Wow, it has almost been a whole year since I did my first post on my Most Read Authors (according to GoodReads). Last year’s results were quite shocking for me since I just didn’t realize the amount of books I’ve read by certain authors.
I’ve obviously read a lot more books in the last year, so I’ll be curious to see how the numbers have or have not changed.
Last Year’s Most Read Authors:
- Meg Cabot – 28
- Julia Quinn – 12
- Charlaine Harris – 10
- Philip Reeve & J.K. Rowling – 8
- Diana Gabaldon – 7
- Megan McCafferty – 5
- Libba Bray, Anna Godsbersen, David Levithan – 4
Most Read Authors of 2012 So Far
1. Meg Cabot – 29: I think it will be a long time before someone takes the number one spot from Meg Cabot. I basically spent my entire teen years reading her books. And of course, I can now say my “entire teen years” because I am no longer, unfortunately, a teenager since I turned 20. But that’s off-topic.
2. Julia Quinn – 15: I fell in love with historical romance through Julia Quinn. I’m still making my way through all her books so it might take a while, but I think Julia Quinn has the best shot of dethroning Meg Cabot as my most read author.
3. Charlaine Harris – 11: Since I really did not like the latest Sookie Stackhouse book, I’m a little bit embarassed to have read them all. Alas, I can’t hide that fact and so, Charlaine Harris has made my list.
4. Philip Reeve – 9: I honestly hold all other science fiction – especially steampunk! – books up against Philip Reeve’s novels. If you have not heard of him, look up his Mortal Engine series. They are so hard to find in the US, but they are worth searching for.
5. J.K. Rowling – 8: Harry Potter + Beedle the Bard. I guess i did not include Quidditch Through the Ages nor Fantastic Beasts on GoodReads.
6. Richelle Mead & Diana Gabaldon – 7: Well, I read the entire Vampire Academy series last year, so this isn’t too surprising. I do plan on reading more Gabaldon in 2012, but I also do plan on continuing Richelle Mead’s spin-off series so we’ll have to see if we break this tie next year!
7. Anna Godbersen, David Levithan, Megan McCafferty & Rick Riordan – 6: I will always read a book by David Levithan. I know there are still some older books that I haven’t gotten to yet. I guess I’ll read more Anna Godbersen when the next Bright Young Things book comes out, but it’s not really high on my priority. On the other hand, Rick Riordan’s books have been put on hold until he completes another series. I’d rather just read all of his books straight through! Rick Riordan is the only new author to make the list this year. Sorry, Libba Bray! You’ve been booted.
Summary: With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his “child” Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows.
Heroine: In the first few books of this series, it amazed me on how vain Sookie Stackhouse was. Never in my life have I encountered a main character who described her grooming habits so often. I thought it died down after the first few books, but in DEAD RECKONING, it seems to be the only thing that Sookie does! Shaving, bathing, brushing her hair, painting her nails. She’s like a walking, talking Barbie doll who dates a vampire. I hate to say it, but I am sick and tired of Sookie’s southern hospitality and overall cutesyness. Geeeeeez. I’m usually a fan of Sookie, but I feel like everything I don’t like about her are emphasized in this book.
Hero: Okay, I’m Team Bill, but usually I can see the appeal of Eric. Hot blond viking… okay. But as the series progresses, I see it less and less. He doesn’t really do anything but find ways to control Sookie. He didn’t do anything remotely romantic in this book. Nothing swoon-worthy. It’s a bit disappointing.
Supporting Cast: Bubba makes an appearance!!!! I love it whenever he plays a role in the book. His role is minor and towards the end, but it was better than no appearance at all. I did like Pam’s role in this book, but unfortunately, she wasn’t the same snarky character. Due to her circumstances, it was understandable.
Plot: I honestly wanted to bang my head against a wall for the first 2/3rds of the book. But the plot did pick up in the last 50 or so pages and I enjoyed it quite a bit… but not enough for me to change my overall impression of the book. This book was just down right dull compared to the
Romance: Errr… How is this book supposed to be romantic again? I used to think that this book had such an epic love triangle, but it’s fizzled to nothing but squabble.
Love Potion Strength:
I’m unfortunately having trouble remembering why I like this series so much. It’s been a year – maybe – since I read the previous book. The writing is really not that great. The characters – especially Sookie – grate on my nerves. I don’t know if I can continue this series.
After reading The Story Siren’s post on her Most Read Authors, I decided to check mine out and see which authors are most prominent on have read list. The results? Very shocking.
1. Meg Cabot
This comes to be as a surprise, not because she’s number one, but because of the amount of books I’ve read. I loved Meg Cabot in my early teen years and to this day, I do still continue to read her books even if I’m no longer as much as a fan of the contemporary genre. But seriously… 28 books?!
2. Julia Quinn
Well this just goes to show that I have to explore other historical romance authors. I do love Julia Quinn but I’m getting to the point that I can recognize her writing style. I did read the entire Bridgerton series, which contributes to the whopping 12 books that I have read. But that’s nothing close to Meg Cabot’s books.
3. Charlaine Harris
This one wasn’t a surprise at all since I do read the Sookie Stackhouse series. There’s ten books in counting so she’ll remain to be one of my most read authors.
4. Philip Reeve & J.K. Rowling
How awesome is it that two of my favorite authors are tied for fourth place with 8 books? I actually never realized how much I’ve read of Philip Reeve’s books until now.
6. Diana Gabaldon
Again, not surprising. Hopefully Diana Gabaldon will bump up the rankings as more books come out, but that can take a couple of years.
7. Megan McCafferty
Five books. The Jessica Darling series. It’s a series so it wasn’t too surprising.
8. Libba Bray, Anna Godsbersen, and David Levithan
Three-way tie! Libba Bray and Anna Godsbersen aren’t too much of a surprise because they wrote series, but I’m very glad that David Levithan made the list! Of course, Anna Gosbersen will probably get bumped up ahead of Levithan and Bray very soon because of BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS (which I’m currently reading).
I’m very happy that GoodReads added this new feature! It’s certainly fun to keep track of what you’ve read in various ways. I love checking out my statistics.