So there is a tag going around Booktube (Youtube for books) which challenges vloggers to name the top authors they have read the most books of. Since I’m not on Youtube, but I do have a blog, I decided instead of video format I could simply write a blog post. This is just a little bit about me—it may also hint that I read way too much.
10. Tamora Pierce (11 books)
I was actually introduced to this fantasy author when I was a tween, when my sister was really into every book Pierce came out with. Honestly, I don’t enjoy them as much now as I did when I was an younger, but I’ve still read quite a few books written by her.
Books I’ve read by Tamora Pierce: Alanna The First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness Series); Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen (Daughter of the Lioness Series); First Test, Page, Squire, and Lady Knight (Protector of the Small Series); and Sandry’s Book (Circle of Magic Series)
9. Stephanie Barron (12 books)
Being a huge fan of Jane Austen and murder mysteries, it would make sense I would get into Francine Mathews’ Jane Austen mystery series under the penname Stephanie Barron. I haven’t read the most recent one, but due to the length of this series I was surprised to calculate just how many books I’ve read by this author.
Books I’ve read by Stephanie Barron: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor, Jane and the Man of the Cloth, Jane and the Wandering Eye, Jane and the Genius of the Place, Jane and the Stillroom Maid, Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House, Jane and the Ghosts of Netley, Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy, Jane and the Barque of Frailty, Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron, Jane and the Canterbury Tale, and Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Jane Austen Mysteries).
8. Laurie R. King (13 books)
Like Tamora Pierce, my sister introduced me to this author through her Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Suspense Series when I was an early teen and, though the recent books aren’t as good as early ones, I’ve still read nearly the entire series.
Books I’ve read by Laurie R. King: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, A Monstrous Regiment of Woman, A Letter of Mary, The Moor, O Jerusalem, Justice Hall, The Game, Locked Rooms, The Language of Bees, The God of the Hive, Pirate King, Garment of Shadows, and Dreaming Spies (Mary Russell Series)
7. Carolyn Keene (13 books)
The author of Nancy Drew. Honestly, I don’t know how many books I’ve read by this author. As I read her as a child, I did not document all the books I got from the library, so all I have to indicate how many I read is through how many I currently own. So the number is probably much higher than thirteen, but I have no indication of how high the count is.
Books I’ve Read by Carolyn Keene: The Secret of the Old Clock (1), The Hidden Staircase (2), The Bungalow Mystery (3), The Mystery of Lilac Inn (4), The Secret of Shadow Ranch (5), The Secret of Red Gate Farm (6), The Clue in the Diary (7), Nancy’s Mysterious Letter (8), The Sign of the Twisted Candles (9), The Mystery of the Fire Dragon (38), The Phantom of Pine Hill (42), and Crime in the Queen’s Court (Nancy Drew Series); and Terror on Tour (A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery).
6. William Shakespeare (15 books)
Now, Shakespeare didn’t really write books, but instead plays. However, since his plays come in books, I’m going to cheat. Since I was in high school I have loved Shakespeare, and my only regret is that I have only read 15 instead of all of them.
Books I’ve read by William Shakespeare: Measure for Measure, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Tempest, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth.
5. Rhys Bowen (21 books)
Unlike a lot of the historical mystery series I get into, this author happens to have several series that I absolutely love. In fact, I would say that Janet Quin-Harkin, under the penname of Rhys Bowen, is my favorite mystery writer of all time.
Books I’ve read by Rhys Bowen: Murphy’s Law, Death of Riley, For the Love of Mike, In Like Flynn, Oh Danny Boy, In Dublin’s Fair City, Tel Me Pretty Maiden, In a Gilded Cage, The Last Illusion, Bless the Bride, Hush Now Don’t You Cry, The Family Way, City of Darkness and Light, The Edge of Dreams, and Away in a Manger (Molly Murphy Mysteries); Her Royal Spyness, A Royal Pain, Royal Flush, Royal Blood, and Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries); and In Farleigh Field.
4. Hergé (22 books)
In my tweens and early teen years, the Tintin series by Hergé was my favorite comic book series. It tells the story of young reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy (Milou in the original French language), and the adventures they go on around the world. If you have read my blog post—Top 9 Sources for Wanderlust Inspiration—you will already know I’m a big fan of this series.
