Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Top Ten Authors From Whom I've Read The Most Books

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Authors From Whom I've Read The Most Books

If this sounds familiar, it's because we've already done the prompt asking to list the top ten authors from whom we OWN the most books. So, this is a little different. Especially considering that list contained a few authors from whom I actually haven't read that much, despite owning multiple copies of their work.

The results of this list actually surprised me, too.  It turns out, I'm a pretty unconstrained reader when it comes to authors.  I have my set of authors that I know I like and will read anything from, but that list is smaller than you might think.  (It's basically J.K. Rowling and Sarah J. Maas and Liane Moriarty.  The End.)  Looking over my books read this year so far, 75% of those books were by new-to-me authors.  So, clearly, I am not picky about authorship.  This means I get to read widely from a large number of voices.  It also means I was extremely surprised to find that some of my favorite authors (AHEM, Liane Moriarty) didn't make this list.  Here's who did:

10. Sharon Shinn (4)
This is about to become five books read by Sharon Shinn, since the third book in her Elemental Blessings series is due to come out soon.  GIMMEEEE.

9. Roald Dahl (4)
This number actually surprised me; I expected it to be much higher.  I guess I was counting the number of times I reread Matilda and James and the Giant Peach growing up in my tally.

8. Shel Silverstein (4)
And I didn't really like any of them, besides the wonderfully weird Where the Sidewalk Ends.

7. Sarah J. Maas (4)
After A Court of Thorns and Roses, I will read anything Maas writes.  The only reason this number is at four is because she has only produced four books.  (That is about to change, though.  Queen of Shadows, I will devour you.)

6. George R.R. Martin (5)
Curse Martin's slow writing pace.  Curse it.  I'll be 80 years old by the time he finishes his A Song of Ice and Fire series.

5. Mo Willems (8)
They're all children's books, but the sheer number of times I have read them to my daughter qualifies his name on this list.

4. Shannon Hale (9)
I didn't realize I had read this many of her books, but I have!  Luckily for me, there are still a number of her books out there that I haven't read yet.

3. J.K. Rowling (11)
The Harry Potter Series, Both Cormoran Strike Novels, The Casual Vacancy, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard are all exceptional novels.  There's a reason Ms. Rowling is referred to as "the Queen" in the book world.  (Her third Cormoran Strike novel is coming out so soon!  Can't wait!!)

2. Agatha Christie (12)
That woman was one incredible mystery writer.  She's still my go-to when I'm looking for audiobooks to accompany me on road trips.

1. William Shakespeare (13)
I've read a lot of Shakespeare over the years: various plays (many read more than once) and books of sonnets, including two full blown anthologies.  I blame grad school.

What authors have you read the most books from?


  1. I started the first Cormoran Strike book and Casual Vacancy, but I didn't get through them. One, I was in a reading slump and they weren't helping. And, two, I didn't have enough time because I checked them out from the library. I still want to read them, though. I'm glad you liked them.

    1. Both those books are much slower reads than the Potter books, I can see how having a limited deadline would really make reading them difficult. Plus CV is a pretty tough read anyway. But I found both books to be worth the read, though I know plenty of people who disagree with me. :)

  2. I haven't read any of Maas' books yet. To be honest I'm scared I won't like them and a lynch mob is going to show up at my door.

    1. Haha! She does have a pretty loyal fan base. I actually didn't care for the first Throne of Glass book, and almost didn't continue the series. But the next two books were rad, and I really loved A Court of Thorns of Roses, so.

  3. I totally forgot to add Shakespeare to my list. I read a lot of him in high school and college. Such great stuff! As for Agatha Christie... she writes really good mysteries, but her villains are always some nobody who only has one scene in the book and no lines. At least that's how I remember her. Maybe I'm just bitter about Ten Little Indians. To be honest, I've only read 2-3 of her books.

    1. Hahaha! My husband hates And Then There Were None for the same reason. I think that is the exception, not the rule, for most of her books, though.


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