Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Most Read Authors

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Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week. If you’d like to join in, check out the Top 5 Tuesday October Topics!

This was a fun one, I loved sorting my Goodreads books by author and seeing who I’d read most! To be honest I’m not surprised who I came out with at all, and that most of them are series writers.


5. Leigh Bardugo, Maggie Stiefvater, Jodi Picoult, Charles Dickens – 5 

Coming in tied at 5 books each, two of my favorites, Leigh Bardugo and Maggie Stiefvater, and every high school girl in the early 2000s’ fave, Jodi Picoult (we all had a Jodi phase, don’t deny). And listen….I love Charles Dickens and his sprawling tales so much. I’ve read Great Expectations twice. BUT perhaps Maggie is the winner here, as I’ve read The Raven Cycle twice now and plan on reading The Scorpio Races soon. Jodi and Charles do win for most standalones read, everyone else has series that kept me hooked, so there’s something to be said about that.


4. Marissa Meyer – 7 

It comes as no surprise to anyone that I’ve read basically everything this woman has to offer and have killed it with 7 of her books (all the books pictured above and Heartless). But can you believe I’ve yet to read Wires and Nerve?? I’ve saved it for so long now that I’m just going to read with its sequel when that comes out in a few months. I love Marissa Meyer’s writing I don’t want to see it end apparently.


3. J.K. Rowling – 12

I MEAN she’s the true winner here, since I’ve read all seven Harry Potter books so many times I’ve lost count. I’ve also read The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling, both of which I wasn’t too big on, and I’m also going to count The Tales of Beedle the BardQuidditch Through the Ages, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,  so that racks her up at 12 books total. 


4. Lemony Snicket – 13

As soon as I reached him on my Goodreads list I knew this list was done for. I read all 13 of his Series of Unfortunate Events books back in the day. I was very, very into them, too. Loved them. The later books in the series was kind of meh but the earlier ones were great, and I had to see it to the end.


Rick Riordan – 14 13

I know he’s tied with Lemony, but the new Magnus Chase book comes out literally today and I plan on starting it immediately, so Rick is right on the cusp of 14. I’ve read the Percy Jackson series, the Heroes of Olympus series, the first Apollo book, and the first two Magnus Chase books. That guy has leeched off my money for years but I keep giving it gladly. His books are so fun.

IN CONCLUSION, Rick Riordan is the winner for the highest number of books read, while J.K. Rowling is the winner of most books read over and over and over and over, so if we’re talking time here, JKR’s definitely taken up more of it. Love them both, though. And all of these authors, obviously.

Are any of these guys highly read authors of yours?? Who are your most read authors?

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  2. Omg I can’t believe you made it out of your Jodi Picoult phase only having read 5 of her books I am JEALOUS hahahah

    The only Dickens I’ve ever read is just A Christmas Carol and I feel like such a bad classics fan!!! I don’t know where to start with him though??

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    • Hahaha I think after Nineteen Minutes I was like “okay, that’s enough.” One disastrous circumstance and court case too many lol.

      Hmmmm A Christmas Carol is probably my least favorite Dickens novel TBH, followed by A Tale of Two Cities. So I’m not going to rec that one, but I loooove Great Expectations, David Copperfield, and Oliver Twist. I’d say maybe start with either Great Expectations or Oliver Twist, since they’re two pretty well known ones and I think do a good job of displaying Dickens’ whimsy and more serious social commentary. David Copperfield is the longest, though definitely the most whimsical one I’ve read. I also just love the time period and dirty corrupt 1800s London lol. His books are pretty dense, and I actually listened to parts of them on audiobook which made it easier for me to pay attention. Have you heard of librivox? It’s a database full of free audiobooks, most of which are classics.

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      • Omg wow I think you’re the only person I know who doesn’t like A Christmas Carol!! I mean it didn’t make much of an impression on me tbh… I had a few hours to kill in a bookstore in Italy once so I just sat down and read it in one sitting and to this day I still constantly forget that I read it and always mistakenly claim I have never read any Dickens.

        Hahahaha I have like no interest in A Tale of Two Cities but I feel like I should at least give it a shot at some point. But Great Expectations and Oliver Twist definitely sound way better. I’ll start with one of those. I also really want to read Bleak House at some point but it is so damn long and it scares me.

        Ugh I so wish I were better with audiobooks!!! To be fair I haven’t tried one in a while… but my mind always ends up wandering and I completely zone out and have to go back, or else just fall asleep hahaha. It sucks so much because I have a long commute to work and I could be getting so much ~reading done BUT NO I think I am too much of a visual person. BUT MAYBE I WILL TRY AGAIN free classics audiobooks sound pretty great.

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      • Lol I know right. I read A Christmas Carol in 8th grade and I was like THIS IS SO BORING!!! Maybe I’d like it better now hahaha.

        A Tale of Two Cites is really just his attempt at historical fiction and it lacked the whimsy of all of his other books, and I found it so boring but I wanted to make it through so I could say I’ve read it lol. I want to read Bleak House too and I hear it’s one of his best, but I’m intimidated by it too!!

        I’ve tried audiobooks in the car but I CANNOT, my mind wanders so easily. I’m only good at listening to them if I’m doing something mindless, like at work last year I’d have to sort stuff, and if my hands were busy and my eyes had nothing to look at, then I could listen. But HONESTLY if I could listen in the car I’d get through so many more books. Podcasts I can do though, maybe because it’s more conversational and they’re just shorter?? Idk.

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      • Maybe we can buddy read Bleak House at some point when we are ready to tackle it… or do a group read but this is such a random thing to want to read I’m not sure who’d join us hahahah. But I’m finding the group read is helping keep my motivation up for War and Peace!

        Ohhhh actually good call about doing mindless stuff while you listen, maybe I should try them when I clean or something? I don’t know what it is about driving but I just cannot focus on listening to things, even podcasts are tricky for me. I am missing out on so much good auditory content!!!

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      • Oooh that would be fun! Who knows, there might be other people who secretly want to read more Charles Dickens lol.

        Yeah, I also listen to audiobooks sometimes when I’m cleaning! I clean my room every once in a great while and it helps me to have something to focus on other than organizing my mess lol.

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    • Lol don’t read them!! They are very sad and depressing! I mean, they’re very well written and very good, but I can never read one again hahaha. I read A Walk to Remember, but that’s it for Nicholas Sparks. I really enjoyed that one though.


      • That’s exactly why I never read Jodi. My Sister’s Keeper was the first one I noticed, but I put it back as soon as I read the synopsis!
        I started with The Notebook, but it spiraled from there. I had a whole collection, and saw him at a signing. I’m past the phase now, but I was definitely a fan before my daughter was born.


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  5. I looove Maggie Stiefvater, I’ve read all her books except for her newest one. Rick Riordan makes a lot of sense to be at the top of your list, he writes SO MANY BOOKS. My other most read author is probably Enid Blyton, I adored her books when I was younger 🙂

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    • Ooo I’ve never heard of Enid Blyton! But I think if I really dug into my past and counted some of the authors whose books I read as a kid they might just have been the winners of this list!!

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