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message 1: by Ken B (last edited Nov 17, 2013 01:03AM) (new)

Ken B | 6486 comments Hello, HA. Just as a getting to know you exercise, who are your top ten most read authors and how many books have you read by them?

How to find this info:

Go to "My Books". Look in the left column near the bottom and you will find a link "most read authors". Copy and paste the top ten here. You may have to clean the list up (formatting, not content!) a bit before posting.


message 2: by Ken B (last edited Nov 17, 2013 05:16PM) (new)

Ken B | 6486 comments Ken > Reviews > Most Read Authors


1 Kurt Vonnegut 16
2 Agatha Christie 12
3 Hunter S. Thompson 11
4 Joseph Delaney 9
5 John Saul 9
6 Jack Higgins 9
7 Anne Rice 8
8 Douglas Preston 8
9 H.P. Lovecraft 8
10 Arthur Conan Doyle 8


message 3: by Squire (new)

Squire (srboone) | 814 comments Probably Michael Moorcock since he has written about 200 books, most of which are out of print--and I've read most of them. Next would be Stephen King.


message 4: by Chad (new)

Chad (Shakes33) | 5 comments Douglas Preston 22
Stephen King 18
James Rollins 16
Douglas Coupland 15
G.M. Ford 12
Matthew Reilly 11
Steve Berry 10
Kim Harrison 10
Michael Crichton 10
Greg Iles 9

Hmph. Pretty much how I thought that would play out.


message 5: by Gregor (new)

Gregor Xane (gregorxane) | 420 comments 1 Philip K. Dick 53
2 Stephen King 33
3 Clive Barker 19
4 Charles Bukowski 17
5 Dean Koontz 16
6 Jeffrey Ford 15
7 Robert Anton Wilson 14
8 Lemony Snicket 13
9 China Miéville 12
(tie) 10 Joe R. Lansdale 10
(tie) 10 George R.R. Martin 10


message 6: by Char (last edited Nov 17, 2013 09:38AM) (new)

Char  | 13703 comments Mod
1 Stephen King 63
2 Robert R. McCammon 21
3 Kealan Patrick Burke 17
4 Greg F. Gifune 15
4 F. Paul Wilson 15
6 Dan Simmons 14
7 Jeffery Deaver 13
8. Tim Curran 11
8 John Connolly 11
10 David Morrell 10
10 Peter Straub 10
12 Jeff Strand 9
12 Dennis Lehane 9


message 7: by Bill (last edited Nov 17, 2013 05:02PM) (new)

Bill (shiftyj1) | 4892 comments Stephen King 69
Kealan Patrick Burke 12
John Connolly 11
J A Konrath 10
Jeff Strand 9
John Grisham 8
Blake Crouch 7
Tim Curran 5
Michael Crichton 5
Greg F Gifune 5
Lee Thompson 5
Joe Hill 5
Scott Sigler 5


message 8: by Jon Recluse (last edited Nov 18, 2013 12:44PM) (new)

Jon Recluse | 12043 comments Mod
1. Charles L. Grant 45
2. Terry Pratchett 33
3. F. Paul Wilson 27
4. Stephen King 27
5. Graham Masterton 26
6. Richard Laymon 23
7. Kealan Patrick Burke 22
8. Robert R. McCammon 19
9. Andrew Vachss 19
10. John Connolly 17


sonny (no longer in use) (satyrica) | 226 comments 1 Stephen King 26
2 Clive Barker 10
3 Chuck Palahniuk 7
4 H.P. Lovecraft 7
5 Bret Easton Ellis 7
6 J.K. Rowling 6
7 Roald Dahl 6
8 Irvine Welsh 5
9 Douglas Coupland 5
10 William Shakespeare 5


message 10: by Hudson (new)

Hudson (bostonrich) | 47 comments 1. Stephen King 31
2. Bernard Cornwell 21
3. Patrick O'Brian 21
4. C.S. Forester 12
5. Chuck Palahniuk 10
6. Robin Hobb 10
7. Jim Thompson 9
8. C.S. Lewis 8
9. John Steinbeck 8
10. Tom Clancy 8

This seems off, think I need to revisit my "read" list.
@Jon - I did not know you were a Pratchett fan. I am on the 6th book, plan on reading the whole series, he is a lot of fun.


message 11: by Char (new)

Char  | 13703 comments Mod
Ken, you seem to be the only one that does not have Stephen King on the list.

