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!
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.
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?