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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TTT: Most read authors

The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Most Read Authors
(In no particular order. I just put them down as I thought of them.)

1. Barbara Kingsolver...I love everything she writes, fiction and non-fiction; she speaks for me on many issues or gives voice to my thoughts. Poisonwood Bible; Bean Trees; Small Miracles, etc.  8 1/2 books.

2. Jane Austen...I remember once being judgmental of a friend who was on a Jane Austen jag...that was before I went on my first Jane Austen jag!  I even read the Jane Austen knock-offs! Pride and Prejudice; Persuasion; Sense and Sensibility, etc. I haven't read any of her juvenilia but I have read her unfinished book and her novellas. 7+ books.
3.  John Green (YA)...I met John a few years a go at a conference and he was just like I thought he'd be, whatever that means.  I devour his books the minute they are published.  He's a little too edgy for some of my students. Looking for Alaska; Paper Towns; Will Grayson-Will Grayson, etc. 6 books.
4.  Libba Bray (YA)...With the award winning book Going Bovine Ms Bray showed her versatile talents as an author.  Love both styles I've read. A Great and Terrible Beauty, Going Bovine, Beauty Queens, etc.
5 books.

5.  Alexander McCall Smith...I am a huge, huge fan.  I've read books in all his series and adored them all.  I went to hear him speak and he is captivating and hilarious, and he was dressed like his picture.  A true gem. 44 Scotland Street series; #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, etc. I've read so many of his books I can't keep up with his series. I count 15+ books.


6.  Chris Crutcher (YA)...A champion against censorship and book banning, Chris also understands the plight of the underdogs in school.  His stories are very real and very easy to relate to. Deadline; Staying Fat for Sarah Brynes; etc. At one point I attempted to read all his books but had to abandon that project because so many of his books are no longer interesting to today's students. 9 books.

7. Bill Bryson (Non fiction)... Bill Bryson is phenomenal.  He can take any subject and make it fascinating and hilarious at the same time. Take for example his book A Short History of Nearly Everything which is essentially the history of science.  Sounds boring.  Not in the hands of the master, Bill Bryson.  I was completely captivated while I  learned all kinds of new bits of information. In a Sunburned Country; A Walk In the Woods; etc.  7 books.




8. C.S. Lewis (fiction and nonficiton)...The Chronicles of Narnia are in my top ten book series of all time. I've also read several of his nonfiction pieces and always learn something or have a new thought. 9+ books.









9. J.K. Rowling (fiction)... she obviously doesn't need an introduction. I've only read her Harry Potter books, not her adult books, some published under a pseudonym. 9 books.












10. Maggie Stiefvater
(fiction)...I love two of her series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls and The Raven Cycle. But my favorite of her books is Scorpio Races by a mile (pun intended.) 5 books.


NOTE: I usually spend a lot of time thinking about my TTT lists and checking for accuracy, etc. Not this week. This week I just start typing. A kind of stream-of-consciousness post which mainly includes favorite authors that just came into my brain when I was typing. I am sure, absolutely positive, I have read more books by other authors but at this moment don't recall them.

18 comments:

  1. I have CS Lewis and Jane Austen on my list as well. And of course JK Rowling. Otherwise, you've given me some new books to add to my TBR pile!

    Check out my TTT: https://greenishbookshelf.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/top-10-tuesday-authors-ive-read-the-most-books-from/

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    1. I was thrilled to see Beatrix Potter and Jane Austen on your list. I should have thought of BP since my daughter was obsessed with her as a child and we must have read all her little books many, many times.

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  2. Oh, boy - so many wonderful authors on your list! This seems like t would be a tough list to make - to count exactly how many books of each author you've read.

    You have a nice variety here, and i agree wholeheartedly with your choices!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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    1. I see you just finished Prodigal Summer by Kingsolver, Where would you rank it among her novels?

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  3. I'd completely forgotten about Alexander McCall Smith. I've read a lot of his books too. I don't think he'd make my list still though--but he'd be close!

    I just love J.K. Rowling. Hopefully I will get to her crime fiction novels soon.

    Great list, Anne! Thank you for stopping by my blog. :-)

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    1. At one point I was reading four of McCall Smith's series: The #1 Ladies Detective Agency; The Portuguese Irregular Verbs; The Sunday Philosophy Club; AND 44 Scotland Street. I loved them all but felt like I was juggling balls. It was too much and I lost my momentum.

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  4. The Scorpio Races is fantastic, I adore that novel. Libba Bray has shown up on a few lists today, I actually need to finish her Gemma Doyle trilogy.

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    1. Actually I need to finish the Gemma Doyle series too, but the last book is so...o long I can't make myself start.

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  5. Sometimes it's fun to craft and shape your posts and sometimes it's fun to just type. I like this post; I like the sincerity of it.

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    1. You are so kind. Your posts always seem so put together, mine so haphazard.

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  6. Mine would mostly be mystery writers, but also McCall Smith(mysteries too) and JK Rowling. I haven't read as much Austen as I would like to.

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  7. J.K. Rowling ♥ also I need to read something from Maggie Stiefvater!

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  8. We have some in common! I've read a few of C.S. Lewis' nonfiction books. Nice list!

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  9. We have J K Rowling in common! I've only read two of John Green's books. . .perhaps I should change that.

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  10. Libby Bray's Beauty Queens has been on my TBR list forever!

    I always forget John Green wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson--one of my personal faves!

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  11. The Scorpio Races was the first Stiefvater book I read! I LOVED IT SO MUCH I READ ALL THE REST ASAP. I'm so excited (and terrified!) for The Raven King!! :D
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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