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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: Still-to-Read Stories From Some of My Favorite Authors

Today's dreamy TTT topic is a fun one—Top Ten Bookish Items I'd Love to Own—but I'm still going rogue. I enjoy fun booky items as much as the next bibliophile (I have a couple bookstore t-shirts, several punny mugs, reading wall art, etc.), but with my upcoming move, I'm focusing on purging my junk, not accumulating more! So, I'm going to go with a throwback prompt that Nicole used for her list a few weeks ago: Top Ten Books I Still Need to Read By Some of My Favorite Authors. I've been ruminating on the subject ever since reading Nicole's list. 

Before we get to that, though, be sure to click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl. While you're giving Jana some love, why don't you join in the TTT fun? It's a great excuse to drop in on your favorite book blogs, discover fabulous new ones, and, of course, add books to your TBR mountain chain. What's not to love?

Top Ten Books I Still Need to Read By Some of My Favorite Authors
*All book data is from Fantastic Fiction. Book counts include novellas, but not titles published under authors' psuedonyms.

1. Ellie Alexander (cozy mysteries)

Number of books published*: 22
Number of books I've read: 6
What I still need to read: I'm caught up with the Sloan Krause series, but I've only read the first book in the Bakeshop Mystery series. I need to read more of those, plus Left Coast Literary, the series opener in a new bookish series.

2. Elizabeth C. Bunce (children's fiction, young adult fantasy, children's historical mysteries)

Number of books published: 7 (including In Myrtle Peril, which comes out in October)
Number of books I've read: 3
What I still need to read: I adore Bunce's Myrtle Hardcastle mystery series, so I'm all caught up in that one. I'm not really interested in her StarCrossed duology, but I do want to read A Curse As Dark As Gold, her 2008 debut.

3. Amanda Flower (cozy and historical mysteries)

Number of books published: 36 (including four that come out later this year)
Number of books I've read: 7
What I still need to read: I love Flower's Amish Candy Shop Mystery series and am just about caught up in it. I read Farm to Trouble, the first in a new series, earlier this year and found it rather meh. I doubt I'll continue with that one. Since I enjoy her other Amish mysteries so much, next on my list is Flower's Amish Matchmaker Mystery series.

4. Melanie Jacobson (rom-coms for adults and teens)

Number of books published: 21+ (including several co-authored novels)
Number of books I've read: 9
What I still need to read: I'm especially excited for Jacobson's Love in New Orleans trilogy. Jacobson is a native of Baton Rouge and her love for the area really shines through in her stories set in NOLA.

5. Peter May (adult mysteries/crime fiction)

Number of books published: 28
Number of books read: 7
What I still need to read: I enjoyed May's Lewis Trilogy as well as several of his standalone novels. Next up for me is the Enzo McLeod books and then the Yan & Campbell series.

6. Susan Meissner (adult historical fiction and mysteries)

Number of books published: 25 (including three that were co-authored with Mindy Starns Clark and When We Had Wings, which comes out in October)
Number of books read: 8
What I still need to read: I've read all the books but one that Meissner has published since 2011. I need to go back and read her earlier work.

7. Jennifer Ryan (adult World War II fiction)

Number of books published: 4 (including The Wedding Dress Circle, which comes out in May)
Number of books read: 2
What I still need to read: Ryan's newest as well as her debut, The Chillbury Ladies' Choir. I have copies of both. 

8. Riley Sager (adult thrillers and horror)

Number of books published: 6 (including The House Across the Lake, which comes out in June) 
Number of books read: 4
What I still need to read: Other than Sager's upcoming thriller, the only one I haven't read is Final Girls. I've heard from a number of people that it's their least favorite book of his, so I've been hesitating on it. When I was sorting through all my books, I found a copy of Final Girls I had totally forgotten about; now, I have no excuses so I'll read it sometime soon-ish.

9. Sarah Stewart Taylor (adult mysteries/crime fiction)

Number of books published: 8 (including The Drowning Sea, which comes out in June)
Number of books read: 2
What I still need to read: I've been loving Taylor's Maggie D'Arcy series, so I'm eager to try her Sweeney St. George mysteries. Unfortunately, I've been having a hard time finding them at my library. I might have to bite the bullet and buy the whole dang series!

10. Jacqueline Woodson (children's and YA fiction, poetry, literary fiction, picture books, etc.)

Number of books published: 35+
Number of books read: 6
What I still need to read: Woodson is so prolific that it's hard to keep up with her. I need to read her newest novels first, then work my way back.

There you go, a whole bunch of books I still need to read by some of my favorite authors. Have you read any of them? Which authors' work do you need to catch up on? What bookish items are you coveting these days? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!


  1. Oooh I just came across Ellie Alexander and her books look good!

    1. They're super fun! She writes cozy mysteries, so they're light, clean, and entertaining. I'm digging that combo more and more lately.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leah!

  2. Somehow I knew you'd twist this topic and it's understandable with your move coming up. I also didn't go exactly with the "wish" part of the topic. I posted about the bookish merchandise I already own because there are so many bookish items I'd love.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT. It's always so much fun talking to you and we always find something new we have in common.

    1. Yeah, I'm just not in an accumulation mode right now! I do like your twist better than the actual topic. It's fun to see what bookish items people actually own, use, and love.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

    2. Thanks, Susan, it was really fun to see what I already have and I am more the type "be thankful for what you have" than "More More More". I think we all have more than we could ever wish for.

