Top 5 Sat: Unread Authors on My Shelves

Hi all!

Welcome to another Top 5 Saturday Reads meme. It was created by the lovely Mandy over at Devouring Books as a way to share books that we would love to read. This week’s topic isBooks by Unread Authors You Want to Read.

Now, there is a lot I could have done with this topic but what really came to mind were the books that had been sitting on my shelves for years that had not been read. More specifically, the books that had been sitting there unread by authors I hadn’t tried yet. There were quite a few to choose from but these ones have been on there the longest (from my terrible memory).

Here they are:

The Goldfinch – It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. I bought this book mainly for the hype but haven’t read it because it just looks soooo long. I haven’t quite built up the motivation yet!

One Day – 15th July 1988: Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? I’ve been waiting to read this book before seeing the movie… and I still haven’t done either. I remember starting this once but wasn’t in the mood for romance reading and then left it. I haven’t been back since but definitely should considering the amount of positive reviews it’s got!

Little Fires, Everywhere – Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak. I’ve had this book on my shelf ever since it started gaining hype however, I just haven’t felt like reading it yet as I think this will be a deeper, meaningful story that will stay with me for a while…

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a story about stories: those we inherit, those we select to define us, and those we decide to hide. It is a novel about the secrets we keep and how they haunt us, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. Spanning twenty years, set between the lush sugar cane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm, and a celestial crater in the central desert, Alice must go on a journey to discover that the most powerful story she will ever possess is her own. I bought this book because of the stunning cover and the fact that it’s set in Aussie. There aren’t many books that are set Down Under and I was keen to give this a try. Unfortunately, it’s still sitting unread on my shelf.

I Am Malala – I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I remember when this book was published. When this story came out. The intrigue and horror I felt was incentive enough to buy this book. It’s still gathering dust on my shelf but I’m interested in picking it up for Non-Fiction November!

// have you read any of these books? what were your thoughts on them? //


25 thoughts on “Top 5 Sat: Unread Authors on My Shelves

  1. Ohh I did read One Day years ago, and I absolutely loved it!! At the time I had a « similar case » going and the book inspired me to write “wierd things” to the said boy 😂😂 (I must’ve been.. 16-17 ithink..)

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    • HAHA there’s nothing like a book to inspire action! I’m glad you enjoyed One Day and could relate to it. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading it before the end of the year 😀 Jen

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  2. I haven’t read any of these either! I guess Donna Tartt is kind of a modern classic now huh? And One Day sounds cute! Kind of reminds me of November 9th by Colleen Hoover.

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    • I think you’re right that Tartt is venturing in to classic territory. I’m always a hit and miss with these types of books though. Sometimes I find them too ‘themed’ for my liking. I haven’t read a book by Colleen Hoover yet but I have so many of them on my TBR! I’m keen to give one a try eventually! Jen

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  3. I have One Day on my shelves for years and I hope to read it someday since a lot of my friends have read it before.
    I’ve read I am Malala a few years ago and as far as I can remember, it was a bit jumbled from the beginning to the middle part and then the last few chapters got a lot better. It’s a great story but I didn’t like the way it was presented.

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    • I’m the exact same with One Day. It has such a beautiful cover and premise, as well as so many positive reviews but I just haven’t felt the need to read it yet. Thank you for the mini review on I am Malala – I’ll keep the pace in mind when reading it 😀

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    • Thanks Amanda! I’ve got Celeste Ng’s first book coming up for my book club in Jan so hopefully I can get around to Little Fires, Everywhere before then. The amount of books I want to read before the end of the year is astronomical though… they’re never all gonna get done haha. Jen


  4. I really want to resd work of Donna Tart as well! But both the goldfinch and the secret history are so long haha!


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    • They are incredibly long Evelyn, it’s the reason I’ve had a tough time reading them as well. I’m intrigued to finish them though since so many people have adored the writing style but it may take me a while to get up the motivation to finish one of Donna Tartt’s books! Jen

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  5. Great list, Jen! 💜 The Goldfinch is one I’m adamant I started at the wrong time (during the worst reading slump of 2019) and I didn’t manage to finish it although I’m still going to try before the end of 2019! I really enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere though and just bought her first book the other day. Excite! Happy reading 😍

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    • I think I had the same issue with The Goldfinch. It’s so long and definitely in the literary fiction category – that is to say, the writing is steeped in techniques and a great read but not necessarily a simple read. Hopefully we’ll have more luck with it the second time around! 😀 Ooh I’m glad you enjoyed Celeste Ng’s writing! I’ve got her first book coming up for my Book Club in Jan so hopefully that goes well!! Jen


    • I’ve heard so many bloggers rave about it and that made me realise that not only do I own it but have done for years and still haven’t read it 🤣🙈 hopefully we enjoy when we get around to giving it a try! Jen

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    • I haven’t read anything by Celeste Ng yet but have heard a lot of positive reviews on her writing style. I’m excited to give it a try! 😀 I’ve been a bit busy this week but have allocated today to catch up on Top5 sat posts and see what everyone else has on their Unread List 😀 Jen

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