TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Authors You Want to Read More From

Top 5 Wednesday is a great feature created by GingerReadsLainey and hosted by ThoughtsonTomes. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page. This week it’s all about those authors we’ve only read one or two books from and really should/want to read more by them.

Mal Peet
The only book by Mal Peet I’ve read is The Murdstone Trilogy which I read last year and I absolutely adored it! It’s funny and clever and great if you like fantasy books. Apparently that’s his only book aimed for adults but he has more YA books so I’m interested in checking them out to see if they’ve got a similar sense of humour.

Neil Gaiman
I read American Gods last year and while I liked the concept, not a lot happened and I found it a bit dull so I definitely want to read more Gaiman stuff. He’s that sort of author that everyone loves and I felt kind of bad for not loving American Gods like I “should have”. The only other book I’ve read by Gaiman is Good Omens which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett and I did like that one.

Toni Morrison
I read Song of Solomon as a part of the African American Literature course I took at university and I don’t remember much about it to be honest. I know we were also supposed to read Beloved while at uni (think that was for my Women’s Writing module) but I really couldn’t get into it and I think me and a friend just watched the film in the end. Toni Morrison is so loved and critically acclaimed that I do want to give her books another go but I am a bit daunted by them.

Patrick Ness
The only Patrick Ness book I’ve read is A Monster Calls which I loved way more than I ever thought I would. I see his books pretty much anytime I go into a bookstore and they’re always recommended on the interwebs but I’ve just yet to pick any of them up.

A.S. King
Way back in 2014 I read Ask the Passengers and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King and enjoyed them both. I really like her writing style and her characters and both books were pretty different to each other. She’s got at least five other books out and I’ve been meaning to give more of her stuff a go for literally years now.

If you’ve read any books by any of the authors I’ve mentioned then please do send any recommendations my way. Are there any authors you want to read more from?

Reading Diversely – A reply to The Telegraph’s article

Yesterday I read this article titled “Are you reading too many books by straight white men?” by Martin Daubney on The Telegraph’s website – I think it misses the point a bit. It talks about a feminist writer who has challenged herself and other people to stop reading books by “straight white cisgendered male authors for a year” and then goes onto question “do such outspoken attacks on white men constitute some form of sexism – or even racism?” The answer to that is no – you can’t be racist to a white person because racism is based on those with privilege and power oppressing others – white people have the power so can’t be oppressed. And the same goes with sexism, men have the majority of power so cannot be oppressed.

Yes I believe we should all be free to choose what books we read and many people read the blurb and choose a book based on that, not based on whether the author is a man or a woman, white or black.

But the problem is that publishing, like many media industries, is biased to white people and to men. It’s not by chance as to which books are put on the stands near the door of Waterstones so you see them as soon as you walk into the shop. It’s not luck as to which books are on the tables in the middle of the room, or placed at eye-level on the shelves instead of close to the floor where it’s a bit more awkward and inconvenient for someone browsing to see.