Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #4: Authors I Stock Up On

Today's Topic: 
 Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

This is actually a difficult topic because most of my books have been in storage for a year and the rest have been in boxes for two weeks. Anyone else have an "out of sight, out of mind" problem? I'm going to try really hard to remember whose books I own the most of. Here goes!

Catherine Coulter (25)
When considering whose books I own the most of, Catherine Coulter wins by a landslide. I've been reading her period romance books since high school and she's honestly one of the few romance authors I can tolerate. The books that I own are the Medieval Song series (my favorite), the Star quartet, the Viking Era series, the Devil series, as well as The Wizard's Daughter and The Prince of Ravenscar. I think I might have a Catherine Coulter marathon next week!

Sherrilyn Kenyon (15)
Sherrilyn Kenyon is the second romance author I can stand to read and I think it's because her stories are so intertwined with Greek mythology. The farthest I've gotten in the Dark Hunter series is One Silent Night (technically number 9, but I've read 15...). The reading order can be a little confusing since there are so many series that fit together, but a quick look at the internet can clear it up! 

Robert Jordan (10)
Robert Jordan is another author I began reading in high school. I only made it through book three of the Wheel of Time series back then, but I've picked it back up and am just finishing book five. Though I haven't finished the series yet, I bought books one through ten at a library book sale! 

J.R.R. Tolkien (10)
I didn't even know who J.R.R. Tolkien was until 2003 when I saw Fellowship of the Ring for the first time. Once I'd seen it, I was a goner. I watched the first and second films repeatedly and when the third came out I went to see it twice. I couldn't afford a fancy version of the books so I borrowed a red leather-bound copy from the library and carried it around. Later I bought a copy of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy on eBay, which I still have (though I lost the dust jacket). A friend gave me a collector's edition of The Hobbit for my 22nd birthday and I recently received copies of The Silmarillion and The Histories of Middle Earth in a Reddit gift exchange. 

C.S. Lewis (7)
I think C.S. Lewis gets a spot on the list by default because his series is 7 books long! I blew through these books in my childhood. I originally owned the individual books but ended up trading with my brother for the all-in-one version when I realized I was going to be moving around a lot. I was so stoked when the movies started coming out! But I'm pretty bummed they waited around so long since they're basically going to have to reboot if they ever want to make more. 

J.K. Rowling (7)
J.K. Rowling wins by default also. I hadn't read any of the books prior to 2011 because of a slightly sheltered childhood (but did see the movies starting in 2006) and originally had them for my Nook. Once I realized how great they were, I had to own the hard copies! I couldn't buy just one Harry Potter book, so I bought the whole set from a woman on Craigslist. 

Philippa Gregory (7)
So... I saw The Other Boleyn Girl before reading the book too... I didn't do a lot of reading prior to tenth grade, to be honest. After seeing the movie and falling in love with the Tudors, I ended up buying books 2-6 of The Tudor Court series. I also got a copy of The Wise Woman, which I also enjoyed. I'd love to get my hands on The Cousins' War series after seeing The White Queen on TV, but I haven't gotten around to it quite yet. 

V.C. Andrews (6)
I first saw Flowers in the Attic as a young teenager and no one told me there was a book series. I didn't find that until I was an adult and located the series at a library book sale. I bought as many as I could get my hands on - the Dollanganger series 1-5. Later I found one other that looked interesting: My Sweet Audrina

Dan Brown (5)
Yet another example of seeing the movie before reading the book. I loved The Da Vinci Code so much that I had to go find the novel it was based on! I ended up buying the Robert Langdon series - Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code at a library book sale and The Lost Symbol on Amazon while I was deployed. Once I got home I bought Deception Point and Digital Fortress (still haven't read the latter) at - you guessed it - a book sale. Of course, I bought Inferno the day it came out and loved it! I'm dying for another Robert Langdon adventure!

Dave & Jennifer Marx (5)
Well, this is the odd one out. I'm sure you have no idea who these authors are, so let me enlighten you! These two wonderful people write the PassPorter's guides to the Disney parks and cruise lines. Since my first real trip in 2010, I've purchased the PassPorter's Guide to Walt Disney World 2012, 2013,  2014, and 2015 (preordered), as well as the PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call. These are, by far, the best Disney guides available and I can't imagine taking a trip without one! 

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