Time for the next category in the RWC 2017 Reading Challenge.

Category #19: A book by a one-hit wonder author

This category is all about authors who published one big book and nothing else. Until recently, this would’ve included Harper Lee for “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Some might say she should’ve kept it that way.

Below are a few books I’ve found that fit this category:

Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)

I’ve had this one on my shelf for awhile but I’ve never managed to pick it up. Maybe because it was so popular when it came out, I don’t know if it will live up to the hype. Golden is the only author on this list who’s still alive. No idea why he hasn’t written another novel after spending two years on the NYT Bestseller’s List, but maybe it’s better to “one and done” with something wildly popular.

The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)

I was surprised to realize Plath only published one book as she’s considered so iconic. It’s a dark, semi-autobiographical book about her life with mental illness. Plath committed suicide only a month after it was published in the UK.

Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

Emily’s only novel was published under a pseudonym until her sister Charlotte re-edited it and had it published again after Emily’s death. The novel is divisive, with some critics loving it and others hating it. I read it in high school and I didn’t enjoy it, but I also don’t think I was ready to read it. I’m going to give it another try for this category.


Black Beauty (Anne Sewell)

This book is a standard for horse-lovers. Sewell wrote it while house-ridden in her later years, dying just after it was published. It’s gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time, with multiple film and movie adaptations through the years.

What will you read to complete this category? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about these or any I may have missed.

If you have suggestions for books that fit in future categories, let me know. I’ll include your name (and a link, if you like) when I share those suggestions.