Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Read Authors

So, once again I’ve decided to do Top Ten Tuesday (I did one back at the start of July and none since). Anyway, TTT is a weekly bit of bookish fun which originated at The Broke and The Bookish. Every week there is a new top ten list and followers are invited to share their answers! This week, as the title suggests, is my 10 most read authors! I thought this was also a good time to show you my favourite books by those authors as those you read most tend to be your favourites!

Okay, so lets face it, none of these are really a surprise! I picked the images of my favourite books that the author has published and I have read. The final 3 were a bit of a cop-out – I didn’t want to put series in but I ended up doing so as I had so many authors that I had read 3 books from! What makes me sad is that I’m nearly at the end of some of these authors bibliographies – some will publish more but Virginia Woolf and Daphne du Maurier aren’t going to! Also, I read a lot of Jodi Picoult and Marian Keyes pre-goodreads so they’d probably feature here too, in fairness!

So, on with the authors…

Ali Smith came out top with me having read 10 of her published works. I’ve read all 4 of her published short story collections and 6 of her 7 published novels. I haven’t read The Seer or Shire either. She also has a short story collection out in October which I have on pre-order.

Daphne du Maurier is surprisingly second! I’ve read 9 of her 22 published works, my aim by the end of the year is to be up to 11 and be half way through! It’s no secret that my favourite is Rebecca. I own all but one of her novels, that last one I’m scared to buy because, well, I will then have no more books to buy that she has written. Although, Virago are publishing 2 of her short story collections in their beautiful hardcovers in October, they are also on pre-order.

Haruki Murakami is third with 5 books – I thought I had read more than that, honestly! My favourite remains 1Q84 but I’ve got several on my shelf to get through in the near future. I’m yet to be wowed by any of his other work but I’m slowly getting there! I think I made an error in making my first of his novels 1Q84 because the enormity is hard to live up to!

Virginia Woolf – I love this woman and want to read more. I just cannot get enough. I’ve read 4 and I have 2 or 3 more on my bookselves to read including Flush which is an autobiography of a dog. My favourite, I think, will always be Orlando though.

Sarah Waters is another author I’ve read 4 books by. The favourite of these was Fingersmith and I really want to get around to Affinity and The Little Stranger at some point soon as reading her most recent book made me realise how much I enjoy her writing!

Neil Gaiman is one that I have read little and often. I’ve read 4 books and my favourite is the most recent which I actually listened to on audiobook. Again, I have plenty of his books to keep me going but I really want to read the one I don’t own – The Sleeper and  the Spindle! Also, while we’re here I have to say that The Doctors Wife remains to this day one of my favourite episodes of New Who so thanks, Neil Gaiman!

Margaret Atwood made it on to this list quite low, thinking I had only read 4 books by her. Then I started thinking about it and I’m certain I’ve read 5 or 6! I still love The Penelopiad most but I think when I get around to re-reading The Handmaid’s Tale that will change!

Finally we have 3 series – first up the Oz series by L Frank Baum which I have read 5 of the 13 books from. I really need to finish this series, I can normally read an Oz book in one sitting so it’s just laziness! Obviously, J K Rowling – I actually haven’t read anything but the core 7 Harry Potter books, even though I have all the others sat there to read – I’m yet to read A Casual Vacancy and her crime novels. Then we have Gregory Maguire who is best known for writing Wicked, I love Oz so reading Wicked was a natural progression for me. It was a 4 book series but while reading that I discovered he had written other books, so I have read one or two of those, I can’t remember.

So, who are your most read authors? Have we any in common? Are there authors you want to explore more of… did you too binge read Jodi Picoult in your teen years?

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Read Authors

    • I’ve read 1Q84, Kafka on the Shore, Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Sputnik Sweetheart & Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

      Out of all of those, I really loved 1Q84 and Kafka. Hard Boiled Wonderland I didn’t much like the depiction of women in!

      I’ve tried other Murakami in the past but I have to be in the mood to read it so often put it on a ‘read later’ pile and take a while to get around to it, some of them I’ve started and still not finished! I’ve started Norwegian Wood, The Elephant Vanishes, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Blind Willow Sleeping Woman… The list is endless on the books I’ve got to page 40 or so with and put down because I’m not in the mood!

      What’s your favourite Murakami or what one would you suggest I pick next!?

      • I really liked Norwegian Wood, but I feel like you won’t like the depiction of women in it, either! It definitely leads something to be desired… I also liked Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. Those are short stories, so it may be easier to get through.

        I actually read in an interview with Murakami and he talked about how he “uses” women in his books. Sorry for such a long comment, but I thought you might find it interesting!

        “In my books and stories, women are mediums, in a sense; the function of the medium is to make something happen through herself. It’s a kind of system to be experienced. The protagonist is always led somewhere by the medium and the visions that he sees are shown to him by her.”

  1. I am more than a little bit obsessed with Neil Gaiman! I am currently reading American Gods, and I own a relatively good amount of his other books as well! I have heard that “Neverwhere” is a lot of people’s favorite so I may read that next! If you like his shorter reads, you should check out Coraline! It’s been made into a movie and it’s technically a children’s book, but it’s super good and a little eerie even for people like me that are older!

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