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Monday, July 28, 2014

TTT: My bookshelves are stuffed with books by these authors

Top Ten Tuesday: authors from which I own the most books 

*Note: I am a devoted library user and I rarely buy books for myself. I only "collect" books from authors I love and books I plan to reread. Therefore, I have very few books by most authors, even if I really like them.


1. JK Rowling---we own the whole Harry Potter series plus a few other books about the magical series.


2. Jane Austen---I own all six of her full-length novels, plus her novellas and her unfinished novels.


3. CS Lewis---we own two sets of the Chronicles of Narnia. We had to replace one set because the books were published out of order (meaning it started with The Magician's Nephew instead of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.) Then I found a hardcover set and had to buy it. I also own a few of his adult books: Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters.


4. John Green---between my daughter and myself we own all of John's novels. including two or three copies of The Fault in Our Stars.


5. Suzanne Collins---we own the Hunger Games series.


6. Barbara Kingsolver---my favorite author after Austen. I own all her novels and most of her nonfiction. I think I have eight of her books.


7. JM Montgomery---somewhere along the line I picked up the complete Anne of Green Gables series, I haven't read them all, however.


8. Mary Norton---The Borrowers series. When my children were little their grandmother gave them the whole series in lovely old hardback covers.  Hmm....I wonder where they are? I must find them. I believe we have all five of the books in the series.


9. Bob Welch---Welch is a family friend. I have lots of his books, they are mostly essay collections. You might know him from his popular book: 52 Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life.



10. Dr. Seuss---I got rid of a lot of my childrens' books but couldn't bring myself to get rid of his books. They are still in a pile in the Bonus Room. I just found them when I was looking for The Borrowers.


11. Beatrix Potter---They aren't my books but they are in my house. My daughter collects Beatrix Potter books and figurines. You know her best as the author and illustrator of Peter Rabbit. She has been a delight in my household for many, many years. She has the complete set of her small, children's books (23) and then a few books about this favorite author.






It seems that for the rest of my favorite authors I don't own many of their books: Ivan Doig (2); Max Lucado (2); Annie Proulx (2); Mark Twain (2); Olive Ann Burns (2); Sue Monk Kidd (2); Erik Larsen (2)... you get the point.

What authors take up the most space on your bookshelves?


17 comments:

  1. Brilliant list. I also have J.K Rowling on my list this week. I adore everything Harry Potter!

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  2. I love that almost everyone has J.K. Rowling on their list, mine is more of an extreme case with 24 books :S And that's not even my top author. *seeks help*

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    1. How many copies for you have of the Harry Potter series each?

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  3. John Green made it onto my list too, even though I *cough* only (embarrassingly) own 2 of his books. I love them though and I've nearly read all of them! Thank god for libraries! XD I have Narnia on my list and then I just realised I DO own more CS Lewis books then that, but pfft...too late now. ;) Here's my TTT!

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    1. I don't think we need to be embarrassed if we don't own books. That is what libraries are for. Libraries are such a wonderful and free resource. (Well, aside from our tax dollars hard at work.)

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  4. I only own TFIOS but I desperately want more John Green. Thanks for sharing :)
    http://wp.me/p3ftwe-uH

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  5. I am just like you....I use the library as much as I can and only buy a few books I plan to reread.

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    1. I am always shocked when I meet a school librarian who doesn't frequent the public libraries like I do.

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  6. Eventually I will inherit a lot of Dr. Seuss books from my parent's house. I can't wait to get them for my future kids! I am really glad they didn't get rid of them.

    Thanks for stoppin' by! Have a great week!

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  7. Oh you must read the later Anne books! I love Windy Poplars and Rilla. Anne of the Island is wonderful too. I'm envious of your Borrowers collection. That sounds wonderful. I'm not a huge book buyer either. I use the library a lot and paperbackswap.com for paperbacks. I love collecting the books I really love though.

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  8. I'm a big library user too. I only buy books if I love a book so much. I've read a few of these authors (such as JK Rowling and Susanne Collins). Great list :)

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  9. "Hides face". Cough Cough....Five of your authors I have never even read one book by. My taste is pretty eclectic. I'm not going to tell you which ones, or you would probably faint with shock!

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  10. Aww, I love that you have so many children's classics on you list! I wish I had all those books!

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  11. The reordering of the Chronicles of Narnia ercks me. I have the complete set in paperback plus a matching audiobook collection. They're the reordered ones but they are in my shelf in the proper (original) order. We have similar tastes. :)

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  12. I love the Narnia series, and it drove me nuts when they reordered it, even though that's the order Lewis thought you ought to read them in (chronological, rather than as published.) And I loved the Borrowers series - I read them when I was young, and still have a few on my shelves. Beatrix Potter, too. Good picks!

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  13. Some very good authors on your list. Have read most of them. Some I own and some I've borrowed from friends and libraries over the years.

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