Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.
A few weeks ago, when we did our Top Ten Topics Lists, I saw several people had Top Ten Author’s I Own the Most Books From. I thought that sounded like a fun topic so I added it to my queue for a future post. (Still plan on doing that one.) This week I was super excited to see that we are talking about our Top Ten Author’s we’ve read. This is great as I get so many books from the library. I will be interested to see how the list differs from author’s I own. When I get around to doing that one.
Now, I will tell you I decided not to include author’s that I read as a kid – Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew), Judy Blume, Dr. Seuss, etc. I think those books would make a full top ten list in their own right, I read so many of them! And, as time goes on my memory becomes fuzzy as to how many of those Sweet Valley High books I actually read. (It was most of the series, I’m not going to lie.)
Another author purposely missing from my list is Agatha Christie. I have not even tried to place her. I read quite a few of her books when I was in high school, but at this point (20+ years out) I really can’t remember which ones or how many.
Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From
To come up with this top ten, I sat down and started listing authors that I knew I read a lot of books from. The majority are what I call “serial authors” – they’ve come up with a mystery series with a core group of characters that I like to follow.
I do have six quick honorable mentions. They are all favorite authors, and I hate to have them left off of my list. I’ll make it quick, I promise!
- 8 Books – P.D. James
- 9 Books – Steve Berry
- 10 Books
- Rick Riordan
- Jacqueline Winspear
- J.K. Rowling
- Stephen King
And now, for the Top Ten…
Ten. 13 Books by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Twelve of these books are the Agent Pendergast series.
Nine. 15 Books by Anne Rice
Vampire and Witch books make up the bulk of my Anne Rice reads.
Eight. 16 Books by Elizabeth George
Scotland Yard’s Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers are a favorite duo of mine.
Seven. 19 Books by Lee Child
Ex-Army Jack Reacher is a nomad with a sense of justice.
Six. 21 Books by Kate Kingsbury
Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries. The Christmas ones are my favorite.
Five. 22 Books by Janet Evanovich
Four. 24 Books by Sue Grafton
X is the newest release in the Kinsey Milhone series. I am going to be so sad when we get to Z. Kinsey is one of my favorites.
Three. 26 Books by Michael Connelly
I never miss an installment with Detective Harry Bosch or lawyer Mickey Haller.
Two. 27 Books by Martha Grimes
Most of these reads (23) come from the Richard Jury series which feature Jury along with Melrose Plant and the Long Pidd crew. Each book is name after a pub that is featured in the novel. I have also read her Emma Graham series.
One. 32 Books by M.C. Beaton
31 Hamish Macbeth’s and one lonely Agatha Raisin. Hamish is a lazy village policeman in Lochdubh, Scotland. Books that feature the town locals are my favorite ones. I look forward to a new Hamish installment every year. One day I’ll get caught up on more Agatha.
Looking at this top ten, I bet I have only four overlaps on a “Books I Own” list. (Along with a few of my Honorable Mentions as well.) In fact, I own zero books from some of these authors, all library reads.
Fun Hidden Staircase Fact: Unsurprisingly, most of these authors are also on my Favorite Series page.
Are you a serial reader like me? (Or am I just insane for sticking it out with so many different authors? I’ve got 215 books in the top ten. Yikes!) Who made your top ten? Comment away, and link up to your own Top Ten list if you’ve got one.