Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten authors I’ve read the most books by…

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For the life of me, I could not come up with a title for this week’s TTT that didn’t end with a preposition. Sigh.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From. Last July, we did a similar topic (my post is here), focusing on the top ten authors whose books we own — but owning books doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve read them!

This topic was fun to work on, especially since I got to be an Excel geek for a bit. I exported my Goodreads books, sorted the books I’ve actually read, and then did a count by author. So my list is guaranteed to be 100% accurate because numbers.

For anyone who reads my blog from time to time, I don’t think you’ll find any major surprises, given which books and authors I tend to rave about.

My top SEVEN novelists are:

24 books:

Jim Butcher! That number surprised me — but I guess that’s what happens when you get hooked on a long, ongoing series like the Dresden Files books. And, I loved the Codex Alera series too. Kudos to Jim Butcher — top of my list!

22 books:

Charlaine Harris: Okay, it kind of makes me cringe to have these books so high on my list, but the numbers don’t lie! Here’s a case where I should have quit reading when I stopped enjoying a series, but instead kept going to see if it would have a great ending. (It didn’t.) Between the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Harper Connelly books (which I thought were pretty good), that adds up to a big heap of books that I’ve read.

19 books:

Diana Gabaldon: The 8 main books in the Outlander series, of course, plus the Lord John books, assorted collections and novellas, and the handy-dandy reference book, The Outlandish Companion.

Patricia Briggs: The Mercy Thompson series and Alpha & Omega series are so amazing. Can’t imagine ever getting tired of either one! Plus a few random graphic novel versions of her books, just for fun.

Stephen King: No explanation needed. I’m actually surprised this number isn’t higher, but then again, I have a whole bunch of his books still on my to-read shelf.

14 books:

Christopher Moore: This number will go up by one later this month, as soon as I get my hands on his upcoming new release, Secondhand Souls.

13 books:

Robin McKinley: Her fairy tale retellings set the bar for the genre, and her fantasy books are just stellar, especially my favorite, The Blue Sword.

That’s seven. From here, I have a bunch of authors at 11 books each — which, why not? Let’s list them too:

  • Joe Hill
  • Anne Rice
  • J. K. Rowling
  • George R. R. Martin
  • Alice Hoffman

But let’s not count these toward my top ten, because I want to wrap up my list with a slightly different focus…

My top THREE graphic novel authors are:

34 read (and it’ll be 35 once I can bring myself to read the final volume of Fables):

Bill Willingham: FABLES! Need I say more? Okay, Fables plus spin-off series Jack of Fables and Fairest, and a handful of terrific stand-alones too.

23 read:

Brian K. Vaughan: I adored Y: The Last Man and am just loving Saga. Runaways was pretty great too.

13 read:

Joss Whedon! Yes, the man can do anything — TV, Shakespeare, big-budget movies, and comic books. I’ve read 13, but I own bunches more. The ongoing Buffy comics are amazing, as are the Spike, Willow, and Angel & Faith editions. Add in the Serenity and Dollhouse comics too, and you’ll understand why my stack of to-be-read graphic novels is 80% Whedon-verse.

Do we have any favorite authors in common? Share your links, please, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

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31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten authors I’ve read the most books by…

    • I hadn’t seen the Goodreads feature until today! That would have been a big timesaver two days ago… it’s nice to know that I got the same results either way, though. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your link!

    • More Dresden Files is always good! 🙂 I love that it’s a series that stays consistently great, even after so many books — which definitely can’t be said for most series that go on for so long, IMHO.

  1. Jim Butcher is amazing! My family book club read his first Dresden Files book a while back. I keep meaning to pick up the next because I couldn’t put that book down! It was fabulous! I just love paranormal anyway but something about his writing really kept me involved in the story.

    I did not know about Joss Whedon’s comic books!!!! I feel ashamed! I am so glad you shared because my daughter and I loved the Buffy series and if I bought these for her she would probably have a heart attack and lock herself in her room for a month while reading. I think I feel a Christmas gift coming on! Exciting!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    MY TTT

    • Oh, you’ll love the Buffy comics! And they’re considered “canon” — so the first eight paperback volumes are officially Buffy season 8! They’re up to season 10 at this point, but I still have all of 9 to read.

  2. I’ve only read a few of these authors, but none of them made it on my TTT. I have lots of romance authors, actually. I’ve only read one McKinley book, but I loved it. I should read more of hers.

    • Oh, I need to see your list! I haven’t read a really good romance in a while… McKinley has some books that are truly great! Which is the one you’ve read?

    • Ooh, I really loved Joss’s Much Ado About Nothing! And Dr. Horrible! And Serenity, and Firefly, and Buffy… Buffy gets a season 8 (and 9 and 10) via comics, and it’s so much fun. Definitely recommended, if you’re a fan! I’m glad you like Fables so far! I fell so in love with that series!

  3. Great list! As usual I haven’t read most of these authors, lol. I don’t know what that says about me! He he.
    Have a great day,
    Amy x

    • I guess it says that we booklovers come in all shapes, sizes, and tastes! That’s what makes these TTT posts such fun. I’m always finding more and more books to read! 🙂

      • Yeah same here, Fangirl being a brilliant example! I found it on other peoples TTT! Lol. I think it’s great though – there’s always good books to find and enjoy 😀 x

  4. I did not even know that Harris wrote other books. What can i say i never looked into her. But maybe i should. her writing is so easy to read and always pulls me right out of a slumpy feeling if i ever get into one.
    I love Whedon and what he does but i have confess that i never even picked up a graphic novel by him. I am just so unsure about those and if i get what they are trying to say. But maybe i should give his a try? I might. I loved his shows and i love his Avengers because those lines are just so him. And the first season of Shield was rather fantastic for most parts. So thank you for pointing that out to me and i might try him out after all and read my first ever Graphic novel. 🙂
    Fantastic list 🙂

    • I think she (C Harris) has some other mysteries as well… and a new series too, or so I’ve hear. I’ve been enjoying graphic novels more and more in the last few years, so it may just be a question of trying different authors and styles until something clicks!

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