Hudson, my list seems to be off too. I swear I have read more John Connolly than what it says here.


message 12: by Erin (new)

Erin (ems84) | 6816 comments Erin > Reviews > Most Read Authors

author books read
1 3389 Stephen King 71
2 13730 R.L. Stine 49
3 9355 Dean Koontz 21
4 123715 Agatha Christie 16
5 209672 Charles M. Schulz 10
6 12014 Max Allan Collins 8
7 630 Dan Brown 5
8 51518 John Skipp 4
8 6941 Peter Straub 4
8 111933 Donn Cortez 4

I haven't read R.L. Stine in years but I still have my Goosebumps books.


message 13: by Kasia (new)

Kasia (kasia_s) | 2939 comments Mod
This is so neat, I didn't even realize this was available to view on here :)


author books read
1 Graham Masterton 30
2 René Goscinny 26
3 James Patterson 23
4 Joanne Fluke 17
5 Dean Koontz 15
6 Kathy Reichs 14
6 Stephen King 14
8 Richard Laymon 13
9 Agatha Christie 12
10 Douglas Preston 11
10 Kim Harrison 11
12 J.K. Rowling 8
12 Nigella Lawson 8
12 Brian Keene 8
15 M.C. Beaton 7
15 Jack Ketchum 7


message 14: by Erin (new)

Erin (ems84) | 6816 comments Kasia wrote: "This is so neat, I didn't even realize this was available to view on here :)


author books read
1 Graham Masterton 30
2 René Goscinny 26
3 James Patterson 23
4 Joanne F..."




Me either and I just realized my entire list didn't copy and paste:


1 3389 Stephen King 71
2 13730 R.L. Stine 49
3 9355 Dean Koontz 21
4 123715 Agatha Christie 16
5 209672 Charles M. Schulz 10
6 12014 Max Allan Collins 8
7 630 Dan Brown 5
8 51518 John Skipp 4
8 6941 Peter Straub 4
8 111933 Donn Cortez 4
8 61105 Dr. Seuss 4
12 Alvin Schwartz 3
12 13388 Shirley Jackson 3
12 153394 Suzanne Collins 3
12 8726 Richard Matheson 3
12 706255 Stieg Larsson 3
17 Michael Norman 2
17 13974 Mark Z. Danielewski 2
17 6620 Greg Cox 2
17 11258 Stuart M. Kaminsky 2
17 3472 Margaret Atwood 2
17 2345 Nicholas Sparks 2
17 11758 Jerome Preisler 2
17 947 William Shakespeare 2
17 239579 Charles Dickens 2
17 Robert Cahill 2


message 15: by Ken B (new)

Ken B | 6486 comments Charlene wrote: "Ken, you seem to be the only one that does not have Stephen King on the list.

Hudson, my list seems to be off too. I swear I have read more John Connolly than what it says here."


I like Stephen King's stories but don't have the patience to sit through 900 pages that could have been squeezed into 300.


message 16: by Kasia (new)

Kasia (kasia_s) | 2939 comments Mod
Ken wrote: "I like Stephen King's stories but don't have the patience to sit through 900 pages that could have been squeezed into 300. ."..."

Not all are that long

The Stand: 1,153 pages
It: 1,138 pages
Under the Dome: 1,072 pages
Insomnia: 787 pages
Desperation: 690 pages
Needful Things: 690 pages
Dreamcatcher: 620 pages
Duma Key: 607 pages
The Tommyknockers: 558 pages
Bag of Bones: 529 pages


sonny (no longer in use) (satyrica) | 226 comments although Stephen king is top of the list he is definitely not my favourite author. I only read him if I've got nothing interesting to read


message 18: by Gregor (new)

Gregor Xane (gregorxane) | 420 comments sonny wrote: "although Stephen king is top of the list he is definitely not my favourite author. I only read him if I've got nothing interesting to read"

Yeah, he's not my favorite, but he's pretty dependable really.


message 19: by Ken B (new)

Ken B | 6486 comments What was surprising to me was that I had read 8 Anne Rice books. I hate Anne Rice. I love her ideas but her execution annoys me. Every now and then, I find myself in front of a bargain bin with an Anne Rice title in my hand that I haven't read. I am SOOOOOO tempted. But, I just make myself put it down and walk away.


message 20: by Char (new)

Char  | 13703 comments Mod
What about her execution don't you like, Ken?
I loved her Mayfair Witches series and the first two or three Lestat stories, and then I fell out of love with her. I'm not sure why.


message 21: by Ken B (new)

Ken B | 6486 comments She feels the need to tell you how much smarter her characters are than you by making long lists of books that the character has read (that, I guarantee neither she nor you has read), as if this proves some sort of academic provenance.

