This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a rewind, which means we can chose any topic we like. I was inspired by Book Riot's open thread last week that asked you to name five authors you are ashamed to admit you haven't read (yet). Well, even more shameful, I've got ten.
1. Charles Dickens: I think a lot of people started with Dickens in school, probably with the assigned reading of Great Expectations. Well, I must have missed that class and somehow went until the age of 26 missing Dickens altogether. For shame.
2. Thomas Hardy: I feel like Hardy is a favorite among many readers. He published 18 novels, a plethora of short stories and works of poetry, and even a few plays. That's a lot to choose from, yet I haven't read one.
3. James Joyce: Joyce is one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century; he holds the number one spot of the MLA's best 100 novels with Ulysses, but I still haven't picked him up.
4. Evenlyn Waugh: Another favorite among book bloggers, I'm ashamed to admit I wasn't even aware he was a male until the last year or so.
5. David Foster Wallace: I must admit, Wallace's Infinite Jest is probably the book the intimidates me the most, of all the books, ever. I've avoided his work because I think it would be too challenging for me. However, I've had a copy of Consider the Lobster on my shelf, unread, for a good three years now. I really should pick it up.
6. Leo Tolstoy: That is just embarrassing.
7. Anita Bookner: Another favorite among book bloggers, she wrote a couple dozen books. Anyone know which is a good one with which to start?
8. Cormac McCarthy: I do have The Road sitting on my nightstand, so hopefully I can cross him off this list this year.
9. Barbara Kingsolver: When I was 12 or so I remember all of my teachers and friends' moms were reading The Poisonwood Bible. I tried to read it then and only got a few pages in when I realized it was way over my head. I've always wanted to read it as an adult but haven't yet gotten there; La Lacuna and The Bean Trees also sound good.
10. Muriel Spark: I really have been meaning to get something of hers because her novels sound so fun and unique, especially The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.