Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten. This week, it’s authors I’ve read the most books from. Now, logically, that would be manga authors topping the list, with their long list of volumes for each series. But, to be fair, I have separated them in two lists – one for the regular novels, and one for mangaka. The list also includes novellas, or short stories – basically, anything the Goodreads considers books.
While making this list, I also realized that women authors have shaped the majority of my reading choices. So, let’s begin, in order, shall we?
I have read, in total, 51 of her books, including the series The Princess Diairies, The Mediator, Heather Wells, Queen of Babble, Boy, Airhead, All-American Girl, 1800-Where-R-U, Abandon, Insatiable, and Avalon High. Most of these (there are some adult ones) being YA, she was my primary author when I first started reading YA. I devoured series after series, and her writing is one of my favorites.
Kate Brian aka Kieran Scott
Before I knew of Pretty Little Liars, Kate Brian’s Private and Privilege series were the ultimate teen thriller series for me. As Kieran Scott, I’ve read the He’s So/She’s So and True Love series, bringing up the total read to 32 books.
P C Cast
Well, most of her series were adult – Goddess Summoning and Partholon, and my teen self relished the sexy scenes. Later on, I even loved her House of Night series, but haven’t been able to complete that one yet. Book count=26
Her Pretty Little Liars series is the very definition of a long-run series, which I still haven’t been able to let go of. Her other adult-PLL-like series, The Perfectionists and Heiresses, also runs the risk of doing the same to me. Book count= 17
Melissa De La Cruz
The vampire-angel Blue Bloods series were the first to make me fall in love with her writing, then came The Beauchamp Family with its Nordic mythology, and Wolf Pact which linked the two series together. Book count = 14
Special mention to Lauren Kate and Pittacus Lore who could have been on this list, but had a higher number of non-primary books so couldn’t.
And now, if you are interested, here are the mangaka:
I’ve read Cardcaptor Sakura, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, xxxHolic, and the respective ongoing spin-offs of the latter two, Tsubasa World Chronicle, and xxxHolic:Rei, as well as the new Gate 7. The wonderful thing about the CLAMP universe is the crossovers these four magnificent and talented women create, which can be amazing most times, but frustrating too. They also made their own adaptation of the Blood franchise, Blood-C, which had a good manga but terrible anime adaptation. Book count= a whooping 70!
Her Gakuen Alice (aka Alice Academy) series of 31 volumes alone brings her to the second position in this list. It’s more of a middle grade series, but the themes in it are quite young-adult-ish.
Loved her slightly smutty shoujo series Kyou, koi wo Hajimemasu, Renai Shijou Shugi and Rhapsody in Heaven. The artwork style is usually exaggerated, and there is lots of angst but I still enjoyed those series. Book count=26
Writer of the famous Fullmetal Alchemist series. The anime FMA:Brotherhood follows its storyline. Book count=26.
Nodame Cantabile is the work I’ve read, and the book count = 24.
Fruits Basket series – seemed very simple, and shoujo-ish, based on the zodiac animals. Heart-wrenching series, with pain, loneliness and loss. Book count=23
Wrote the extremely cute Kimi ni Todoke series. Book count=20
Wrote the Vampire Knight series; I loved her artwork, especially her delicate artistic rendition of hands. Book count=19