Top 5 Tuesday- My Most Read Authors

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people! It’s time for the first Top 5 Tuesday of the month, hosted by the brilliant Bionic Bookworm! Shanah has some awesome topics lined up for this month, so if you’re not already following her, or participating in Top 5 Tuesday, what are you waiting for?!

This week’s Top 5 Topic is all about our most-read authors. Now, if you’ve been following me for a while, some of these may come as no surprise. In fact, they might even have a -374 surprise rating. But I’ll never skip out on a chance to brag about some of my favorite authors, so let’s get to it!

#5- R. A. Salvatore with 6 books!

Ok, so Salvatore is not my among my favorite authors, but his books were among the first “adult fantasy” books I read. I read The Dark Elf Trilogy, and really enjoyed it! I thought Drizzt had a pretty decent character arc, and I loved seeing his story come to completion at the end of the trilogy.

Except apparently it wasn’t the end. Salvatore kept writing books about a character whose story, in my opinion, had already been told. I tried to keep up with the rest of the Drizzt books, but had to stop at book 5 because it became clear that Drizzt wasn’t going anywhere as a character. And then I think the odd one out I found at a garage sale, and figured, why not?

#4- J. K. Rowling with 7 books!


Fun fact: my mom refused to let me read Harry Potter as a kid. My whole family is Christian, and even though my dad, a pastor, had no problem with us reading it, my mom forbade us, and even made me sit out in the hallway all by myself when my third grade teacher read the first book out loud to my class. #endpityrant

But I jumped on the bandwagon in high school, convinced my mom it wasn’t so horrible and we’ve been moderate fans ever since. While I do have a few unpopular HP opinions, I’m glad I’ve read this series,

#3- Sarah J. Maas with 9.5 books!

Not to sound too hipster, but I read Throne of Glass back before anyone (at least anyone I knew) started talking about it. Since then, I’ve read the entire series, and the ACOTAR series. But, I’m only part way through Tower of Dawn, hence the .5. I definitely think there’s some room for improvement in both series, and I have favorite books from each. All-in-all, I enjoy Maas’s writing, and will probably be reading her books for quite a while.

#2- J. R. R. Tolkien with 11 books (+poems and short stories)!

Anyone who knows me knows this is absolutely no surprise. I took a Tolkien class in college for goodness sake! I love his characters (though I’ll admit, we’re sometimes a little lacking in the lady department), and his vivid descriptions (no has ever, EVER accused the man of being concise and to the point). But most of all, I love the mythos and legendarium he’s created. I love the tiny details from The Silmarillion that pop up in The Hobbit and LOTR. I could go on for ages, so I’ll leave it at this: Tolkien has created a full and vivid world, and if nothing else, you have to respect the mark he left on the fantasy genre as a whole.

#1- C. S. Lewis with 13 books (+speeches)!

“WHAAAAT?!?” you all gasped in what I’m sure is collective shock. “Ryann and C.S. Lewis?!” Yes friends, C.S. Lewis tops my list as my #1 most read author. I’ve read 13 of his books, including The Chronicles of Narnia,  The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity. I won’t try to say his writings are perfect, but I have yet to come across a C.S. Lewis book that I don’t absolutely love!

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check out Shanah’s T5T post!

What about you? What are some of your most read authors? What do you think of the ones on my most read list? Let me know in the comments below!


13 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday- My Most Read Authors

    • Honestly, I didn’t either! Not till I took that class. On the last day, we had a Tolkien-themed, everybody-bring-something party, and our professor just handed out this huge list “in case you guys just need more Tolkien in your lives!”


  1. What a great list of books! I’ve read almost all of P.C. and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series which is 12 books + novellas and 1 book of the spin-off series with the same characters!

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  2. I also took a Tolkien class in college! I absolutely loved it. We spent the first half of the semester focusing on his influences (like Beowulf, Sir Gawain, Arthur, Sir Orfeo, etc.) and the second half reading his works (Hobbit, LOTR, & Silmarillion, along with his letters).


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