  3. What a great list, Susan. I read or have read 8 of these authors and enjoyed their work. I need to catch up as well.

    1. It's a great group of authors, isn't it? Of course, I could have made a Top 20 or 30 list this week, but I didn't want to get too crazy! LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

  4. I love the feeling of discovering a new favourite author and realizing there are still lots of books to read from them. Enjoy!

    My post:

    1. Right? It's the best! It's always interesting to see how their style has changed over the years, too.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

  5. I recently bought Amanda Flower's Crime and Poetry book, the first in her Magical Bookshop series. I am looking forward to trying it. I love the way you did your post :)

    1. Oooh, I haven't read that one yet! It looks like a fun series, so I'm definitely going to give it a go at some point. I hope we both enjoy it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

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    1. Me too! I'm sure I will, it's just a matter of time :)

      Thanks for popping in, Anita!

  7. I have a love/hate thing with backlists. I love exploring them and finishing up an author's that I love. Then, I'm mad I have nothing left to read from them. I hope you can find time to catch up with all of these.

    1. Ha ha. I totally get you! I feel accomplished when I check off all the books in an author's backlist, but then I'm sad that I have to wait for another one. The struggle is real.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  8. Good topic. Nice to learn of some new-to-me authors.

    1. I love discovering new authors! I hope you like the ones you try out.

      Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

  9. There are so many authors to catch up on! Though I haven't even started Amanda Flower's Amish Candy Shop Mystery series... I've read other books of hers and enjoyed them, but there are so many more I want to read.

    1. Right? This is another TTT list that probably could have been a Top 100. I love finding new authors, but that makes it hard to read EVERYTHING of theirs!

      Flower is great. I love that her books are light, fun, and squeaky clean. I like the Amish Candy Shop books the best, but there are still lots by her I haven't read and she's releasing FOUR new ones this year! No wonder I can't keep up...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

  10. I love this topic! You should submit this to TTT!

    1. It's a great one, isn't it? I believe it's been a prompt in the past, but who knows how long ago or who came up with it originally. I'd love to see other people's responses to it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Kami!

  11. I've not heard of most of these authors so thank you for sharing this list! I especially want to check out books by Amanda Flower and Ellie Alexander now :)

    1. I've really been enjoying cozy mysteries lately. The light, easy vibe is suiting me well. Flower and Alexander are some of my favorite cozy writers, but I'm always on the lookout for more!

      Thanks for popping by!

  12. This is such a great prompt, isn't it? It's so much fun to make a list of all the books we still want to read. :) I hope you enjoy them all when you get to them. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    1. Fun, but overwhelming! No matter how much I read (and I read A LOT), there's always more to read. It's a great problem to have, but it does feel overwhelming at times.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Jenni!

  13. They are prolific. I was on the Blog Tour for The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan. It was an excellent book.

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

    1. I love THE KITCHEN FRONT! It's a great book for SO many reasons. I'm eager to read more by Ryan.

      Thanks for stopping in, Emily!

  14. I love this, I definitely need to go through my favourite authors and check to see what books to read by them! I like how you made this weeks prompt your own.

    1. It's interesting to go through some of my favorites and realize how much I STILL haven't read from their backlists. Some of them publish so often it's impossible to keep up! Not that that's a bad problem to have...

      Thanks for coming by, Kerry-Ann!

  15. I’ll have to check out these mystery writers. I love that genre.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    1. It's my favorite genre as well! Luckily, there are tons of great mystery writers out there. I'm still discovering them all the time.

      Thanks for popping in, Astilbe!

  16. This is a GREAT topic!! I totally should do this but then I'm kind of scared of how behind I am with several authors! lol Happy Reading!

    1. Right? This list could have been hundreds of authors long. Could thing it's Top TEN Tuesday!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leslie!

  17. So many new to me authors here! I'm keen to read more from Jaqueline Woodson after enjoying Red at the Bone

    1. The last Woodson book I read was BROWN GIRL DREAMING, which I loved. She's written a handful since then, plus there are still older ones I haven't gotten to. *Sigh* So many books, so little time...

      Thanks for popping in, Matt!

  18. I've read all of the Bakeshop Mysteries from Ellie Alexander but somehow haven't read any of the Sloan books. I really want to read more Jennifer Ryan and Amanda Flower is definitely one I need to read. It's insanity that I haven't read a single book by her!

    1. I'm the opposite. I've only read one of the Bakeshop Mysteries and all of the Sloan Krauss ones.

      I can't believe you haven't read any of Flower's books! They're really fun.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Katherine!

  19. I love your twist on this topic! I've read some of these authors but not all of them.

    1. It was fun to go through some of my favorite authors and think about what I have/haven't read by them. Having books still to read by writers I like is definitely a good problem to have!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commneting, Wendy!

  20. I just read my first Sarah Stewart Taylor and really liked it. And, Jacqueline Woodson is always a go-to author.

  21. Final Girls wasn't my favorite from Sager but I still really liked it. I had no idea Susan Meissner had published that many books. I've been slowly working my way through her backlist because I've enjoyed her most recent books so much. Sounds like I have a looonnnggg way to go, lol!


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