This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is to list the “Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From.” Some of these series I still read today, and others I either haven’t finished, or revisited in ages. However, something about each of these series and authors kept me coming back for more, and have left me with fond memories. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. So without further ado, here is my “Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From.”
Years ago I was on a mystery kick, and Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Mysteries was one of my favorite to read. I’ve only made it to J as I had an incredibly difficult time locating K, though I already had L in my possession. That’s because I hadn’t yet discovered the beauty of ordering books online, or eBooks. Now that I own 12 paperbacks, there’s no way I can continue reading the series in any other form. Maybe soon I’ll return to them so I can catch up, and now that Grafton’s 24th book in the series, X, will be released this month on the 25th.
Coming in at 13 books read is author Richelle Mead. I became a fan of her writing with Vampire Academy, which led me to read its spin-off series, Bloodlines. This spring I won a contest and got to meet Richelle, as well as receive an ARC of her newest book Soundless (I wrote review months ago, but it will be posted in November for book release) . While not about vampires, Soundless has helped solidify me as a fan.
My friend Mak kept trying to get me to read this series for years, and when I finally decided to do it I was hooked. Ward’s Brotherhood consists of vampire warriors who fight evil. They don’t sparkle or attend high school, but are bad-ass dudes dressed in leather, kicking ass, and taking names. They also have some strong females standing by their sides who will do anything to protect their family. BDB currently stands at 13 books and counting.
Ward’s latest book, The Bourbon Kings, was just released last month and is the first book in her brand-new series that details the life and the rich and infamous Bradford family. Ward finally totals out at 14 books.
I few friends recommended this series to me, and once I learned it would be adapted into a series three years ago, I decided to read it. Once I did I was hooked! Former WWII combat nurse Claire Randall’s love story with a highlander she meets when she travels through time into the 17th century has everything you can want in a book: romance, adventure, mystery… science fiction, drama… The accompanying series, The Lord John Grey Mysteries, are a series of novellas featuring Lord John Grey (a man Jamie Fraser meets during wartime) don’t have to be read to enjoy Outlander (Up until book 6, anyway), but they’re a great read. (8 Outlander + 2 Novellas + 3 Lord John Grey Mysteries= 13 books).
5.) Jennifer L. Armentrout – The LUX series, The Covenant series, The Return, The Frigid series, Wicked, The Dark Elements series
Like many of the above series, I first got put onto JLA’s books by friends trying to discuss her LUX series with me, and then learning I’d never read it (ore even heard of it). That was a year ago, and since then I’ve been making my mission to read everything this woman writes. It’s that good! Her books always manage to grip me from the very first page, and while I may not always love every aspect of her books, I still find it difficult to put them down. To date I’ve read 17 of her books, and still want more.
6.) J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter series
When I began reading these books I felt like I was the oldest person in the world who’d read them. Boy was I wrong! Harry Potter has a loyal fan following for a reason. The books discuss good triumphing over evil, sure, but the series also takes a look at the meaning of evil. Voldemort might have been the most powerful dark wizard of all-time, but once he was just a lonely orphan named Tom Riddle. Evil isn’t born. Events, and decisions we make lead us towards it. Friendship, family, misuse of power, loyalty, trust, betrayal… these themes are all expertly woven through the series and allow readers to ponder them safely in the context of a story about a boy wizard. Like they say, “Reading is Fundamental.” I’ve only read the 7 main books in the series, but want to someday read the companion books, as well as her adult novels.
During the same mystery kick that led me to read Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Mysteries series, I became obsessed with James Patterson’s novels. Mostly, the Alex Cross Mysteries. I love the character of Alex Cross, and love how the books can be read as stand alone novels, or together. Personally, I would read them in order as important characters have a way of popping up in different novels. Now that I’m think of it, this seems like a great article idea…. Thus far I’ve read 10 of his Alex Cross Mysteries, 5 of the Women’s Murder Club, Hide & Seek, The Beach House, When the Wind Blows, Honeymoon, Cradle and All, See How They Run, The Jester (Audiobook), The Midnight Club, Black Friday, and Season of the Machete.
Cassandra Clare’s world of the Shadowhunters can’t really be appreciated, I think, unless you’ve at least read both The Mortal Instruments (6 books) and The Infernal Devices (3 books). There’s such a symmetry to her books that I feel goes unseen unless you’ve gotten the full story. I’ve even read The Bane Chronicles! Yes, I understand these books originated as Harry Potter fan fiction, yet this world she’s built is rich and well-developed in its own right. This is why I’m glad she’s not done with it. Currently Clare has been releasing The Shadowhunter Academy novellas and will soon be releasing the first book in her new spin-off series, The Dark Artifices, March 2016.
One of my cousins introduced me to Huston’s Hank Thompson series, and I was hooked from the very first page. All of Huston’s books play like movies in your mind, are filled with loads of action, and great, compelling characters. Whether Huston writes about ex-Minor League Baseball players in over their head, a Vampire Private Eye solving crimes and trying to stay alive in the process, or crime scene clean-up crews you can’t help but think what great movies his books would make. To date I’ve read a total of 12 of his books.
These books were my favorites to read as a child since my parents didn’t (mostly) care what I read as long as I was reading. That’s probably how I managed to read 15 of her books. Tales of family secrets, incest, and murder permeated her books. What was my mom thinking? My favorite thing to do was read her books and then discuss them with my BFF, who was also a fan, during lunch. Plus, the fact they would have raised my elementary teachers eyebrows made them feel forbidden and cool. And guess what? After all of these years they still are. Just ask Lifetime.
*Honorable Mention: Stephen King – I begin a lot of his books, but have only finished It, Salem’s Lot, Carrie, The Green Mile, and The Shining. Plus a bunch of his short stories.