Before I get to the actual focus of this post, just a note about novel news! Last week I told you The Storyteller and Her Sisters was available for pre-order on Kindle. If Kindle’s not your thing, you can now pre-order other ebook formats through Smashwords! All ebooks will be delivered, and the paperback will go on sale, on October 10th.
Now on to other business…
I’m really dreadful at keeping up with Top Ten Tuesday (even though it’s such a cool meme!) but every so often I see that they’ve done a neat topic I’d like to write on…so even though it’s Friday, and even though this was the topic for several weeks ago, today I’m going to write about the Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books By.
1) Edgar Rice Burroughs: 56
It helps that he was extremely prolific. There’s probably still a good 15 books I don’t own. Though perhaps I should point out, of my 56, 54 of them work with the same two plots: the hero is castaway or the heroine is kidnapped, or both.
2) L. M. Montgomery: 47
You expected this one, right? That breaks down into 21 novels, 12 collections of short stories (200 total stories), 6 volumes of her journals (7, but one is an abridged version of 2 others), 3 books of letters, 2 books of poetry, 2 collections of early writings, and 1 autobiography. And…that’s going to stay as-is because there’s nothing else to buy, until someone digs out another archive and publishes something new. (Though I also have two biographies and two collections of critical essays…)
3) Star Trek books: 36
Many authors, but all one franchise, so let’s count it.
4) L. Frank Baum: 25
14 Oz books account for most of these!
5) Gordon Korman: 20
The Terry Pratchett of my childhood, he wrote a LOT of hilarious books for kids. I bought up a lot when I was young, and have been slowly filling in the gaps–my favorites are from the ’80s and ’90s; eventually I’ll have all his books from that era.
6) William Shakespeare: 19
17 plays, one book of sonnets, and one Complete Works (representing all 37 plays). I recommend Folger Shakespeare Library; most of mine are Folger, and they have the best footnotes.
7) Tamora Pierce: 18
I own all of her Tortall books (except the most recent–must get on that!), and just my one favorite installment from her Circle series.
8) Terry Pratchett: 11
I own all but the most recent of the City Guard subseries, and a few scattered others–I almost forgot to count Maskerade, since I shelve it with my Phantom books!
9) Anne McCaffrey: 9
Once upon a time I probably owned double this in Pern books–but I did a purge at some point that…still left me with 9…
10…is a tie: O. Henry, Lois Lowry, J. K. Rowling, Patricia C. Wrede and Diana Wynne Jones all come in with 8 books.
Since we’re doing math today: the top 9 come out to 241 total, with another 40 from my ties at #10. That means my top 14 authors account for almost half of my book collection, which hovers around 600 (I think…haven’t counted recently). And this is how I get to 600 books even though I swear I only buy books and authors I really love!
Your turn! Who do you own the most books by? Don’t feel obligated to provide an exact number. 🙂