Top Ten Tuesday: Most Read Authors


Welcome back for another round of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can read more about Top Ten Tuesday and its previous topics here.

Up this week: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From

I thought my numbers would be more impressive than what I ended up with, but all the same it’s a wonderful list. I listed a top eight with several honorable mentions at the end. I didn’t list all books read, but they are on GoodReads if you want to look.

Now, let us fangirl…


1. Ian McEwan – 16 books
Way to be a diva and massively surpass your fellow writers, Ian.

2. William Shakespeare – 10 books (plays… whatever)
This is a nice number, but I shall double it!

3. J.K. Rowling – 10 books
The 10th book is from Robert Galbraith, but I’m counting it.

4. Jane Austen – 8 books
I’ve read everything, so I can’t do much else here… EXCEPT REREAD EVERYTHING!

5. Ernest Hemingway – 7 books
Hey, cutie. Yeah, you, with the cats.


6. F. Scott Fitzgerald – 6 books
Got a few more to go, but looking good. Minnesota strong.

7. Charles Dickens – 6 books
I seriously thought this number would be bigger. Such a disgrace.

8. Philippa Gregory – 5 books
LOVE her Tudor period novels.

Honorable Mentions – 4 books each
John Green
Graham Greene
Kazuo Ishiguro
Jamaica Kincaid
J.D. Salinger
David Sedaris



20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Most Read Authors

    • I just went to Goodreads and counted. I read a lot of stuff as a kid/teen that probably would have outranked some of these, but I didn’t think about that at the time. Never consider your list a fail! 🙂


    • No harm in a little Grisham! Okay, I’ve never heard him, but I’ve heard enough to say that. Also, I just went off of my GoodReads lists. This might have changed had I included things like Goosebumps, Babysitter’s Club, and other such youth excellence. 🙂


  1. You are my Hemingway hero! I’ve only read two collections of his short stories — never a novel. You are also my Dickens hero! I love him but thus far lack the wherewithal to finish his big novels. I love them! I’ve started David Copperfield, Hard Times, Little Dorrit and Bleak House, and I very much enjoy them — I just get so “there is a shiny book, want to read it now” a hundred pages in, and wander off! These are not solid reasons!

    Philippa Gregory! I LOVED The Other Boleyn Girl! But people told me her other books are weak, so I never read on. Do you have a good recommendation?

    Also, I adore Atonement. I never read more by him either!

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    • I’m slowly working on Little Dorrit. I read five Dickens books for a capstone course, so that helped my focus. It is hard to read a longer work when the shiny books are calling. I’ve paused on many larger classics for that reason, so you’re not alone.

      As for Philippa Gregory, I have only read her Tudor-related work. She has some War of the Roses books, and I started one but had to pause it (got distracted). I really enjoyed The Constant Princess (Katherine of Aragon).

      If you want to try another McEwan, his newest (The Children Act) was marvelous. I also recall loving Amsterdam and Saturday.

      And yay for Hemingway! The Garden of Eden and A Moveable Feast are my favorites. 🙂


      • The Tudor books by Gregory are the ones that interest me! & a couple people have recommended The Constant Princess — thanks! If you love them so well, I might give them a go!

        I do need to read that McEwan. 🙂

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  2. Luuurve this list. Would you believe my Shakespeare count is 0? (I read Taming of the Shrew in HS and that’s it, AND I don’t remember it.) I’m actually gonna do a confessions post about it soon. Any recommendations for where to start?

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    • You mean your high school didn’t make you read Romeo and Juliet? LUCKY!

      Anyway, here’s one recommendation from each category:
      Comedy: The Taming of the Shrew (If you don’t remember it then it’s worth the reminder. Good stuff.)
      Tragedy: Titus Andronicus
      History: Richard III

      You could also read some sonnets. He knows what’s up with sonnets.


    • Since I can’t pick just one, I’d say Atonement and The Children’s Act, with Saturday and Amsterdam as other great options. Either way, everything has been rate 3-5 stars, so I didn’t dislike any of them. 🙂


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