Top Ten Tuesday is a link up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is “Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From”. I feel like this could get embarrassing, but here we go:
- Tamora Pierce (12): several YA fantasy series written in the 80’s, 90’s and early 00’s; I read these as a child and they are responsible for my love of fantasy.
- J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series (10, including two copies of book 4, as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages)
- John Green (6): contemporary-YA mega-superstar-author-extraordinaire. But seriously, I love his books.
- Maud Hart Lovelace (6): I grew up reading and rereading and re-rereading the Betsy-Tacy series, and these books have become something of a security blanket for me. I return to them when I need to read something comfortable, cathartic, and familiar.
- Megan McCafferty (5): I wish Jessica Darling was my best friend.
- George R.R. Martin (4): while I own the first four Game of Thrones books, I have only read through the third — I just couldn’t get into the fourth and gave up.
- Jane Austen (4): original chick-lit; I went though a phase in high school and bought these, but Pride and Prejudice is the only one I’ve read more than once and really love.
- Barbara Kingsolver (3): Prodigal Summer is my favorite, but I also own The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees
- the Dear America series (technically each novel is by a different author, but I own at least 20 of these from my childhood, so I’m counting them.) This series began my love for historical fiction.
- Ann M. Martin, The Babysitter’s Club (I’m including this one even though I don’t actually own all my Babysitter’s Club books anymore.) This series was my First Great Book Obsession, and I think I owned nearly every single one – easily over 100. Thanks Mom and Dad for funding the madness!
- BONUS: Shakespeare (because I own his collected works), but let’s be honest here, I’m not reading Shakespeare in my free time, aaaaand I bought this for my Shakespeare courses in college. I’m not sure it counts.
As I compiled this list, I realized that the majority of the books on this list were purchased when I was in grade school and high school – a.k.a. when my parents bought most of my books. I didn’t realize how much I’ve slowed my book-buying habit, because it honestly still seems like I buy a lot of books, and they’re kind of taking over all the horizontal spaces in my home. But, I guess I rely on the library much more than I realized these days!