July 29, 2014

Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the BookishThis week we're revealing the authors from whom we own the most amount of books.

Author: J.K. Rowling
Number of Books Owned: 18
Why: J.K. Rowling is my queen. I will always be grateful to her for writing the Harry Potter series, and for the series itself getting published when it was. It was a hugely formative part of who I am today, as a reader, a writer, and a person. So obviously I own all the Harry Potter books (two versions!) as well as the Harry Potter-universe books. I also own a copy of The Casual Vacancy. I haven't bought any of the books in her Cormoran Strike series yet, but it's only a matter of time.


Author: Tamora Pierce
Number of Books Owned: 14
Why: I've been a fan of Tamora Pierce's Tortall companion series since middle school when I first picked up Wolf Speaker (Yes, that's the second book in her second Tortall quartet. Oops.). I acquired her Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, and Protector of the Small quartets in their entirety, as well as her Daughter of the Lioness duology. I remain convinced that no one can write a strong (physically and mentally) female heroine quite the way that she does. And, for the record, my favorite Pierce heroine will always be Daine.

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Number of Books Owned: 8
Why: I can thank Peter Jackson's amazing film renditions for my love of Tolkien, if I'm being quite honest. I read The Hobbit a year or so before The Lord of the Rings films premiered, read it again for a class in middle school, and have read it multiple times since then. I think I actually prefer it to The Lord of the Rings. I love The Lord of the Rings, of course, but I think that Jackson's films made it even more epic and relatable. That didn't stop me from acquiring two sets of The Lord of the Rings, in addition to The Hobbit and The Simarillion, though.

Author: Shannon Hale 
Number of Books Owned: 7 
Why: I bought The Goose Girl and The Book of a Thousand Days within relatively close proximity to one another. I still haven't read The Book of a Thousand Days (I'm writing a story based on the same fairy tale and don't want to be influenced by her work at all), but I read and loved The Goose Girl. So much so that I bought the remaining three books in her Books of Bayern series, Princess Academy, and Austenland. I loved the two MG books of hers I've read, but was not as big a fan of Austenland. Fortunately the rest of my unread books are MG.

Author: Jane Austen
Number of Books Owned: 6
Why: Total Jane Austen fangirl right here. Pride and Prejudice, being the first work of hers I read, will always hold a special place in my heart, but I've come to appreciate all of her works and really love Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. I even took a class on Jane Austen in college (which was awesome), so I've read many of her books multiple times, even her unfinished works. My version of Pride and Prejudice doesn't match the other five, though, so I may need to make a new Austen purchase very soon...

Author: T.A. Barron
Number of Books Owned: 6
Why: I freaking loved Barron's The Lost Years of Merlin series back when I was a tween. I was introduced to the first book through my mother-daughter book club, and immediately proceeded to buy the rest of the five-book series. I don't regret it in the slightest. Well, except for the fact that Fincayra isn't real and I can't eat all its delicious fruit or borrow the Flowering Harp. I tried starting his The Great Tree of Avalon series after receiving the first book, but, alas, couldn't get into it at all.
Author: Juliet Marillier
Number of Books Owned: 6
Why: I consider her Sevenwaters series to be a favorite of mine (well, the original trilogy). Up until a few years ago, I had only read and re-read library versions, but I acquired my own versions a couple of years ago and I can feel a re-read coming on... After enjoying the first three Sevenwaters books, however, I did go out and purchase her duology The Light Isles and the first book in her The Bridei Chronicles. And I should consider reading her Shadowfell series soon as well.

Author: David Eddings
Number of Books Owned: 5
Why: I blame my friends for getting me hooked on Eddings' Belgariad series in middle school/early high school. My absolute weakness for any high fantasies featuring a "chosen one" trope was already going strong back in my early teenage days. I loved the very real religion and pantheon presented here, as well as the worldbuilding. Also, Silk. That is all. I've since heard criticism that it's not really that good and clearly intended for younger readers, so, while part of me wants to re-read, I'm not sure whether that's going to happen.

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Number of Books Owned: 4
Why: But, Amanda, Leigh Bardugo has only published three books (not counting her novellas). I know that. But I bought an ebook of Shadow and Bone, loved it, and decided I needed to own a physical copy. And since then I've bought physical copies of the rest of The Grisha trilogy. Something felt a bit off about the conclusion, but I still love this series tremendously and am excited to read Bardugo's next Grisha-verse series.

Author: Rae Carson
Number of Books Owned: 4
Why: Again, Rae Carson has only actually published three full-length novels. Again, I have a ebook and print copy of the first book in her Fire and Thorns series. But in this case, I really was intending to only purchase the ebook versions. I was gifted a physical copy of the second book, The Crown of Embers, however, and if there's one thing I dislike, it's having a copy of the second book but not the first. I'm fine not owning a complete series, but I can't just have the second all alone. So I just decided to get the first. And then the third. Now to finish reading that series!

