Top Most Read Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Are you guys ready to laugh at this? Because I looked this up on GR, and it’s pretty hysterical. I mean, I’m sure one spot would actually go to Dr. Seuss, but I don’t really remember what precisely I read as a kid, so I’m going to leave those out. I’m also excluding William Shakespeare, because I have a Complete Works and it’s plays and it’s hard to quantify the number of books.

Anyway, you can see what past Christina was into. When I was younger, I had trouble choosing what to read (HAing at my past self so hard), so I tended to find an author I liked and then read everything they’d ever written. Because of that, there will be more than 10 books on this list, since there’s a many way tie for 8 and 7 books. So yeah, let’s do this thing. Laughing at my past taste is most definitely allowed.

8 books

So yeah, when I was a wee thing, I was VERY into Roald Dahl, (I’ve probably read more than 8, but those are the ones I definitively remember reading), Lois Duncan and J.K. Rowling (DUH). My favorite Duncan book was Gallows Hill.

In my later teen years, I got very into Carl Hiaasen, Ken Follett, and Sophie Kinsella. I’m trying to connect the three in some way in my head, but it’s not really working. I really liked Follett’s historical novels and his sci-fi The Third Twin. Sophie Kinsella had the ships. Hiaasen made me laugh.

When I started working in the YA section of a library, my obsession with YA kicked off, including a brief love/hate obsession with P.C. Cast. I think I hated them but YA was so new to me that they were still so exciting. Judge away, folks. I also got into Melissa Marr during this period, and it’s when I read my first Maggie Stiefvater and Terry Pratchett too, though I wouldn’t come to love Stiefvater until my blogging days with Sinner and The Raven Cycle.

9 books

My friend Katelyn recommend The Eyre Affair to me. I was hooked by the badass older lady heroine and the bookish nerdiness. Fforde’s novels are very hit or miss, but it’s worth powering through the misses for the hits. Favorite Fforde book: Something Rotten.

10 books

Riordan is the only author on this list that I didn’t start reading until my blogging days. If you missed my epic Riordan binge, you can catch up here. Two series and onto the top. I really need to do more epic series binges, because they’re so fun!

11 books

Hey, look, this one is totally respectable! Also I think it’s hilarious they both do a lot of fairy tale stuff and ended up paired. I discovered Goose Girl and never stopped reading Shannon Hale; that one and Princess Academy remain my favorites. I think I started reading Neil Gaiman in grad school, and I’m kind of shocked I’ve read so many (though three are Absolute Sandman volumes).

12 books

Listen, I just got really excited when I checked out a paranormal book and discovered that it was straight up porn that I could check out from the fantasy section. Younger Christina was thrilled she could check these out with no one the wiser. I read like 8 Merry Gentry books and 4 Anita Blake ones. Please keep me from reading more. I finally quit the Hamilton crack when someone got pregnant by six guys at the same time. Calling shenanigans on that, Hamilton.

15 books

Of course the queen of YA fantasy is on my list. I’m a little ashamed I’ve not read more. I’ve not read three of Pierce’s series yet. I’m not sure if I’ll ever manage the Circle books, but I definitely need to read the Beka books. That’s a shameful hole in my Tamora Pierce reading. Favorites: Daughter of the Lioness. Nawat <3

19 books

HELL YES. Jennifer Crusie forever. No regrets. Her romances are fab and almost always have cute furry creatures. Top recs: Bet MeFast Women, and Welcome to Temptation.

37 books

My mom actually recommended Janet Evanovich to me. I remember when mom read the first Stephanie Plum book. Dad and I were downstairs and she was upstairs reading. We kept hearing these weird sobbing sound like she was dying or something. I go up to investigate and she’s crying from laughing so hard; she had trouble explaining why it was so funny. The early Plum books are amazing, but they also never end, so I’d actually recommend her standalone romances over that series.

42 books

What’s amazing is how many Meg Cabot books I actually haven’t read yet. I should get on that. Good time since I read two more last month. Meg Cabot still totally rocks my bookish socks. I saw her speak about writing once, and she said her main goal was to write books that are FUN. Excellent goal very much achieved. They’re the perfect fluffy awesomeness. Though Mediator does get dark at points. Recommended: most of them.

13 responses to “Top Most Read Authors”

  1. Alessandra says:

    When I saw this post, I was going to bet Meg Cabot would be in the top 3. As much as I loved the Princess Diaries, I think my favourite was The Queen of Babble series.

    • Christina Franke says:

      Princess Diaries in general is one of my least favorite Meg Cabot things, and *whispers* I actually haven’t read the Queen of Babble books.

  2. Meg says:

    FUCK YEAH JENNIFER CRUSIE. also Carl Hiaasen and Sophie Kinsella and OBVIOUSLY Terry Pratchett and Maggie Stiefvater (ps you should totally read more Pratchett bc there are basically a million Discworld books so, like, do that :D)

    I really want to laugh about Laurell K Hamilton but I actually think I made it further into that horrible, horrible series than you did. (Oh god I just looked it up I made it to book 19 before I came to my senses. I make terrible decisions, send help)
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  3. Roald Dahl is the best. And I was about to say that I’ve read about the same Kinsella books but apparently I’ve read 14. Good grief.
    I have not read enough Jennifer Crusie. Her books are so much freaking fun though. 42 Meg Cabot books? Hot damn. I should read more of her too. I loved, loved, loved her Queen of Babble series.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Yeah, I probably read at least double that number of Roald Dahl, but I just can’t be sure. I wish I’d had goodreads from birth basically. I’m sad how much I don’t know about my childhood reading.

      You should definitely read more Meg Cabot! I’d recommend doing Heather Wells next. Those are super fun, though most of them are. I actually haven’t read Queen of Babble though. >.>

  4. Lyn Kaye says:

    I need to pick up on my Pratchett books. I read Nation and loved it, and my poor sister has wanted me to read the Discworld series for a while now. I am going to have to set aside a month to do just that soon.
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  5. Layla says:

    Jennifer Crusie forever. I avoided her books for so long because I was a tiny bit of a snob (and for some reason thought they were silly? w/e, I was super wrong) but then I read Bet Me and it’s still one of my favorite romances of all time. Of. All. Time. She is the greatest and I haven’t read nearly enough of her books. So much freaking fun.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Hahaha, when I was younger, I was a snob but also secretly read all the romance novels. Sadly, I’m not into Jennifer Crusie’s latest stuff because she mostly cowrites now. Her novels with that one guy come out like Crusie meets Hiaasen, which I should love, but don’t.

      If you haven’t read Welcome to Temptation and Fast Women, those were my other two favorites. I’ve read most of her older novels, and they’re pretty much all good. Though I think there was one I didn’t like in there somewhere. Watch out for that one.

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