Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Dreams of a Dying God1%: "In the high desert south of Jepta, where the sand and sheiks alike wore blinding white, the man at the edge of the market crowd stood out like a signal fire. He bore the fine, sharp features and the haughty, bored expression of a lord, but even dressed in silk he had the manner of a rogue."

Aaron Pogue, The Dreans of a Dying God

toptentues Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. They created the meme because they love lists. Who doesn’t love lists? They wanted to share these list with fellow book lovers and ask that we share in return to connect with our fellow book lovers. To learn more about participating in the challenge, stop by their page dedicated to it and dive in!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

I could’ve made this a whole list of manga/comics books I’ve read because those authors are actually the ones that I end up with a high book count with because they publish tons of volumes (obviously), but I tried to temper it out with other speculative authors that I’ve read many books from. I’m listing some of these authors together because I started reading them around the same time, and they sort of go hand-in-hand.

Stephen KingAnne Rice

I started reading Stephen King probably in about the 6th grade, and I spent most of my junior high and high school years reading everything I could find by him. I haven’t read much of him lately, but I did say that I wanted to reread his Dark Tower series. The Long Walk (fans of Battle Royale and/or The Hunger Games would probably enjoy this book), which was published initially under a pseudonym, is probably my favorite. It’s his first work, and it just felt more visceral than his later books. Just as with Stephen King, I went through a phase in high school and the early part of my college career with Anne Rice’s books. If it had her name on it, I was picking it up, even the first two books in Sleeping Beauty trilogy that I mentioned in last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, which was about retellings.

Laurell K. HamiltonL.A. Banks

Phase number three for both of these authors. I started reading books by both of these authors roughly around the same time, which was mostly during college and a little beyond. I’ve lost interest mostly in LKH’s Anita Blake. That series has just completely spun off its rails for for me, and L.A. Banks is now deceased. However, she was one of the first author of colors writing Urban Fantasy that centered around characters of color that I’d read. Say what you will about her books, but she was one of the very few authors of color I could find in the section of the bookstore I tended to stalk during those years.

Tite KuboHiromu Arakawa

Two of my favorite manga writers for these reasons–Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist, respectively. Bleach has long been one of my favorite anime/manga. It also holds the distinction of being the first manga I ever started collecting. I didn’t start reading Fullmetal Alchemist until well after I’d watched the original anime. I don’t know why I didn’t think to look for the manga. But I remember rewatching FMA around the time I got into Bleach and thinking, “I should read this, too, because science magic.” I wasn’t disappointed.

Brian K. Vaughan

BKV probably has the highest count of any author on this list considering I’ve read his runs of Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and I’m currently reading Saga. I’ve read many other things by him, as well, in the comic book world. He is easily one of my favorite comic book writers.

John Saul

My husband’s mother was a big fan of John Saul (and still is) when I started dating him in college. I’m fortunate that I came from a geeky family and married into a geeky family. My mother-in-law likes video games and speculative fiction, so when I started dating my husband, she gave me a backlog of John Saul books to read that seemed like it was a million books deep. While I find him sort of schlocky, I still enjoyed the books for what they were.

William Gibson

Way back in the day, I used to use a message board/social media type site dedicated  to high school and college students. There, I met one of the people I’ve been friends with a long time, Gwen. We shared a passion for fingernail polish and crazy hair dye colors. She introduced me to William Gibson when she mentioned she wished she could have retractable blades under her nails like Molly Millions. I immediately had to know what she was talking about.

Neil Gaiman

I can never say enough good things about my experiences with both Gaiman’s novels and comics.

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20 Comments on “Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From”

    • I’ve read exactly one book by Janet Evanovich and it was a book she co-wrote with somebody… er… Charlotte Hughes, I think. I can remember being “OH, VOMIT!” about the book (mind you, I was probably in college when I read this) and I haven’t read anything by her since.


  1. OOH NEIL GAIMAN. asdlkl it makes me very happy to see him on your list XD I’ve been wanting to try Stephan King’s books, but I keep putting them off – maybe it’s the horror aspect, which is weird because no horror movie or thriller has managed to make me look under the bed (yet). XD But I’m definitely trying one very soon. lovely list ❤

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    • Horror books, particularly Stephen King, are what numbed me to horror for the most part. Nothing much scares me anymore. I may find myself disturbed, but not really scared. I think I’ve grown out of Stephen King, just a little, but he has books that would be great as a first read.


  2. What a great list!
    I’ve yet to get invested in Stephen King. I’ve read a couple of his books, but I’m still a bit on the fence. Granted, they weren’t the big ones (Cell, UR, The Colorado Kid & Carrie) so I guess the best is yet to come 🙂
    Currently reading Anita Blake – starting book 10 soon-ish – and I enjoy it so far. Curious to see what’s ahead, cause I’ve heard I’m close to the turning point in the series..
    L.A. Banks! I felt like the only one reading those books 😀 I started them in my freshman year in college and got up to the fourth one, yet to read the rest but I really liked them. In a way, they remind me of AB, just more soulful and more.. decent? 😛

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    • LOL. More decent! I like that description of them. I didn’t know too many people reading L.A. Banks when I first started reading her, so I had to introduce her to a few people. I really should check up on Anita Blake. I might’ve just been in a mood when I was reading those later books. I don’t even remember what book I stopped on. 😀


    • Definitely agree there. It’s daunting to see such high book counts, but then there’s a part of me that also says, “Challenge accepted!”


  3. Interesting list, Tiara. It got me thinking about who my most-read authors would be, so I glanced through my “read” shelf on Goodreads to jog my memory. Here’s what I found:

    Nicholas Sparks (Huh?? That must have been from my pre-fantasy years…)
    Ursula K. Le Guin (and I still have plenty more of hers to read, too *grins*)
    J.K. Rowling
    C.S. Lewis
    Scott O’Dell (also from my teenage years)
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    George R.R. Martin
    Maria V. Snyder
    Paulo Coelho
    Allan G. Hunter

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    • I try not to admit that I’ve read like 3 Nicholas Sparks books in my entire life. I might’ve even cried while reading one. All of these were read in college which was many moons ago, so I forgive myself. I LOVE SCOTT O’DELL! Okay, I haven’t read him in quite some times, but I still love, love, love Island of the Blue Dolphins. I had to go through my GR list to see who I read the most from. I’ve read tons of comics and manga by particular writers, so I had to try NOT list just comic book and manga writers. I have some non-spec authors that I’ve read lots from, too, but I tried to just focus in on spec authors here… most of the time…


  4. Really glad to see Anne Rice on your list. I don’t think I’d touch anything she’s writing these days, but I gobbled up everything she wrote in the beginning of her career. And Stephen King too. Oh and Laurell K. Hamilton! I used to read her books a lot.

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    • I went through a phase in college where just about the only thing I read was Urban Fantasy. That’s when I discovered her and a few other authors. Some I still read, and some like LKH, I haven’t read in ages. I might reread some of Rice’s older stuff that I really enjoyed like The Vampire Lestat. That was the first book I read by her, and it still remains one of my favorite reads to this day. I don’t know about some of her newer stuff, though, especially not her newer stuff with Lestat, which could ruin everything I hold dear. LOL.


  5. Stephen King is my most read author, by far. I’m working through the Dark Tower series right now. Actually, I put the series on hold this month, to read some other stuff, but I will be on book 5.

    I need to get back to reading Fullmetal! I have all the volumes, and started it earlier this year, but somehow I got sidetracked after volume 6 :/

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  6. I’ve only read a couple of these authors. I love the Full Metal Alchmist anime, so I should really try the manga, if only they weren’t so expensive!

    I actually did a post like this a while ago. My top author was (big surprise) Terry Pratchett.


  7. Great list. I haven’t read too many King books (The Dark Tower and The Stand), but I really liked them all. Gaiman is an author I just can’t get into. Not sure why, but his comics (that is all I’ve ever read) just never did anything for me. Probably should give one of his novels a go before throwing my hands up.


  8. I love your list – and especially your mention of Neil Gaiman. I still haven’t read American Gods which is outrageous because I bought it eons ago and it’s actually at the side of my bed – one day!
    Lynn 😀


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