Author: Philip Pullman
Number of Books Owned: 4 
Why: I own copies of His Dark Materials trilogy, of course. I love that series (still my favorite steampunk series) and am still waiting to find out what form my daemon has. I also own a copy of his Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm. He's the editor rather than the author, but I count this as his work because he was responsible for the arrangement of the stories, and he also provides commentary and extra information at the end of each tale. 

Author: Megan Whalen Turner 
Number of Books Owned: 
Why: I own all the books currently published in The Queen's Thief series. Turner can be as slow as she wants in publishing future installments - I'll wait happily and savor whatever new story she produces in this world. Although this is another owned book count I should probably up soon, as none of my books for this series match thus far. Not something that needs to be amended right away, but at some point I suppose I'll give in and get all the ugly recent covers.

I'm sure I'm forgetting someone here. That's the problem with keeping the vast majority of my books packed away in boxes in the basement. Oh well. 

Please let me know which authors top your owned books list!
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Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.


  1. I've only read Pierce's Immortals Series since I just wasn't drawn to the rest of her quartets, but I know she's a fantasy favorite among many. Like you, I have the most Rowling titles and I have four Marillier physical copies though another eleven (!!) are on my Kindle. I have two sets of LotR too, in addition to The Hobbit and The Silmarillion and Children of Hurin as well, so that makes nine Tolkien books for me and then I have six of George R. R. Martin's books, four of Sanderson's books (on my Kindle, really need to read them already), seven of Stiefvater's books, five of Rachel Neumeier's work, and...the list goes on! You definitely need to finish Carson's trilogy as I looooved it and I only have two of Turner's books--The Queen and King of Attolia--but I probably need to find hardcovers of them since my paperbacks are so worn and though I'll likely never re-read The Thief or Conspiracy of Kings, I want those too. OH, and I have many--though not as many as I'd like!--Marchetta novels too. Loving this week's Top Ten theme so much, Amanda--fantastic post! :D

  2. We share two authors in common on our lists! I was considering adding Lord of the Rings cause I do own two sets and The Silmarillion....but while I own a fair amount of Lord of the Rings books, several of them are not even written by Tolkien, and are fan books, like a bestiary and an encyclopedia. So I decided not to include him. I own books by most of these, except for the David Eddings ones and T.A. Barron. I haven't read any by them actually, but I might have to check them out. And I think I only have two Shannon Hale books. You'll love The Book of a Thousand Days btw! Can't wait to hear what you think about it! Great list, Amanda! :D

  3. This is a brilliant list Amanda! J.K Rowling would definitely make it to my list too, I adored her Harry Potter books and can't wait to dive into her adult books. I'm glad to see Rae Carson and Megan Whalen Turner on your list too, I can't wait to read their series

  4. A Juliet Marillier fan! Kindred spirit! I love her Sevenwaters books too, though I'd agree that the original trilogy are much better than the newer ones (I think I've only read the first four or five? Not sure exactly). You should definitely check out Shadowfell - it isn't as wonderful as Daughter of the Forest, but it's worth reading. I enjoyed it.

    Funny that you were introduced to Tamora Pierce's books through the second Immortals book, while the first one I read was the second Alanna book! I'm still absolutely in love with her books - the Alanna and Kel series are my favourites, but I'm pretty partial to Daine's books as well. I was sorely disappointed by the Trickster books. Have you read any of her newer books?

  5. I swear, J.K. Rowling has been on pretty much every TTT I've read so far haha. Not surprising, because omg Harry Potter <3 I haven't read any of her Robert Galbraith ones either! Apparently she has six more books planned in that series?

    I actually really hope they publish Leigh's folktales together in a single volume as a physical copy- they're so awesome :D

    I need to reread Tamora Pierce...I read some of them back in primary school and I do remember enjoying them (Protector of the Small and Song of the Lioness) but I honestly can't really remember anything from them now...

  6. It's cool to see a piece of your book collection here, Amanda! You have a lot of classics here that I am ashamed to admit that not only do I not own them, I've never even read them! Namely Tamora Pierce and Shannon Hale and Juliette Marillier... I really feel like I'm missing out! I should use this list as a reference for series I need to get to!

  7. +JMJ+

    J.R.R. Tolkien made my Tenner, too--and like you, I have Peter Jackson to thank! If the movies hadn't come out when they did, "forcing" me to read the books so that I could follow my self-imposed rule of not watching the adaptation until I read the original, I might still not know anything about Middle-earth today!


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