Look, I know you shouldn't compare yourself to others, and you shouldn't engage in long-term moping. But sometimes, a little mope is just what the doctor ordered. This may have something to do with the fact that my Day Job has been bonkers as of late and writing time is hard to come by, but lately all I want to do is bake as my To Do List grows.
And now and then, have a little mope.
So here's my list of books I wish I could have written. This is not an exhaustive list, nor are these all of my favorite books. Each of these books does something I think I am not great at -- they surprise the reader. (I'm more of the "unsubtly-signal-where-you-'re-going-for-pages-and-pages" type of writer, but I'm working on it.) It's not a completely negative cause, since hopefully you all will see some books you'd like to read.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
(Don't Wikipedia it, because it's got one heck of a twist.)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
(No, I don't have a thing for books with a weird twist in the middle, why do you ask?)
Mind Games by Kiersten White
(The first one without a twist, but with a unique concept that was somehow also instantly relateable.)
White Cat by Holly Black
(Ditto to Kiersten White above -- this weird mix of mob story and fantasy somehow didn't even take 10 pages to get into.)
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
(To be honest, sometimes Michael Connelly doesn't manage to char my tree, but when he's on his game, he's really on his game. And I can't think of anyone who does the legal thriller better than him.)