Top Ten Most Owned Authors
This is a tricky one – I could list my Top Ten Most Read Authors a lot more easily because firstly, as everyone who follows my blog knows by now I did a massive clear-out of my younger-self books when I hit my awkward teenage years, and as a result no longer own some of my childhood favourites (but I’m debating re-buying some!). Secondly, my physical bookshelves are currently all over the place and my Goodreads isn’t completely up-to-date with “owned” copies (I only started populating this shelf recently). So, this is my Top Ten Most Owned Authors (at a guess).
1. Jodi Picoult – No surprises here. I’m a massive Jodi Picoult fan, she’s basically an auto-buy author for me and I’m rarely let-down or disappointed by her books. Even the ones I don’t love are a solid 3/5. She writes what I like to call “issues” books, that focus on some form of real-life moral/ethical quandary and really make you think as a reader. The titles above are three of my favourites and I highly recommend them.
2. J K Rowling – This one must also be pretty obvious. I own and have read all 7 of the HP series, I own and haven’t read The Casual Vacancy, and I’m half-finished (and enjoying) The Cuckoo’s Calling. I’ve yet to buy The Silkworm and I don’t own any of the HP add-on titles such as Quidditch Through The Ages, but I’m considering them. Are they worth picking up?
3. Cassandra Clare – Clare is a recent edition to this list. I own and have read the six books in The Mortal Instruments series (you can check out my series overview here), and as soon as I finished it I went and bought The Infernal Devices trilogy so I could binge-read it (but haven’t yet). I’ve every intention of reading all of her books, so by the end of the five series she claims she will write in the Shadowhunter world, I’m sure she’ll over-take as my most read/owned author.
4. Phillipa Gregory – I fell in love with The White Queen BBC TV series and when I discovered it was based on books of the same name by Phillipa Gregory, I quickly purchased the entire set from The Book People. The sixth, and final, book in the series is due for release in August/September 2014, and I might have to do a reread at some point… I also own the TV show on DVD and hope to get my hands on more of her books, specifically The Tudor Court series. I was never really into historical fiction but Gregory does it so well that I fell head-over-heels for it. Highly recommended.
5. Cecelia Ahern – I read P.S I Love You when it was first released and absolutely adored it, from then I’ve basically been a Cecilia Ahern fan, and although I don’t love all of her books, I’m pretty sure I’ll always try her latest one anyways. I actually met her and got If You Could See Me Now signed when I was 15, one of the few times an author did an event where I live, and I didn’t know you could bring other books you already own to get those signed too, so I missed out!
6. Stephanie Meyer – I’m not even a little bit ashamed of this. I own the full Twilight series, including the novellas. I haven’t read these in quite some time, but I know that I really enjoyed them when I read them and I wouldn’t mind doing a reread at some point. Though when I’ll have the time to fit this in, I’m not sure. Are you pro or anti Twilight?
7. Sophie Kinsella – During my teens I went through a serious addiction to all things Chick-Lit, which meant reading a lot of Sophie Kinsella, especially the Shopaholic series. Don’t let the movie put you off, these are well worth a read.
8. Enid Blyton – I haven’t read any of the Famous Five, or the Secret Seven, which are probably the series that Blyton is most known for. I have read and own the first six-or-so books from the Malory Towers series and to be honest I’d love to get my hands on all of them and reread them. I was very pleasantly surprised that I loved these as much as I did as a young teen and I’m pretty sure I’d still like to read them now. Have you read the Famous Five or Secret Seven? Are they worth checking out?
9. Malorie Blackman – The Malorie Blackman books I’ve read consist of the entire Noughts and Crosses Series. I first read Noughts and Crosses at the start of my teens and loved this book so much. At the start of this year I decided to purchase all four books in this series, including the novellas, to reread them as an adult (you can read my series overview here). Rumour has it there will be a new book released in this series sometime soon, and if that is true I’ll be first in line for my copy!
10. Diane Chamberlain – It’s easy to see why comparisons are regularly made between Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain, and while readers of one generally enjoy the other, that’s not to say these authors are particularly similar in writing style or story-lines, but rather they both fall into that “issues” and realism adult fiction category that I love. Another auto-buy author for me.
Who are your Top Ten Owned Authors? Leave me a link in the comments, and let me know if the HP add-on’s are worth getting, if you’re pro or anti Twilight, and if you’ve read any Enid Blyton!