Authors On My Shelves


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From. Ah, so this is where it gets weird to be someone who doesn’t read many book series or classics. Somehow you end up with tons of pairs and start to build collections of a few favorite authors, which is where I am right now. But we can still take a peek. First, I do have a series that tops my list: thanks to J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter, that’s seven books from one author.


After reading and falling in love with The Interestings last year, I’ve been building up my Meg Wolitzer backlist through library sales (plus BEA for the upcoming Belzhar) and it’s almost complete.

Erik Larson is well loved by both my husband and I, as evidenced by the condition of his books. The Devil in the White City was my non-fiction gateway, so it gets high ranking on my bookshelf.

Books2I’ve been building a haphazard Margaret Atwood collection over the years, mostly through used book stores and library sales. I’d really like them to all look pretty, but I’m quite in love with my old copy of The Handmaid’s Tale.

My Dave Eggers stack is pretty, but sometimes posts like this make you realize things like, “WHERE IS MY COPY OF A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS!?!?”

Books4The rest are some of my stacks of three, which seems to be the most common number when it comes to books from a single author, though several of those collections still feel incomplete.

Who are some of the authors you own the most books from?

  • I own the most books by Virginia Woolf- and you can read into that what you want! Next is Paul Auster. Then Mark Helprin.

  • Alison Doherty

    I’ve been trying to read more Margaret Atwood and Meg Wolitzer this year! Great list!

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    If it reappears in a minute, I will not be pleased. To sum up: Margaret Atwood is on my list too and my most owned author is – SURPRISE! – Stephen King.

  • Natasha @ Tea in the Treetops

    I LOVE your list. You have an enviable collection from some of my favourite authors. Margaret Atwood made my list too. Thanks for sharing!

  • I’ve got a lot of Atwood and Alice Munro. But I think my largest collection is still all my L.M.Montgomery books. I’m jealous of your copy of Stone Mattress!

  • First off, great job cleaning up this Top Ten’s title!! “Authors on my shelves” works much better – I had issues with this and ended up just going with the original mouthful. Second, I loved seeing Erik Larson on your list – The Devil in the White City is one of my all-time fav books and I also loved In the Garden of Beasts. He just missed making my list…

  • Leila @ Readers’ Oasis

    Yes, you’re so right that if you don’t read SERIES, you don’t end up with lots of books from the same authors! I have tons of groups of three also. I did realize I owned 12 John Irvings and almost as many Anne Tylers, which is kind of astonishing …. but that’s just from years of buying their books in the ’80s & ’90s. I have Atwood on my list as well.

    Here is my list:

  • AnnabelSmith

    This has been one of the most enjoyable top ten series I’ve seen in a while. Because most of my reading comes from the library I don’t have many collections – mostly just odd books here and there I’ve received as gifts or bought to treat myself. My one exception is Ann Patchett – I buy all her books. I also have lots by Paul Auster – my Paul Auster phase must have coincided with a time when I was particularly flush with cash and didn’t hesitate to buy books. Like you, I have quite a few Atwood’s though – she’s one of my faves.

    Re: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – grrrrr – I hate that feeling of realising I’ve lent a book and it’s never come back.

    • I’m pretty sure that’s what happened with A Heartbreaking Work. Thankfully, it’s one I stumble upon pretty regularly at library sales…now I just have to remember to pick it up!

  • Kerry M

    I have lots of trios and trilogies, but my dominant authors are Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Rowling and Robert Jordan (the latter two being a direct product of series reading, which, as you mentioned, is more likely to skew to higher numbers!). I did mine from memory, as most of my books are in storage at the moment, so I probably should have/could have included Wolitzer, now that you mention it.

    Love that you have so many Larson books!

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    Such a fun topic! After loving The Interestings, I’m going to collect and read all of Meg Wolitzer’s novels.

    • You HAVE to read The Wife…I think I actually liked it more than The Interestings.

      • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

        You liked it more than The Interestings?? I do have to read it! Thanks.

  • Great list! Love that you included photos to go along with your list this week. I spy A Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (that’s been sitting on my eReader waiting to be read for a very long time now) :)

    My TTT

  • A giant hooray for Erik Larson. Oh my word, do I love his stuff. I have a lot of doubles and maybe triples from authors but I bet Rowling is the one for me too :D

  • Rushdie and Atwood for me. But I also own the same Tartt as you and would own more if she wrote more. I have a fair bit of Sarah Waters too. But with all the moving I’ve done, I go in for a good purge every few years.

  • Love your stacks of books!! I didn’t do this prompt because, I don’t keep a ton of physical books… and I figured the one author whose books I do keep on my shelves, Murakami, was already obvious. haha

  • Jessica Crawford

    Of course JK Rowling is on my list! I realized a lot of my authors were having about 4 by them. I do want to read more from David Eggers and your list has reminded me of that. Great list!

    • Eggers is wonderful! Zeitoun is actually a really great place to start with him if you’re trying to figure out what to do first.

  • Jennine G.

    Picoult, Grisham, Jane Austen, Flagg, Hegi are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. I love how you grouped them in pictures! So much fun to see pictures of the books!

  • I read a lot of books as ARCs or from the library, so my collections of authors are extremely incomplete. If I made stacks as you have done here, I could maybe put together a respectable Jennifer Egan. Justin Cronin, and Jennifer Haigh, and in my older books, I have a lot of Anne Tyler, Laurie Colwin, Lynne Sharon Schwartz — three of my long-time favorite writers.

  • Words for Worms

    Awww your stacks are lovely. I also like that your entire HP collection is the same boxed set. I got 1-4 together in a paperback set but OBVIOUSLY couldn’t be expected to wait for 5, 6, and 7 to be released in paperback, so I have those in hardcover.

  • Children’s book series account for a fair number of books on my list, as they’re the ones I tend to hang on to so I can pass them on to my son. My adult-novelist exception is Robertson Davies; I used to own even more of his books but I got rid of some of them in a shelf purge not long ago. Regretting it now!

  • Yeah, JK Rowling would probably be at the top of my list too! Other than when I own books in a series, it’s rare for me to have multiple books by the same author. if I love one book, I’m often too nervous to read another one by the same author because I’m worried I won’t love it as much as I loved the first one!

    • I usually end up loving the first one most, but I’ve had a few surprises! The second Wolitzer book I read wound up being my favorite.

  • Books on the Table

    Your stacks look like mine! I don’t really read series either. Love the Erik Larson pile!

  • Ahhh! I forgot Atwood! Story of my life. lol

  • Kim Ukura

    Aside from JK Rowling, my biggest collection is probably Margaret Atwood. I buy her books whenever I find them at a used bookstore. I also have almost all of Tracy Kidder’s books, and quite a few from Sebastian Junger.

  • Is ‘The Circle’ worth the read?

    • I still haven’t read it yet (story of my life), but I’ve heard mostly good things, as long as you go in understanding that he’s not trying to be subtle about his point.

  • Nishita

    You have a lovely collection. I like that except for the Harry Potter books, the others are not series.