This post was inspired by a post from The Broke and the Bookish.
For those of you who don’t know, Goodreads tracks your most-read authors. You can check yours by going to “My Books,” then, on the menu on the left (under your shelves), click “Most Read Authors” and you’ll get a list of authors and how many books you’ve read by each of them. When I did this, here’s what I got:
- Dr. Seuss (21 books read) - I don’t talk too much about picture books on this blog, but goodness, I love Dr. Seuss. My dad read us a Seuss book every night before bed (and he usually fell asleep halfway through the best parts) and they were definitely family favorites. In addition to owning huge collections of Seuss’ books, we’d also check one out almost every library trip. When I glanced through Seuss’ books that I’ve read, I noticed that I haven’t actually added a bunch of the ones I read growing up. Eventually, I’ll have to go back and add more, but for now, he still sits as my most-read author. I’m not even mad that he’s above all the adult authors I’ve read.
- Favorite book: Scrambled Egg Super! - I don’t know why this book connected with me so much, but I checked this book out from the library more than any other book ever. It’s all about a boy who dreams of collecting ridiculous eggs from bizarre places in order to make the greatest egg dish ever. I think I partly loved this because my dad made wonderful omelettes and he read us everything Seuss, so it was a fun and silly way to really connect with him.
- Brandon Sanderson (20 books read) - This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s read my blog for more than five seconds. Loverboy is obsessed with Sanderson and I’ve become a huge fan over the past few years. Sanderson writes some wonderful fantasy and has series for all ages. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
- Favorite book: Bands of Mourning - This is the sixth book in the Mistborn series, so you may want to start at the beginning. I love this book partly because Loverboy told me that I’m a real-life version of Steris (which I took as an insult until I actually read this book) and also because it’s fun, it’s moving, it’s got tons of action and character development, and things end on a satisfying note. Also, I find it difficult to keep up with every character and subplot in The Stormlight Archives - Mistborn is much more my speed.
- Lemony Snicket (17 books read) - Anyone who read A Series of Unfortunate Events will probably have Snicket near the top of their list - with 13 books, it’s a huge series. I’ve also read part of his All The Wrong Questions series, so I’ve read a lot of Snicket. What I love most about Snicket is the unconventional way he tells stories. It’s unique, it’s distinct, and it’s one of the best parts of his books.
- Favorite book: The Slippery Slope - It’s difficult to keep track of everything that happens in the series and what happens in which book, but I believe it’s in this book that the Baudelaires are really forced to grow up and learn the full truth about VFD. This book really hit home for me - I felt like I was growing up with them and it really stuck out in my mind.
- Neal Shusterman (13 books read)- I haven’t talked enough about Neal Shusterman on this blog yet, but prepare yourself, because I will. He’s been a family favorite for years. If I haven’t read one of his books, I can almost guarantee that one of my siblings has. Shusterman writes dark books, but he trusts his readers to be mature enough to handle some difficult subjects.
- Favorite book: The Schwa Was Here - A lot of Shusterman’s book have stuck with me, but this one did more than others. I remember reading this in a high school math class - I loved it so much that I couldn’t put it down and ending up reading through the teacher’s lesson (oops). I frequently think of this book when I hear about people who are overlooked or passed over.
- Cathy Hopkins and Roald Dahl (12 books each) - I was surprised to see Cathy Hopkins near the top of this list. In junior high, I read plenty of her Mates, Dates books, but I didn’t realize I’d read twelve of them. They’re very fun and silly YA books, but they all run together too much in my head to pick a favorite. But Roald Dahl is another story. I was obsessed with him in first and second grade and read everything that I could get my hands on. He’s still a beloved author in my mind and I reference his book more than childhood me would’ve guessed.
- Favorite book: The Twits - This was definitely not one of the most beloved books written by Dahl, but I’ve read this one several times and it always cracks me up. It’s probably the Dahl book I reference most and think about most - even more than Matilda.
What authors have you read most? Are there any that really surprised you or that aren’t shocking to anyone? Who do you wish was on the top of your most-read list?