Secondly, call me a bigot for saying it if you want, but I don't need homo-eroticism (blatant or more subdued) in everything I read. She manages to weave something into every story. That's fine if that's what you want to read. I've got no problem with it. Its just not for me, at least not in the doses that Anne Rice serves.

There are other annoyances. But, those two are enough to keep me from wanting to read more.


message 22: by Hudson (new)

Hudson (bostonrich) | 47 comments Charlene wrote: "What about her execution don't you like, Ken?
I loved her Mayfair Witches series and the first two or three Lestat stories, and then I fell out of love with her. I'm not sure why."


Too funny Charlene, I feel exactly the same way. Loved the characters in Mayfair and was actually pretty upset when Rowan cheated on (?) with Lasher!


message 23: by Holly (last edited Nov 19, 2013 05:10AM) (new)

Holly (goldikova) 1 Dick Francis 46
2 Stephen King 29
3 K.M. Peyton 9
3 Laura Ingalls Wilder 9
5 Rita Mae Brown 8
5 Armistead Maupin 8
5 John Connolly 8
8 Jane Smiley 7
8 J.K. Rowling 7
10 Marguerite Henry 6


message 24: by Char (new)

Char  | 13703 comments Mod
It's nice to see some different authors, Holly!

Ken, agree about the homo eroticism, for sure. It doesn't really bother me, but it is there.
I don't really remember about the lists of books, but I will take your word for it. I do follow Anne on FB, and she does read some pretty far out stuff. She also likes to talk about reviewers and reviews. She shows up on Amazon every once in a while to chat.


message 25: by Hunter (new)

Hunter (goathunter) | 75 comments You all need to read more McCammon! ;-)

If you don't like Anne's homo-eroticism, definitely stay away from her son Chris's books....

Hunter


message 26: by Char (new)

Char  | 13703 comments Mod
McCammon would be in the top spot for me, if he just wrote some more. :)


message 27: by Ken B (new)

Ken B | 6486 comments Hunter wrote: "You all need to read more McCammon! ;-)

If you don't like Anne's homo-eroticism, definitely stay away from her son Chris's books....

Hunter"


Funny you should say that! I picked up one of his books, hoping that the talent for ideas rubbed off on him but not some of the other traits. I opened the book to a random page, right into the middle of a man-on-man sex scene. Well, there you go.


message 28: by Char (new)

Char  | 13703 comments Mod
LOL I've seen them on a book tour for both his and her new books they have that were just released. She is very supportive of him, which is nice. But m/m is not my thing.


message 29: by Jon Recluse (new)

Jon Recluse | 12043 comments Mod
My attitude is I'm happy that the characters are homosexual just as much as if they were straight. Good for them. I don't need a sexual play by play.
Next, they'll be dedicating chapters to restroom visits.

"Bob's morning crap was wetter than usual, but the smell was invigorating....."


message 30: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 2788 comments I wanna do this but my list is small and I've never read more then 2 of an authors books, I need to step it up!


message 31: by Ken B (new)

Ken B | 6486 comments Jon, aren't those the opening lines from an Edward Lee novel?


message 32: by Gregor (new)

Gregor Xane (gregorxane) | 420 comments Jon Recluse wrote: "Bob's morning crap was wetter than usual, but the smell was invigorating....."

Good opening line for a story, Jon. You should run with that!


message 33: by Robb (new)

Robb Bridson 1. Stephen King: 18
2. Clive Barker: 8
3. Douglas Adams: 6
tied for 4.Gregory Maguire, Bentley Little: 4
tied for 5: Isaac Asimov, Sarah Langan, H.P. Lovecraft, John Saul, Joe Hill, Junji Ito: 3

With Lovecraft it's a bit weird... I'm pretty sure I've read as many or close to as many stories as the person posting 8 books by Lovecraft... but number of books depends on how the stories were packaged.

I hope to soon move Joe Hill and Bentley Little up my list, and I hope Sarah Langan writes something else to read.
And in spite of myself, I am going to wind up reading more John Saul.
But as it stands... most writers I only read one or two things by.


message 34: by Amanda (new)

Amanda | 67 comments R.L. Stine 44
Richard Laymon 33
Stephen King 33
Christopher Pike 31
Laurell K. Hamilton 24
Charlaine Harris 24
L.J. Smith 22
Bill Amend 17
Arthur Conan Doyle 13
Janet Evanovich 13
Hideyuki Kikuchi 11


message 35: by Mixofsunandcloud (new)

Mixofsunandcloud | 539 comments 1 Robert B. Parker 51
2 Neil Gaiman 37
3 Piers Anthony 34
4 Terry Pratchett 24
5 Tanya Huff 21
6 Simon R. Green 20
7 Stephen King 17
8 Warren Ellis 13
8 Christopher Moore 13
10 Peter David 12


message 36: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (shelld79) | 9 comments This is a really cool function that I never ealised existed until I saw this thread.
Mine certainly are no surprise to me.

