Authors And Their Books I Haven’t Read…But Probably Should?

Anyone who is an avid read (or really likes books) knows the struggle of obtaining books faster than they consume. See a sweet deal that you just can’t pass up cause who knows when it will be so cheap again? Promises to read it that same week of purchase but then getting distracted by another book or something else and then next thing you know you aren’t in the mood for that book anymore?

As a mood reader, this has been my downfall for years. Binge purchasing an author’s backlog with the hopes of reading them, but then not being in the mood or getting distracted by something else. My buying to read ratio is laughable at how disproportionate it is. But after staring at my shelves for a little too long, I began wondering how many authors I haven’t read yet did I actually own books from.

Enter in this post!

I want to explore the authors that I own books by that I still haven’t read and figure out why on earth I haven’t read a piece of their work yet?So with that, grab some popcorn, cozy down in a soft blanket and lets see my walk of slight shame!

Holly Black

If I listen hard enough I can hear the soft gasps of everyone around the world. Especially since I went on the biggest and longest hunt for the special Barnes and Noble editions of her books. There are several factors that are playing into my lack of consuming her books–even though I own them– those being: The hype is intimidating and I’m really lazy.

I love hyped books because that means it’s easier to find people to gush over said books when I actually get to them. But the hype around these are next level and it has screwed with my mind to the point where I’m just scared to jump into them yet. Which this does nothing for my strong ability to put things off.

Books I own:

The Cruel Prince | The Wicked King | The Queen Of Nothing

Cruel Prince Trilogy

Sabaa Tahir

This is another super hyped author (which rightly deserves to be, because she is fabulous!) but my only excuse for not reading her work yet is simply that I’m lazy and accidentally bought the second book instead of the first book when I went to her signing two years ago…also I am super lazy (this will be a reoccurring theme).

Books I own:

A Torch Against the Night

Torch against the night

Tessa Dare

I don’t like historical fiction, this is nothing new to anyone who has been a long time reader of my site. But one of my resolutions for 2020 is to give Historical fiction one last chance to win over my heart. With this in mind, I waddled and invested in some hyped historical romance authors (figured I would start in a genre I’m trash for–Romance), and Tessa Dare made the list. I love her as a person as I follow her on social media and it’s about time that I actually read her work.

Books I own:

The Wallflower Wager | Do You Want To Start A Scandal?

Tessa Dare

Lyndsay Sands

I found her through IG (instagram) recommendations and said why not and bought a couple of her books. Now they are sitting in my Mass Market shelf, and I just haven’t waddled to them yet. I now await the outcry of all my paranormal romance friends screeching for me to begin them.

Books I own:

The Trouble With Vampires | About A Vampire

Lyndsay Sands

Lisa Kleypas

Same reasoning as with Tessa Dare, I just don’t like historical fiction but am giving them another go–I just simply need to shove myself into one instead of pussyfooting around.

Books I own:

Mine Til Midnight | Love in the Afternoon

Nalini Singh

Another author that was recommended to me by many accounts I follow on the gram. I snagged a e-book of hers that went on sale a few months ago, but my reasoning for not starting her work was that I wanted to read it via a physical copy…specifically a mass market paperback. And ya girl didn’t want to pay the full amount on amazon for the one that was rec’d to me, so instead I have been waiting until my local half price got it.

Needless to say they didn’t, BUT while on a trip to visit my brother, I waddled to his local half price on the journey back and found the motherlode! Now I really don’t have an excuse on why I haven’t read her yet…so I guess I’ll revert back to the lazy excuse.

Books I own:

Shards of Hope | Slave to Sensation | Angels’ Blood | Archangel’s Kiss | Archangel’s Consort | Archangel’s Blade

Neil Shusterman

Now for the gasps of all my Fantasy/dystopian loving friends. Yeah I haven’t read a thing from this dude, but I was lucky enough to meet and talk with him at one of his signings here a few years back! I loved his perspective on writing and world building that I got a couple of his books…which now sit nicely on my Dystopian/Fantasy shelves!

Why haven’t I read these yet? I honestly do not even know…

Books I own:

Scythe | The Dark Side of Nowhere

Katie Ruggle

Okay so I was in a deep in the Romantic Suspence genre when I decided to buy a bucket load of Katie Ruggle’s backlog. It didn’t help either that my favorite romance bookstagrammers decided that earlier this year was the time to rave about her work–so ya girl did what any bookaholic would do–

I splurged.

But by the time my initial books arrived on my front door, the yearning for more suspense had left my body for vacation (yay mood reading), and I have been patiently waiting for its return. It’s been five or so months now, I have continued to collect more of her backlog in preparation for the binge I know with all my heart will happen. I just need the mood.

Books I own:

Risk It All | In Her Sights | Hold Your Breath | In Safe Hands | Gone Too Deep | Run to Ground 


Sherrilyn Kenyon (I know Ruby!), Kresley Cole, Kerrigan Byrne, J.R. Ward, Susan Ee, Julie Murphy, Natasha Ngan, Victoria Aveyard, Hank Green, Colleen Hoover, Raine Miller, and so much more authors on my Kindle than I could put here!

What Authors have you not read yet but own? Let me know!


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  1. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books

    August 3, 2020 at 11:17 am

    I have read none from this list as well but I do want to read Holly Black’s books!

