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: In a future land once known as Britain, nomad tribes are preparing to fight a terrifying enemy – the first-ever mobile city. Before London can launch itself, young engineer Fever Crumb must journey to the wastelands of the North. She seeks the ancient birthplace of the Scriven mutants.
- My least favorite of the prequels, because I had a hard time getting into the plot
- The fact that I read the Mortal Engines books recently got me really confused with my WoME timelines — oops, my fault
- Philip Reeve’s writing is still amazing and though this one isn’t my most favorite, you still shouldn’t be missing out on his work
I hate to say this, but for me, SCRIVENER’S MOON is the weakest out of the three Hungry City Prequels. I think it is the plot itself that didn’t reach out to me, but as usual the writing was phenomenal.
Maybe it is simply bad timing on my part. I had recently read the entire Mortal Engines books which exist far ahead into the future of Fever Crumb’s world. Initially reading SCRIVENER’S MOON, I was unfortunately so confused as to what was going on. I had to sort out my World of Mortal Engines timeline mentally and pick apart what hasn’t happened yet in Fever’s world and what came to be London in the WoME. This of course was all my fault. I should have known that skipping ahead to the Mortal Engines books would mess me up with this series, but I couldn’t resist because Philip Reeve’s writing? It’s fantastic!
After reading so many of his books, I honestly don’t know why his writing still amazes and impresses me. It’s just so clever. I probably have said it a million times, but I’m going to say it again: I love how the English (or in the book’s case, ‘Anglish’) has evolved throughout the years. Just little terms that we wouldn’t think twice about now have become entirely different things in Fever’s future. For example, the old junk that were used as kind of like vintage décor: eye-pods or the derogatory term bloggers (hah!). I love Reeve’s use of language. It becomes like a little puzzle that I have to figure out while I read along. Sometimes, I don’t even think twice on some of the words because they seem so foreign… until it just clicks and a light bulb goes off in my brain.
A weekly meme on the books on the top of my list to read and books recently acquired, borrowed, or bought. Inspired by the Story Siren’s In My Mailbox.
Top of the Shelf / Currently Reading
What’s next on my to-read list for the upcoming week.
Basically all the books I’ve bought this week with the exception of Scrivener’s Moon, I decided to leave at home. The Marbury Lens is currently with my friend Alex. I really enjoyed both Rotters and The Marbury Lens so much that I just had to get copies for my personal library.
I received a Random Act of Kindness from Briana at The Book Pixie. She sent me a copy of Two-Way Street! I was also a gifted a copy of The Accidental Hero from internship.