July 7, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Read the Most Books By

I contemplated a couple ways to make this list. A bunch of the authors I've surely read the most books by are the ones of my childhood who wrote super long series (or had them ghostwritten; looking at you, Ann M. Martin). And I thought that might be kind of boring? But Goodreads also removed the most read authors feature, which... BOOOOOOO. That made my job 200 times harder. So I've assembled a list of authors I'm pretty sure I've read a lot of books by. This will be a mix of childhood authors and more recent reads.

1. Ann M. Martin
Between the BSC series, Baby-sitter's Little Sister series, some standalones, and the Main Street books, I've read a lot of AMM's work.

2. Ally Carter
Three series (consisting of six, three, and three books, respectively), a standalone, and the start of a middle grade series.

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3. Valerie Tripp and Janet Shaw
Between the two of them, they wrote most of the American Girl series.

4. Kasie West
A very prolific YA romance author.

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5. Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children books were my catnip, along with Baby-sitters Club.

6. Leigh Bardugo
Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows duology, more Grishaverse works, and a Wonder Woman book.

7. Marissa Meyer
Lunar Chronicles (plus associated novellas), the Renegades trilogy, and Heartless.

8. Robin Stevens
Robin has written a delightful historical mystery middle grade series that is soon-to-be nine books long, along with several novellas.

9. Jennifer E. Smith
Jennifer is also a fairly prolific YA romance author.

10. Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and associated books, Magnus Chase, 39 Clues stuff...

My list is SUPER white, which I think says a lot about publishing and how hard it is for many authors of color to be given long series and sustain long careers. However, I'm already seeing plenty of authors over the last 10-15 years start to break that pattern, and I hope it will continue to change.


  1. Ann M. Martin is a great choice. I love the BSC series.

    My TTT .

  2. I am STILL mad about the removal of the "most read authors" feature. Literally what was the harm in leaving it there??

    I like this list, lots of commonalities. Ann M. Martin is definitely one of my most-read. Wikipedia informs me that she wrote the first 36 novels in the BSC series before ghostwriters took over (honestly, I'm impressed it's that many), but even from those, I cannot begin to figure out which ones I've read. The whole series is a wild, happy blur, as is Boxcar Children. I've also read a bunch of her standalones, though, so she really is a versatile, solid author.

    I didn't investigate the American Girl books in detail, assuming they had multiple authors, but that's good to know -- I'm pretty sure I read every book from the first 5 girls (the ones published in the 20th century, anyway).

    And Jennifer E. Smith is a great one -- I've only read 3 of hers but I've really enjoyed them all and keep meaning to continue. (Field Notes on Love, You Are Here, The Comeback Season)

  3. I've read books by every author on your list, except Leigh Bardugo (I'm interested in reading her books, I just haven't gotten to them yet)! BSC books were one of my favorites, I'm planning on watching the Netflix series soon, it looks so fun! :)

  4. Great list! Leigh Bardugo is on mine too, and I'm hoping to start the Cinder series soon:)

    My TTT: https://moonlitbooks.home.blog/2020/07/07/tttmostreadauthors/

  5. Oh man, I must have read every BSC book there was, but I didn't include children's books on my list. Have you seen the movie on Netflix yet?! Not sure I'd enjoy it since I'm so much older than when I read the books, but I'm curious enough to check it out!

  6. I don't understand why Goodreads removed the most read authors feature. Boooo!

    It's nice to see Ann M. Martin on your list. I was obsessed with the BSC series when I was younger.

    I'd like to check out that book by Jennifer E. Smith... Great list!

    Here's my TTT list.

  7. I also had Rick Riordan as one of my top 10 most read authors. I've been planning on reading some of Leigh Bardugo. Do you recommend starting with the Grisha trilogy or the Six of Crows duology?

  8. I’m mad about Goodreads removing that feature. Researching TTT this week took so long! I know I’ve read a lot of Rick Riordan and Boxcar Children.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!


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