  2. richa

    August 3, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    This post was super interesting! I sort of feel you on Sabaa Tahir — I checked out A REAPER AT THE GATES (the third book of the series) from the library four times and just… always forgot about it? It’s really weird tbqh since I loved the first two books of the series (so you should totally read that). Neal Shusterman’s novels are really good! I read his EVERLOST series when I was in middle school and it was one of my favorites at the time. (I did also think he was Neil Gaiman for some reason…) I’ve also heard great things about Hank Green’s books (and that they’re nothing like his brother’s). This post introduced me to a lot of new authors LOL I really enjoyed it!!!

  3. lbninthecorner

    August 3, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Honestly I feel your pain. There are some sort of perks with being a mood reader but this is definitely a downside in being one! So surprised you havent read Susan Ee yet

  4. Kristina

    August 3, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I knew the name of 2 on your list, but read none of thoses xd all the rest were new to me.

    Mmh let’s see what I have on my shelf here.. Amy Spalding, Jen DeLuca, Mhairi McFarlane, aherm Agatha Christie 🙃

  5. El

    August 3, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    I feel like I less avoid authors completely & more end up reading one book from them & then never going back even though the book might be my new fave??? Which I feel is arguably worse 😭😅

  6. Breanna

    August 3, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Tessa Dare is one of my favorite authors and I always throw her at people who want to give historical romance a chance 😆 Do You Want to Start a Scandal is one of my FAVORITES, I hope you enjoy it whenever you get a chance to read it! 💕

  7. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer

    August 3, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Well, you’re not alone. I haven’t read any of these either. The Holly Black ones and Neal Schusterman are on my tbr! It’s a constant problem trying to keep up with my purchases and ARCs. 😉

  8. Jenny @ Reading the End

    August 3, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    I softly gasped about Holly Black, although less because I think she’s life-changingly great and more because she seems so ubiquitous. At least with her, there are some standalones you can try out and see how you like them! Will it throw a wrench in your plans to mention that I was very underwhelmed by her latest series? The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is probably my favorite of hers, though I also love her very grim White Cat series.

  9. Charvi

    August 4, 2020 at 12:16 am

    I haven’t tried Holly Black’s books either so you’re not alone! Also I recently picked up the first two books in the Ember in the Ashes series and oh my good it’s so freaking amazing, you definitely won’t regret picking it up! But haha I get you, I was extremely lazy and late to pick up Sabaa Tahir’s books as well.

  10. Gerry@TheBookNookUK

    August 4, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Of the above I’ve only read Holly Black but have heard of some of the rest. I enjoyed Holly Blacks ‘Folk of the Air Trilogy’ (I think that’s what it’s called) as it was a solid;y written, often fun YA fantasy where everyone is an asshole but I quite like that. I haven’t read any of her others and if I come across them I will. I think some people think she’s over-hyped and it does get that way sometimes if a an author is particularly prolific but they were fun.

  11. mistysbookspace

    August 4, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Two authors that come to mind for me are Brigid Kemmerer and Kasie West. I own multiple books by both of them and haven’t read anything by either one of them. I hope to be rectifying that this month though.

  12. Loverofromance

    August 9, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    So many great authors you have on here. I do love Lisa Kleypas though. Tessa Dare is great to get into historical romance. I hope you get into the genre. There are so many goodies in that sub genre. And Nalini Singh is superb in everything that she does.

  13. Nicole Evans

    August 9, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Tessa Dare is who got me into historical romance and I LOVE her books, so I hope you enjoy them, too, when you check them out! 🙂

  14. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    August 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    I hope you try Tessa Dare and Lynsay Sands!

  15. Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    August 17, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Ooop I read one of Lyndsay Sands books, it was A Quick Bite which is from one of her other series and I wasn’t…very impressed. You know how much I love vampires Sam and I just wasn’t bowled over at all. I did enjoy the history she’d developed around vampires but overall I was meh with that book, so I hope those books of hers you got are better! (I also think it was down to the time it was published A Quick Bite came out in the early 00’s and to be honest could’ve done with some more editing I felt xD)

    Sherrilyn Kenyon aha I read one of her books, I need to read the others though but I really enjoyed the one I read xD I enjoyed several of Colleen Hoover’s books, not all of them but quite a few were good and had me in the feels hehe. For me it’s erm…Natasha Ngan, R F Kuang both come to mind straight away haha. There’s probably more though, although I have more series than anything I need to finish sobs

  16. Ruby's Books

    August 18, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    I hope you know I gave a huge sigh that you haven’t yet experienced the marvelousness that is Sherrilyn Kenyon. That being said… I hope you end up loving Tessa Dare! Her Wallflower Wager story is hilarious!

  17. Meeghan

    September 9, 2020 at 7:11 am

    OK, all I can talk about it Holly Black (read nearly all of them, just 3 of her individual books to go), Victoria Aveyard (I read the first 3, but haven’t finished the series), and Sabaa Tahir (I’ve only read Ember).
    Sabaa and Holly are amazing, and I encourage you to read these!! But seriously, no judgement. I have books by A LOT of authors (sometimes a lot of books) that I haven’t read!!

  18. Kal @ Reader Voracious

    September 21, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    THE DARK SIDE OF NOWHERE BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN! Read it! It’s such a freaking gem!
    I also own Sabaa Tahir books I need to read, oops.

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