Some of my favourite female authors


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Books By Some of My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

I’ve decided to go all female for this week’s theme.  Below is a list of author’s that I’ve loved in the past and would like to make time to read more from in the future:

  1. Agatha Christie – I’ve read a few of Agatha’s books but currently feel the need to pick up some more  – I have a copy of And Then There were None which I hope to get to soon.
  2. Diane Wynne Jones – I loved Howl’s Moving Castle and a good friend bought me a copy of Charmed which I’d love to have chance to pick up.
  3. Seanan McGuire – The Toby Daye books are amazing and I seriously intend to catch up soon – I’ve read the first 8 and have A Red Rose Chain waiting patiently to be picked up.
  4. Patricia Briggs – similarly to the above (No.3) I really enjoy the Mercy Thompson books,  again, I’ve got as far as No.8 so have Fire Touched to look forward to.  Note to self to catch up.
  5. Donna Tartt – The Secret History is one of my all time favourite books so I’m not sure why I haven’t yet picked up The Goldfinch – well, apart from the fact that time is elusive of course.
  6. Daphne DuMaurier – Rebecca is another one of my all time favourite reads, Plus Jamaica Inn and My Cousin Rachel.  I need to pick up more books by this author and particularly fancy The House on the Strand.
  7. Kate Atkinson – I’ve read a number of Ms Atkinson’s books and thoroughly enjoy her work, particularly Case Histories and Life After Life.  I believe there is a new book on the horizon called Transcription which sounds really good.
  8. Lisa Tuttle – I love the recent Jesperson and Lane supernatural mystery series, I think there are only two released to date so I have my fingers crossed that more are in the pipeline.
  9. Tracy Chevalier – I’ve read quite a few of this author’s books and loved Girl with a Pearl Earring and Remarkable Creatures.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next and in the meantime I would also like to catch up with At the Edge of the Orchard.
  10. Maggie O’Farrell – I think I’ve read about 6 of this author’s books so far.  My absolute favourite is After You’d Gone and I very much like the sound of This Must Be the Place.
  11. Sarah Pinborough – I’ve read about 10 or 11 books by this author.  I don’t know what she’s currently working on but whatever it happens to be I am in for the count.

38 Responses to “Some of my favourite female authors”

  1. Cathy746books

    Yay for Donna Tartt and The Secret History. One of my favourite books too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      A difficult act to follow – I loved that book and sometimes think that I should read it again.
      Lynn 😀

      • Cathy746books

        I’ve read it three times and am tempted to go for a 4th!

  2. Tammy

    I love that you featured all women writers! I should have The Goldfinch on my list because I adore Donna Tartt😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s such a huge book but I practically bought it the minute it was released so I really should give it some time.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Ally Writes Things

    I definitely recommend the Goldfinch! It’s amazing and I loved it! I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

  4. Carmen

    Great list, Lynn! 🙂 I have some authors/titles in common waiting for me to read them. I have a few du Maurier’s novels on my TBR, though I have yet to make her acquaintance. I also have Tartt’s The Secret History, and have read three of Chevalier’s novels; my favorite of which is Remarkable Creatures thus far.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ooh, you simply must read Rebecca or Jamaica inn – I would love to read your thoughts. And, yes, I really enjoyed Remarkable Creatures.
      Lynn 😀

      • vacuouswastrel

        The only Du Maurier I’ve read was her ‘Don’t Look Now’ collection. None of those stories were absolute must-reads, but overall I got a very positive impression of her. I also own, somehow, almost all her novels, so I’ve really got no excuse…

      • @lynnsbooks

        I did read a little bit about DuMaurier. She apparently came from a quite well to do and privileged background and I think that comes across in her writing. She has a way of describing wealthy people and affluent situations really well and almost in a lazy style (not really phrasing that very well!) I seem to remember that she has not only a privileged upbringing but also one that was surprisingly relaxed and included plenty of travel. I love her style. In terms of short stories you could try The Birds. I’ve not read all her works by a long shot but I fancy the House on the Strand next.
        Lynn 😀

  5. waytoofantasy

    Great list! I loved Rebecca as well and should really read more of her stuff. Chevalier as well, I’ve read two of her books and enjoyed them, should make an effort to read more.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, My Cousin Rachel is an excellent DuMaurier which is greatly loved, I think Jamaica Inn is one of my favourites, it’s really atmospheric.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I’ve only read a few of these authors! I have some serious reading to do

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know what you mean. I don’t think we’ll ever catch up!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    What a great idea! I played with the possibility of doing the TTT for this week before I ran out of time, but if I had made a list Sarah Pinborough would be on it too. 10-11 books, wow! I know I’m probably missing a lot!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s amazing how those books suddenly mounted up! I had no idea I’d read so many of her books until I looked at my shelves. I can’t wait to see what she’s up to next.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Greg

    I need to read some Christie, I recently saw the latest movie version of And Then There Were None and while I know it got middling reviews, it did make me want to read more of her stuff. The Daye series is one I’ve been mulling too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really feel in the mood for Christie’s particular style of mystery at the moment for some reason. The Daye series is great, kind of in the same way that I felt about the Mercy Thompson series – don’t judge it on the first book. The series just gets better and better but the first one (which I tend to find with most series) is definitely not the best.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I loved The Secret History, but found the Goldfinch somewhere between okay and good (if that makes sense). I didn’t love it as much as TSH. I hope you’ll enjoy it though!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I guess it’s going to be difficult to top The Secret History isn’t it! Imagine having such a successful first book – it’s almost like a gift and a curse.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea

