I decided to do something a little different while I give myself enough time to work through my backlog of reviews (because, believe me, I have fallen way behind and keep having to refer to notes I made on Goodreads to be able to get through all of them) and that is do a couple of Top 10 themed posts. Now, it may just be the one for now because it’s pretty late to be going through a Top 10 of 2014 but time and date have never really stopped me from doing things before!
So, the basic rules of this Top 10 are very, very simple: counting downwards from ten, I will name my most owned authors. I must own at least three of their books so expect to see a couple of ties at points because looking at my shelves at this moment I can’t really remember how many books I actually own…
But, let’s get started!
10. Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, James Dashner, Susanne Collins & Sarah J. Maas
The quartet of authors kicking off my list are a few that have become very well known for the success of their stories. All four of the authors I own a total of three books for – but they have published more than I can even total up right now.
Holly Black may very well be most known for her series The Spiderwick Chronicles which was turned into a feature film with Freddie Highmore. I, unfortunately, don’t own that particular series but I do own Tithe, Doll Bones, and her joint novel with Cassandra Clare Iron Trail.
Cassandra Clare is best known for her hefty series The Mortal Instruments of which I own the first two books as well as the aforementioned novel with Holly Black. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has recently, as a hell of a lot of people will already know, become a major motion picture starring Lily Collins.
James Dashner’s novels have recently come into the spotlight by the release of film adaptation of his novel The Maze Runner (starring Dylan O’Brien). I own the other two novels in the series, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.
Susanne Collins needs no introduction. She’s the woman that brought us The Hunger Games, the dystopian novel with an annoying love triangle most YA novels feel the need to include, a mostly badass female lead, a society that is so messed up it is almost as bad as the current state of the world, and a final that really disappointed me. Don’t get me wrong, the first novel I adored – it just went down hill from there.
Finally for this part of the list, Sarah J. Maas – though with no film releases as of yet – has managed to impress a wide audience by her slight retelling of Cinderella in the form of her amazing fantasy series, Throne of Glass. I have the bind of the novellas, The Assassin’s Blade, the first book I mentioned before and the third book of the series and the most recent release, Heir of Fire.
9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Veronica Roth & Dan Brown
At number nine with four books on my shelf per author we find this lovely little trio.
J.R.R. Tolkien is most famous for his novels The Lord of the Rings trilogy and it’s prequel The Hobbit. It’s kind of a shame to say that a lot more people will know of this series for the year long movie series that’s been released over the past decade – but the still, the movies are pretty awesome.
Veronica Roth is the most recent on the list to come across a lot of criticism for her work Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant and it’s novella bind-up Four – a series set in a dystopian future with a system that works pretty much like The Hunger Games. Again, another book series turned film series – this time starring Shailene Woodly.
And Dan Brown is most famous for his series about the professor Robert Langdon: Angels and Demons, The Da Vanci Code, The Lost Symbol and Inferno. The first two of which were turned into movies starring Tom Hanks.
8. John Green
The first solo author to appear on this list is also becoming one of my favourites despite the poor quality of one of the novels on this list. I own five of his novels. John Green is perhaps most famous for his novel (and movie adaption starring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley) The Fault in our Stars – a book about a teenager with cancer and her little shot at life. His other novels include Paper Towns (soon to be a major motion picture starring Nat Wolff), Looking For Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and his contribution to the novel Let It Snow with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. (That last one I have a review coming soon so look out for that.)
7. Meg Cabot, Andrew Lane, George R.R. Martin, Oliver Bowden & C.S. Lewis
I’ll keep this one simple because five well known authors with seven books on my shelves each is a lot to go over.
Meg Cabot – The Mediator series about a young girl who can see ghosts, and Avalon High about a young girl who moves to a new school to discover everyone there (including herself) is part of an Arthurian legend in which King Arthur of Camelot returns. It’s also a Disney Channel Original Movie starring Britt Robertson and Greg Sulkin.
Andrew Lane – most famous for bringing Sherlock Holmes to a younger audience with his Young Sherlock Holmes series in which the fourteen-year-old Sherlock gets into just as much trouble as his older self whilst contending with all the wonders that the teen years bring.
George R.R. Martin – who hasn’t heard of Game of Thrones? It’s the biggest thing on TV right now as well as having two video games produced for it. It’s an epic fantasy that has captivated the world since the mid-90’s and it’s a testament to this guy’s skill as a storyteller that it’s doing immensely better as it ages.
Oliver Bowden – adapting the script of a movie is tough enough, but Oliver Bowden goes a step further and adapts the video game series Assassin’s Creed. Spanning from AC:2 right the way through to the most recent release Unity, Bowden has managed to capture the games pretty well so far; ignoring the constant grammatical errors.
C.S. Lewis – I’m pretty sure everyone, young or old, has gone into Ikea and peaked in the wardrobes in hopes of finding Narnia thanks to this guy. I own the complete box set of The Chronicles of Narnia and it is certainly one of those series that I consider a classic.
