Top Ten Tuesday (07/07/2020) – Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

Did anyone else just think oh yay, I’ll head to my Goodreads Profile and check out my reading stats for this week’s TTT ONLY TO FIND OUT GOODREADS HAVE DONE AWAY WITH THE MOST READ AUTHORS STAT!!!!!!!!!!!! Ughhhh…. That site gets more and more irksome! I really need to create a Storygraph account and the other one whose name I’ve forgotten but was all over Twitter about two weeks ago…..


I’ve read A LOT of books in my life so I’m not going to go through my Goodreads Read shelf and sort by author name because I’ll be counting all day so this list will probably be inaccurate because I am relying on my dodgy, dodgy memory lol!!!!

(1) Enid Blyton

I have no clue how many Enid Blyton books I have read but as a child I always seemed to be reading something she authored. From Mallory Towers to The Famous Five to Noddy… I just read everything my library had by her and also read any books by her belonging to my older siblings, extended relatives, and friends.

(2) Carolyn Keene

Okay technically I know Carolyn Keene is A LOT of people but I read A LOT of Nancy Drew as a child and my set answer as a little kid to the ‘who is your favourite author’ question was Carolyn Keene. Was quite irksome to discover as an adult that my childhood favourite author was a pseudonym but there you go….

(3) Jane Austen

I have read all of Austen’s full length adult novels and most of her juvenilia so she deserves a place on this list because if she had written more novels I would most certainly have read them.

(4) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I have read every Adichie novel, her non-fiction writing, her bound short story collection, and every short story that is published online (bar one that is behind a paywall). And I have adored every single word that she has written. Without a shadow of a doubt she is my favourite contemporary author.

To note: Half of a Yellow Sun is my favourite book authored by her (review here).

(5) Lindsey Kelk

Lindsey Kelk is my favourite light fiction author and I have read every single book she has published under her own name (I understand she has ghost written a number of TV tie ins and series related books during her days as a children’s book editor.) That’s a grand total of 21 books apparently including her next release In Case You Missed It which I read as an eARC from NetGalley (review here).

(6) John Grisham

John Grisham is an author that I never read anymore but when I was a teenager I could not get enough of his books and practically inhaled them! I can’t remember exactly how many it is I have read but I know it is QUITE a lot.

My favourite book by him is The Runaway Jury.

(7) John Green

John Green is one of my favourite contemporary YA authors and every time he releases a book I buy it and read it! I have read every full length novel he has published so far with my favourite being The Fault in Our Stars (full review here).

Other authors that I have read A LOT by but not all in their back catalogue include: Lauren James, Holly Bourne, Douglas Adams, Becky Chambers, Judy Blume, Marie Lu, June Considine, Bill Bryson, Charles Dickens, Joan Lingard, Gayle Forman, Stephenie Meyer, Jessie Burton, Rowan Coleman, LM Montgomery, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Nicholas Sparks.

And that’s my TTT for this week!

Have you read any of the books by these authors? Let’s chat in the comments below.

42 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (07/07/2020) – Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

        1. Totally agree with you! I was such an avid user of the site but with all the “tweaking” to the feed I found myself not seeing all my friends’ reviews and statuses etc and it was one of the reasons I made the leap to blogging. I miss that sense of community that I had on gr about 4 or 5 years ago.

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  1. I came across your blog through the TTT link up ! Enid Blyton is on top of my list too ! And like same I have no count of books I read by Enid Blyton but I know I read a lot . I too must have read all the books of hers in the library
    And I forgot to add Carolyn Keene ….I really need to go add her right now !!!!
    Lovely post
    Just found your blog and am loving it 🙂 Your writing style is so fun and engaging was reading a few of your old posts ! Hope to get to know you better and become blogging friends

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    1. Thank you Krisha! ☺️☺️❤️ It’s nice to meet another Blyton fan. I read so many of her books as a kid. I only wish I had some sort of logging system back then so I could know the true number ☺️☺️
      And thanks so much for the lovely comments about my blog. Really means so much. Looking forward to seeing your posts on my reader now 💚💜❤️


      1. My pleasure ! I think I forgot to follow your blog 😅I thought I had followed though….I started blogging and came across goodreads in May ,2020 so I had to trust my memory for the books I had read before 😭and thanks for following me

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  2. I never knew that Carolyn Keene was a pseudonym! I must have read hundreds of Nancy Drew books in elementary school, so this is a huge revelation 😁 Though I guess it makes sense that one person wouldn’t have the time to write that many books… And I also adored Enid Blyton’s books 😊 In fact, I was so obsessed with her mysteries series that I asked my mom for a wig for one of my birthdays so I could disguise myself just like Fatty. I was very disappointed when my family members still recognized me 😂

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    1. Omg I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you! I was so disappointed when I found out it was a bunch of different people all ghost writing for the publisher. I remember as a kid hoping I’d meet Carolyn Keene someday 🙈🙈😅😅
      Haha that’s super cute about the mysteries series. My fav Blyton’s tended to revolve around school. Mallory Towers, St Clare’s, The Naughtiest Girl… good times! ☺️☺️❤️💖💚

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      1. Don’t worry, the news didn’t hit me as hard as it apparently affected you as a kid 😂 I’ll survive 😉 And yes, I loved the school stories, too! Between Mallory Towers, St. Clare’s and Hogwarts, I was severely disappointed that I didn’t go to boarding school 😂😂


        1. BAHAHAHA! I know, I was so indignant when I found out lol 😂😂😂😂 and omg yes! I wanted to go to a boarding school just for the midnight feasts with ginger beer …. the influence Enid Blyton had over me is hilarious 🤣😂🤣😂☺️☺️💚💙💖💜

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          1. Yes!! I was so jealous of the midnight feasts! I didn’t even know what ginger beer was when I first read the books, but I was sure I would love it (as well as some of the weirder stuff, like chocolate cake with sardines 😁😂). I felt like I was missing out on so much! 😥😥


  3. Oh, Goodreads… they really need to start updating with competition coming out!! It’s so not user friendly! Great list. I read several of these authors before I had Goodreads… I wonder what my numbers would have been, especially with Nora Roberts!!! lol 🙂

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  4. Oh my word Enid was my childhood staple. I used to go to this auction on a farm with my dad and the auction house owner would always let me have my pick of the books. I could have 5 of what ever I wanted as long as I brought them back.

    My Tuesday Post


  5. So I did not even know there used to be a most-read author’s feature on Goodreads. Ha! So at least I didn’t know what I was missing out on when I did it the long way. 😉

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