Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is:

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

Whenever I read a book that I really enjoy and then find out that the author has written a bunch of other books, I tend to binge read everything by them.

  1. Mercedes Lackey – As most of you know, I really enjoy Mercedes Lackey’s earlier works, so I have been buying her stuff religiously for years. I love the myriad of characters that she created for her Valdemar series, and really like that most of her writing can be read in trilogies and don’t require you to go any further if you don’t want to know more. I have also read other series of hers, which is how my book count has reached such monumental proportions, but the Valdemar books are still my favourites. (69 books)
  2. Charlaine Harris – When True Blood started to get big I decided I should read some of them just to be able to talk to all my customers. It was the hight of the sexy vampire craze, so knowledge was power. This launched me on a classic book binge that spanned four different series by her. I actually never finished the True Blood books, but the mystery series with Aurora Teagarden, Lily Bard, and Harper Connelly were really fun to read. (28 books)
  3. Anne/Todd McCaffrey – Anne is another author that I started reading a long time ago and have been a faithful reader of forever. I actually really enjoyed her later books, which is unusual. I find the stories that are about non-dragonrider characters really interesting and the history of the world also really appeals to me. Writing with her son was a good idea, although I don’t think he can continue her legacy. (26 books)
  4. David EddingsThe Belgariad series sat on my parent’s bookshelf for a long time before I finally read it. It’s a classic fantasy adventure, and it was one of my first introductions to the genre. When the prequels came out I was thrilled to know more about some of my favourite characters. His other series, The Elenium, is very similar in style to The Belgariad, so reading it felt a bit redundant, but it is still a fun read.  (17 books)
  5. Lemony Snicket – I have read the entire Series of Unfortunate Events, as well as the first book in Snicket’s new series. His writing style is quirky and fun, although occasionally a little difficult to follow. I don’t know if I will be reading any more of his books, but you never know. I didn’t enjoy the new series as much. I really hope that the Netflix version of Series of Unfortunate Events does the books justice. (14 books)
  6. Kady/Kate Cross – This is a recent binge reading author for me, but I really wanted to read The Girl in the Steel Corset and then found out that she wrote under a few other names and that a bunch of her books are steampunk. So I did a major binge read of a couple of her series, and am looking forward to more. I just have to read a bunch of other books before I can get back to her. (10 books)
  7. Spider Robinson – I started reading some short stories by this author one night at a friend’s house and thought they were really funny. My mom had mentioned the Callahan books to me before, but I had no interest in science fiction at the time. Of course, I think it’s sad that so many people don’t know about this hilarious author that reminds me of Terry Pratchett. I actually listened to the audiobooks read by the author, which I think is the best way to enjoy them. (9 books)
  8. J.K. Rowling – I’m sure we will see the Harry Potter series on a lot of lists this week. I have yet to attempt to read any of her adult books, but I have the first printings of both Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quiddich Through the Ages cozied up with my set. I really need to get a full beautiful set of the Harry Potter books, because right now my collection is a mismatch of a bunch of different cover styles.  (9 books)
  9. Charles de Lint – When I originally found this author I went on a serious book buying binge. I only bought the ones that I found in stores though, so I’m not even close to having a full set of his books. I have never tried his YA series, although it does look interesting. I find the Newford books incredibly beautiful to read, and have suggested them to many readers who are looking for something that reads like poetry with a great story. (8 books)
  10. Terry Goodkind – My parents bought the first four books in the Sword of Truth series for me one Christmas. I dove into them right away and was hooked for quite some time. Then at book 8 there was a demon chicken. I’m fine with certain aspects of fantasy, but something about that chicken really got to me. Suddenly I knew I was never going to finish this series, even if people bought me the books as gifts later. I have reread the first four books many times though, and really do enjoy them. (8 books)

What author have you read a tonne of books from? How many? Did you read them all in one go, or did you do it over time?


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  1. Lol the darn demon chicken. I didn’t reach that far but thinking about a demon chicken cracks me up knowing how chickens are. I tried Wizard’s First Rule and hated it but it’s possible that I judged it harshly. I don’t know. I’d love to try Anne McCaffrey’s books and revisit Mercedes Lackey.


    1. Although I enjoyed Wizard’s First Rule, I think the second and third are better books and far more interesting.

      If you plan to read Anne McCaffrey, I highly suggest reading them in publication order and to beware of trilogy packaging. Reading The White Dragon before reading Dragonsong and Dragonsinger will be incredibly confusing. I don’t know why they package it with the first 2 books when it is actually the 5th book.


  2. Some of these authors I haven’t heard of. They must be good, though, because you’ve read so many of their books. I’ve always wanted to read Lemony Snicket’s books, and I think I’ve bought a few, but haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. Great list!


    1. Thanks! They are all very different, and I have enjoyed them all at different times in my life. I think that I read the books that I need at the time, so a lot of my reading has fallen into the fantasy genre because I needed some way to escape reality.


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