Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Top Ten Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book

I found this meme thanks to Debbie's World of Books posting on twitter. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is-Top Ten Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book (debut authors, authors who seem to have taken a hiatus, OR for those who read classics authors you wish would have written another book before they passed). I loved reading the lists of other bloggers, including Deb's--I share her wish for more Garwood historicals!

  1. Judy Blume--The Summer Sisters was her last major adult contemporary, and she hasn't done new YA in a few decades. I adore her and wish her backlist was triple the size!
  2. Norma Klein--She passed away at age 51 in 1991, and her presence is still missed in the YA genre. She grandmothered in controversial contemporary YA along with Judy Blume. I wept when she passed as her novels kept me company during dark teen years when I would have loved one more book.
  3. Jane Austen--There isn't a romance reader around who doesn't want one more Austen. One more *real* Austen, not Mr. Darcy fan fic or re-tellings (both of which can be great)
  4. Susan Kay Law--The Paper Marriage easily makes my personal top ten list of best romances. Ever. I *adore* this book. And yet, she hasn't published anything new in almost five years now and has a very small backlist. Which makes me very sad.
  5. Ann M. Martin--She is still publishing some including a Babysitter's Club prequel this past year, but if I had ONE book wish it would be for an adult follow-up to The Babysitter's Club. I would adore a chance to see where Claudia, Kristy, Mary Anne, and Stacey ended up as adults. Her publishing schedule has markedly decreased as she gets older, and I miss her classic contributions to the Y.A. genre.
  6. Megan Whalen-Turner -- fudging a bit here because she *is* still writing, but with years between each little gem of perfection. I want another before I finish each, but no one does it better than she. If her muse requires three years to achieve perfection, then I probably shouldn't quibble :)
  7. Liz Carlyle--she's still publishing, but she's moved away from straight regencies into paranormal historical. I want the straight regencies back. So many of hers are on my keeper shelf.
  8. Suzanne Brockmann--also still publishing & still on my auto-buy list, but she ended the Troubleshooter Series to focus on a paranormal trilogy. I want the troubleshooters back. To the point of lighting candles :)
  9. J.K. Rowling. I want more books set in the Potter Universe. More books period.
  10. Shirley Jackson. Before there was Erma Bombeck, there was Shirley Jackson best known as a short story writer and paranormal literary fiction novelist, but before her tragic early death at 46 in 1965 she published two nonfiction gems--Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons. Both are out of print but so, so worth tracking down. I wish she had had the chance to finish out her story fully. If you like Erma Bombeck, you will love Jackson's razor sharp wit, with a subtle undercurrent of what it means to be mother & a writer & a educated woman at the same time. I would have loved Jackson to have the chance to deliver more witty observations. Seeing the 70s through her eyes would have been priceless.
Who do you wish would write another book?

1 comment:

  1. Madeleine L'Engle--I adore her Wrinkle in Time trilogy.