It’s been a while since I last participated in Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m back for today’s topic: most read authors. I’ve had this idea on my mind for quite some time, inspired by Sofia Maria who wrote about most-owned authors.

Before starting the post, it’s worth mentioning that I do not usually read series and I like to experiment reading new authors, so there are not many chances to read many books by the same writer. However, there are some exceptions, as you’ll see below.

8 books by J. K. Rowling

What a surprise 🙂 I’m part of the generation that grew with Harry Potter, so the 7 books of the series were devoured at a rapid pace during childhood and teenage years.

Recently I read the 8th book by J. K. Rowling – “A Casual Vacancy“. It was a slightly disappointing reading experience, as the book focused on political struggles and social issues in a small British town, not really my cup of tea – check my review for more details.

J.K. Rowling. Image from

5 books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Oh, the author of my favourite series of all times (4 books) – “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books”. Zafón got me hooked on his stories with a great mix of intrigue, mystery, gothic fiction, and unexpected plot twists.

I also read “The Midnight Palace”, one of the first books written at the beginning of his career.

Unfortunately, Zafón passed away in June 2020.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Image from

4,5 books by Haruki Murakami

Another favourite author – the one and only Murakami. I read 4 books by him – “1Q84” (the book I recommend to everyone), “Kafka on the Shore”, “A Wild Sheep Chase”, and “Norwegian Wood”.

The 0,5 is because I started reading “Men without Women” and I abandoned it after reading about half of it – I think it was the not-right book at the not-right moment.

Haruki Murakami. Image from Twitter/yoleoamurakami

3 books by Donna Tartt

A recent discovery for my most read authors – Donna Tartt. After reading “The Goldfinch”, I embarked on the journey to read her other two books as well – “The Secret History” (my favourite one) and “The Little Friend”.

She might have written only three books, but they’re all well-thought and there are many pages to be read (each books had 700+ pages).

Donna Tartt. Image from The Spinsterhood Diaries

3 books by Kazuo Ishiguro

I was quite surprised that Ishiguro made it on my most-read authors, but on a second thought I understood why he’s here. After reading devouring “Never Let Me Go”, I also “The Remains of the Day” and “An Artist of the Floating World”.

Kazuo Ishiguro. Image from

What are your most read authors? Did you also have unexpected writers on the list?

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‘Till next time … happy reading!


14 thoughts on “Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By (Top Ten Tuesday)

    1. I also read some of Jules Verne’s books, mostly during teenage years – I remember there was a time when movies inspired by his books were on TV, and I liked to first read the book and then see the movie 🙂

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    1. You should, “The Secret History” is a must read! 🙂
      Regarding the illustrations, I also love them! I find it much more pleasant to use illustrations rather than real photographs.

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  1. Interesting, that you don’t read a lot of books from the same author. I’ve followed many series in the past, so I would have a very different pattern. I’m guessing Agatha Christie is my most read author. Since I’ve got through both the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike books, J.K Rowling would probably be in my Top Ten as well.

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    1. What did you think about the Cormoran Strike books? I was planning to read them as well, but after reading “A Casual Vacancy” I did not prioritize JK Rowling as a “must read” author in the short time.

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      1. I did enjoy the series about Strike! Obviously, it’s very different from HP. I won’t be reading A Casual Vacancy, many have said, she didn’t quite hit the mark with that one.

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  2. A really wonderful selection of authors – Ishiguro and Tartt are simply amazing. I really need to read more of Murakami. My most-read author will be Agatha Christie because I started reading her from a very young age (I just could not get enough of all those detective mysteries!) and Philip K. Dick – he writes very brainy and literary sci-fi.

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    1. Somehow I managed to not read any book by Agatha Christie so far. I remember my brother used to be very passionate about her books 🙂 I did see 2 theatre plays though – “And Then There Were None” and “The Mouse Trap” – and I enjoyed them a lot!

      What book(s) by Agatha Christie would you recommend to read first?

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      1. I always recommend to read And Then There Were None first, but since you have seen the play, it may not be that interesting for you. Next, I recommend The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, because Christie does something revolutionary re the plot twist there, and then Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile are all equally good and are classics. Of course, the problem with all of these is that their TV/film adaptations are now so well-known that some people have heard about twists and turns even without opening the book (thus, part of their fun is spoilt) 🙂

        Awhile ago I compiled a list of my favourite Agatha Christie novels, if you want to check it out:

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      2. Thanks a lot for the ideas and the link!
        I did see the movie “Murder on the Orient Express”, but luckily I haven’t heard about the other two books – so that would be a great start!


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