I’m trying something new this week and doing one of the Top Ten Tuesday prompts, hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By, which seemed pretty manageable for my blog prompt debut.
I have now scoured my bookshelves to figure out who would get the 2nd through 10th spots on the list, because number 1 would be pretty obvious to anyone who’s followed this blog for any amount of time, or made the mistake of starting a conversation about fantasy books with me…
Obviously Terry Pratchett takes first place. In fact, he not only takes first place, he leaves every other author in his dust. Not only have I read 47 of his books… half of them I have read twice. A few I have even read three times, and one I might have read four times.
…And I just ordered three more of his books.
George R. R. Martin
I am not entirely sure if this one counts, since two of the books in question are so huge that they are each split in two volumes in the box set I own, but I feel like it does. The entirety of A Song of Ice and Fire + one prequel adds up to a LOT of words.
Andrzej Sapkowski ties with GRRM for second place, and like GRRM, all the books I have read by this author is in the same series. In this case, it’s The Witcher.
J. K. Rowling
Surprise, surprise – I have read all 7 of the Harry Potter books. Honestly, they should count for more, considering I have read them in different languages (all 7 books in both Danish and English, and The Philosopher’s Stone in German as well), but that’s where we’re getting into technicalities.
Richard A. Knaak
I have read 6 of Richard A. Knaak’s World of Warcraft companion novels.
Like with Knaak, I know Christie Golden from her World of Warcraft novels. I have read 5 of them, but I think I have 3 or 4 more stuffed away somewhere.
I have read 5 of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books, and two more are waiting on my shelf.
Another 5-booker, where I intend to read more.
I have read 5 of the books in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library series.
3 Neil Gaiman books take up the incredibly small space left over on the two shelves my Terry Pratchett collection occupies. They sit next to Good Omens, which was co-authored by the two of them.
Yeah, so… Very convincing victory to Sir Terry Pratchett!
I’m sure the list would have looked quite different if I could remember all the mystery novels I read as a teenager, but these are the authors I have read the most books from WITHOUT raiding my mother’s bookshelves.
What about you guys? Do we share any favorite authors, or do you have your own Pratchett who takes up half your available bookshelf space?
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Great list! I keep saying that I need to start reading the Discworld books, and then I get intimidated and don’t know where to start… I’m reading the Witcher series right now, and really enjoying it. The audiobooks are terrific.
Discworld can indeed be intimidating with sheer number of volumes! I would suggest starting at Mort, and then go chronologically from there (there’s a great list here: https://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/book-series/discworld/)
Glad to hear you’re enjoying the Witcher books! Have you seen the Netflix show or played the games?
Thanks for the advice and the link! I do have a copy of Mort – -looking forward to reading it. I’ve watched the Netflix show, and loved it. The books are great so far!
I was pleasantly surprised at the Netflix series, and I’m so eager for season 2!
I hope you enjoy Mort when you get to it!
Pratchett for sure! Also, I think that reading the same books in different languages should count as more than just one book. That’s really cool! I don’t know any languages besides English well enough to read novels in them.
Few native English-speakers do. And honestly, I’m not good enough at German to read a book I don’t already know fairly well. I actually only read The Philosopher’s Stone in German to prepare for my high school German exam!
You know, that actually might be a way to study a new language, if I ever get to that point with one! To read (or attempt to read) a book I’m very familiar with in the language I’m studying… I’ll have to keep that in mind.
It’s helped me a lot! I have a very hard time learning languages unless I put what I know into practice.
I always excelled at English in school, because I was a nerd and played so many English computer games where I had to figure out quests!
That would make a huge difference! My Spanish was fine in school because I was using it for classes, but they never really taught us much of the “real world” language and so I’ve lost most of what I knew. I’m (slowly) working on learning Japanese now because I enjoy watching anime and it seems a good way to combine learning with fun so that it actually sticks.
Anime seems like a great way to practice your Japanese!
I’m currently learning Polish on Duolingo, so I’m considering replaying The Witcher 3 on Polish instead of English, but the Polish language is absolutely crazy, so it will be a challenge!
Video games could be a fun way to learn or study languages, too! Though it does mean not skipping the cutscenes. 🙂
You skip the cutscenes?! :O
Sometimes, anyway. Like when I’m playing a game I’ve already played half a dozen times…
Okay, that’s fair 😉 There’s only so many times you can listen to the same dialogue…
My BFF loves Tamora Pierce
The only author on this list I’ve read more than one book from is Neil Gaiman. I’ve read three of his books, with a 4th currently sitting on my shelf to read. I read my first Pratchett book early this year and really liked it, so I’ll likely add him to the my list of authors read multiple times soon. I’d have to do a count of this myself, but I think the author I’ve read the most is either George Orwell or John Green. That said, I didn’t start reading heavily until I was like 22-23, so I missed out on a lot of books that were popular when I was younger (Harry Potter in particular) that I’ve just never gotten around to reading.
Wait, you haven’t read Harry Potter?
Usually I would say, ‘get to it!’, but I have a very conflicted relationship with the books at the moment because of Rowling’s hateful behavior. Still good books, but I do feel better about recommending you to read some more Pratchett instead!