Top Ten Tuesdays #430: Popular Authors

Posted November 14, 2023 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 3 Comments

Mainstream/Popular Authors I Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.

I’m going to use this to discuss mainstream and bestselling authors who are clearly popular, but also some of the more “super hyped on booktube and booktok” authors as well. I know that’s less “mainstream” but usually these authors gain a ton of popularity and the hype becomes super intense.

R.F. Kuang / I’ve said this before but her books intimidate me a bit! Between BABEL’s length and YELLOWFACE’s hard-hitting topic, I just have not plucked up the courage to read her books yet.

Mona Awad / She’s another one on that list of books/authors who scare me. I know BUNNY is a mindfuck and I’m super curious to read it, but her books seem complicated lol.

Stephen King / I promise I won’t spend the whole TTT referencing the same blog post but Stephen King is another intimidating, major bestselling author. I’m not a huge horror reader so a lot of his books aren’t on my list, but I would love to read a few (FAIRY TALE, BILLY SUMMERS, and 11/22/63).


Simone St. James, Ruth Ware, Shari Lapenia, and Alex Finlay / There are a ton of super popular, bestselling mystery/thriller authors that are still on my TBR. These four authors are some that I’ve seen around for years but still haven’t cracked one open. Ruth Ware is the most surprising for me TBH. There are lots of others where I’ve only read one book (Megan Miranda, Mary Kubica, etc.) as well.


T. Kingfisher / This author is super popular within “my bookish circles” online. I’m not sure how popular Kingfisher is outside of our online bookish community but I definitely hope to read something at some point…

Mhairi McFarlane / She’s a super popular contemporary writer that many friends have read from but I haven’t yet… despite adding literally every book she’s written to my TBR. I think she could be more popular in the UK but I always see her new releases and still never get into them.

Kate Morton / I’m not huge on historical fiction but Morton is so popular. Her newest release may be where I begin because it seems right up my alley, as far as this subgenre goes at least.

3 responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays #430: Popular Authors

  1. Ruth Ware and Shari Lapena are definitely on my list too (and I need to read more Megan Miranda and Mary Kubica too). I think you’ll really enjoy Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay if you decide to pick it up! It was a thriller that packed an emotional punch! I just read Bunny this year (and I did not like it >.<) and I also read my first fiction Stephen King book this year!

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