6. J.K. Rowling
This should come as no surprise. J.K. Rowling’s stories have been a part of my life since I saw the first Harry Potter book on the Reading Is Fundamental free book list in Junior School aged nine. Her writing came to me at a time when I felt very sad and had gone through a loss no child ever really thinks about. It wasn’t as dramatic as Harry’s loss but I still felt a connection through her writing to these characters that made me feel inspired and happy. I caught glimpses of what my future could be like school-wise; obviously lacking the magic but with all the experiences of making friends, meeting teachers you love and hate in a whole new environment, creating enemies and growing up. It’s a series I have read and reread more times than I can count and my copies of the books are very batter but very much loved.
It’s not just Harry Potter either or she would have been in 7th place with the group before. I am also counting her novel The Cuckoo’s Calling which she wrote under the pen name ‘Robert Galbraith’.
5. Derek Landy
At the halfway point in this countdown, we come to an author whom I have seen a lot since I was a child but only recently picked up his books. Derek Landy is the creator of a children’s fantasy series following the misadventures of a magical skeleton detective and his tween-then-teen human ward. Skulduggery Pleasant was easily my favourite book to read last year because it was such a sheer joy from start to finish. It was witty and funny, and just that single book was enough to convince me to get the rest of the series. Nine books in total for Mr Landy – though when I get the novellas that number will definitely go up.
4. Jacqueline Wilson
Another staple from my childhood, Jacqueline Wilson was first introduced to me in Year Five by my friend who adored the art style of illustrator Nick Sharratt who I am pretty sure has illustrated all one hundred of Jacqueline’s books. I own ten of her books. The first novel of hers that I read was a cute story called The Lottie Project about a young girl writing a history assignment and basing it around a unfortunate maid named Lottie who was alive during the Victorian era. All in all, I have read more books of Jacqueline Wilson’s than any other author – I just don’t happen to own all of them. The two stories that affected me most were My Sister Jodie (in which two sisters move to a posh boarding school where their parents have been hired and get a shock role reversal wherein the usually popular Jodie is an outcast amongst her peers and young sister Pearl comes into her own, the eventual consequences of which lead to a tragedy no one saw coming) and Kiss (which revolves around Carl and Sylvie, two friends who have been together since childhood and are now entering their teens. Sylvie always thought they’d get married one day but soon Carl is becoming distant, and with new friends joining their private bubble, Sylvie learns some truths about Carl that even he’s been denying for too long). Jacqueline Wilson is a wonderful author who handles young characters so well – everything makes sense even when all control has been lost and she truly is a rare gem in the literary world.
3. Rick Riordan
The king of mythology had to be on this list. Rick Riordan is another author I have been reading since I was young and he’s still a big part of my reading experience today. I own a grand total of eleven novels written by him and each one has impressed me and made me want to continue reading his stories. He is most famous for his series Percy Jackson and the Olympians which consists of five books and centers around the titular character, Percy, as he discovers he is the son of a Greek god and subsequently has to deal with all the monsters, magic and adventures that go with it. Rick Riordan has also written a spin-off series known as The Heroes of Olympus which introduces new characters in the form of campers from the Roman demi-god camp, Camp Jupiter, and a separate series (which does crossover with PJ) The Kane Chronicles which follows siblings Carter and Sadie Kane and their battles with Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses. The man can tell a good story.
2. Stephen King
Thanks to some amazing trading with my mother, I am currently in possession of twelve Stephen King books. He is definitely the king of horror. His stories have been adapted so many times, the most famous example being The Shining and Carrie – the latter of which has had three retellings in film form. He’s a very psychological writer and brings out the minds of the characters, no matter their age, and gives the reader such an immersed experience that you feel as though you are wandering the halls of the Overlook Hotel or locked in the prayer cupboard with Carrie. He’d be number one if I’d taken all of my mother’s collection because the man has written so much.
1. Darren Shan
If Stephen King is the king of horror then Darren Shan is the prince. With sixteen of his books on my shelf, Darren Shan is also the only author I have had the opportunity to meet in person. The very first book of his I picked up was Lord Loss – which I only read early last year. I took it to the meet and greet with him where I purchased a hardback copy of his then-newest release Hell’s Heroes. So I had the first and last book in a ten piece series which then progressed to the first three novels in his series Cirque Du Freak, my family buying me some of the other novels of The Demonata for my birthday and my own additions with the Zom-B series and the stand alone The Thin Executioner.
Darren Shan has a way of writing horror that I hadn’t seen before – and for as long as I can remember, I have been a morbid lover of supernatural, gothic and gory stories. I like a good monster story, I like a good variety of characters, and I love being thrown into worlds within worlds and finding out the secrets along with the characters.
It is safe to say that I am a very big fan of the horror genre – nothing can beat a good ghost story, especially when reading a simple passage can send shivers down you spine.
So, there you have it. My top ten (or top nineteen…) most owned authors.
It’d be interesting to see what authors other people own the most books for because each of the people on my list have either published a library of novels or have gained fame from the insane amount of success the books (and their subsequent films) have garnered. A lot more people are reading books now – maybe from the promotion given by the films or maybe because reading really is being seen as enjoyable again, I don’t know – it’s just amazing the impact these authors have had on me personally for so many of their books to be on my shelves.