Stephen King 39
Dean Koontz 34
Richard Laymon 24
Michael Connelly 15
Jeffery Deaver 15
Nora Roberts 13
Charlaine Harris 11
Tami Hoag 9
Joy Fielding 8
Terry Goodkind 8
Stephen Leather 8
Gabrielle Lord 8


message 37: by Myst (new)

Myst | 398 comments I'm a bit surprised by #1 (and ashamed, but it's hard to not keep watching the train wreck, I haven't bought anything of hers in a decade...so I'm not totally crazy!)

Of all the books in my top 10, there will be at least 10 more books added to the various authors by the end of the year, 5 new releases, at least 5 books on my tbr list.

1 Laurell K. Hamilton 35
2 Lilian Jackson Braun 30
3 Christine Feehan 25
4 Patricia Cornwell 24
5 Sue Grafton 23
6 Anne Rice 18
6 P.N. Elrod 18
8 Sherrilyn Kenyon 17
9 Kathy Reichs 16
10 Charlaine Harris 15
10 Kim Harrison 15
12 Terry Goodkind 14
13 Brian Lumley 13
13 Stephen King 13
15 Darren Shan 12
15 Anne McCaffrey 12
17 Kerrelyn Sparks 11
17 J.R. Ward 11
19 Amy Cross 10
19 Laura Ingalls Wilder 10
19 Lynsay Sands 10


message 38: by Marie (new)

Marie | 3430 comments This is a cool thread! We need to dust this off the shelf and bring it back into play for all the newcomers. Might need to update it a little for previous posters as it has been 2 years for members that had posted on here. :)

With that being said...lol...here is my top ten:

1. John Saul - 29
2. Stephen King - 21
3. Dean Koontz - 12
4. John Sandford - 9
5. Bentley Little - 7
6. Darcy Coates - 7
7. Alex Kava - 7
8. Cindy Parmiter - 6
9. Mariah Stewart - 6
10. Ambrose Isben - 5

I was surprised that I had read more of Saul than King. I no doubt need to remedy that! lol


message 39: by David (new)

David Brian (davidbrian) | 1610 comments This is an interesting topic. I need to get my listing sorted ASAP!


message 40: by Tim (new)

Tim (tim_taylor) | 55 comments Very cool thread. I hadn't noticed this list.

1 Stephen King 51
2 Joe R. Lansdale 27
3 Greg F. Gifune 26
4 Jonathan Maberry 25
5 Elmer Kelton 21
5 Tom Piccirilli 21
7 Richard Laymon 18
7 Jeff Strand 18
9 Brian Keene 17
10 Dean Koontz 15
10 Edgar Rice Burroughs 15
10 Bernard Cornwell 15

There are some just outside of my top 10 I need to get back to.
Also, I'm really going to miss Tom Piccirilli. There are a few of his I still haven't read on my TBR that I'll be reading to start my new year.


message 41: by Mixofsunandcloud (new)

Mixofsunandcloud | 539 comments I answered this about 2 1/2 years ago. Let's see how it changed.

April 2014:
1 Robert B. Parker 51
2 Neil Gaiman 37
3 Piers Anthony 34
4 Terry Pratchett 24
5 Tanya Huff 21
6 Simon R. Green 20
7 Stephen King 17
8 Warren Ellis 13
8 Christopher Moore 13
10 Peter David 12

Dec 2016:

1 Robert B. Parker 51
2 Neil Gaiman 40
3 Piers Anthony 34
4 Terry Pratchett 25
5 Tanya Huff 21
6 Simon R. Green 20
7 Stephen King 19
8 Warren Ellis 15
9 Tinnean 13
9 Christopher Moore 13


Not a lot of change. But most of the authors have the same number of books read. I'm going to take that to mean I've been reading a lot of different authors, which is always a good thing.


message 42: by Myst (new)

Myst | 398 comments 2014:
1 Laurell K. Hamilton 35
2 Lilian Jackson Braun 30
3 Christine Feehan 25
4 Patricia Cornwell 24
5 Sue Grafton 23
6 Anne Rice 18
6 P.N. Elrod 18
8 Sherrilyn Kenyon 17
9 Kathy Reichs 16
10 Charlaine Harris 15
10 Kim Harrison 15

