TOP TEN TUESDAY – Authors I’ve Read The Most Books By (7.7.20)

Hey book lovers!

I should have posted my June reading wrap up sometime over the last few days, but I have not gotten around to it. Not that it’s a lot to get to, but I’ve just been unmotivated lately.

Instead, today I’m writing another TOP TEN TUESDAY post! If you aren’t familiar with TTT, it is a weekly meme hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl, each week she posts a new theme and book lovers can craft a post around that.

This week’s theme is Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By and I gotta say, this left me a little stumped. I typically don’t purchase books based on the author. Sometimes I’ll read a series and love it and then a couple months or years later I’ll see something new by that same author and think, “Oooh I loved _____ I should read this one too!”

Sometimes that works out very well for me. Other times *cough*theballadofsongbirdsandsnakes*cough* it does not.

So, this theme was a struggle for me. I spent some time combing through my shelves and did manage to find several instances where the same author seemed to pop up over and over again (Note to self: Organize your damn shelves, they’re a disaster!) but it fell short of 10, and for the most part my books are a scattered mix of authors. Except for clusters of trilogies or other series (what is the plural for series? …is there one?) that I really enjoyed.

And then I had a light bulb moment.

When I was a kid I used to read a lot. and a great deal of what I read was part of a few different series that I was quite passionate about, so I figured why not turn the latter half of this post into a bit of a trip down memory lane and remember some of those authors who clearly got me hooked on reading way back then? So that’s what I’ve decided to do. The first part of this list will be current books on my shelf where more than 3 books are by the same author, and the second part will be authors I read a lot of books by as a kid.

So let’s get into it!

The Currently On My Shelf List:

James Dashner – author of the Maze Runner series of course, and also a few others. I read 4 of the Maze Runner books and 3 from the Mortality Doctrine series.

Total Read By This Author: 7 Books

Kate Brian – Years ago I got super obsessed with the Private series and read way too many of them. They’re all still on my shelf now even though I don’t really have much interest in them anymore.

Total Read By This Author: 12 Books

Chuck Palahniuk – I went through a phase of being just completely obsessed with Chuck. His books are so weird and disgusting and complicated that I can’t get enough of them.

Total Read By This Author: 8 Books

Kiera Cass – I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with The Selection series, but that didn’t stop me from reading 5 of the books and then also picking up The Siren when i saw it was by the same author. I ended up loving the Siren though.

Total Read By This Author: 6 Books

Lauren Kate – I’ve heard a lot of people hating on them over the last few years but I really loved the Fallen series. I read all 6 of them and then tried to read one of her other books, Teardrop, but I just couldn’t get into it.

Total Read By This Author: 6 (and a quarter?) Books

Lauren Oliver – I still have such fond memories of the Delirium series, and I’ve also read Panic and Before I Fall. For some reason I thought she had a lot more books that I read but I think I was getting her mixed up with another author.

Total Read By This Author: 5 Books

Lauren DeStefano – Ok apparently I have a thing for Laurens. I was very in love with the Chemical Garden trilogy (Wither, Fever and Sever,) and very much enjoyed the Internment Chronicles (Perfect Ruin, Burning Kingdoms, and Broken Crowns) and I have 2 of her other books I just haven’t gotten to on my wishlist.

Total Read By This Author: 6 Books

Alright, now are you ready to take a journey with me? Are you prepared to take a glimpse inside my childhood mind and see what books and authors I was absolutely head over heels for in my younger days?

Note: I can’t even begin to calculate the number of books I would have read from these series, so I’m not going to. Suffice it to say, it was a lot.

The Blast From The Past List:

R.L. Stine – I mean, come on now. Who wasn’t obsessed with Goosebumps when they were like, 10? I definitely was and I had, and read, a lot of them. I also was really into his Fear Street books but I don’t remember them quite as well.

Ann M. Martin – If you try and tell me you didn’t love the Baby-sitters Club, I’m gonna call you a liar. Well, no not really of course because everyone’s taste is different, but I personally loved these books. I read probably all of them, and all the Baby-Sitters Little Sister books and I can still to this day remember so many details about the characters and the stories.

