Authors Whose Books I Need To Read In 2014

This week I watched a video on Youtube from Mercy at Mercy’s Bookish Musings about 14 authors she wanted to read more from this year. I decided to do the same in blog form except I only have 8 authors to mention. Some of these are authors I’ve read before others have been on my TBR for years.

These are as usual in no particular order

Click each authors name for a list of their books.


  1. Octavia E Butler– I’ve already read 2 books by Butler Kindred and Parable of the Sower. She is generally classified as a Sci-Fi writer but Parable of the Sower felt more dystopian to me. I plan to read the sequel to Sower Parable of the Talents soon. She has several other books that I may read this year as well.
  2. James Baldwin– I’m actually a bit ashamed that I haven’t read any Baldwin yet. He was from what I’ve read about him way ahead of his time. I want to start with Notes of a Native Son and Go Tell it on the Mountain, and then just work my way through everything else.
  3. Stephen L. Carter– I read Palace Council a couple of years ago and it was great. I then tried to read New England White but I wasn’t in the mood for it. His work is kind of dense and filled with lot’s of people and places they aren’t books you can skim through.  His most recent work The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln sounds so good it’s next on my list.
  4. Margaret Atwood– I have been on the lookout for more dystopian reads and so of course The Handmaids Tail is on the list. I hear so many rave’s about her I should at least see if the hype is deserved.
  5. Zadie Smith– I have On Beauty sitting on my shelf right now. She hasn’t written that many books so I could plausibly read everything by her this year alone.
  6. Toni Morrison– I read Sula last year and loved it. I have Tar Baby, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I also plan on tackling Beloved because  Slavery is a topic I really want to delve into this year.  Morrison isn’t an easy author to read but I know I’m going to love it anyway.
  7. Bell Hooks–  I don’t really have anything to say other than it’s time. I actually think this is the perfect time for me to read Hooks. I’m not sure my younger self would be able to read it the way I can now. I think I will start with Ain’t I a Women and then just slowly work my way through everything.
  8. Sophie Kinsella– The authors above are kind of heavy. Even Carter who writes mostly fiction writes a lot about race issues. I think I will need Kinsella to temper the serious issues of everyone else. I’ve read 3 Kinsella books and laughed out loud during all of them. I’d like to read I’ve got your number and Wedding Night next.

There are so many other authors I want to read this year this is just a sampling of them. I really hope to get to at least 1 book by all of them this year.

Any authors you really want to read this year?

Until Next Time



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