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.
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?