6 Big Authors I have Never Read

6 Big Authors I have Never Read

Greetings, my fellow bookworms! How lovely to see you again. Okay, that’s enough sucking up for this week. I usually write about books that I’ve recently read and either love or hate (mostly love, though), but today I wanted to do something a little different and write about some books, or rather the authors of books, that I haven’t read yet. And not just any authors, I’m sure there are millions of authors I haven’t read yet, but a couple of the big ones. Listed below are a couple of the most popular and well-known authors that I have not read yet. I apologise in advance.

1. Stephen King

I know, I know, this man has written 63 novels and over 200 short stories and I managed not to read a single one of them. I should be ashamed of myself and trust me, I am. He is on top of my TBR-list, as soon as I get ahead of schedule on my Goodreads reading challenge enough to start on a book big enough to be classified as a weapon. But I’m getting there!

2. Sarah J. Maas

Being on Bookstagram and being a part of a community of readers, I think not having read Sarah J. Maas is probably the 8th deadly sin (Yes, I am aware there are only seven deadly sins, that was the joke). It’s practically a cult. This woman has sold over 12 million copies of her books in 37 different languages and she’s only 35 years old. Anyway, before you start throwing tomatoes, I bought my first Sarah J. Maas book recently (ACOTAR, known among normal humans as A Court of Thorns and Roses) and expect to send in my application to join the cult very soon.

3. Christina Lauren

A well-known name in the Romance genre recently, is Christina Lauren. Lauren is the author of The Unhoneymooners, The Soulmate Equation, In a Holidaze and Love and Other Words (among others). Christina Lauren is actually a pen name for coauthor duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. Despite owning three Christina Lauren books (Roomies, In a Holidaze and The Soulmate Equation), I haven’t read any of them yet. I hope to do so soon, though.

4. Madeline Miller

Probably less of a household name than some of the other authors on this list, in my humble opinion, Madeline Miller is still worthy of a place on this list. And this is only partly due to my obsession with Greek Mythology. Miller (only) has 4 books to her name so far, of which The Song of Achilles and Circe are the most well-known ones. It’s impossible to scroll through Bookstagram without coming across reviews of either of these books. Both Circe and The Song of Achilles are on my physical TBR and I hope to get to them very, very soon.

5. The Brontë Sisters

I actually found this a little hard to believe myself, but I double-checked it and it’s true; I have never read a book by any of the Brontë sisters. While Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë are probably standard literature in any UK or US school, I don’t remember ever reading Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights in English class. To be honest, both of these novels are very intimidating, which is why I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. But who knows, maybe some day soon..

6. Charles Dickens

I have felt the need to apologise for every name I have put on this list so far, but this might be the worst one yet. I have never read Charles Dickens and I am sorry. It’s not that I haven’t tried, his books are just so damn intimidating. Who’s idea was it to print confusing novels in 19th century English in such tiny print, making them even more impossible to get through. Still, I have Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickelby and Martin Chuzzlewit on my bookshelf, so one day I will probably get to reading one of them.

If you saw an author in the list above that you think I should read soon, leave a recommendation in the comments and I’ll to get to it asap.

I’ll be back later this week with a Harry Potter rereading update and at least one review! In the meantime, stay caffeinated and keep flipping pages!

Heroes by Stephen Fry

Heroes by Stephen Fry

  • Stephen Fry’s Great Mythology #2
  • Nonfiction
  • Mythology
  • Retellings
  • Paperback
  • 476 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 4.31

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“Such is the paradox of living. We willingly accept that we have no will.”

Stephen Fry, Heroes

Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures is the sequel to Mythos, in which Stephen Fry (re)tells classic Greek Mythology. Where Mythos tells the tales of the Greek Gods and their victims, Heroes focuses solely on, sorry for stating the obvious, the heroes of Greek Mythology. It tells the stories of Perseus, Heracles, Oedipus and many others. The Heroes kill horrible beasts, endure the wrath of jealous wives and complete impossible labours.

“Oh Icarus, Icarus, my beloved boy. Why couldn’t you listen? Why did you have to fly so close to the sun?”

Stephen Fry, Heroes

I enjoyed reading Heroes a lot. It definitely lived up to the expectations that Mythos had set. On the whole, the contents of the book appealed to me more than that of Mythos, since the adventures of Greek heroes interest me more than the gods’ pedigree. I read some reviews saying that Heroes is much more organised than Mythos and I have to agree. Heroes is organised by hero. All the adventures of a hero are bundled in chronological order in a chapter with the name of that hero, whereas Mythos was full of shorter stories and felt like complete chaos. What still kind of bothered me, though it isn’t really Fry’s fault, is the insane amount of names in this book. Every time Fry introduces a new character of creature, the name is spelled in capital letters, which happens pretty much every page.. luckily there is a List of Characters in the back of the book. It’s about 40 pages long, so I guess that tells you all you need to know.

Lessons I’ve learned from reading Heroes:

  • If you don’t like someone, just send them to kill some kind of bull and hopefully you’ll never see them again;
  • It is totally okay to throw your children off a mountain if the oracle vaguely tells you to;
  • All mythological creatures are dumb as hell, either insult or flatter them and you’ve practically already won;
  • If you don’t know who your father is, it’s a safe bet to assume it’s Zeus;
  • Don’t insult the gods, especially not by claiming you’re better at something than they are or by having sex on their altar;
  • Beastiality was completely normal in ancient times;
  • If you lay eyes on a handsome youth or girl, it is customary to tell them you love them within the first 10 minutes and then betray your family and risk your life to be with them.

“An unamused Hades cast them into stone chairs, their naked buttocks stuck to the seats, their legs bound by living snakes.”

Stephen Fry, Heroes

Heroes is exactly what you’d expect when you let a comedian write a nonfiction book. The information is definitely there, but you’re not always sure whether he’s kidding or not. I’m pretty sure he paraphrased a little, now and then.

Of course not every hero in Greek mythology is accounted for, but the biggest names are definitely there. It felt like Fry made an attempt to shorten the stories as much as possible to be able to fit more of them into a book, which affected the stories negatively, because a lot of detail was left out. I understand Fry’s choice in this, though, for the book is already 476 pages long and as much as I enjoy Greek mythology, I don’t think I would read an 800 page book about it.

Though this is technically the second book in a series of three (so far), it isn’t necessary to read them in that order. Heroes sometimes gives a reference to Mythos, but you usually get a one sentence summary of the story Fry is referring to.

TW: it may not really be a trigger, but there’s a lot of murder, familicide and sex with mortals, gods and animals, yes, animals, in this book. It’s not very descriptive, but nevertheless, I would recommend younger readers with a curiosity towards Greek mythology to start off by reading some Rick Riordan books, like the Percy Jackson, The Trials of Apollo or the Mark of Athena series. That’s about 15 books worth of kid-friendly fiction based on Greek mythology.