Once upon a time I was the reader who ate ONE book and then dashed off to eat a billion new different ones. I never finished series. Utterly disgraceful. The new shinies were just all too tempting. But now?! I finish series. I DEVOUR GARGANTUAN MOUTHFULS OF ONE AUTHOR’S BOOKS AND CALL MYSELF AN
OBSESSED DEDICATED FAN. As opposed to a part-time fan.
I do like reading copious books from one author because there is a certain amount of comfort and prediction that goes with it. Like Rick Riordan always has the same plot arc. Sarah J Maas is always going to break your heart. Derek Landy will make you laugh so hard you look like a deranged seal. It’s nice to know what’s coming. And also ticking off lists and saying you’ve completed a series. We all know THAT is the real reason I’m suddenly addicted to them.
This Week’s Prompt: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From
A Series of Unfortunate Events x 13 // Why We Broke Up // All The Wrong Questions x 3 // Horseradish // An Unauthorised Autobiography // The Beatrice Letters
I grew up on Lemony Snicket. I FLOURISHED ON LEMONY SNICKET. And I collected all 13 hardbacks and they are my pride and joy. (I need to reread. I seriously do.) And because that wasn’t enough, I went on to read all of the weird “extra” books. Like Horseradish and The Beatrice Letters.
And after I recovered from the devastation of knowing Lemony Snicket was really Daniel Handler (still horrified, by the way, I feel absolutely deceived) I read Why We Broke Up. Ugh, that book. I’m glad they broke up.
JOHN FLANAGAN // 13
Rangers Apprentice x 12 // Brotherband x 1
I was the kid who did archery in the backyard in honour of John Flanagan’s books. I got whiplash on my FACE. Apparently you were supposed to get it on your arm?? Either way, my brother and I were fabulous archers and murdered a hay bale.
RIP hay bale.
CASSANDRA CLARE // 11
The Mortal Instruments x 6 // The Bane Chronicles x 1 // The Infernal Devices x 3 // The Iron Trial x 1
I’m an enormous Shadowhunter fan. ENORMOUS, I tell you. I love the sassy-sort-of-angels-fighting-demons world and I adore the wit and banter. I just finished the Clockwork books — hence the clockwork photo. But I stole this watch from my sister, so shhhh. KEEP MY SECRETS.
MICHAEL GRANT // 11
Gone series x 6 // Messenger of Fear // Eve and Adam // BZRK x 2 // The Call x 1
This dude is downright awesome. I was gnawing at the Gone series before I was even blogging, and basically binge-read 5 of them and had to wait (AGONY) for the Light. Which ripped out my heart, by the way. IT WREAKED DEVASTATION UPON MY SOUL, so you should definitely try this. It’s fun.
MAGGIE STIEFVATER // 10
The Raven Cycle x 3 // The Scorpio Races // Wolves of Mercy Falls x 4 // Books of the Faerie x 2
OH STEIFVATER. If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know photos are 1000% better if they are of a Stiefvater book. Basically, eveything is better if it’s a Stiefvater book. I HAVE READ THEM ALL. SOME EVEN TWICE. (And this is me! The one who doesn’t reread!) And they’re beautiful and intense and the characters are adorable and devastating and occasionally I laugh, but mostly ANGUISH.
Like for instance, on page 1 of The Raven Boys, which is the first of the Raven Cycle quartet, Maggie Stiefvater TOLD US Gansey was going to die. SHE WARNED US. We should not under any circumstance get attached. HAHAHAHA ha ha ha. Oh dear. Excuse me, I am not okay.
So there’s The Raven King to look forward to.
RICK RIORDAN // 9
Percy Jackson and the Olympians x 5 // The Heroes of Olympus x 4
At the beginning of this year I’d read one Riordan book. And now I have read nine. So I deserve a blue cookie or something.
I do love these books! They’re funny and the characters are amazing (and super diverse) and I’ve only got Blood of Olympus to go before I farewell Percy Jackson. THEN ONTO MAGNUS CHASE, because, that’s right, my mushroomlings, I have it in my cold clammy paws. Eeep!
DEREK LANDY // 7
Skulduggery Pleasant x 6 // Demon Road
I love Derek Landy, but I also hate him, because he hurts his character so bad. If you take a peek at the Last Stand of the Dead Man cover above…well. It doesn’t look good for Valkyrie Caine. Skulduggery should be okay, because he’s already dead.
It’s so much more relaxing reading about already-dead people.
JOHN GREEN // 6
The Fault in Our Stars // Paper Towns // Looking for Alaska // An Abundance of Katherines // Let it Snow // Will Grayson Will Grayson
What can I say?! I love his characters! I love how his teenagers are intelligent and precocious, because HUZZAH for teenagers who are nerds! Nerd life is always better. I’ve read all the Green books and I loved them all (4 or 5 stars) except for Let it Snow. But that could be because I’m a Christmas Grinch. I am. So if you even DARE to start counting the weeks to Christmas to me, I will wrap you up like a turkey, put a bow in your hair, and roast you.
HOLLY BLACK // 6
Curseworker Trilogy x 3 // The Darkest Part of the Forest // The Coldest Girl in Coldtown // The Iron Trial
Oh oh! I love Holly Black! I love that she and Cassandra Clare are buddies and I adore both their work. I haven’t read the Tithe trilogy yet, but it’s on my to-do list and I’m ridiculously excited for creeptastic faeries. ALSO. Did you know Holly Black has landed another trilogy book deal?!! It doesn’t come out until 2018 though. SO CRUEL.
SARAH J MAAS // 5
Throne of Glass x 4 // A Court of Thorns and Roses
I love Sarah J Maas’ books but I’m also conflicted. I absolutely screeched myself insane reading Crown of Midnight and The Assassin’s Blade (both are my top favourite books of the universe) but…A Court of Thorns and Roses didn’t do anything for me. And I don’t know if I’m running TO or AWAY from Queen of Shadows because oh! oh! oh! I am so desperate for it…BUT AT THE SAME TIME MY SHIP IS SINKING, AND THERE IS PAIN, AND DORIAN, AND CHAOL, AND HELP.
I will basically read everything SJM writes. Then I will cry about it. #ihaveproblems
the most obvious question I’m going to ask is… *drumroll* …WHICH AUTHOR HAVE YOU READ THE MOST FROM?!! have you read any of the conglomerations I’m totally besotted with?? who is emotionally prepared for Queen of Shadows?! or The Raven King?! and do you have any authors you will read WHATEVER THEY WRITE?? (mine are Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare)