Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten…Authors on my Bookshelf

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome to Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly feature hosted by those lovely bookworms over at The Broke and the Bookish. Expect a new top ten list every week!

| Top Ten… Authors on my Bookshelf |

This week I’ve scoured my library for those authors whose books are taking over my shelves. Thankfully this is a list of authors I have read the most; if I included the books I still have to read (I’m looking at you very long fantasy series), the numbers would be ridiculous. Most of them are my absolute favourites, but a few others have burrowed their way in too. Here are the results:

| Fifth Place |

Joe Abercrombie

Number of Books Read: 7


Oh Mr. Abercrombie, how I love your books. I remember the first time I opened The Blade Itself, almost an astonishing ten years ago now. How I sat on the edge of my bed and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished. So much blood, so many battles, and so much dark humour – I hadn’t been this excited about a book in ages. And book after book, Abercrombie continues to impress. Definitely a firm favourite. With two more books sat on my shelf, Joe Abercrombie will be jumping up my list very soon.

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Number of Books Read: 7


Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadows of the Apt series is, quite simply, brilliant. I love the world Tchaikovsky has created; the different insectoid races, their traits and abilities, and the stunning and violent landscape they call home. Every book in the series makes the world a little richer, makes it seem more real. I honestly cannot wait to read more of these books.


| Fourth Place |

Susanna Gregory

Number of Books Read: 8


I was craving more historical crime fiction when, after finishing all the C.J. Sansom books to that date, I came across the work of Susanna Gregory. Very much in the same vein as Sansom, I embarked upon both her Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles and Thomas Chaloner Mysteries. There is a hefty list of to reads in both series which, when I am itching for a good historical caper, I am certainly going to enjoy reading.


P.G. Wodehouse

Number of Books Read: 8


P.G. Wodehouse is hilarious. You may see the humour when watching Jeeves and Wooster, or laugh during an episode of Blandings, but the TV shows just can’t even compare to the brilliance of his books. Every sentence is packed with wit and humour, every observation is magnificently true and no word used ever goes to waste. Wodehouse was nothing short of a genius. I look forward to working my way through the rest of his many, many books.heart

| Third Place |

J.R.R. Tolkien

Number of Books Read: 9


This list wouldn’t be complete without my all time favourite author, J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings came into my life at the age of ten, and remains my favourite book to this day. There are so many books in the Tolkien repertoire that, even if I wasn’t re-reading him every year, I would still have enough books for years to come. Next stop: The History of Middle Earth.


Trudi Canavan

Number of Books Read: 9


I’ve loved every book I’ve read by Trudi Canavan, and have two more sat on the bookshelf waiting to be opened. Canavan’s writes a fantastic and enthralling tale full of magic and wonder; I can’t recommend these books enough. I can’t wait to get round to her most recent editions.


| Second Place | 

Brandon Sanderson

Number of Books Read: 10

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Ahh Brandon Sanderson, another of my favourites. Sanderson’s books have a multitude of unique magic systems, and every book is thoroughly captivating and will grip you from start to finish. I still have Words of Radiance on my to-read shelf (I know! I’m disappointed in myself!) and cannot wait for Legion: Skin Deep to come out this year. If you love fantasy fiction, you must read Sanderson.


J.K. Rowling

Number of Books Read: 10


And of course – J.K. Rowling. I, like so many others, grew up reading Harry Potter. At the age of nine my great uncle, as he was wont to do, presented me with a book token and a newspaper clipping about a new book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. That same weekend, my mother took me to the local bookshop and there I discovered Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling will always remain a firm favourite.


Donna Leon

Number of Books Read: 10


A fairly recent addition to my bookshelf, Leon’s Venetian crime novels were devoured before my vacation to Venice. They may not be at the top of my favourites list, but Leon’s novels are really rather enjoyable and Inspector Brunetti is a charming and instantly likeable character.


| First Place |

Jim Butcher

Number of Books Read: 11


Urban fantasy at its finest! I love The Dresden Files and thankfully there are so many that my to-read shelf is still full of them! And if that wasn’t already enough, there is also the Codex Alera series on my to devour list. No doubt I’ll be reading Jim Butcher for years to come.


 What about you? Which authors have you read the most? Are there any you would want to read more of? If you would like to join in with Top Ten Tuesday, head on over to The Broke and the Bookish and sign up!

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