Top Ten Tuesday (11): Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From

August 10, 2015 Layla, Top Ten Tuesday 51

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From” and we’re happy to be participating!


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1. Courtney Milan

It is possible that I write about Courtney Milan far too often in my Top Ten Tuesdays! But like, it’s because I think she’s the shit, and conveniently for this week, she’s also written a ton of books. And I’ve read them all because, again, her books are awesome. If you’re not a romance reader and aren’t familiar with her books, you should read them because they feature banter (who doesn’t like banter!), super kickass protagonists (biologists! suffragettes! chess prodigies!), and good conversations around consent. They are  excellent. And hey, she started a New Adult series this year, starting with Trade Me. Woo!

2. Tessa Dare

Fair warning, I hope you enjoy romance, because this list is going to focus on a lot of romance novelists. Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series centers on a group of spinsters. They’re all living in Spindle Cove, a refuge for bluestockings and other un-marriageable women. Spoiler alert, they find love. I like Tessa Dare’s books because they too are chock-full of snappy dialogue and interesting heroines. Her most recent series, Castles Ever After, is two books in and they’re both great.

3. Jayne Ann Krentz / Jayne Castle / Amanda Quick etc.

Romantic suspense! Science fiction! Romance! If you like reading in any of those genres, Jayne Ann Krentz has done it all. Jayne Ann Krentz is on here because she’s an incredibly prolific writer, and I’ve read many of the books she’s written across different genres. Mostly what she’s written as Amanda Quick, though – she was one of the first writers I read when I started reading romance again, along with Lisa Kleypas. I really liked her Arcane Society novels (particularly The Perfect Poison) and Ravished.

4. J.R. Ward

Because I have read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and that series is LONG (and amazing, obviously). In college, my best friends and I started reading this together and swapping books back and forth, and man, those books created some incredibly enjoyable conversations. (Like, who’s your favorite Brother? Are Butch and V into each other, y/y? What the shit is up with the Lessers? Why is there a character named Layla?!) I think I’ve also read stuff she’s written as Jessica Bird.

5. Radclyffe

No list of my most-read authors would be complete without Radclyffe. I started reading Radclyffe’s romance novels when I was in college and beginning to get into reading lesbian romance. I remember disliking the first book of hers that I read – something about martial arts? Love’s Tender Warriors! – and didn’t return to her for a few years later. But then I started reading the Honor series, which I still like a lot, and tore through the rest of her books. She also writes paranormal romance under L.L. Raand, is a doctor, and started the LGBTQ publishing house Bold Strokes Books. I saw her speak at a conference a few years back and she is a seriously cool person.


6. Karin Kallmaker

Another prolific romance writer! Karin Kallmaker also writes lesbian romance. I started reading her books a few years into my graduate program with a good friend of mine. She’s a fun writer – her prose is awesome – and I’ve read a ton of her books. I remember liking Paperback Romance, because it’s about romance writers and it’s meta and I love it. (I think Radclyffe also has one of these. Desire by Starlight, maybe?)

7. Patricia Cornwell

The Kay Scarpetta series is pretty much the sole reason why Patricia Cornwell is on this list. I remember my mom reading her books when I was younger, and she was the type of reader who always wanted to talk about what she was reading, so I knew a lot about the plots of the mysteries before I started reading them myself. When I started reading them myself as a adult, I became really fascinated by forensic science and also, um, Lucy, Scarpetta’s gay niece. I haven’t read all the books in the series, but I’ve read most of them.

8. Jacqueline Carey

Another person who often appears on my TTT lists and for good reason, because I love her books. The Kushiel series is pretty excellent, but her young adult duology, Santa Olivia and Saints Astray, is my favorite. Santa Olivia is a dystopian young adult novel about a young boxer who’s also part wolf. Oh, and she’s queer. It’s aweeesssommeee.

9. Lucy Maud Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery is on this list because I read alllll her books when I was a child. I am still pretty fond of The Blue Castle, which set me up to love romance novels, and the Emily books (I think I mentioned them last week, but I still remember the dramas and the fun psychic adventures fondly). Also Pat of Silver Bush! The Story Girl! And of course all the Anne books. All of these were so central to my childhood. She’s definitely one of the top writers I’ve read the most from.

10. R.L. Stine

Did you read all the Goosebumps books when you were a 90s kid? Because I did. My fave was One Day in HorrorLand  — which still scared the pants off of me years later when I re-read it.


So, who would be on your list? Did I miss anyone? Who would be on your list?

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51 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (11): Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From”

  1. Kami

    I don’t recognize any of the authors you listed! I love Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner, Jay Kristoff, Martina Boone, Samantha Shannon, A. G. Howard, Ryan Graudin, Sarah J. Maas, Brandon Sanderson, and Leigh Bardugo!

  2. Nikki Lemmons

    Is it sad that the only author on this list I recognize is R.L. Stein? I’m not that big of a romance reader.

  3. Stacie

    I think the only one we have in common is L.M. Montgomery! (Soooooo much L.M. Montgomery. I am absolutely not complaining haha.)

