Friday, April 29, 2016

Thursday Thoughts on Friday, April 29th - The List

On March 15, I participated in my first Top Ten Tuesday of 2016. It was "Top Ten Books on Your Spring TBR" and while I focused on new books on my list, I made a separate list on a notecard of authors whose backlist I wanted to read. It started as 10 authors and ballooned to 20 (although really 19 because one author was repeated twice). In the intervening month and a half, I've read books by 4 of the authors on the original list of 10, and it's actually been kind of great. I think I'm going to give myself 3 months to get through as many of the 10 as I can, then I will start a new list.

The 10:

1. Jennifer Egan
2. Kate Atkinson
3. Lauren Groff
4. Fredrik Backman
5. Kazuo Ishiguro
6. Hannah Kent
7. A. S. King
8. Claire Messud
9. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
10. C. Taylor-Butler

The list has a clear female bias. 8 of the 10 authors are women. Fredrik Backman and Kazuo Ishiguro being the token men. 8 of the 10 also write adult fiction. A. S. King writes young adult fiction, and C. Taylor-Butler is actually someone I've met in real life at a friend's lake house. Her book is middle grade fiction. 3 of the 10 are authors of color. The authors in bold are the ones I've read since March 15th.

Who would be on your list of backlist authors?

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! I have a similar list in my head, but have made no effort to actually read anything on it. Should make time for this!