One Hit Wonders: A Top Ten List

Quite possibly the only way to avoid a sophomore slump is to avoid the possibility altogether, Harper Lee did it, as did Margaret Mitchell. In a bit of a twist on today’s top ten list – as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish – here are ten authors that only wrote (or have written) one novel, but I wish had (or would) attempted a second.

^Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird^

08. Arthur Golden. He wrote Memoirs of a Geisha, but hasn’t followed it up with anything. Maybe someday.

07. Sylvia Plath. The Bell Jar will always be one of my favorites books.

06. Emily Brontë. While Wuthering Heights is considered a classic now (and one that I don’t particularly care for), it was not well received when it was published and Emily died a year after its publication.

05. John Kennedy Toole. Do I count The Neon Bible? No.

04. Kathryn Stockett. The author of The Help will reportedly writing a second novel, but…nothing yet.

03. Chad Harbach. Author of The Art of Fielding. In theory, he will write another book. I hope.

02. Stephen Chbosky. Did you know The Perks of Being a Wallflower author has only written the one book?

01. Ernest Cline. So he’s writing Armada, but the publication date keeps getting pushed back…? I want this book.

Which author would you like to read more of?


26 thoughts on “One Hit Wonders: A Top Ten List

  1. I’ll be reading Wuthering Heights soon as it it in my course this year. I’ve read a few poems of Sylvia Plath for the same reason.I started the Memoirs of a Geisha but never finished it.


  2. I love your twist on this weeks Top Ten Tuesday.

    I really do hope Kathryn Stockett writes more, and wish we all lived in a parallel universe where Harper Lee was more prolific.

    It makes me feel a poorly read when I say that I have tried to read Wuthering Heights a few times but never made it more than a third of the way through.

    My own TTT is here (Harper Lee also features)


    1. I read Wuthering Heights for a school assignment, otherwise I don’t think I would’ve read it either – so don’t feel bad. The writing was good, but I hated the book!


  3. Emily Bronte wrote some poems that were published too. Don’t know if you’re interested in reading those or not, but if you’re jonesing for something else from her. I wasn’t that into Wuthering Heights either.

    This was a pretty awesome list! 🙂


  4. Ah, that’s a nice twist on the list! Yes, I’d absolutely love to read another Arthur Golden. Kathryn Stockett–hmm, not sure. For me, The Help was interesting because of the subject matter, but I didn’t feel like it was the best written novel. But I’d probably read a sophomore from her, just to see . . . the pressure she must feel must be pretty intense.


  5. Yes! I want Armada!

    I love how you always take the prompt and do your own thing with it. Granted, you read different enough books from most book bloggers that your list isn’t the same as every other TTT anyway. But I love coming here and seeing books and authors that no one else has on their list.


    1. Me too. Armada had a release date earlier this summer, but then it was pushed back until next summer. Again.

      And thank you! I don’t love memes in general, so if I’m going to do one, I want it to be different.


  6. Tough one, Rory, because part of the charm is that they won’t write any more ( a bit like Breece or, in music, Nick Drake). But I’d say Lampedusa.

    Just realized: is it okay for men to comment on your blog?


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