All good things to those that wait!

This week over at the Broke and Bookish the topic for Top Ten Tuesday discussion is:

‘ Top Ten Books/authors I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

I tend to read primarily SFF with a little history/alternative history/thriller thrown in for good measure.  For this week’s topic I’ve mixed the books up with authors as well.  So basically books in this genre that I haven’t read mixed up with authors that I also feel like I should have read but haven’t (yet):


  1. China Mieville – I can’t believe I haven’t read his work.  I do own a copy of The City and the City so think I’ll have to add that to one of my challenges!  Unless somebody wants to recommend another by this author??
  2. Iain Banks – I also own Consider Phlebas and in fact have it as part of my classics challenge so I will definitely be reading at some point!
  3. Chuck Palahniuk – another author on my classics list – Fight Club
  4. Mervyn Peake – I actually got the Gormenghast trilogy from the library but didn’t have time to read it and somebody else had it booked out – it does look rather epic1!
  5. Robert Jordan – should I feel ashamed – I just literally wouldn’t know where to start!!


  1. The Dark Towers by Stephen King – I’ve read plenty of his novels but not this series which seems very remiss.  It’s such a huge undertaking though!
  2. The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie – and I so want to read these!!
  3. The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett – we’re talking about 40 odd books here – that’s like half a year’s reading almost!! Somebody chuck me a bone and tell me which one to start with – I don’t think they have to be read in order?  And, I have read the Tiffany Aching series already.
  4. Garden of the Moon – by Steven Erikson, although I’ve just bought a copy of this so intend to start soon!
  5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – I actually LOVE Neil Gaiman and I’ve had this book forever!  So what’s stopping me?  I almost feel scared to start this one!

42 Responses to “All good things to those that wait!”

  1. lipsyy

    I started the Gormrnghast trilogy when I was in school! don’t think I ever finished it but bits of it have stayed with me. Been meaning to read it properly again for years. Did you see the BBC adaptation of it? I loved it. So bizarre. And I was totally in love with Jonathon Rhys Meyers. Of course.

    • lynnsbooks

      No, I’ve not seen the series – I’ll have to check that out!

  2. legolegislegimus

    Hooray! Someone else who reads Terry Pratchett and China Mieville! Definitely read The City & The City, but you might also like Perdido Street Station as it’s the first of a trilogy. My favourite Discworld books are Small Gods, Feet of Clay and Jingo, but you really can start anywhere 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, I’ve read some Pratchett – the Tiffany Aching ones – which were great. Mieville I’m a newbie to. I bought City & The City an age ago but just haven’t read it yet. I will look up your Pratchett recommendations – thanks?

  3. jenclair

    I tried Mieville and Palahniuk, but they weren’t for me. I loved Crow Road and Stonemouth by Banks, but haven’t read Robert Jordan or Mervyn Peake.

    • lynnsbooks

      Funnily enough I really fancy the Peake – it’s just so enormous! Think I’ll have to take a week off work to tackle it!!!

  4. TheSkepticalReader

    Gardens of the Moon is also on my list! Stephen King missed out by very little. 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Cool – I’m hoping for good things from GotM and the rest of the series!

  5. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I have to confess, the only reason I’ve managed to read Banks and Mieville is because they were selected as book club reads. I haven’t read Jordan, Dark Tower or Discworld either 🙂 Honestly, Dark Tower is the only one of those that I’m likely to actually read.

    • lynnsbooks

      I must read Dark Tower – I’ve had the first for ages but think it put me off because it’s the gunslinger! Don’t know why – but it just did!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Nathan

    The thing about Jordan is there really is only one starting place- book 1. I want to read Peake this year.

    Mieville’s best starting place is probably the one you have, much as I love Perdido Street Station it ups the weird to 11.

    As for your book list my friend, I have not read Dark Tower but the others on the list are inexcusable.

    • lynnsbooks

      *hangs head in shame* I blame it all on a misspent youth!

  7. Tammy

    You MUST make time to read The Dark Tower series. Yes it is quite a commitment. I don’t know if you have time, but reading all seven books in a row is the way to go. And yes! Read China Mieville! He’s amazing:-)

    • lynnsbooks

      that is a great idea – I was just discussing picking a series to read that I could start this year!! Ta

    • Bridget

      After reading The Gunslinger a few years ago and being decidedly meh-to-yuck about it, I’m not crazy about trying to read that series. But I have to, because I love Stephen King. I’ll just put it off as long as possible, I guess.

      • lynnsbooks

        Well, a few people told me that the first book isn’t the best of the series so I’m hoping to read that quick and get it out of the way – it is pretty slim!
        Lynn 😀

      • Bridget

        That’s what I’ve heard as well. I’m hoping to make myself read it (and the rest of the series) maybe this year or next year 🙂

  8. Rabindranauth

    I’m with you with Iain Banks, Mervyn Peake and The Dark Tower!

    • lynnsbooks

      Ahh, now I don’t feel so bad – we must catch up!! We’re at the bottom of the class I fear.
      Lynn 😀

      • Rabindranauth

        Lol, Peake is on the agenda; if not next month the following!

      • lynnsbooks

        It is such a huge book – but I do want to read it. I’m going to get it on kindle – I don’t fancy a dislocated shoulder at the moment, life is just too busy!
        Lynn 😀

  9. jessicabookworm

    I haven’t read anything by Iain Banks or Robert Jordan either but I feel like I should have! I also can’t recommend The Dark Tower series and Discworld enough. You really can dip into Discworld anywhere. I’ve mainly read the earlier books bit I’ve been told the later ones are even better.

