Monday, July 28, 2014

Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

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This is actually a pretty fair representation of my favourite authors - there are few I've read more books by (read: Lemony Snickett, Margaret Peterson Haddix), but I haven't ended up keeping their books.  So here goes!

1.  Enid Blyton (23+ books)

The great thing about being raised in a family of Kiwis is that you get raised on Enid Blyton.  I'm pretty sure I own all of her Famous Five books (which I loved so much I refused to answer to anything other than George for the better part of 3rd grade), have read a huge portion of her Noddy books, used to own all her Secret Seven books, and a few miscellaneous other books.  So I don't even have a clue how many I still own (other than the Famous Fives which I definitely still have), so she pretty much takes the cake on authors I own the most of haha!

2.  Brian Jacques (21 books)

I literally own and have read all but the last three books in the Redwall series.  (There's 22 of them, in case you were wondering).  I also own two of his three books in his Flying Dutchman trilogy.  He recently died in 2011, and I was pretty much devastated when I found out.  This man was basically a HUGE portion of my childhood.

3.  Tamora Pierce (14 books)

Ok, it's no surprise that I pretty much hero worship Tamora Pierce.  It's probably more of a surprise that I don't all of her books haha! Sadly, I only own her Tortall books (excluding the Beka Cooper books which are literally the only books of hers I haven't read yet)

Robin McKinley (11 books)

I've officially read all of Robin McKinley's books except for Pegasus, and thanks to Meg, I now own all of her books except for her newest one, Shadows (and her short stories). I would put my level of fangirling for Robin McKinley right up there with Tamora Pierce!

C.S. Lewis (7 books)

This is where it starts getting a bit tricky - a lot of these next authors I've read significantly more than I own anymore.  For example, I've technically read Lewis's Space Trilogy, but now only own his Chronicles of Narnia.

J.K. Rowling (7 books)

Let's be real. Of course I own all the Harry Potter books.  I probably own some of the other ones too, but I'm not sure.  And if I had my way I'd own the whole series in the new covers too.

Lloyd Alexander (6 books)

I've read a good portion of Lloyd Alexander's books, but the only ones I've held onto are his Chronicles of Prydain (which I have reread so many times they're falling apart) and The Iron Ring (which is something I feel like I'm the only person who's read it)

Madeleine L'Engle (6 books)

While I definitely have read more books than I currently own of hers, I'm actually surprised I haven't read all or even close to all of her books.  Madeline L'Engle is actually potentially the most influential author I read growing up.  She really shaped my worldview with her blend of science and religion and just observations on how life is in a way I had never experienced (and honestly haven't since).  I think I'll make it my goal over the next year to get to more of her books.

L.M. Montgomery (6 books)

I own what I consider to really be the Anne books.  (Let's forget that last book ever happened, shall we?)

Anne McCaffrey (6 books)

I'd reread Dragonflight a billion times growing up (it's still my favourite), but I only recently got into the rest of the Pern series and her other series (I'm currently reading The Ship Who Sang) in the past year or so.  I adore all her books, so I definitely see this list growing!


  1. Enid Blyton!!! I have heard so many wonderful things about her, and I've yet to read a single one of her books. It's starting to feel sort of travesty-ish ... I might have to remedy that soon. Regarding Lloyd Alexander, a somewhat(?) funny(??) story: I found some amazing Laurel Leaf 1983 editions of the Pyrdain Chronicles earlier this year, and when I got to Taran Wanderer, I realized it was misprinted!! So I need to try and find another one so I can finish the series (especially b/c I hear High King is the best!) &&I just read my first Robin McKinley last week (no lie) - I really liked it and hope to read a few others of hers soon.

    Great post, Elizabeth! Thank you for rekindling my desire to find some Enid Blyton books:) Here's my most favorite and most owned authors, if you'd like to check them out!

  2. Natasha @ Tea in the TreetopsJuly 29, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    I bought the entire Famous Five series a little while ago in the hopes that my son will love them as much as I did. Great list!

  3. Yes Enid Blyton! I forgot I ever read her. I loved all her stories.

  4. I think I have seen JK Rowling on every single list I have visited so far :) Great post!!

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday list if you want to check it out!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

  5. I could have easily put Enid Blyton on my list as I read so many of her books as a child. I do have J.K Rowling on my list this week! :-) You've got some great authors on your list!

  6. Of course J.K. :) I own two sets of the series plus the extras. Looks like I'm going to have to pick up some Enid Blyton though - that's one author I've never read anything by, surprisingly.

  7. Great list! Had I been a bit more thorough with my shelves and list this week, Tamora Pierce would have definitely tied with a number of other authors (4 books a piece) :)

    My TTT

  8. I have to say that I don't know any Americans who have read her (I'm assuming you're American?) She's really popular in the UK, NZ, and probably Australia....probably pretty much anywhere the UK ever colonized lol. But I know literally 0 Americans who have read her. I don't know if their something I'd love if I got into them now (they're basically like way cooler Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys series), but I really adored them growing up.

    Wowwwww! I'm jealous - even if Taran is misprinted hahaha. It's been so long since I reread them that I can't remember which was my favourite, by The High King definitely ranks at the top if I recall.

    What Robin McKinley was it?! I love, love, LOVE her. Clearly, I've read all but one of her books haha

  9. Ahh Enid Blyton. So much love for her books. I read so many when I was little :)

  10. Yeah, I've held on to my copies for the exact same reason...for future kids I mean lol

  11. I can't even fathom how it's possible for a person to write as many books as she did! If you stop by the blog again, leave me a link to your blog so I can see what was on your list!

  12. I'd be surprised if we didn't see her on every list haha!

  13. I really wish I knew some Americans who had read Enid Blyton - it's only since I've started blogging that I've met people who had heard of her!

  14. You would hahaha! My set is seriously falling apart though, and I think the 4th book might be missing, so I really want to replace them. If only I had the like $80 for a new set...

    I'm not surprised - I don't know any Americans who have read her. She's written like eighty gajillion books though haha

  15. I really, really, REALLY want to own all of her books. But I suppose four of her series will just have to suffice for now haha

  16. She really was one lean, mean writing machine!

  17. Oh you have some nice collections! And L.M. Montgomery! <3 her books. Story Girl and The Blue Castle especially.

  18. You know, I've never actually read The Blue Castle! Which is crazy because I feel like it's a favourite of pretty much everyone. I've no heard of Story Girl though, I'll have to add it to my tbr pile!

  19. Yes, read The Blue Castle! :) I loved the Anne and Emily books (the Anne series especially) when I was little, but The Blue Castle is a more "adult" read and it just feels closer to me now :)
    Oh and even if you haven't read The Story Girl, you might have seen the tv series that's based on it, Avonlea (it's about this girl, Sara Stanley, if that rings any bells...)


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