August 11:Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From
I think it’s fair to say that most people tend to gravitate towards certain authors, and I’m no exception. This list only counts full length novels as “books read”, in an effort to weed out the companion books and novellas that often find themselves associated with best-selling series’. It was actually a very difficult list to compile, as I’ve really only been tracking my reading for two and a half years, and everything I started and potentially finished in the 19 years beforehand is somewhat fuzzy in my memory. As a result this list may not be perfect, but I have attempted to be as truthful as possible.
1. Jacqueline Wilson (27)
The undisputed winner is my childhood favourite, Jacqueline Wilson, who I expect will appear on many lists on this topic. I read all the popular novels, from ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ to ‘Double Act’ throughout my primary school years. The final book I read of Wilson’s was ‘My Sister Jodie’ in 2008, although I continued to collect the new releases for a few more years. Jacqueline Wilson is the undisputed queen of children’s literature.
2. J.K. Rowling / Robert Galbraith (10)
Only counting full length novels, I’ve read everything Jo/Robert have released, the most famous obviously being the ‘Harry Potter’ series. Upon its completion I eagerly awaited the next novel Rowling published, ‘The Casual Vacancy’, but ended up being rather disappointed with it. The same cannot be said for the work of her pseudonyms however, as ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ firmly places amongst my all-time favourite books.
3. Roald Dahl (8)
Whilst I wouldn’t class Roald Dahl as one of my childhood favourites, I certainly did enjoy a great number of his books, especially ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Matilda’. I definitely believe him to be an author whose works are just as interesting to adult audiences as children, and I hope to revisit some in the near future.
4. Anthony Horowitz (6)
I read the first six ‘Alex Rider’ books when I was younger, and absolutely loved them, especially ‘Eagle Strike’. I’m not sure why I abandoned the series, but I am slowly working my way through them once again in the hopes I can complete it. I also want to discover much more of Horowitz’s work in the near future, most notably the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ books, and the upcoming ‘James Bond’ novel. Anthony is (in my mind) the equivalent to Jacqueline Wilson, in terms of attracting boys to literature, which can only be commended.
5. Cathy Cassidy (6)
Cathy Cassidy was another of my childhood favourites. When I was in primary school, she was the agony aunt for my favourite magazine, Shout, and then transitioned into literature. She was pipped as the next Jacqueline Wilson, but I felt her books were largely targeted towards a marginally more mature audience, which I thoroughly appreciated after almost having exhausting Wilson’s catalogue at the time.
6. Stephanie Meyer (4)
Despite not loving the first book of ‘The Twilight Saga’ (‘Twilight’), I later picked up the rest of the series and devoured it. I absolutely loved the world Meyer created, along with her strong characters (Bella was the exception), particularly Jacob, Rosalie, Jasper and Alice. I intend to read ‘The Host’ in the near future, and hope that she releases a new series soon.
7. Malorie Blackman (3)
One of my all-time favourite books (and series) is ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman. Set in a racist world where blacks and whites are at war, it is highly emotive and thought-provoking. I can’t remember the number of times I’ve read ‘Noughts and Crosses’, ‘Knife Edge’ and ‘Checkmate’, but my copies are battered, and that’s a rarity! I really need to re-read the series, and then finally read ‘Double Cross’.
8. Suzanne Collins (3)
Author of one of my favourite trilogies, ‘The Hunger Games’, it may be the only thing I’ve currently read by Suzanne Collins, but it firmly places her amongst my favourite authors regardless. I also own her ‘Gregor the Overlander’ series, which I fully intend to read within the next year or so.
9. E.L. James (3)
I know ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was literary trash, but I enjoyed the story nevertheless – it deserves neither the hype nor the ridicule that the world seems to associate with it. I am currently reading (and not really enjoying) ‘Grey’, the novel from Christian’s point of view. It’s true that E.L. James is not the most accomplished writer in history, but she sure writes entertaining books.
10. John Green (3)
Possibly the most overhyped author in history, I’ve read and tried to love ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, ‘Paper Towns’ and ‘Looking For Alaska’, and they were all distinctly average. I’ll probably pick up and read his other books at some point in the future (when I’m in the mood for a contemporary) but I’m in no rush for more unexceptional pieces of literature.
There are definitely more authors by whom I’ve read three books, but I attempted to cover as many bases as possible with my included choices. I have no doubt that I will pick up more books by the majority of these authors over the upcoming years.
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