Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!
It’s time again for another adventure in listing with the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish. This week they have asked us to list the authors who we’ve read the most. I’ve never been so thankful for Goodreads and the fact that it’s got a big fat chunk of my reading listed and searchable by author. You probably won’t be terribly surprised that authors who have written series are high on my list, but I wasn’t quite expecting this particular shake out. I’m not always the brightest. Shall we dive in?
1. Charlaine Harris: Did you realize that there were FOURTEEN Sookie Stackhouse books? I’m not always that into paranormal fiction, but these books were campy, fun, and didn’t take themselves too seriously. Plus, you know. True Blood had a whole lot of eye candy going on. That didn’t hurt anything.
2. Diana Gabaldon: I have read all the Outlander books (review), one Lord John book (because it was The Scottish Prisoner with JAMIE) and 2 of the Outlander novellas (review, review). That’s ELEVEN books. If we’re counting the novellas. Which I do. It’s my blog and I can do that!
3. Margaret Atwood: I’ve read NINE Margaret Atwood books. That includes a volume of short stories, a sci/fi trilogy (review), and a handful of stand alone novels (review). Confession: some of her most celebrated books are my least favorite (cough cough The Blind Assassin COUGH Alias Grace coooooooooough.)
4. JK Rowling: I’ve read EIGHT books by JK Rowling. All the Harry Potter books (obviously) and The Casual Vacancy (review). I feel like she should count for more, though, since the HP novels are among the very few books that I’ve re-read on multiple occasions.
5. David Sedaris: I flipping love this guy. I was given Me Talk Pretty One Day as a gift when I was 18 or so and I’ve since read just about everything Sedaris has ever published (review). To date, that makes SEVEN Sedaris books, and countless laughs.
6. Anita Shreve: This one surprised me, because it’s been quite a while since I’ve read one of her books. My mom went through an Anita Shreve phase, so when I would plunder her books, there were a LOT of Anita Shreve titles. To date I’ve read SIX. My favorite? Fortune’s Rocks.
7. Fannie Flagg: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Fannie Flagg is my happy place. Her novels warm the cockles of my steely, unfeeling heart. When I’m in a particularly moody place, my faith in humanity is restored by reading a Fannie Flagg novel. So far, the tally stands at SIX books, Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven being my favorite (though by a slim margin, as all her books are lovely.)
8. George RR Martin: My count for Martin is FIVE books, but would be higher, if only he’d release MORE of the Song of Ice and Fire Series. You’re killing me with a certain cliffhanger, George. KILLING ME!
9. Stephen King: For someone who’s a big weenie about reading King, I’m surprised to report I’ve read FIVE of his novels. I gravitate toward his more psychological books than the full on horror stuff, though Bag Of Bones totally gave me nightmares. I have to give it up for The Stand (review) and The Green Mile (review.) Blown away!
10. Lois Lowry: I was happy to discover I’d read FIVE Lois Lowry books, because I think she’s really fantastic for the middle grade set. I read Number the Stars as a kid and it’s one of the books I credit with making me a reader. I read and reviewed the entire The Giver Quartet in the early days of this blog, not having realized that there were sequels to The Giver. File that under “Things I Wouldn’t Have Known Without the Book Blogosphere!” (The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son reviews.)
Talk to me, Bookworms! Which authors top your “books read” tally?
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