Let’s talk about books! And make a list! What is not fun about that?
Even more fun: linking up with The Broke and the Bookish, hosts and creators of this weekly feature. This week: Top Ten Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book. Here’s my list, in chronological order:
Mark the Evangelist: I love Mark’s Gospel, and I love that it’s short. I even love the true ending: “They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.” But come on. Luke wrote Acts. Where is Mark’s sequel?
Jane Austen: I mean, obviously. Six published novels is not enough, especially when one of them is Mansfield Park.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: I suppose I could read her travel journals and some of the other non-Little-House writing, but what I really want is more of the Little House series. Despite the problems they present to a modern reader, they are magical, and I just want more.
Agatha Christie: I feel a little ridiculous asking for more Christie, since she wrote so very many novels, short stories, and plays. Specifically, I want more Marple. Poirot is the star of 33 novels and 51 short stories; Miss Marple only gets 12 novels and 20 stories. What were you thinking, Dame Agatha?
F. Scott Fitzgerald: My teenage self would be outraged, but I think it’s probably true that if you’ve read one Fitzgerald, you’ve read them all. But I have a special affection for his unfinished, posthumously published novel The Love of the Last Tycoon, and I wish he could have finished it.
Truman Capote: I will always love love Capote. I wish he had finished Answered Prayers, and I wish he had another, better book after that.
J. D. Salinger: What a stingy guy. I mean, maybe I don’t actually want to read anymore about the Glass family (I loved Nine Stories, but it gave me nightmares . . . in college). It would be nice to have the option, wouldn’t it?
Kazuo Ishiguro: It turns out he does have a newer book than Never Let Me Go (2005): Nocturne, a 2009 short story collection that has mixed reviews on Amazon. I immediately requested it from the library, but I already want more Ishiguro. Preferably a novel that’s as good as his first, The Remains of the Day.
Kathryn Stockett: I loved The Help, and while I suspect Stockett may be a one hit wonder, I would definitely read another book from her.
Ann Patchett: I know, I know. She just published a book in 2011. What can I say? Ann Patchett is my favorite, and I always want more.
And speaking of authors . . . travel back to 1993 with Moxy Fruvous: an adorable live version of “My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors.” I would say be prepared for the clapping, snapping, and jumping, but I don’t know if you can be, really.
Your turn: what author or authors leave you wanting more?