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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Love a New Book From


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A lush bouquet of red flowers are lying on the pages of an opened book. The majority of my answers this week will involve authors who have either passed away or retired from writing for health reasons because there’s something poignant about wishing for stories that will never be written. (I do still have hope for the last few of them, though).

If only all authors could live long enough and in good enough health to write every single story in their heads!

I like to imagine some alternate universe out there where every unwritten or unfinished book somehow exists and can be enjoyed.

Here are my answers:

1. Jean M. Auel

I’ve talked about my love of the Earth’s Children series before as well as how disappointed I was by how the major conflicts remained completely unresolved in the sixth and final book. In many cases, they were not mentioned at all despite being catalysts for character and plot development in the first several instalments.  It would make me unbelievably happy if Auel could write just one more book to wrap everything up properly and reunite Ayla, the protagonist of this series, with her now-adult son.

2. Octavia E. Butler

Her Earthseed series predicted the future in all sorts of ways that are slowly coming true in the 2020s.  I would be thrilled to know how it was supposed to end. Perhaps both it and our world will improve dramatically in the decades to come?

3. Anne Frank

She should still be alive and writing books! I think she would have been a lovely children’s book author, but maybe she would have preferred some other genre instead?

4. Malcolm X

He was evolving in such interesting ways at the end of his life. I wish he had been allowed to see old age and write about whatever was on his mind from the 1970s and beyond.

5. George R.R. Martin

While I haven’t actually read the Song of Ice and Fire series yet, I know how irritating it is to love a series that hasn’t been finished properly. All series and books should have a chance to wrap everything up. If that final Song of Ice and Fire book is ever written, I will check out this series.

6. Sarah Waters

It’s been a decade since her last book. I completely understand how writer’s block can be an impediment as I suffer from it, but if that’s what is going on with her I hope she is able to get past it soon. Her stories are so good.

 

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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Your List of Auto-Buy Authors

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Let’s talk about my definition of the term auto-buy author. I know there are some readers out there who would buy literally anything their favourite authors write. That’s amazing, but it’s not quite how my brain works.

There are many authors whose work I generally adore but who occasionally publish books that I don’t find appealing for any number of reasons. I may skip that particular tale, but I will still remain just as excited to see what they come up with next.

I think these authors should count as auto-buy authors because of how thrilled I am to keep tabs on what they’re working on. It’s totally okay that our tastes don’t match up 100%. There are very few humans on this planet who could find that level of agreement about anything, much less something as personal as what to read.

With that being said, here are the contemporary authors whose work I am always eager to hear about:

  • Margaret Atwood
  • Katherine Arden
  • Becky Chambers
  • Rivers Solomon
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Sarah Waters
  • Andy Weir
  • Emma Donoghue
  • Patrick Ness
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Paul Offit

If all of these authors ever release books in the same month, none of you should expect to hear much from me at all until I’ve tried every last book on that list. Ha!

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