Books I’ve read by Hergé: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, Tintin in Congo, Tintin in America, Cigars of the Pharaoh, The Blue Lotus, The Broken Ear, The Black Island, King Ottokar’s Sceptre, The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Shooting Star, The Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham’s Treasure, The Seven Crystal Balls, Prisoners of the Sun, Land of the Black Gold, Destination Moon, Explorers on the Moon, The Calculus Affair, The Red Sea Sharks, Tintin in Tibet, The Castafiore Emerald, and Flight 714 to Sydney (Tintin Series).
3. René Goscinny (25 books)
Like Hergé, I was acquainted with Goscinny’s comic book series Asterix from an early age. This series follows Asterix and Obelix, ancient Gauls, on their magical adventures through the ancient world. If you’ve never heard of these books, I highly recommend them. They are both absurd and hilarious.
Books I’ve read by Hergé: Asterix the Gaul, Asterix and the Golden Sickle, Asterix and the Goths, Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra, Asterix and the Big Fight, Asterix in Britain, Asterix and the Normans, Asterix the Normans, Asterix the Legionary, Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield, Asterix at the Olympic Games, Asterix and the Cauldron, Asterix in Spain, Asterix and the Roman Agent, Asterix in Switzerland, The Mansion of the Gods, Asterix and the Laurel Wreath, Asterix and the Soothsayer, Asterix in Corsica, Asterix and Caesar’s Gift, Asterix and the Great Crossing, Obelix and Co., Asterix in Belgium, Asterix and the Great Divide, Asterix and the Black Gold, Asterix and Son, Asterix and the Magic Carpet, Asterix and the Secret Weapon, Asterix and Obelix All at Sea, Asterix and the Actress, Asterix and the Class Act, and Asterix and the Falling Sky (Asterix Series).
2. Agatha Christie (32 books)
The queen of mystery herself was one of my favorites when I was a teen. Ironically, I love her books for their plot, but not their characters, which are usually one-dimensional and repetitive. Still, I’ve read quite a lot of her Poirot books as well as a couple extra.
Books I’ve read by Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Murder on the Links, Poirot Investigates, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Big Four, The Mystery of the Blue Train, Peril at End House, Lord Edgeware Dies, Murder on the Orient Express, Three Act Tragedy, Death in the Clouds, The A.B.C. Murders, Death on the Nile, Murder in the Mews, Appointment With Death, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, Sad Cypress, One Two Buckle My Shoe, Evil Under the Sun, Five Little Pigs, The Hollow, The Labours of Hercules, Taken at the Flood, Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, After the Funeral, Dead Man’s Folly, Cat Among the Pigeons, and The Under Dog and Other Stories (Poirot Series); Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, Witness for the Prosecution and Selected Plays, and And Then There Were None.
1. Mary Pope Osborne (55 books)
Osborne’s Magic Tree House series is my favorite children’s series of all time. I’m not sure if this series counts because most of the books are short children’s books. But I’m including it because this series shaped my love of reading more than any other, from about the age seven to when I was thirteen. I loved this series, and own many of the first books.
Books I’ve read by Mary Pope Osborne: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, Pirates Past Noon, Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, Midnight on the Moon, Dolphins at Daybreak, Ghost Town at Sundown, Lions at Lunchtime, Polar Bears Past Bedtime, Vacation Under the Volcano, Day of the Dragon King, Viking Ships at Sunrise, Hour of the Olympics, Tonight on the Titanic, Buffalo Before Breakfast, Tigers at Twilight, Dingoes at Dinnertime, Civil War on Sunday, Revolutionary War on Wednesday, Twister on Tuesday, Earthquake in the Early Morning, Stage Fright on a Summer Night, Good Morning Gorillas, Thanksgiving on Thursday, High Tide in Hawaii, Christmas in Camelot, Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve, Summer of the Sea Serpent, Winter of the Ice Wizard, Carnival at Candlelight, Season of the Sandstorms, Night of the New Magicians, Blizzard of the Blue Moon, Dragon of the Red Dawn, Monday with the Mad Genius, Dark Day in the Deep Sea, Eve of the Emperor Penguin, Moonlight on the Magic Flute, A Good Night for Ghosts, Leprechaun in Late Winter, A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time, A Crazy Day With Cobras, Dogs in the Dead of Night, Abe Lincoln at Last!, and Hurry Up Houdini! (Magic Tree House Series); Dinosaurs, Knights and Castles, Mummies and Pyramids, Pirates, Space, Titanic, and Twisters and Other Terrible Storms (Magic Tree House Research Guides).
Who are the authors who you’ve read the most books by? Let me know down in the comments and, as always,
Best wishes on your life full of adventure,