These Top Ten Tuesday lists are a lot of fun…
Top Ten Tuesday is a Tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check out their website to join the group and to see the list of topics!
This week’s topic is:
Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From
When coming up with this list I did have a little bit of trouble. It’s really similar to next week’s topic, so I wanted to try and make the lists as different as possible. There will be some overlap but it’s the best I can do.
So without further ado:
10. Garth Nix
I have been reading Garth Nix books since before high school. I’ve pretty much read everything that he’s ever written (everything except the Seventh Tower series). Which when I think about it it’s kind of crazy. Nix writes a good mix of middle grade, teen fiction and adult fiction that I’ve managed to not only grow up with him but to continue to enjoy his stuff. A word of warning though, he deals with some very dark topics.
9. Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman has been one of my favourite authors since I was a teenager. One of my friends recommended his comic series Sandman and I’ve never looked back. Since then whenever Gaiman releases a new book or a short story I give it a read. Whether it be something fun and silly like Fortunately, the Milk or something weirdly heart breaking like The Ocean at the End of the Lane. If you like fantasy that makes you think I suggest you check out his work. Also, one of his bigger novels American Gods is currently being made into a television series by Brian Fuller who was the show runner for two of my favourite series Pushing Daisies and Hannibal.
8. David Eddings
David Eddings manages to take archetypal characters and breathe new life into them. So far I’ve read The Belgariad, The Elenium and The Tamuli… a grand total of 11 books and I still have a bunch of them to go! David Eddings has helped set my standards for fantasy novels extremely high. I’m still hoping that one day we get a movie or television show adaptation of any one of his books. If done well it would be amazing.
7. J.K. Rowling
This one is pretty obvious. Like pretty much everyone I knew I grew up with Harry Potter. I’ve read the seven books plus the two textbooks, and A Casual Vacancy.
6. Karen Marie Moning
I was shocked to realize that Moning managed to make it on to this list. I have read ALL of the Fever books. Including the graphic novel Fever Moon which I had to track down. So that’s the original first five, plus the first two of the Dani O’Mailey books plus the graphic novel. So a grand total of eight. I know that I’ll finish the entire series, there is no point lying to myself. The question is… will I read her Highlander novels too? Only time will tell….
5. Libba Bray
I have yet to read a Libba Bray book that I don’t like. She’s one of those authors who can do anything. Victorian period piece with magic? Check out The Gemma Doyle Trilogy. Satirical cross between Lost and Lord of the Flies check out Beauty Queens. Want another period piece this time in the twenties? The Diviners. Every world Bray makes is super developed and easy to fall into. Seriously, this woman is great.
4. Tamora Pierce
I have read every single on of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books. I read them all last year for the Tamora Pierce month that went on for three months. I wish I had discovered her when I was younger. My favourite series of what I have read was the Lioness Quartet, following Alana a girl who wants to screw all the gender roles and become a lady knight. I love Alana, she’s funny, clever and an awesome role model. Also on a side note, the romance in that series is just heart melting. Seriously. GEORGE I LOVE YOU.
If you’re looking for some fun fast fantasy books than check these out. The world and the characters steal your heart completely.
3. Cassandra Clare
I have read all of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. I know that when The Dark Artifices come out I will read them too. No real questions asked. I have always loved Cassie Clare’s ability to create a believable mythology from pieces of of religion and culture. She’s made some seriously memorable characters like Magnus Bane and Valentine. Even if it doesn’t seem like it as first, Clare has a plan and everything will wrap itself up beautifully by the end of her series.
There’s also this other non-Shadowhuntet series that she’s co writing with the next author on my list….
2. Holly Black
Faerie tales aren’t nice, because faeries aren’t nice or don’t conform to our sensibilities of nice. To this date I have read all but one of Black’s Modern Faerie tales, so far Valiant is my favourite. I love how she manages to bring faerie magic into the city. She totally rocks the urban fantasy genre. Black’s other series is about a family of magic con-men, which is also a lot of fun. Recently Black announced that she had signed a new three book deal for more faerie books! It sounds like they’ll be taking place in the same world as her last book The Darkest Part of the Forest, which I highly recommend. I’m so excited and can’t wait to read them!!!
1. Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket taught me a lot of words.
I was tempted to leave it at that, but I figured I should give a little bit more detail. Lemony Snicket is famous for The Series of Unfortunate Events, which is an aptly named series of how bad things can happen to good people. There’s a secret society (VFD), poor choices for guardians and a super evil dude (Count Olaf). The books are pretty formulaic up to the seventh one, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t enjoyable. As a kid I loved the series because they talked to me like I was an adult(or how I thought adults talked to one another), and introduced me to a new vocabulary. I still haven’t read the last one, but I’ve been planning a series of posts (get it?) which I’ll hopefully get started on in September. So bare with me.
So there you have it, the authors who I have read the most books from. I’m surprised to find out that I tend to read a wide variety of books instead of focusing on specific authors. Which is interesting and the opposite of what I thought my reading patterns were.
So who are your most read authors! Tell me about that below!