Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Authors of Whose Books I Own the Most

How's that for an awkward title? There's just no good way to say it! Anywho, I've admitted here before that I'm terrible at reading multiple books by one author. Or I used to be. I've improved dramatically over the last few years. So which authors own my shelves? These right here!

Hosted by the lovely ladies of The Broke and the Bookish!


Paul Auster is, by far, the king of my shelves. My love affair with this Postmodern papa began with his memoir, Hand To Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure and skated right on through to The New York Trilogy, Man in the Dark, Oracle Night and others. He's incredibly prolific, so I still have lots of books to go!


Siri Hustvedt, Paul Auster's wife, is also quite voluminous on my shelves. I think I own all of her books except one. Two of my favorites are What I Loved, a novel, and her collection of essays, A Plea for Eros


I own all of Jane Austen's novels and I've read half. She didn't write a ton in her life, but my owning them all is a testament to my love of her work. 


I shall own all of the Flavia books! I'm more than halfway there now, my dearest Alan Bradley.


I was introduced to Willa Cather, and The Professor's House, in graduate school, and there's been no stopping me since. I love her writing hard. 


Charles Dickens is my main man. There ain't no denying it. I don't quite own all of his books, but I will! I have a good chunk already.


Since revisiting Beloved earlier in the year, I'm making some headway on collecting all of Toni Morrison's work. So far, so good! 


Bill Willingham has been one of my favorite graphic novel/comics authors since I first tried the Fables series. I don't own all of this overwhelmingly large collection either, but still quite a few for me! 


I own all but one of Gene Luen Yang's graphic novels. He owns my comics heart! 


Before there was A.J. Fikry, there was still my author crush on Gabrielle Zevin. She's amazing, y'all! Buy all the books. 










28 comments:

  1. I got one Charles Dickens on my shelf’s otherwise I don't know any books from your listed authors. LOL. It's fun to see what other people love to own and have on their shelf's. :)

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    1. Oh no! LOL! It is fun to see other people's lists.

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  2. This is a serious list!! While putting together my list, I discovered that I own tons of guilty pleasure books - and a sports writer made my list too! So odd...

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    1. LOL, in days past Nora Roberts might've made this list. And dangit! I forgot about Diana Gabaldon and Neil Gaiman! They rightfully should've ranked.

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  3. I keep saying I need to read Paul Auster... this year for sure! Where should I start?

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    1. I started with his memoirs because I was intimidated by his "postmodern" brand of fiction. I loved Hand to Mouth and then I moved on to The New York Trilogy. I loved seeing how those personal stories morphed into his fiction.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! I <3 them!

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  5. I have to admit I've never read Auster. Clearly need to put him on my list since I love the other authors you've listed. I can't say I've read enough Dickens or Morrison to put them on my list, but I mean to...

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    1. Yes! Yes you do. He's so clever and snarky and wonderful. And smart. Dadgum! <--TX'ism

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  6. I'm definitely more of a guilty pleasures collector than you are! This is a very interesting list. There's several authors I've never heard of. I've been meaning to revisit Charles Dickens since my reading of him in high school wasn't particularly favorable. WIlla Cather is on my list to try as is Alan Bradley. I'll have to go look up the ones I don't know now!

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    1. You'll find some good stuff, I think, in the ones you're not yet familiar with. I love all of these authors SO much! :)

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  7. Auster, Dickens and Austen feature pretty heavily on my shelves, too, but I think Simon Van Booy and Madeleine L'Engle have them beat. I've got most of Simon's titles in both ARC and finished copies and I've bought the British version of at least one. I want to get it in French, as well. And, the better part of one shelf is dedicated to L'Engle. Fun post!

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  8. Love this list :D Some I've hardly heard of and others I heart to bits. Hooray for Dickens, I don't think there's ever been, or ever will be another author like him. Whew. Oh wait, Austen is close...they are my top 2 faves, great choices! I don't know zip about Paul Auster...off to Google! :D

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  9. Nearly all my books are in boxes :( but I do not need having them in front of me to know that Paul Auster is the big winner (and yet, I haven't all his books; I've borrowed some at the library. I've read all the novels - several times for some of them). Have you read the adaptation of City of Glass in a graphic novel? Not a must read but interesting for the fans.

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  10. Oh my gosh, Andi, I have lots of Paul Auster too! First editions of his early fiction- Moon Palace, City of Glass, Mr Vertigo. Even better I got to meet him at a small event in Buffalo and actually sit and talk w him. Way before my reviewing days but still amazing!

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  11. Yay, Flavia!!! I love how you included the author's photos in this post, too. :)

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  12. Andi, I would love to read a blog post about why your love the writing of Paul Auster.

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  13. Huh, I am really not familiar with Paul Auster. Of this list, I've only read Dickens and Austen.

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    1. And Morrison. I LOVED Beloved and had read The Bluest Eye a long time ago.

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  14. When I saw the headline for this post in Bloglovin', I decided to come here specifically to compliment you on figuring out a better title!

    You have some impressive shelves. I agree about Cather. I absolutely adore her. While visiting Red Cloud, NE in high school, as one normally does, I thought my parents had left me behind for taking too much time in one of the Cather historic sites. I had to see it all, and I couldn't decide which book I needed to take home!

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  15. After AJ, I'm going to want ALL THE ZEVIN.

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  16. Yeah baby! This is a great list!!!

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  17. Jane Austen is on my list, as well. I have read a lot of Toni Morrison but I only own Beloved, so I couldn't include her. I found I have a lot of authors for whom I have read many books but don't own them!

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  18. Flavia, Austen, Dickens, etc. such great choices! I really want to own all of the Flavia books too because I just love those bright pops of color.

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  19. I think I own all the Austen's and have one left to read!

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  20. I keep so few books once I've read them, except the classics, so my list would include Cather and Dickens, too.

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