    Ooh, I hope you love Charmed Life! I don’t think I’ve been disappointed by a single DWJ book ever, but Charmed Life is one of my favourites 🙂

  11. Lisa

    Seanan McGuire is an absolute favorite of mine, and I adore Toby Daye. So worth continuing! I love Patricia Briggs as well, and can’t wait for the next Mercy book. I’ve been picking up random Agatha Christie books whenever I spot them at library sales, so I have a few waiting for me. I’ve only read And Then There Were None, but really do want to read more by her (and Daphne DuMaurier too). Great list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I definitely intend to continue with the Toby Daye and Mercy books – I’m loving both of them atm.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Daniela Ark

    I’ve been trying to get to the The Goldfinch since forever. I have the hardcopy so I thin it is the massive size that intimidates me LOL I LOVE that you made it about female authors 🙂 xoxo

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I think the size is intimidating me a little as well.
      Lynn 😀

  13. vacuouswastrel

    I don’t know if I can easily get up to 10 female authors I want to read something else by, but…

    – something by Du Maurier. As I say above, I have almost all her books, so… recommendations? Things to avoid?

    – I’ve just read Pride and Prejudice for the first time. It had some problems, but it was enjoyable and promising, so I’d like to read something else by Austen. I have at least Emma and Sense and Sensibility, not sure if I have the others. Recommendations?

    – something by Mary Gentle. I recently re-read and re-adored ‘Ash’, but before that I couldn’t get into her ‘Rats and Gargoyles’ collection at all. Maybe I need to try again – or just go buy ‘Illario’ or ‘Black Opera’, which appeal more to me.

    – I’ve read two novels and a short story collection by Margo Lanagan. I had some issues with them, but she’s such an incredible writer when everything’s working that I really ought to at least try one of her other collections

    – Robin Hobb is one of my favourite authors, but I still haven’t gotten around to her Soldier Son trilogy (which I own), or the Piebald Prince novel (which I don’t), or any of her Lindholm-authored novels (likewise).

    – I had mixed feelings about the first volume of Kameron Hurley’s ‘Bel Dame’ novels, but I did intend at the time to at least complete the trilogy, so I ought to do that at some point…

    • @lynnsbooks

      TBH I thought of at least two more authors for this list as soon as I’d posted – Alice Hoffman and Joanne Harris.
      DuMaurier – you simply have to read Rebecca, it has to be one of the most widely well received novels I can think of. I’ve read it a few times but that was a good few years ago so it would be interesting to see what I make of it now. I suspect I’d still love it. I have an undeniable soft spot for the book. Also Jamaica Inn – which is a bit more dark and foreboding. Again set in Cornwall (which is another reason I think I love her works because this was a favourite holiday haunt). My Cousin Rachel is also very good but Rebecca and Jamaica Inn are my two favourites.
      Jane Austen – I was call her the chicklit author of that era – not in a bad way. Her books are all about finding ‘suitable matches’, bonnets and tea rooms but I loved reading them anyway. I would probably choose Emma over Sense and Sensibility and I also like Northanger Abbey which was one of Austen’s first novels and not published during her lifetime. I think that probably shows a little in the writing and also the choice of topic – she’s gone for a gothic style novel which I always thought was due to their sudden popularity at the time – The Mysteries of Udolpho/Castle of Otranto in particular. I really like that one though, it has a certain feel to it that is young and naive.
      The other authors you mention I haven’t read – except the first book by Robin Hobb which I loved and have no excuse not to have read further other than shortage of time and becoming consistently distracted by ‘ALL THE NEW BOOKS’. I need help.
      I shall have to check out Lanagan and Gentle.
      Lynn 😀

      • vacuouswastrel

        ‘Ash’ is brilliant, but a big investment of energy.
        For Lanagan, the best-known collection (and the one I’ve read) is “Black Juice”; the first story, “Singing My Sister Down” is a modern classic. The two novels I’ve read were “Tender Morsels” and “The Brides of Rollrock Island” – they’re both beautiful and painful, the latter is probably better-written, but the former is warmer and more inviting, whereas the latter is a bit one-note. “Tender Morsels” is advertised as a YA novel, but given that it sets off every trigger warning in existence in the first ten pages, I’m not entirely sure that’s appropriate… it’s one of those “updated realistic fairy tales” things, but it actually has meaningful things to say about fairy tales.

        Regarding Rebecca: I’ve always had an aversion to the things we’re “meant” to read (hence not having read Pride and Prejudice until just now), even though they often are the best… Rebecca’s been so parodied over time that I guess I’ve assumed the real thing would underwhelm. But you’re right, I should dig it out…

      • @lynnsbooks

        Well, it probably will underwhelm you after such a big build up but still…

      • vacuouswastrel

        (thanks for the guidance!)

  14. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, as you know, I highly recommend The House on the Strand and after reading that I am keen to move onto Frenchman’s Creek soon. I also loved a recent BBC adaptation of And Then There Were None, so I hope you will enjoy the book.

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