Top Ten Tuesday: Authors by whom I've read a crazy number of books

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c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten

Diana Wynne Jones - 21 books 

No surprise here.  I worship this woman.  I've read all her Chrestomanci books, the Dalemark quartet, and a whole ton of others.  Not to mention Howl's Moving Castle, which I might have mentioned on S&L once or twice (actual count:  18).  If you claim to be a fantasy lover, if you wonder who was British and whimsical before JK Rowling, then check out Diana.  
Lemony Snicket - 15 books 

I'm counting Why We Broke Up, cause duh.  I still freaking love A Series of Unfortunate Events.  I know a lot of people read it, but it still never got the acclaim it deserved.  BUT THEY'RE MAKING IT INTO A NETFLIX SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!  Excuse me, while I start breathing again. 


Tamora Pierce - 14 books 

As some people are just finding out (hem Nicole and Christina), Tamora Pierce is a certified badass.  She was Sarah Maas before there was Sarah Maas.  Her stories stuck with me.  I read them over and over.  She inspired me to write!  I started with Daine--accidental choice, but it made for an interested sequence. 
Chuck Palahniuk - 10 books 

Chuck is my twisted idol.  Ever since Fight Club, I've been obsessed with his books.  His style and his boldness speak to my creepy little black icicle of a heart.  So far, chronologically, I'm current up until Pygmy.  Soon I shall conquer them all!  

D.J. MacHale - 9 books 

The Pendragon books were my jam in middle school.  I was freaking in love with Bobby,who is adorable and a space/time traveler and super noble in that Harry Potter way.  Plus, his friends Courtney, Mark, and Loor kick ass too, and all the worlds are amazing! (Secret: I still haven't read the last one. Then it can't end. :( ) 
J.K. Rowling - 9 books 

This really should be 9, because I forgot to add Fantastic Beasts.  Obviously Ms. Rowling made the list.  Not hard when you write a 7-book series.  Although, it makes me realize how many series I read, writing this...  I could tell you stuff, but you already know it all. 
Darren Shan - 8 books 

I still don't know his real name, but his Cirque du Freak books were awesome.  They were vampires, post-Anne Rice and pre-Twilight, plus a lot of other people with crazy abilities and connections to the underworld.  All centered around a traveling freak show.  AMAZING.  (Haven't finished this either.  Endings are hard...) 

C.S. Lewis - 7 books 

Yes, there are some pretty racist and misogynist elements here, but I believe that you can love something critically.  And I love these books.  They're infused with a nostalgic magic that always leaves me in tears when I turn the last page of book 7.  They will always be special to me. 
Roald Dahl - 7 books 

Dahl is my man.  I think I read The Witches about 12 times before I was 10, and watched the movie at least a few dozen.  Every single one of his books is creepily whimsical.  No wonder I turned out the way I did...   

Kurt Vonnegut - 6 books 

I haven't read him in a while, but he'll always be a favorite.  His mix of cynicism, whimsy, and poignancy is unparalleled.  I mean, who else can get away with writing a literary novel set in a place called Tralfamador!?  He's a freaking genius.  So it goes.   


  1. I loved the Darren Shan books - and the ending is so good! :)

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  2. So wild how most of these authors could've been on my list, especially if I had stuck to more recent times. However, over my lifetime, my TTT is sort of lopsided in favor of more prolific writers rather than especial brilliant authors who might write less. This was a hard top ten for me to figure out just how to decide how to qualify why certain authors made it on the list.

    1. Yeah, mine too. I just went based purely on numbers, but it's still relatively reflective of my favorites.

  3. I think C. S. Lewis would have made my list if I looked back farther in time.

  4. YES! I've read so many Roald Dahl books, he's fantastic. But I really need to read some Tamora Pierce.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  5. This post pretty much nails it CJ! I absolutely adore Roald Dahl and CS Lewis and remember how constantly I used to read and reread their books when I was younger, so I am so glad they are on there. And Kurt Vonnoget writes such unique and thought-provoking stories; there really isn't another writer like him - especially when it comes to his short stories. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! <3

  6. I've read so many Limony Snicket books too. They were fun, but also a tad depressing at times!! I really want to read Tamora Pierce novels... I feel like I'm missing out!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books