yes, I realize I have a problem.)

P.S. I completely forgot until right before this post went up, so I didn’t have time to do anything special, but this is my 1,000th post on Adventures of a Bibliophile!

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