  4. Fin Daniels

    And here I am not having read any of them. When the latest Goosebumps trailer came out, my mom leaned over and asked me if the monsters were really like that in the books and I just looked at her and said “I never read any of those, I thought they’d be scary.” But I will have to check some of these out.

  5. Jennifer Y.

    I have only read books by 4 of these authors. Not sure how many exactly I’ve read by each, but I know my list would include: Ann M. Martin, Francine Pascal, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Julie Garwood, Julia Quinn, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor, R.L. Stine (Goosebumps, but LOVED FEAR STREET), and I’m sure I’ve left off some…I read a lot as a kid.

  6. DJ

    This is a great list! I haven’t read any of these authors, but now I can’t wait to read them!

  7. Thomas

    I don’t think I’ve read a single one of these authors aside from R.L. Stine as a kid. Thank you for diversifying my intended to-read list as well as the to-read lists of other members on here; from what I see several of us have not read many of these authors. If I had to construct a list it would probably be consist of Jodi Picoult, Sarah Dessen, and Cassandra Clare, among others… guess I gotta start working on diversifying my most-read authors. Great post! (:
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    • Layla

      Thanks Thomas! I mean, I felt that way going through everyone’s lists this week – i.e., I’ve read maybe one or two Cassie Clare books, three Sarah Dessen books (and I think she’s wonderful and want to read more), and a handful of Jodi Picoult. But like I don’t think I stumbled across a single list where I didn’t encounter something that wasn’t new to me. That’s to say that I think everyone’s reading can be diversified, mine included. :)
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  8. Kaitlyn A.

    I haven’t read anything by any of these authors! Looks like I need to start reading!!

  9. Anna

    I was too afraid to read R.L. Stine books! Even the covers scared me. But I met him a few years ago at a book festival, and he was lovely.

  10. Dawnie

    I feel a little ashamed to say that i think that i have not read most if not all of your authors before. But i will change that soon. I have looked into Ward a few times but haven’t gotten around to her yet. And I read one book by Cornwell and enjoyed it, but for some reason keep forgetting about her. I don’t know why.
    But your list reminded me so i have her on my “look-up” list so that i remember her. Thank you:)
    Fantastic list :)
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    • Layla

      I think that’s been the nicest thing about this week’s TTT – I feel like I’ve been introduced to so many books and authors I was unaware of (and reminded of books I have been wanting to read for awhile but haven’t gotten around to yet, too). Don’t be ashamed by what you haven’t read – there’s basically like a kajillion books and authors who are totally new to me, as I’ve learned in this past week. Read what you love! Don’t feel bad. :)
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  11. Carina Olsen

    Aaawesome post Layla :D I have not read any of these authors before, sobs :( But yay for you reading so many of them :D They all sound pretty amazing. Thank you for sharing this goorgeous post sweet girl :) I have read a few R.L. Stine books.. but in Norwegian.. about ten years ago.. so I remember just about nothing, lol :)
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    • Layla

      That Goosebumps book is probably cheesy as hell but it terrified me. TERRIFIED. Maybe because I lived relatively close to Disney World growing up and the idea of an evil amusement park struck too close to home? I can’t say. Someone in the comments below just reminded me of the HORRIFYING VENTRILOQUIST DUMMY covers in Goosebumps which I didn’t remember but boy do I remember those creepy-ass covers. (Did you read Goosebumps? Did you like it?)

      And yesss LM Montgomery. So much love. And books I love returning to!
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    • Layla

      Yessssss, Ward and Dare are very different beasts but you should read them both. Depends on what you’re in the mood for! The hijinks of 6’0″+ tall vampires in leathers? Witty period romance? :-D

      I also want to read RL Stine now. I’m surprised by how many lists he’s hit this past week. (And pleased, obviously, because sometimes I feel like I’m super ancient and no one remembers the things I love anymore!).
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  12. Christina T. (@MySeryniti)

    My daughter loved RL Stine. I don’t even know how many we read but it was a lot. She could not go without the new goosebumps. It was great too because she was not much of a reader as a kid. Now she reads Shakespeare! RL Stine and JK Rowling helped her get into and find a love for reading! <3

    Great list!
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    • Layla

      From R.L. Stine to Shakespeare! That’s great. I mean, I am totally down with kids reading whatever they want to read, regardless of its perceived literary merit, you know? I’m grateful that my mom also let me read whatever I wanted (for the most part – she wouldn’t let me touch BSC or Sweet Valley High or anything that she thought might be too adult) – now, as an adult, I read pretty broadly too, and have never been able to remember a time I *didn’t* love reading.

      And R.L. Stine’s books were crazily fun. I don’t know how they’d hold up if I read them now. Maybe I’ll give one a go someday.
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  13. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    I totally forgot JR WARD! I don’t think the BDB is in my Goodreads which is what I used. I did quit at like 8 though with the series. Ido want to try her new series though. I will have to check out some of your others here – Great list!
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