Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Authors From Whom I Own The Most Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Authors From Whom I Own The Most Books.

Book cover for Redwall by Brian JacquesBook cover for Bloody Jack by L. A. MeyerBook cover for The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

1. Brian Jacques – In middle school, all of my birthday and Christmas money went toward purchasing as many of Jacques’ books as I could find. To this day, I still think fondly on his tales of the courageous mice, hares, moles, etc. who inhabited the noble Redwall Abbey and defended it against nefarious foxes, weasels, and other vermin.

2. L. A. Meyer – One or more of the books in L. A. Meyer’s  Bloody Jack series end up on my Christmas list every year; I just can’t get enough of his spunky protagonist and her seafaring adventures. I count my autographed copy of the first book in the series among my most prized possessions.

3. Carolyn Keene – Two full shelves of my bookcase are dedicated to Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew books. As a kid I loved the challenge of trying to solve the mysteries along with Nancy and her pals. And – bonus! – these books were great for teaching Young Angela new vocab words, like “sleuth” and “luncheon.”

Book cover for Uncle Wiggily and Nannie and Billie Wagtail by Howard R. Garis Book cover for Spindle's End by Robin McKinleyBook cover for Crank by Ellen Hopkins

4. Howard R. Garis – As a little girl, there were no books I coveted more than my Gram’s Uncle Wiggily stories, which she eventually passed down to me. Published in the early 1900s, Garis’s books tell of the exploits of Uncle Wiggily, “the bunny rabbit gentleman.”

5. Robin McKinley  Robin McKinley, a.k.a. the queen of fairy tales, holds a place of honor on my bookshelf. Ironically, one of her only books that’s missing from my collection is The Outlaws of Sherwood, my favorite.

6. Ellen Hopkins – In my teenage years, no trip to the mall was complete without a stop at the bookstore to buy one of Hopkins’ novels. Her books are so engaging, despite being about serious subjects such as drug addiction, sexual abuse, and prostitution.

Book cover for The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa GregoryBook cover for Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls WilderBook cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

7. Philippa Gregory- Although I have to acknowledge that they’re not entirely accurate, I can’t deny the appeal of Gregory’s historical fiction.

8. Laura Ingalls Wilder – The books in my Little House on the Prairie box set are so tattered that some of them are rubber-banded to keep them from falling apart. I was nuts about these stories growing up; I’d have given anything to live like Laura did, exploring new lands in the American West during the 1800s.

9. J. K. Rowling – Don’t be silly; of course I own all of the Harry Potter books!

Book cover for Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin

10. Ann M. Martin – Martin wrote hundreds of novels as part of her Babysitters Club series, and I owned most of them. I was especially fond of the special Super Mysteries, which had just the right level of suspense for my 9-year-old self.

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Authors From Whom I Own The Most Books

  1. +JMJ+

    I wish that the books which I started collecting as a child made up more of my Tenner this week . . . but it was Romance which dominated! (Slightly embarrassing–LOL!) Carolyn Keene would have made my list, too, had I held on to all my Nancy Drew books (which I had inherited from my mother). As it stands, the only children’s writers who made it were Madeleine L’Engle, Ann M. Martin (Yay!), and Beverly Cleary.

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