Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. I’m a life-long list lover, so I decided to do my first Top Ten Tuesday post today and list the top 10 authors from whom I’ve read the most books.
My initial thought was that I could grab a quick list of my top authors from Goodreads, but I’ve only been a member of Goodreads since 2007 and only a really active member since 2010 or so, so I have a lot of prior reading history that’s not documented there. My list will be in no particular order and will start with favorite authors and childhood loves because I’ve read most of their available works. Then I’ll fill in remaining spots with the top names from my recent years on Goodreads.
Charles de Lint
I was introduced to de Lint through a post in the first online journal I ever read in 1996. Willa mentioned one of his Newford story collections, and within a week, I’d bought the first 3 books in the Newford series. At that time, those were the only ones available, and I waited for each new installment eagerly over the years. He’s now mostly moved on to other projects, and I’ve not kept up with his releases as much, but I still count him as one of my favorite authors.
I can’t say with certainty that I’ve read everything Lewis published, but I have read all of his published fiction multiple times, and I’ve read several collections of his non-fiction essays ranging from literary analysis to religion and his poetry. My favorite of his non-fiction is Mere Christianity, and my favorite novel from him is Till We Have Faces.
I’m fairly sure that the first romances I read as an early teen were not written by Diana Palmer, but she is the first romance author I remember recognizing on the shelf and deliberately reading everything I could find from her. I looked at her bibliography a few minutes ago to get an estimated number of how many of her books I’ve read, but I stopped counting at 60. That number surprised even me, but I guess it shouldn’t have because her Long Tall Texans series alone has 45 books in it, and I knew I’d read all of those.
The Anne of Green Gables series was my introduction to L.M. Montgomery, and I didn’t stop there. Looking at the online bibliography I found, I believe I’ve read everything she published. Her novel The Story Girl was the source of my first online handle, and I was StoryGirl on several platforms throughout the late 90s.
Whenever I think of the small local library my family visited every week for years, I immediately see the children’s section where all my favorite books were shelved, and the Betsy and Eddie books by Haywood stand out in my mind.
Maud Hart Lovelace
Lovelace is the other author who comes to mind along with Haywood whenever I think of that library near my childhood home. I was in love with the Betsy-Tacy and Deep Valley books.
Lois Gladys Leppard
I read the first 18 books of the Mandie series and really enjoyed the setting and the mysteries as a kid, but they fell off my radar by the time I was leaving middle school. I just checked, and the series has ended due to the author’s death and contains over 40 books now.
According to Goodreads, she is my most read author at 42 books, and that’s probably my real total because I believe I found her in 2011 right around the time I got back into using Goodreads. My first book by her was Three Wishes about a girl who inherits a genie and uses one of her wishes to wish for the perfect man like the men she read about in romance novels. I rarely hear people mention that one when they talk about Kristen Ashley, but I still really enjoy it. Oddly, her Rock Chick series is often mentioned as a favorite by people who read her, but it’s my least favorite of her many series. I’ve spent the last couple of years buying her books and then saving them for some unknown reason, but I will definitely read them at some point.
I’ve read 24 books by Nalini Singh, and that’s mostly due to two series: Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter.
The books in the Brides of the Kindred series are almost entirely responsible for the 16 books I’ve read by Evangeline Anderson, but I haven’t read the most recent one in the series yet.