Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Read the Most Books From


I wish I could spend the entire summer reading like I used to do, but it is what it is. Soon I will have a book update post for you, but since it is Tuesday, I will participate in Top Ten Tuesday again. This week's meme/list is to list the authors from whom you have read the most. Considering that I've read a bunch of longer series...I feel like that's cheating, but ehhh.

1. Carolyn Keene (60+ books)
     This isn't really a fair choice because I am not entirely sure Carolyn Keane was even a real person, but the simple fact remains that I read every single one of the original Nancy Drew books and then some.

2. Lemony Snicket (13 books)
     Just last summer I read the entirety of A Series of Unfortunate Events, so I would be remiss if I did not include Snicket.

3. J.R.R. Tolkien (8 books, I think)
     Really, The Lord of the Rings should count as only one book, but it doesn't to most people.

4. C.S. Lewis (11 books)
     I love Lewis. So much. I've read The Chronicles of Narnia more times in my life than I've read any other book. Plus his Space Trilogy is incredible. And his nonfiction. He's just amazing.

5. L.M. Montgomery (22 books)
     After falling deeply in love with her Anne of Green Gables series, my younger self read every other book by L.M. Montgomery I could find. She wrote more than I ever expected; my two favorite novels of hers, outside of the Anne books, are Magic for Marigold and Kilmeny of the Orchard.

6. Maud Hart Lovelace (14 books)
     Another series I fell deeply in love with when I was young was Betsy-Tacy. I have a serious thing for Victorian era books. And authors who could write about everyday things with such imagination.

7. Louisa May Alcott (10 books)
     I'm certain you are seeing a pattern here for authors that I've read the most. It helps that Louisa May Alcott and I share a birthday (as well as C.S. Lewis!). But how can you not like Little Women? I think my favorite of her books is Jack and Jill, though.

8. Brian Jacques (25 books)
     I will never forget my introduction to the creatures of Redwall Abbey. So many tears were shed over these books. And tears were shed again when Jacques passed away four years ago. He was brilliant and I wish he could still be writing.

9. L. Frank Baum (14 books)
     When I first went to find the original book The Wizard of Oz, I had absolutely no idea that Baum had written a whole series. Fourteen books later, I was way beyond obsessed. I love Oz, and not the Oz that the movie portrays. The book Oz is much more magical. Also there are other authors who have written more Oz books and I read most of those too; upwards of fifty books.

10. Lois Gladys Leppard (35+ books)
     Am I cheating by putting series here? I feel like I'm cheating. But anyway, I've read (I think) all of the Mandie mysteries. I ate these up as a kid, and I still remember a lot of the storylines. I am considering revisiting them since I know they aren't that long.


There are other authors whose books could be on this list, like J.K. Rowling and Jude Watson (author of the Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest series, which I loved, like, a LOT), but we will stop there because I hit ten. What authors have you read the most books from? Do you notice a pattern in the books you've read?