A little while ago, I thought it would be an interesting project to read a given author's entire bibliography, in the order in which it was written. I picked Lisa Jewell. She's not one of my favourite authors, but she's got a back catalogue of about seven novels, which seemed reasonable, and I already owned about five of them. I refer to this as the Chronological Reading Challenge, because I like naming things.
I didn't actually expect to get much more out of the books, reading them in this way, so I was quite surprised when I did find myself noticing more about them, and more connections between them. In this case, as Jewell grew older, her books began to have more of a theme of horrible things happening to children. I know that in the same time period, she became a mother, and I suspect that she just started thinking more about "what would it be like if...?" or "how would I cope if...?" around her children, if that makes sense. Anyway, I wrote a couple of posts about it here
Now, I'm thinking of repeating the challenge, but I don't know which author to pick. Some of my favourite authors, Terry Pratchet, Stephen King and Sheri Tepper, are out because they have a back catalogue as long as my arm, some of which are quite hard to find in the library. I quite like Ben Elton, but I recently gorged myself on some of his novels, so he's out, just at the minute. Matt Beaumont, ditto, plus the library is missing at least three of his books. Koji Suzuki, Trudi Canavan, Jenny Colgan, Nick Hornby? All possibilities (although, I suspect I may run into problems finding some of Suzuki's). Anyone have any ideas?
To narrow it down a little, I'd prefer a bibliography of about seven or eight novels, maybe a little more or less. Someone who's relatively popular, so their work will be easy to find in the library. I tend to like fantasy and sci-fi, fairytales, parodies, comedy-drama, and feminist works, like Atwood or Tepper. I also have a secret love of chick-lit, particularly the stuff that's a little bit tongue-in-cheek. Although I love Kinsella, she's out, because I'd also have to find everything she wrote as Madeline Wickham, and I enjoy those books a bit less. And that's another thing, pseudonyms count too.
I can make a decision myself, of course, I just thought it might be more fun to pick someone whom I might not have considered before.