    • lynnsbooks

      I’m thinking of taking on The Dark Tower series as a series to be complete during 2015 so thanks for the (persistent) recommendations!
      Lynn 😀

  10. Genki Jason

    I read Iain Banks for the first time two years ago. Two Culture novels and one short story collection. I think you’ll really like his stuff.

    I own American Gods but I haven’t read it yet. I have owned it for something like a decade or however long since it was first published 0_o In that time I have re-read the Sandman graphic novels and spin-offs and watch Stardust and Coraline many times >_<

    • lynnsbooks

      What is wrong with us both with American Gods! We need to buck up!

  11. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    Lets see I haven’t read any of the authors on your first list – except Robert Jordan I’ve read almost the entire Wheel of Time series.

    and lets see the books list…I have read the Darktower series some of Discworld and American Gods. I don’t know if I’ll read the First Law books and probably won’t read Steven Erikson to be honest.

    • lynnsbooks

      Wow – I’m well impressed with all of that!!!!! I do sort of want to read the First Law books but it’s finding time to fit in all your backlist and still read everything that you want to grab as it’s newly released!

  12. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Iain Banks and Terry Pratchett – two biggies I’m missing on my list. Especially the latter, oh boy I’ve kept saying I was going to read one of his books for more than a year now. Shame on me! XD

    • lynnsbooks

      I did love the Tiffany Aching books – such a great sense of humour!
      Lynn 😀

  13. romeorites

    I have a Mieville on my shelf that remains unread. I havent read any Robert Jordan and I have only read the first Dark Tower book (although, I have book four for some reason.)
    I love the Discworld stuff although there are a few books in the series that I havent read yet. And I read my first two Gaiman books last year. Nice to see Gardens Of The Moon there. I may be slightly hooked on the Malazan series at the moment. Slightly.

    • lynnsbooks

      Just slightly!!! I’ll be getting to GotM this year!
      Thanks for that
      Lynn 😀

  14. Elizabeth Book Babble (Book Babble Reviews)

    I need to read a couple of these books too LOL!! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday if you wanna check it out 🙂

  15. cherylmahoney

    *gasps and clutches heart* You haven’t read Discworld? Though I admit the sheer number can be intimidating…that slowed me down picking them up. I would recommend starting with Going Postal or Equal Rites, though you really can jump in anywhere. Just…don’t start at the beginning, because the first two aren’t as strong (funny, but they still may not live up to the hype!)

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks Cheryl. I’ll take a look at your suggestions. I’ve checked out Discworld countless times in book shops but frankly it’s a bit daunting – needs a bookcase by itself!!
      Lynn 😀

  16. Michael

    The City and the City is a very dense Mievelle to jump into. I’d recommend Perdido Street Station as a good starting point to see if you like him and then go from there.

    DiscWorld is fun and there are some that I’ve enjoyed more than others. I am not even close to reading them all yet. I find they are more fun to read as a palate cleanser. If I’ve read several “heavy” books, a humorous one in the Discworld universe is nice reset.

    And like you I have no idea if I want to start Jordan or not. I keep hearing such negative things as the series progresses. Do I really need that frustration? Or should I find out for myself? Cause I may love it.

    • lynnsbooks

      I admit that the really massive series always put me off a little! If you start something and read it as it’s being published it’s not such a big seeming task! Jordan – we’ll see. Never say never I suppose.
      Lynn 😀

  17. Two Dudes in an Attic

    Player of Games is probably the best place to start Banks. The Culture books don’t need to be read in order, so no worries about that. Gormenghast is heavy and slow going. I liked it a great deal, but it’s not a jaunty read. Very bizarre at times, and the professors in book two were the best thing ever.

  18. Leona

    Hah we have quite a few in common! I haven’t read American Gods either, and I really like Neil Gaiman (what a shame! But I am planning to read it this year) in fact American Gods is #1 in my Top 10 Tuesday list for this week!

    As for Robert Jordan – The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1) is #10 on my top 10, this is where you start reading his work I think. Wheel of Time is just too many books, so is The Black Company by Glen Cook, that is why I didn’t get around to them just yet cause I like to read a series back to back, and not interrupt it with other books. I got a bit overwhelmed by review commitments and ARC’s so those big series need to wait.

    I really want to read The First Law series, heard so many great things about Abercombie and can’t want to read them.

  19. Molly Mortensen

    Robert Jordan made my list too! I’ve owned the first book of Wheel of Time for over a decade, but somehow I’ve never read it. I started The Dark Towers, but I couldn’t get into it. The First Law, Gardens of the Moon and American Gods all made my list too!

    You haven’t read Discworld! You’re so lucky! It’s my favorite series ever! I hope you like it. You don’t have to read it all at once, though I don’t know how someone could stop. lol Nope, they don’t have to be read in order. I started with thee first book, the Colour of Magic, but Guards Guards is another great starting book, or Reaper Man would be good too.

    • lynnsbooks

      We had a lot of the same books! I always feel a bit put off with such huge series – probably if I’d started Pratchett at the beginning it wouldn’t seem such a daunting task! Although I did really like the Tifany books!
      lynn 😀

  20. Miriam

    I love Mieville’s books – I’ve read them all apart from his short story collection. My favourite is The Scar, but I think The City & The City is probably the best starting place. It’s short but very clever, a speculative crime novel with magnificent world building.

    • lynnsbooks

      I seem to be getting a divided opinion over City and the City – but, I think as I already have that book I probably might as well start there – plus I like your description.
      Lynn 😀

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