2016:
1 Sherrilyn Kenyon 52
2 Laurell K. Hamilton 38
3 Christine Feehan 31
4 Lilian Jackson Braun 30
5 Patricia Cornwell 28
5 Robin Cook 28
7 Maggie Shayne 27
8 Sue Grafton 25
8 Lynsay Sands 25
10 J.D. Robb 23
10 P.N. Elrod 23
10 Anne McCaffrey 23

My top 10 has changed a fair bit. Wow, 35 Sherrilyn Kenyons in 2 years...


message 43: by John (new)

John (jrd1st) 1 Stephen King 64
2 John Sandford 35
3 Clive Barker 17
3 Mark Tufo 17
5 Richard Laymon 14
5 Peter Straub 14
5 Craig Johnson 14
5 Dorothy L. Sayers 14
9 Kurt Vonnegut 10
10 Dan Simmons 9
10 Haruki Murakami 9


message 44: by Ryan (last edited Dec 21, 2016 07:43AM) (new)

Ryan (jerseyderb9194) | 2 comments 1 Richard Laymon 20
2 Stephen King 19
3 R.L. Stine 15
4 Joe R. Lansdale 13
5 Brian Keene 11
6 Jonathan Maberry 9
7 Dr. Seuss 9
8 Rick Remender 9
9 Simon Clark 8
10 24514 Brian K. Vaughan 7


message 45: by [deleted user] (new)

1. Darren Shan 40
2. Stephen King 27
3. Neil Gaiman 16
4. Meg Cabot 12
5. J.K. Rowling 12
6. J.R.R. Tolkien 7
7. George R.R. Martin 6
8. Charles Dickens 6
9. L.A. Meyer 6
10. Douglas Adams 5


message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

1. Christopher Pike 54
2. Francesca Lia Block 33
3. V.C. Andrews 20
4. Stephen King 11
5. Joe Hill 9
6. J.K. Rowling 8
6. Kelley Armstrong 8
8. Stephenie Meyer 7
8. C.S. Lewis 7
10. Mitch Albom 6


message 47: by Cuniculus (new)

Cuniculus Potterton | 2699 comments 1 Bradley Poage 36
2 Hiroya Oku 34
3 Stephen King 29
4 Carlton Mellick III 28
5 Hideo Yamamoto 26
6 H.P. Lovecraft 25
7 R.L. Stine 24
8 Robert Bloch 23
9 Iain Rob Wright 22
10 Hitoshi Iwaaki 20

Well, the statistics based on works and volumes alone are perhaps a bit messy and non-representative. For example, the works by Bradley Poage and Iain Rob Wright have all been bite-sized shorts and the two japanese authors are actually manga artists. 34 manga volumes "equal" perhaps one or two long novels by Stephen King.


message 48: by Marie (new)

Marie | 3430 comments Tim wrote: "Very cool thread. I hadn't noticed this list.

1 Stephen King 51
2 Joe R. Lansdale 27
3 Greg F. Gifune 26
4 Jonathan Maberry 25
5 Elmer Kelton 21
5 Tom Piccirilli 21
7 Richard Laymon 18
7 Jeff Stra..."


The reason you are seeing this list is because I went a few pages back in this thread and found it from 2 years ago. :) I like to explore the threads in HA to see what I have missed from the past. :)


message 49: by Ken B (last edited Dec 22, 2016 07:15AM) (new)

Ken B | 6486 comments 2013:

1 Kurt Vonnegut 16
2 Agatha Christie 12
3 Hunter S. Thompson 11
4 Joseph Delaney 9
5 John Saul 9
6 Jack Higgins 9
7 Anne Rice 8
8 Douglas Preston 8
9 H.P. Lovecraft 8
10 Arthur Conan Doyle 8

2016:
1 William Meikle 19
2 Kurt Vonnegut 16
3 Agatha Christie 15
4 David Haynes 14
5 Richard Laymon 12
6 Edward Lee 11
7 Hunter S. Thompson 11
8 John Bellairs 10
9 Jack Higgins 9
10 Joseph Delaney 9
10 John Saul 9
10 David Stuart Davies 9
10 H.P. Lovecraft 9

A little interesting revisiting this. Frightening though that I have Edward Lee and Richard Laymon high on a list that includes YA authors Bellairs and Delaney.

Happy to see Rice fall off the list. Happier to see HA authors showing up, namely Meikle and Haynes.


message 50: by Ken B (new)

Ken B | 6486 comments Marie wrote: "The reason you are seeing this list is because I went a few pages back in this thread and found it from 2 years ago. :) I like to explore the threads in HA to see what I have missed from the past. :)"

Thanks for dusting this one off. I had been thinking about refreshing it for some time.


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