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Stephen King: People rave about his work, and while I am intrigued, horror just isn't for me, so I always chicken out.
Jane Austen: Mostly known for romance, I've never really felt drawn to reading her books, despite the fact that so many of my friends LOVE Pride and Prejudice
J.R.R. Tolkien: I am a fantasy lover and cannot get enough of novels that transport me, yet for some reason, I have never had the desire to pick up The Hobbit (maybe because it was assigned reading in school?)
C.S. Lewis: Another author who writes books that are right up my alley - I know that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a childhood classic (many of my friends will even say it's their favorite), but for some reason I've never been pulled toward reading it.
Maya Angelou: To be honest, as a teacher, I am ashamed to admit I have never read a single one of her books. I will have to correct this ASAP, many of my students have enjoyed I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and I really wish I could converse with them about it.
John Green: With the way The Fault in Our Stars has taken off, it's important to note that he is a well established author with quite the following. He will soon no longer belong to the Popular Authors I've Never Read group though because I do intend to read Fault in our Stars.
Nicholas Sparks: I Loved the movie The Notebook and A Walk to Remember, but never picked up the books, because I'm usually not into romance. I think this is another author that I am going to have to give a chance to, checking out his Goodreads page, I realized there are a ton of books listed that I've heard of, so he must be a good writer.
Anne Rice: I love vampires and have read my share of vampire books, but have yet to pick up Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire (my hesitation is that I don't know how close to a horror story is, anyone know if it's gory or not?)
Marissa Meyer: Author of the Lunar Chronicles, I've been meaning to pick up her books for a while now.
Janet Evanovich: One of my mom's favorites, despite my free access to her entire Stephanie Plum Series, I haven't read her books, yet.