Authors I’ve Read the Most – Top Ten Tuesday

Here’s a little something new for me (and maybe you too). I’ll be joining in the weekly “event” hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish called “Top Ten Tuesday.” Every week, bloggers share their “top ten” of the theme or list set up by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s “Top Ten” list is to the authors I’ve read the most books from. I’m going to understand as “the most” as a relative term, and thankfully I have Goodreads to back me up on this, although… I wish it was around several years earlier. It could’ve helped me remember all the books I read in junior high. And with that, here we go:

  1. Vivian Vande Velde (~7) – According to my Goodreads shelf, I’ve only read five of her books, but there’s no way that’s true. The first book I read of Vande Velde’s was Dragon’s Bait, and that opened the gate to reading at least several more books by her. My absolute favorite by her is Companion’s of the Night–about a 15-year-old girl who sets off in the middle of the night to recover her little brother’s teddy bear from the Laundromat, where he had left it earlier that day, and she ends up in the cross-fire of a vampire hunt.
  2. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (~5) – Again, another author I’ve only logged on Goodreads as having read four books. That’s definitely not true. I distinctly remember Atwater-Rhodes’ author bio on the dust jacket of her books stating she published her first book at 14. Yes, 14. Though nearly five years older than me, I was reading a book of a peer while we were both growing up. Again, I definitely recommend her as a YA fantasy novelist to read.
  3. Joyce Carol Oates (9) – Current count? 9. I admire JCO a lot, if you didn’t know. And I would definitely recommend starting with reading her short story “Where are you going, where have you been?” and work your way from there. She’s got a way with writing things that send shivers down your spine in more ways than one.
  4. Sara Shepard (12) – It’s true. I’m addicted to reading the Pretty Little Liars series. And even though the show is nothing like the books, I’m still reading to find out who A is. I will admit that some of the books feel like they’re just there as filler or to pass time until to close yet another plot arch, but I’m determined to reach the end. Current count? 12.
  5. Agatha Christie (~6) – I went through a mystery genre binge in middle school/junior high. I couldn’t get enough of them because I like the thrilling sense of “Who done it?” and “What are the clues?” I probably have read several of her books too, although Goodreads has once again failed me and I didn’t keep a book dairy, however, the guesstimate is around five or six.
  6. J.K. Rowling (~7) – I can’t forget about Jo. Having read all seven books in the Harry Potter series, I can say she’s one of my top ten authors read. I remember having checked out Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but I never did finish it (sorry, Jo).
  7. William Shakespeare (7) – In all honesty. I can remember reading at least seven of his plays in full, and at least four more that I partially read or skimmed that I didn’t count. Special thanks go out to my (literally) British English teacher from high school for making Shakespeare fun.
  8. Charlaine Harris (5) – I got as far as book five in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Then I had to stop. I was reading it concurrently with the TV show, but too many storylines birthed into the show and it distracted me from reading the series. So I unfortunately quit. Both.
  9. Lurlene McDaniel (~10) – This is another instance where I don’t have an exact number, but I’m pretty sure it’s close to, or surpassed, 10. I can’t explain how or why my best friend at the time and I got into reading her novels, but in all of McDaniel’s novels have to do with medical illness (mostly cancer) and coping. Whether it’s a parent/child relationship or lovers/significant others/spouses, there’s a relationship that’s rocked by a terminal illness and death. I guarantee you will cry while reading her books.
  10. Naoko Takeuchi (~9) – Four words: Sailor Moon manga books. Yeah, I went there. Because who doesn’t love Sailor Moon or go through some sort of “anime” phase (I’m looking at you, Hello Kitty fans). Remember when Sailor Moon was on Cartoon Network’s afternoon program Toonami? Yeah, those were the days. Final count? 9.

It seems like adulthood has held me back from reading multiple books by the same author, or I was just a very determined preteen.

Who are your top ten authors read? If not ten, who are you most read authors?

7 thoughts on “Authors I’ve Read the Most – Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Chachic says:

    I’ve also read all of the Harry Potter books and grew up waiting for release dates for the latter books. I thought about including JK Rowling in my list but I haven’t read ALL of her books so she got pushed down by other authors. :P


    • Mary says:

      It makes sense. :) It’s tough because I used to be all about reading books by the same author, but I’m also trying not to tall into a pattern. For example, Sara Shepard’s books read the same, even The Heiress, which I had to put down (the plot even felt too Pretty Little Liars-ish). There are two things I learned from this week’s Top Tuesday: I’m a terrible record keeper (or was, prior to 2011) and I haven’t read many books by a single author since high school.

      I do like how you made your list as a table though! Very clever.


      • Chachic says:

        My list only goes as far back as 2010, that’s when I discovered Goodreads. :P But I think we haven’t read as many books by single authors because we find out about so many books from the blogosphere! Before book blogging, we’d stick to authors we know because we know we’ll enjoy their books. Nowadays, so many new ones are being recommended by trusted bloggers or authors and the TBR pile just keeps expanding.


      • Mary says:

        Definitely! I think you hit the nail on the head. There’s an overwhelming abundance of books and my TBR list keeps growing. Where do we even start to tear through all those books? (Not literally, that would be terrible.)


    • Mary says:

      I love VVV. Heir Apparent was one of her books I’ve read. What I didn’t know until recently was that it’s the second book of a series, but thankfully they can be read out of order.


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