How Many Books By a Famous Author Have I Read?
I was watching a classics bookshelf tour on YouTube the other day and I realised that there are any so many classics I’ve read, but not by the same author, even a famous author.
I thought I would do a post to see which book(s) by famous authors I have read, and look at how many others of their works I have left to read.
I’ve read all six of Jane Austen’s most famous works. The only novel I haven’t read is Sanditon, which was incomplete upon her death. I have also never read her short story Lady Susan, although I have read her letters to her sister Cassandra.
For such a prolific and famous Kentish writer I have read very little of Charles Dickens’ works. Actually, I’ve only read A Christmas Carol which is effectively a novella and not even a complete Dickens work. I would like to read David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Bleak House or Nicholas Nickleby soon though.
I was surprised to find I had read two Fitzgerald books as I can’t say I’m a massive fan. I’ve read The Great Gatsby and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the latter of which is a novella. He only ever completed four novels in his lifetime, the rest for short stories or novellas. His last book The Last Tycoon was incomplete when he died.
I love Daphne Du Maurier’s writing, it is the most accessible of classic literature I feel, yet I’ve only read two of her published books: Rebecca and Frenchman’s Creek. Next up for me is Jamaica Inn and My Cousin Rachel. Daphne was another prolific writer of the 1930s-80s who wrote an extraordinary amount, and yet she’s not very well-remembered. She wrote seventeen novels, three plays, ten (or thereabouts) short story collections and nine non-fiction books.
I have read three Agatha Christie novels. One was a standalone and the other two were Hercule Poirot mysteries. Hercule Poirot is definitely my favourite her of protagonists, and I really enjoy the adaptations ITV have done of many of Christie’s books. I would like to read more of her works, and I think next up is her most famous novel And Then There Were None. The standalone I read was Ordeal by Innocence, the story of which I prefer to the ITV adaptation version – where they changed the ending…
I have read Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and can’t say I’m intrigued to read more of Tolkien’s stories. I think he was fantastic at world building, and the world is a better place for having Hobbits in creation, but the books are very over-written and quite dull…sorry. Don’t shoot the messenger! A bit like Dickens, Tolkien’s stories are incredibly but his writing isn’t the best.
I have read one short story by Hemingway and that is it. I really want to try A Farewell to Arms by him, as I know it is heavily based on his own experiences of World War Two. Hemingway is just quite a pretentious writer to enjoy so I know I’ll need to be in a particular mindset when reading his work.
Having read Of Mice and Men at school I would like to read a book by John Steinbeck that wasn’t assigned and eviscerated by teachers. East of Eden is high on my to-be-read list and I would also like to read Grapes of Wrath at some point too. It’s time to delve into American classics.
I’ve read three books from the Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The three books that were adapted a few years ago. I’ve recently begun itching to read the complete chronicles, starting with A Magicians Nephew and to stray away from the story of the Pevensie children for the world of Narnia instead. But we’ll see what happens.
I’ve recently read Cranford, having loved the mini-series and the book is just as charming. It’s a very funny, moving story of women who are often neglected in Victorian literature. Great as a self-isolation read. I really want to try North and South soon, as I think that this Elizabeth Gaskell’s masterpiece.
And finally Charlotte Bronte. As much as I love the Bronte sister’s stories I’m ashamed to say I’ve only read Jane Eyre. I really want to read Anne’s novels soon, and I’m sorry to say that after trying three times to read Wuthering Heights I just don’t think it’s a novel for me. Sorry Emily – love your poetry though!
Which famous author or authors have you read the most books by? Or are you a bit more like me and tend to read one book by a famous author and none of their other publications? Let me know in the comments below.