What makes a favorite author? There are dozens of authors that I consider favorites, but when I think about it, I realize I’ve only read one or two of their books. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic challenges readers to list their favorite authors based on the numbers. I scrolled through my “Read” shelf on Goodreads and made a list of the most frequently recurring writers. (I may have cheated a little bit and only counted books I read in the last five years; there was a lot of Dan Brown, Jodi Picoult, and Chuck Palahnuik in my teens!)
1. J.K. Rowling. Surprising no one, J.K. Rowling is the author by whom I’ve read the most books. I’ve read all ten of her novels, plus The Tales of Beadle the Bard. Always and forever, J.K.
2. Haruki Murakami. A master of the surreal, Murakami is one of my favorite authors to turn to when I need a comfort read. With six of his novels under my belt, I’m slowly making my way through his prolific catalog!
3. Kurt Vonnegut. I was definitely that insufferable college student who was obsessed with Vonnegut’s existential dark humor.
[Slaughterhouse-Five | Cat’s Cradle | Galapagos | Hocus Pocus]
4. Karen Russell. My literary spirit animal. I can’t resist her sparkling sentences and quirky but thought-provoking brand of magical realism.
5. Joan Didion. Didion is the ultimate literary cool girl — glamorous but sad, and intimidatingly talented. I obviously want to know everything about her.
[Slouching Towards Bethlehem | Blue Nights | The Year of Magical Thinking | Play It As It Lays]
6. Margaret Atwood. If Didion is the cool girl, Atwood is the queen. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my very favorite books, and I desperately need to read more of Atwood’s work! (I should probably start with the two unread novels I already have on my shelf.)
7. F. Scott Fitzgerald. I am endlessly fascinated by Fitzgerald, but also increasingly disappointed that his other books don’t reach Gatsby‘s level of genius. (However, A Diamond as Big as the Ritz is one of my all-time favorite short stories.)
8. Meg Wolitzer. She just writes about women and creativity and double standards and friendship so darn well. The Wife is one of the books I find myself recommending the most often.
9. Mary Roach. There’s a reason Mary Roach is the only non-fiction writer (who doesn’t write memoirs) on this list. She has a knack for making any topic absolutely fascinating, and there’s no one I trust more to both teach me cool/weird/gross things AND crack me up.
[Bonk | Stiff | Packing for Mars]
10. David Mitchell. Cloud Atlas blew my mind, and I’ve loved slowly delving into Mitchell’s catalog; each of the novels I’ve read have been very different, but it’s fun to spot characters who appear in his other books.
By which authors have you read the most books?
*I actually got sidetracked from this book after BEA last year and still haven’t finished it. But I liked what I did read!