First, thanks to blogger The Book Satchel for inspiring this post. Take time to read her post: 8 Backlist Books I Loved in2020. The post reminded me to move a Kindle book up my To Be Read list. You might just find a new one for your list as well.
Reading The Backlist
I don’t know about you, but when I find an author I enjoy I go on a hunt for everything they’ve ever written. I believe this started back in about 1975 when I first read Winds of War by Herman Wouk. I went on to read many of his books. The same with R.F. Delderfield, Patrick Dennis, and many others. These days I’ve learned of so many fascinating writers through other book blogs that it can be overwhelming to decide what to read next. I have to types of backlist reading: Current and Ongoing. Current reflects my current reading mood. Ongoing involves authors with huge lists from which I pull a title from time-to-time.
I should ask, is it still called a “backlist” when the author is dead? I guess it really doesn’t matter–this is how I think of it, it’s my reading and my blog, lol.
From Muriel Spark’s list I’ve read:
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was my first by her–of course! I read it in high school.
The Driver’s Seat: “Not really a presence….The lack of an absence….”
Girls of Slender Means my review is here
A Far Cry From Kensington which I read years ago in Peace Corps.
Here’s the next Muriel Spark on my list (and in my Kindle): The Finishing School [that cover is awful!]
From Barbara Pym’s List
Excellent Women: My review is here
Jane and Prudence: My review is here
Glass of Blessings: My review is here
I’ve not decided for sure which title is up next from Barbara Pym, but it will be one of the ones on audio from my library. This is one possibility.
Anne Tyler, has a long list and I’ve read most, so I won’t list them all here. The Accidental Tourist is my favorite, in case you were wondering. I had been working on Jojo Moyes list. I liked them all–especially One Plus One, which I had missed when it came out. Then the plagiarism thing happened with Giver of Stars and I went a little cold on her. I’m sure the next book will revive my enthusiasm though. Mary McCarthy is another, but my pace with her is too slow to call it a pace, but I did finish Groves of Academe this year. Finally, there’s Daphne DuMaurier, but I have to be in the right mood for her. I loved The King’s General so much, and, of course, Rebecca, but I’ve started and put down 2 or 3 others. I’ve finished My Cousin Rachel and The House on the Strand. I’ll get to them all, just at the right time for that book. The books pictured above are my likely next reads from these authors.
My Ongoing Backlists
Agatha Christie, whose work I’m way behind on, has been interesting me lately. Maybe I’ll get one or two more knocked out before the end of the year. Most of these I read way before blogging, so I do not have a review to link.
Death on the Nile
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Evil Under the Sun
Dead Man’s Folly
I recently chose The Man in the Brown Suit on Serial Reader so we’ll see how that comes along. I usually fall hopelessly behind on Serial Reader books now. I was faithful when it first came out.
Dick Francis/Felix Francis is the other, but I’ve listened to so many of them I won’t list them all. They were my first audio books–I’d grab one at the library when I used to go to my cousin’s. Francis’ horsey-murders mysteries were the perfect length for the trip. My favorite is I gave up on the James Bond books after the first few “new” books back in the 80’s. The were decent, just not as good (or as bad) as Ian Fleming‘s. As you likely guessed from the book pictured above, OHMSS is my favorite Bond book.
How about you? Do you read an author’s backlist? Have you found any hidden gems? Share the title or post a link to your own post in the comments.