Time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic is: Authors I Own the Most Books From!
Bry: This topic was almost too easy, haha! I could just look at my bookshelf and survey the titles. These are in no particular order of frequency, as I don’t feel like going and counting every book on my shelf.
1. Anne Rice. She was my first major literary love, and I own every single book that she’s ever written. Even the Christ books. This includes the pen-named books of Anne Rampling, A.N. Roquelare and so on.
2. R.L Stine. I’d estimate this collection to be in the 100’s! Definitely the most.
3. Michael Slade. An absolute favourite of mine, I also have everything that has ever been written under this name.
4. Stephen King. I started collecting the classics (Pet Semetary, Salem’s Lot, Misery, Carrie…) and just kept going.
5. Robin Hobb. Also at the very top of my ‘favourite author’ list, I have mostly everything she’s done, with the exception of the Soldier’s Son series. One day soon, they’ll be added.
6. William Shakespeare. Uh, duh. I have multiple copies of each play, as well as several copies of the ‘collective works’.
7. Mira Grant. This is an entirely new development, but in the last two weeks I’ve devoured 90% of the books she’s written, and have the rest waiting for me. I’m Mira-Grant-binging so hard, and I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty.
8. Jack Whyte. With the Dream of Eagles series/Camulod Chronicles being 10 books, and then the Templar series to follow, he was bound to make this list
9. J.K Rowling. She makes this list by virtue of the Harry Potter series, her mini-books that accompany it, and all the new non-Potter/pennnamed titles.
10. Kelly Armstrong. By virtue of a ‘bibliography’ download pack!
Fry: Pretty easy, but also very difficult. Because most of my books are on my Kindle and not at all orderly.
1. JK Rowling- I have all of that Harry Potter goodness in hardcover and I’ll never get rid of it. It’s the soul and heart of my book collection.
2. Brian Jacques- I had a thing for him when I was a preteen. He pretty much transitioned me from my need for talking animal books into my love of grimdark fantasy. Sieges and boiling oil? Bring it on, sir Jacques! What’s left of my collection is signed. Unfortunately, I had six signed Jacques books and now I only seem to have three? The other ones must be somewhere. Probably at my parent’s house.
3. Roald Dahl – Another leftover from my childhood. But, why wouldn’t I keep them?
4. Shel Silverstein- The only one of his books I don’t have is Giraffe and a Half. I even have whatever the heck that one is where the lion really likes marshmallows and so becomes a sharp shooter in order to get lots and lots of marshmallows? It is a pretty weird book. Not gonna lie.
5. Ann Aguirre- Besides needing to finish Horde, I only really need to jump into the Corine Solomon series and the erotica she wrote under a pseudonym.
6. Mira Grant/ Seanan McGuire – Pretty sure I would fight battles for Seanan. She’s one of my favorite writers. Everything she does stresses me out to no end, but I power through it anyway because it’s just so good!
7. Scott Lynch – C’mon! Pull it together and give me some fantastically sarcastic heists. It’s all I want. All I’ve ever wanted. Perhaps Lies of Locke Lamora was TOO perfect, because the other two haven’t quite lived up to that fantastic roller coaster.
8. Robin Hobb – I got a bunch of her books and I need to read them. That’s all I’m going to say about that, because otherwise I might break down and sob in a corner. Robin Hobb, why do you like to murder my soul so?
9. Joe Abercrombie- This is a new development. I picked up The First Law series whimsically because I had nothing to read to my husband on long car trips (both our parents are like an hour and a half/two hours away from us) now that Rothfuss, Lynch and Martin are still in book limbo writing/editing/not being published immediately. Now I find he’s got a ton of books and I’ve been systematically devouring them.
10. Daniel Abraham- So, I picked up the Dragon’s Path and read half of it and then grabbed all of his other books and now I have a pile of Daniel Abraham. His writing is fun and so far, so are his characters. I’ve only heard good things about the Long Price Quartet.
Carol: I hoard books like a dragon hoards gems and gold. I cannot help but collect a good book, especially if they are from an author I have read before and love to continue reading. That said, these are the authors you’ll most frequently see in my shelves:
1. J. R. R. Tolkien– Given my praise of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, are you surprised? I mean, I LOVE his stories! And whether it is the expanded universe that he wove in various scraps and parcels and pieces that were mashed together, whole books, or especially the unfinished The Silmarillian, I’ve got his books. I even have his King Arthur related stories and collections! Tolkien will always be a fixture on my bookshelves.
2. Robin McKinley– This woman’s ability to weave anew the fables we grew up with (such as Beauty and The Beast and Sleepy Beauty) is unparalleled. She’s magnificent! Her writing is rich, her women are strong but still full of flaws that make them believable as human beings, and her men are just as complex. Even her original fiction is engaging and draws the reader in, developing unique worlds that are equal parts new and yet familiar. I own a TON of her books, and I hope to be able to procure more in the future.
3. Laurell K. Hamilton– While my love for LKH’s writing has waned with the decline of her actual writing skill, I still own the first 8 of her ‘Anita Blake’ series. Stopping at Obsidian Butterfly, I keep her earlier works in the series because these were the tales where Anita was at her best. I won’t spoil why I hate the character as she is now, but in the beginning, she was a woman who had a lot of tragedy and pain, yet still overcame them and carried with her strong convictions. And while she loved men, she wasn’t ruled by them, and did not compromise her humanity or her passion for justice.
4. Cynthia Voight- I own every single one of her ‘Kingdom’ books. What are those? They are stories that take place in a medieval world known as ‘The Kingdom’. There are lands to the East and South, but the Kingdom itself is guarded by mountains and an ocean that keep it from invaders. The stories mostly focus on young women (only one had young men as the protagonists) who go on long, incredible adventures, and while seemingly unconnected at first, those who are dedicated readers of the series understand that each book has one tied destiny.
5. J. K. Rowling– Oh Rowling, you and your mystical, magical, wonderous world of wizarding greatness! I love Rowling’s work, and she’s done a fantastic job drawing readers like me in to the same world as her most well known creation, Harry Potter. I admit, I have read her other books (under the guise of Robert Galbraith), only The Cuckoo’s Calling was as intriguing as the Potter books. Still, I adore her books set in the Wizarding World, and I hope that she will return to it someday.
6. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle– Most of these are on my tablet, but I’ve rediscovered my love of detective and mystery stories by going back to Doyle’s works. Most of them are of course about his most famous detective (which Doyle came to hate with a passion), but I still love his writing. I’ll try to get the hard-copies someday, but if I can access my e-reader or google account for copies of The Sign of Four, A Study in Scarlet, The Hound of The Baskervilles, and others, well, then I’ll upgrade to the digital age.
7. Rumiko Takahashi– The mangaka behind one of my favorite anime/manga series, Inuyasha, I own SEVERAL volumes of that manga. The series is a long one, and can’t be told in one large volume. But I don’t always return to the story of the dog-demon boy and his time-traveling companion from Japan. Still, I take great pride in that I collected so many, and that should I want to drop down the Bone Eater’s Well one more time, I can reach for it easily.