#TopTenTuesday meme is run by That Artsy Reader Girl (the original creator is The Broke and The Bookish) and I also saw it at What Cathy Read Next and Stuck in a Book. This “10 Authors” topic was actually the theme of the last week’s blogging event and, hopefully, I will be forgiven for giving it a go this week (this week’s topic is “Bookish Merchandise I’d Love to Own”).
I would like to explore the worlds of French playwrights and I am going to start with Molière. The Misanthrope, The Hypochondriac and Le Médecin malgré lui (“the doctor in spite of himself”), a satire on the 17th century French medicine, all sound like great (tragi)comedies.
II. Hiroko Oyamada
I cannot believe I am still to read any Oyamada because I have wanted to read her books for so long. I am excited to read both The Factory  and The Hole . Oyamada’s writings have been compared to Franz Kafka and so her books are likely to be right up my alley.
III. Julio Cortazar
I already ranted elsewhere how badly I want to read Julio Cortázar’s masterpiece Hopscotch , but its size and complexity do put me off. I am also curious about this Argentine-French writer’s short stories and he had left plenty.
IV. Vasily Grossman
Grossmann was born in a Jewish family in Ukraine (then Russian Empire) in 1905 and experienced the horrors of the World War II, working once as a war reporter and being one of the first to document what later became known as the Holocaust. His collection of fiction was once heavily censored, but is now available in translation. My goal is to read Grossman’s Life and Fate  this summer.
V. Christine de Pizan
What can be more amazing than reading a novel penned by a woman who lived in the Middle Ages and tried to challenge female stereotypes? Though residing in France and writing in French, de Pizan was actually Italian (born in Venice), so her book The Book of the City of Ladies  will be a lovely addition to my Italia Reading Challenge this year.
VI. Hiromi Kawakami
There are so many books by this author I want to read: The Nakano Thrift Shop , Strange Weather in Tokyo  and People From My Neighbourhood , to name just a few. I am sure they will all be quirky reads and not dissimilar to other Japanese women I read and loved, including Yōko Tawada (The Last Children of Tokyo ), Yōko Ogawa (The Memory Police ) and Sayaka Murata (Convenience Store Woman ).
VII. Richard Llewellyn
I am very interested in reading How Green Was My Valley , a classic about a family living in a Welsh mining community, and I will probably be also up for any sequels.
VIII. Amy Harmon
I have had Harmon’s book What the Wind Knows  on my TBR for quite some time and hopefully I will read it this year. This book is set in Ireland in 1921 and follows one American-born young woman Anne Gallagher. Harmon’s prose is much praised.
IX. Gene Wolfe
I may not blog about it often, but science-fiction/fantasy is the genre I also adore. Gene Wolfe’s books have been recommended to me and they sound just the sort of thought-provoking novels with “great psychological and spiritual depth” which I am bound to love.
X. Mieko Kawakami
Mieko Kawakami (no relation to Hiromi Kawakami) is another interesting writer from Japan. Her book Breasts and Eggs  was a winner of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, as well as New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of TIME’s Best 10 Books of 2020. I am also interested to check out her novel Heaven .