Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Wish I’d Written

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


1 – Under the Dome by Stephen King

Stephen King writes characters and tension like nobody else.

2 – The Bartimeaus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud

Fast, funny, with some great world-building and vivid fantasy writing.

3 – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Save selling millions of copies, the reason I wish I’d written this is because of how fast and action-packed it is, but also how it’s some of the most believable fiction ever written.

4 – The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Who else wouldn’t wish they’d written the Potter books?

5 – 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Easily one of my favourite books, King shows again how well he can write characters and tension. I wish I had his ability to pull a reader into one of his stories.

6 – The Martian by Andy Weir

A wise-cracking main character, plenty of action and tension, plus some crazy-detailed research that Weir never makes boring.

7 – A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Martin gives Tolkien a run for his money in world-building with A Song of Ice and Fire. I haven’t read them yet, but from the show and what I’ve heard, there’s no question I wish I could write worlds as detailed and vast as Martin.

8 – Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Another of my top 5 books of all time (and favourite movie of all time). Action, great plot and concept, and like Weir with The Martian, Crichton always makes the science interesting and understandable.

9 – His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

I’m not a big fan of the final book, but the first and second are some of the best fantasy around.

10 – The Shattered Sea trilogy by Joe Abercrombie 

I like to read gritty fantasy as well as write it, and the Shattered Sea trilogy is as gritty and violent as fantasy comes. Epic.


Even if you’re not a writer, are there any books or series you wished you’d written, and why?

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About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

Posted on 09/15/2015, in books, reading, top ten tuesday, writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I think we all wish we wrote Harry Potter, lol.

  2. Ugh, I so agree with you. I wish I had thought of the Harry Potter world myself, although I’m guessing that would be pretty hard as it’s just so immersive O.O Can you imagine the notes Rowling may have had while she conceptualized and wrote this series?! There was even a picture of her notes making the rounds on the internet and I was like “OMG, MASTER!” I need to learn a thing or two from her when it comes to world-building!

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • She filled notebooks with history for characters, creatures, places that didn’t make it into the books. No doubt the Wizarding World is one of the most detailed in fiction.

  3. Hi! Ha, I agree with Rachel, the previous comment. Jurassic Park is another good one. I’ve not read 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Great idea! My TTT

  4. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I got SO into the Throne of Glass series when I started…I LITERALLY WISHED I’D WRITTEN IT BECAUSE WOW. hehe And while I wouldn’t want to have created Game of Thrones because I’m not entirely happy with how women are treated, THE CHARACTERS AND WORLD BUILDING ARE INCREDIBLE. I dream to write fantasy as epic and well-known and faaamous as A Song of Ice and Fire someday. :’)

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