Top Ten Tuesday | Most Read Authors

Hello my fellow bookworms. Today, I am taking part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! A weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, who each week assigns a new topic to inspires us to create a top ten list based on it. This week’s topic is:

Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

After scouring my bookshelves, my Kindle and my memory, here are the ten authors I have read the most books by (there are probably others I could have mentioned here instead, but these are the ones that came to mind first):


1. Terry Pratchett (18) – I think we perhaps all knew Pratchett would be top of my list: having read 12 of his Discworld novels, 5 of his children’s novels and the stand-alone, Good Omens, which he wrote with Neil Gaiman.

2. C.S. Lewis (10) – Second place is no surprise either really: having read all 7 of his Chronicles of Narnia books (several times) and 3 of his Christian works, and with more on my to-be-read this number is only going to go up.

3. Arthur Conan Doyle (9) – This I managed purely with my love of Sherlock Holmes, which saw me systematically devouring all 4 novellas and 5 short-story collections. In total I have to have read 50+ Holmes stories!

4. Susanna Kearsley (8) – Being one of my favourite, modern authors it is no surprise that I have read 8 of her wonderful, dual-narrative, time-slip, historical-romances, and long may she write more for me to enjoy!

5. Charles Dickens (8) – Having made sure there was always a few Dickens’ titles on my Classics Club lists, I have managed to work my way through an impressive 8 of his classic novels.


6. Stephen King (8) – Now this one was a surprise, with me not being a horror fan, but I managed this simply by having read all of King’s epic, fantasy-horror series, The Dark Tower and one of it’s companion reads.

7. Daphne du Maurier (8) – Another of my favourite authors, that I am thrilled to have been able to read 6 of her Gothic, modern classics and 2 of chilling short-story collections.

8. J.K. Rowling (8) – The only shock here is perhaps that the creator of Pottermania is not higher on the list, but with only 6 Harry Potter books and 2 companion reads this is it… for now anyway!

9. M.C. Beaton (7) – All 7 of these reads were from Beaton’s long-running, cosy-crime series, Agatha Raisin. Fun and comforting reads, which are like a big hug in a book, and I have many more to look forward to!

10. Jane Austen (7) – Finally, but certainly not least, we have one of my favourite classic authors, who we have been blessed to have 6 novels and a collection of 3 short/unfinished works to read.


Now over to you: Have you read any of these authors? Who are the authors you have read the most by?

Also if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic, too, then please leave a link for your post in the comments below, so I come check it out too.

44 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Most Read Authors

    1. Hello Nathan, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Always great to hear from a new face, especially a fellow Lewis and Rowling fan. I hope to see you again soon! 😃

  1. I keep a document for authors I have read, a page for every letter of the alphabet. If I like an author I tend to read everything they wrote! After reading your list, I took a look at my A document and found that I have read 20 books by Margaret Atwood! She is one of my top favorites but I hadn’t realized I had read so many.

  2. I love Daphne Du Maurier. I’ve only read two so far: Rebecca and Jamaica Inn but really want to pick up more. Which do you recommend I read next?

    Great list!

    1. Hello Amie, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face. 😊As well as Rebecca, my favourite of du Maurier’s novels have been My Cousin Rachel and The House on the Strand, so I would recommend either of them to read next. 🙂

  3. A very elegant list! M.C. Beaton is a recent favorite of mine, so she just missed making my list by the numbers. I didn’t include classics, so I wonder if Dickens might have made the cut for me if I had…? Or Jane Austen, for that matter. Hmmm. Maybe a second list is required.

  4. Ah, yes, Dickens, Austen and Conan Doyle would certainly make my list too. But where’s Agatha Christie?? You’ll need to do a big catch-up on them… 😉

  5. I’m seeing a lot of Stephen King on lists today – he didn’t make mine but he should have, I’ve read a LOT of his books. I’ve read a lot of Terry Pratchett too, I loved the Tiffany Aching series.

  6. You have a lot of my favorite authors on here. I love Susanna Kearsley, Daphne DuMaurier and Jane Austen. I think I’d like to read more Stephan King. His stuff his hit or miss with me but I’ve read a few at this point.

  7. This is a wonderful top ten topic! I’ve read a number of the authors you have listed and can think of several others who would make my list. (particularly some mystery series authors)

  8. Oh I love this list! Such a good range of authors and genres!

    I am determined to read more Pratchett as I absolutely love his style and find myself chuckling along for the whole book! I recently read Postal Service and it was everything I ever wanted in a book about fantastical bureaucracy! 😀

    Incidentally, I completely forgot about M.C. Beaton as I’ve read 20 Agatha Raisin’s!! I can’t believe I missed her off the list! 😮

    1. Thank you, Proxy! 😃 I really hope you are able to read more by Terry Pratchett, although I haven’t read the one you mention, so you’re ahead of me there. Also how could you forget Beaton and Agatha! 20 of her books is SERIOUSLY IMPRESSIVE!! 😅

    1. Thank you, Jess 😃 As you love Daphne du Maurier, I think you should definitely try out Susanna Kearsley – My personal favourites are The Rose Garden and Marianna. 🙂

    1. Hello Michelle, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always nice to hear from a new face and great to hear that Pratchett and Rowling made your list too! 😊

  9. Another great list. I’ve a feeling my own most read author is possibly Agatha Christie, including several short story collections. Dickens, Austen and Rowling would most likely feature somewhere in my top 10 also though, so we have a bit of overlap.

  10. Woow, 18 books by Terry Pratchett, that’s a huge amount of books you read by the same author! My most read author is JK Rowling with 8 🙂

    1. Hello Dani, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face, especially as we seem to have very similar taste in authors and books. 😊

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