Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most
Posted by Sam Whitehouse
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
1 – Lee Child (Jack Reacher books) –
There are twenty Jack Reacher books so far, the twentieth (Make Me) due out this September. I’ve read all of them but Make Me, and I hope this series continues for a long time. Action-packed and additive, each book is gripping from the start and Reacher is a great main character.
2 – Stephen King –
Stephen King stands alongside Lee Child as my favourite writer. His characters feel real, despite the crazy plots they’re part of. His writing is unique: you know you’re reading a King book. Under the Dome and 11/22/63 are my favorites of the nine books of his I’ve read so far.
3 – Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant) –
The Skulduggery Pleasant books (most of them) are fast, funny and addictive. I’ve read eight so far, with the ninth and final book to read. His new series Demon Road comes out soon, and sounds like another quality read.
4 – Michael Crichton –
Author of one of my favourite books (based on my favourite movie of all time) Jurassic Park, Crichton is a master at blending science and fiction. There are only a couple of his books I haven’t read, and nearly all of them are awesome.
5 – Rick Riordan –
I grew up with the Percy Jackson books, have read them multiple times. The Kane Chronicles is another solid series, and the first couple of books I’ve read of the Heroes of Olympus are pretty good too. His plots are a little too similar for all of his books, but they make up for it in action and great characters. His new series based on Norse mythology is out this year.
6 – Joseph Delaney (Spook’s Apprentice) –
Joseph Delaney is author of the Wardstone Chronicles (Last Apprentice in the US), another series i grew up reading. It’s darker than Potter, scarier and as addictive. There are thirteen books in the main series, a couple of them spin-offs with ties to the main storyline. A great series if you’re looking for something to replace Potter.
7 – Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (The Edge Chronicles) –
The Edge Chronicles is an eleven book series (with a new spin-off already out), high-fantasy with some unique world-building. Stewart writes the books and Riddell illustrates the. One of the best YA/MG fantasy series around. Check it out.
8 – Jonathan Stroud –
Author of the Bartimeaus trilogy, and more recently the Lockwood and Co. series. Stroud blends great writing, humour and gripping plot lines.
9 – John Flanagan (Ranger’s Apprentice) –
I’ve read 8 of the books from the Ranger’s Apprentice series. For the most part, they are action-packed, with some solid characters and plot lines. The earlier ones can be read as stand-alone. The later ones start to blend together more.
10 – J. K. Rowling –
There are only seven books in the Potter series, but I’ve read them a dozen times each, grew up with them and the movies. I didn’t enjoy her crime book, but will read the second in the series at some point. Hopefully she’ll go back to writing fantasy one day.
Harlan Coben, Dan Brown and James Patterson are three more authors I’ve read plenty of books from.