Joanna Campbell – One thing you need to understand about me as a kid, is that I was OBSESSED with horses. Every single project at school where I got to pick a topic: horses. I collected horse supplies for the horse I dreamed of having one day, I took riding lessons, horses were my one true love. And when my grandma introduced me to the Thoroughbred series by Joanna Campbell, I’m sure you can imagine how I felt about that. I can still name all the major characters (human and horse, obviously) and describe many of the plot points. I’m so tempted some days to track down and collect the whole series, though I suspect that may cost me a small fortune at this point. (According to my google search the series contained 72 books PLUS super editions and spin-offs sooooo….yeah that’s gonna be a long term goal kinda collection thing.)

So there you have it, that is my list of 10 authors who’s books I have read the most. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Please leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought, and if you have a blog I might want to follow let me know?

17 comments

  1. I love the way you split up your lists! There are so many names on here I recognise but unfortunately just didn’t gel with when I read them, and some I forgot about like Lauren Kate – how could I forget Fallen?!

    • How COULD you forget Fallen!? haha. Just teasing. I constantly forget books I’ve loved in the past. It’s part of why I love doing blog posts like this because it forces me to look at my shelves and actually think about what’s on them.

      • haha I know it’s kind of criminal! Yh I’m rubbish at remembering what I enjoyed when I was younger until I do posts like these:)

  2. When I first joined Goodreads and started adding all the books from a decade’s worth of reading lists before that, the most fun thing was realizing how many authors I had read multiple books from over the years without ever making a conscious effort to do so (five novels from Lauren Baratz-Logsted?? That’s more than many of my current faves, and I’m pretty none of them were over 3 stars, either. maybe one 4). That was when they still had the Most Read Authors feature, of course. Doing this from scratch is a bit harder.

    Anyway, I LOVE that you went back to authors from your younger days, to get some variety up in here. Your childhood series faves? Also my faves. I didn’t include Stine on my list but I just started trying to figure out how many Goosebumps and Fear Street book I had actually read — it’s turning out to be a lot less than I assumed, in comparison to how many exist. I’m only at about 30 Goosebumps that I feel positive I read, and even less Fear Street, though it’s certainly possible I just forgot.

    I am REALLY excited about sharing Thoroughbred, though. As a fellow horse-obsessed girl, that series was so good. I quit reading it about halfway through, but a couple of years ago I pulled my collection out of storage to look at them again and I was pleasantly surprised to find they actually hold up really well. Turns out they are also a lot of fun to search for at used book sales and thrift stores, where they turn up with surprising regularity, and usually for much less money than it would cost to buy online.
    —RS

    • This comment just made me smile SO much. I’ve been meaning to actually utilize my Goodreads account properly and record the books I’ve read but I keep putting it off, I think you may have just motivated me to just start working on it though! And I’m so excited to find another Thoroughbred lover too! Those books, oh man they were everything to me. I really need to start collecting them again and reading them all over again. 🙂
      Thank you so much for this comment, it made my day!

    • Definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but I really enjoy his style. Even if some parts admittedly make me cringe or gag. lol. I’m going to go check out your TTT now!

    • Probably the same reason I never seem to get around to reading all the books I want to read: TOO MANY INTERESTING BOOKS OUT THERE! lol. I feel like every time I sit down to read a book, 4 others start calling my name and I get distracted.
      I love your blog, it’s so cheerful looking 🙂

  3. It’s a funny coincidence that you mentioned The Baby-Sitters Club on here, because I’ve actually picked it back up recently 😁 You’re absolutely right, I loved those books as a kid, and now that the new Netflix series has come out, it’s gotten me back into rereading a few of them! It’s such a fun and nostalgic time; I’m quite impressed with my nine-year-old self’s taste 😊

    • They are actually pretty decent books, aren’t they? I feel like they tackled a lot of good, tough issues in a really age appropriate way and I always appreciated how each of the girls was so unique and even though they did have key defining characteristics I never really found them to be two-dimensional or anything. I miss those books! lol.

      • Yes, everyone is so multidimensional and the books include so many diverse and important topics 😊 It’s been really nice revisiting them! Though those first introductory chapters can get a bit tedious lol

    • It’s really hard to figure out the total number from that far back, isn’t it? I tried going through all the titles to see which ones I recognized as I might have read it but they all sounded at least vaguely familiar so I gave up!

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