Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Own
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we're talking about authors we own. I think this is especially interesting because it goes a step beyond asking which authors we read most often.
Who occupies the most space on our shelves? Which authors do we choose to buy rather than borrow?
My top ten "owned" authors are:
1. Jane Austen Not only do I own all of her novels, I have multiple editions of every single one. A girl can never have too many copies of Pride and Prejudice, right?
2. F. Scott Fitzgerald My husband gave me a beautiful leather-bound set of his novels several Christmases ago. Throw in the few paperbacks I already had, and that's nearly a whole shelf.
3. John Steinbeck Not only is Steinbeck one of my favorite authors, he was also prolific. In addition to his novels, I also own Travels with Charley (two editions) and a couple volumes of his letters.
4. Willa Cather Although I've only read a few of her novels, I've been collecting them for years.
5. Wallace Stegner Crossing to Safety is my favorite novel. I've been on a mission to acquire and read all of Stegner's work.
6. Richard Yates It started with Revolutionary Road and The Easter Parade. Then I wanted to know more about the author and turned to A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates by Blake Bailey - seriously the best literary biography ever. That lead to A Good School, Disturbing the Peace, Cold Spring Harbor, and The Collected Stories. Yates is a favorite, but there is an overwhelming sadness about his novels. I've taken a break and am now ready to read the rest of his work.
7. Edith Wharton If Edith wrote it, I probably own it!
8. Henry James Edith and Henry were such good friends, I can't help but think of them together. He occupies nearly as much space as Edith on my shelf and while I truly love several of his novels, I'm intimidated by his later works. The thought of page-long sentences just scares me.
9. John Irving The World According to Garp was something of a cult favorite back in the late 70's or early 80's. I've been buying and enjoying Irving's novels ever since... until I hit the wall in 2005 with Until I Find You. Maybe it's time to give him another chance?
10. Ann Patchett I've purchased and read every book she's written.
And just for fun...
Who is the most unread author on your shelf?
For me, this somewhat dubious distinction goes to Ian McEwan. I liked Atonement and The Comfort of Strangers, but began collecting his novels after loving On Chesil Beach. I currently have four on my TBR (to be read) shelf.
What authors do you own?
Visit The Broke and the Bookish for more Top Ten Tuesday posts.