Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Today’s TTT topic is Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read. TTT is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Honestly, I hadn’t even actively considered who my favourite authors are before this topic. I’m stretching this list a little to include playwrights. This list surprises even myself!

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (not technically by J.K. Rowling, but she approved the script)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book cover

Genre: Fantasy
What?! As a diehard fan, how could I not have read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Sadly, that is true—and what is worse is that it’s completely of my own volition. I’ve had multiple chances to read this play but I keep putting it off. I flicked through the book at the bookstore and found it to be a very trying read. The characters don’t behave or sound like those in canon, and don’t get me started on the plot. That whole fiasco with Time Turners is what I didn’t want the Harry Potter series to turn into. I’ll probably read this play…sometime in the distant future. But I’m sticking with the original series, the Fantastic Beasts screenplays, and even the spin-offs like The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch through the Ages for now.

2. Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion book cover

Genre: Romance, Comedy
I’m a self-proclaimed Janeite. I’ve visited the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, retraced her steps along Beechen Cliff, finished an entire glass of water from the Pump Room—if any of you have “taken the waters” before, you must agree that that is in itself a feat! Yet I haven’t read Persuasion, commonly accepted as one of her most mature novels. I tried to read it once, but I found it a little boring and so put it away. But I intend to go back to it sometime, if only so that I can say I’ve finished all of Austen’s novels. And who knows, in time I might even come to appreciate it. 

3. Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer

Friday's Child book cover

Genre: Romance
After my Jane Austen binge, I was out of books set in the Regency era to read. It was when I was scouring Goodreads for similar Austen novels that I discovered Georgette Heyer. You can tell in her books that she has a thorough understanding of the Georgian and Regency eras, and somehow she recreates that world so well even though she doesn’t belong to it. But Friday Child is just not for me, even though it’s considered one of Heyer’s best works. If there’s one thing I can’t stand in a book, it’s the silly innocent female trope. And Hero, the main character, belonged solidly in that category. She’s a world away from the strong-willed and independent Hero Jarvis in C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St Cyr series. And I can’t read Friday’s Child without ever thinking of the Hero the main character could’ve been.

4. A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry

A Summer to Die book cover

Genre: YA
I’ve read most of Lowry’s books, not only because it was required reading in school but also because I genuinely like her writing. For some reason, however, I’ve not read A Summer to Die. But it’s definitely on my to-read list (not my Fall TBR list, though, as I already have a line-up of books planned).

5. The Stone Goddess by Minfong Ho

The Stone Goddess book cover

Genre: Realism, YA
I don’t usually read stories set in Southeast Asia, but Minfong Ho’s books are an exception. There’s always a tinge of hope in the bleak reality her characters are set in, with that distinct South-east Asian flavour.  As a kid, I especially enjoyed Sing to the Dawn, and devoured The Clay Marble and Rice Without Rain in quick succession. I haven’t been able to get my hands on The Stone Goddess, or else I would definitely read it.

6. Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris

Why Kill the Innocent book cover

Genre: Historical, Mystery
This book also appeared on my last TTT list, but I figured that I should mention it here again for two reasons. One, because C.S. Harris is one of my favourite authors and her books definitely deserve the recognition! Two, to remind myself to read it. The book was published in January this year and I should really have read it by now…

7. The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie

The Mousetrap book cover

Genre: Mystery
I first picked up an Agatha Christie book when I was eleven, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love her mysteries because they don’t require any newfangled forensic technology in the solving of the murder, only pure logic and the occasional gossip (in Miss Marple’s cases, at least). In addition to reading the script, I also plan to watch The Mousetrap in the theatre some day!

8. An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

An Enemy of the People book cover

Genre: Realism
I’m not usually a fan of this genre, but there’s something about Ibsen’s writing that leaves me wanting to read more of his plays. Ibsen’s not called the “father of realism” for nothing. My favourite thus far is A Doll’s House, but I’ve also enjoyed Hedda Gabler, Ghosts and The Master Builder (this is the translation that I read). For me, Ibsen’s plays are slightly disturbing and are best read in small doses, so I’m planning to read An Enemy of the People closer to Christmas (after I re-read A Doll’s House).

9. Journey Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino

Journey Under the Midnight Sun book cover

Genre: Mystery
Higashino’s mysteries are always a marvel to behold. There’s a little physics and logic behind most of the mysteries, with a touch of drama to complete the picture. I was first introduced to Higashino through the Japanese TV drama Galileo, which I highly recommend! The drama is adapted from the Detective Galileo novel series, which I enjoyed as well. My favourite is After School (放学后), a standalone that definitely deserves the recognition it has gotten. I usually read the Chinese translation of these novels—it seems more fluid and natural, perhaps because Chinese is a closer language to Japanese than English, and when I manage to borrow the Chinese version of Journey Under the Midnight Sun (白夜行)I shall fit it in my reading schedule.

10. White Hair Devil Lady (白发魔女传)by Liang Yusheng(梁羽生)

White Hair Devil Lady book cover

Genre: Martial Arts (武侠)
First off, I must say that the English translation of the title doesn’t do the book justice. It’s a literal translation but it sounds downright awful in English.
Liang Yusheng’s books fall into the martial arts (武侠)genre, and there’s nothing quite like it in Western literature. Technically, Liang is not my favourite author for this genre—that honour belongs to Jin Yong (金庸)—but because I’ve finished all of Jin Yong’s books, they don’t belong on this list. After Jin Yong, though, I prefer Liang’s style to other 武侠 writers, and White Hair Devil Lady is a book that’s part of a series I’m currently reading. 
I only read these books in Chinese and can’t say anything about the English translation. However, if you prefer reading in English, and manage to get a copy of the English translation, I would highly recommend reading these books!

Have you read any of these books before? Who are your favourite authors? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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  1. Persuasion is fantastic so I hope you finally manage to read and enjoy it. The Cursed Child is great if you see the live play but the book itself has a lot of flaws.

    1. Cindy Wu says:

      I see! I do want to see Cursed Child in London some time. Did you watch the London or Broadway production?

      1. I saw the London production last December. Hope you manage to make it someday!

  2. I’m with you on THE CURSED CHILD. I love HP, but I’ve heard terrible things about TCC, so I’m not planning to read it. Yes, I should probably see for myself. No, I’m not going to. LOL.

    Happy TTT!

    1. Cindy Wu says:

      That was exactly what I was thinking for the longest time when Twilight was published (no offence to Twilight fans out there). I finally decided I couldn’t criticise a book if I didn’t read it so I read the first book… and promptly stopped there. That being said, it’s going to take quite a lot of convincing for me to pick up the script for the Cursed Child. Hopefully the London production will be a lot better! (And if not, there’s still the new Fantastic Beasts series for me to devour :))

  3. Poinsettia says:

    I really enjoyed Persuasion so I hope you get a chance to enjoy it as well. I’ve only read one book by Georgette Heyer and it was a mystery, not a regency. I found it by chance in my local bookstore. I enjoyed it so I should look into reading more of her work. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. Cindy Wu says:

      I haven’t read that many of Heyer’s mysteries—just reading all her historical fiction took me ages! I did enjoy Regency Buck and A Quiet Gentleman though. They’re mysteries set in the Regency era, not quite your typical historical mystery but still interesting nonetheless! Would highly recommend them if you want to read more of her work.

  4. I’ve never heard of martial arts as a genre. That sounds interesting. I’ve read one or two of Ibson’s plays, but not that book.

    1. Cindy Wu says:

      If you want to try reading a martial arts book, I’d recommend starting with The Legend of the Condor Heroes! It’s one of the most popular martial arts novels around.

      Which of Ibsen’s plays did you read?

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