Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Read The Most Books From

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Today's Topic: Authors I've Read The Most Books From

Young Adult Picks:

#1 - JK Rowling 
Author of the Harry Potter series (obviously!) - I've read all the books once myself and am now going through them again with my daughters. I need to pick up her adult title and give it a shot. She's such a generous and kind woman, I'm happy to support her. (And she once retweeted me, so there's that - lol!)

#2 - Jerry Spinelli
Author of Stargirl, Wringer, Loser, Milkweed, and SO many other great books that kids love.  When I taught fifth grade, we read Maniac Magee every year....
#3 - Beverly Cleary
All the wonderful Ramona books alone would have this author on my list! But Dear Mr. Henshaw has a special place in my heart along with Runaway Ralph and the Ribsy books.

#4 - Judy Blume
Right after my Beverly Cleary phase, I dove right into my Judy Blume era...
To this day, I still FEEL like Peter, and Sheila, and Margaret were childhood friends. My classroom library would not be complete without Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret. And I'm loving the new updated covers!

#5 - Laura Ingalls Wilder
A confession: I once ate NOTHING but baked potatoes for two days straight to get the FULL experience of The Long Winter. My summers were spent running through the woods across from my house pretending I was avoiding panther attacks in the Big Woods. I BEGGED my mom to make recipes from the Little House Cookbook and was so bummed when we couldn't find a rabbit to stew. HA!  If you want a funny look back on the series, here is great Jezebel post on Little House:"I Play With A Pig Bladder Like It's a Balloon!" (LOL!!)

Adult Picks:

#6  - Jane Austen
My year would not be complete if I hadn't reread something by Austen...  Pride & Prejudice is my favorite but my first contact with Jane Austen was actually Sense & Sensibility.

#7 - Barbara Kingsolver
I was introduced to The Bean Trees and Animal Dreams in high school and have devoured everything Kingsolver has written since. My favorites are Prodigal Summer, Flight Behavior, and The Lacuna (this last is AMAZING - especially on audio!)

#8 - Margaret Atwood
Author of the post apocalyptic Maddaddam Trilogy, the Penelopiad, Alias Grace and SO many other incredible novels, essays, and non-fiction works, I'm so glad she's prolific so I've got lots more reading to look forward to.  The Handmaid's Tale alone should be required reading by EVERYONE.

#9 - Bill Bryson
From his travel books (Neither Here Nor There .... A Walk in the Woods - which will be a MOVIE this fall - YES!) to his exploration of a particular time in history (One Summer: America, 1927 ) - I'm willing to go on any journey Bryson wants to share. My all time favorite Bryson book is A Short History of Nearly Everything - that book totally changed my perception of the universe and my place in it.

#10 - Charlaine Harris
Yep - I've read every one of the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. And even though my interest waned about half-way through I pushed on to the end to see what happened.

Okay, fellow readers! Who are your most-read authors?

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  1. So wild how most of these authors could've been on my list, especially if I had stuck to more recent times. However, over my lifetime, my TTT is sort of lopsided in favor of more prolific writers rather than especial brilliant authors who might write less.

  2. I did the same for Harris - the first 6 or 7 were pretty good but after that...not so much.

    Check out my TTT.

  3. How coild I forget J. K. Rowling and Beverly Cleary?! Great list! :-)

  4. I've got Rowling and Austen on my list too -- and I mentioned Cleary as one I read a lot of in my youth. I like your list!

  5. Oh some of my beloved childhood faves on this list - faves that I still read as an adult :)
    My TTT

  6. I love your list! I totally forgot about some of these authors. Many of them are familiar since I read their books when I was younger! I need to read The Handmaid's Tale one day!


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