Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read—Country Noir Edition

Like any self-respecting blogger, I have a TBR pile the size of a small mountain.  According to Goodreads, I have 415 books across my to-read shelves.  And those are only books that I own.  Add the books I want to read that I don’t own, and the books I want to reread (I just cracked Friday Night Lights back open for a reread), and, yeah, small mountain.  So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday I really needed to whittle my list down somehow.  I am, then, sticking to country noir.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.

I finally read Winter’s Bone, but I remain badly under read when it comes to Daniel Woodrell.

And, believe it or not, there are still books by Ron Rash and Cormac McCarthy that I have not read (including The Road, which isn’t country noir but has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for years).

Joe Lansdale doesn’t qualify as one of my favorite authors (yet), but I really need to continue with his Hap & Leonard books so I can watch the TV show (check out my review of Savage Season).

(Click on the covers for affiliate links to each book at Amazon.)


Ron Rash

The World Made Straight


Saints at the River


Something Rich and Strange (short story collection)


Cormac McCarthy

Child of God


The Road


Daniel Woodrell

Tomato Red


The Bayou Trilogy


Joe Lansdale

Mucho Mojo

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read—Country Noir Edition

    1. Have you read any other Cormac McCarthy? His work is SUPER dark. It also isn’t an easy read for other reasons–his writing is very Faulknerian (although I’ve read a bunch of Cormac McCarthy and I’ve always bounced off Faulkner).


  1. Matthew

    You know, I have the same reactions to McCarthy and Faulkner. I’ve read a few McCarthy (No Country for Old Men, Blood Meridian, The Road) but I’ve never really be into Faulkner.

    But yeah, if you are bothered by darkness stay away from his books. Particularly Blood Meridian.


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