Bookstooge’s Most Read Authors

The Little Book Owl recently did a post where she listed her top 5 most read authors. I like lists, so that post really hit the spot and considering how dry this week has been, in terms of posting [it’s been a busy week with much smaller amounts of time for reading or posting], I decided I’d take a turn at doing this.

I’m going to list a few more than 5. Also, I’m not going to be listing a lot of manga-ka, as they dominate the numbers with some huge series [Bleach, One Piece, Case Closed, etc].  This list also includes re-reads, so some of my top read authors might not have so many books.

I could add about 10 more authors if I went down to 10 reads, but 12 seemed like the cusp of “Ok, I’ve read a bunch by this author”.  Not much to say about each, not with so many but if you have questions, ask away and I’ll answer as best I can.



Timothy Zahn – 63

Patricia Wrede – 17

Tad Williams – 20

Adrian Tchaikovsky – 16

Rumiko Takahashi – 67 (probably my most read manga-ka and yet I don’t care for her stories. Funny that)

Kazuki Takahashi – 38 (wrote the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. Love that series)

Michael Sullivan – 12

Michael Stackpole – 33

Lemony Snicket – 13

Darren Shan – 12

Brandon Sanderson – 25 [including the final WoT books]

Mike Resnick – 12

Terry Pratchett – 44

Ellis Peters – 14 (Brother Cadfael Mysteries)

Don Pendleton – 37 (Mack Bolan/The Executioner series)

Andre Norton (and loser collaborators) – 18

Michael Moorcock – 16

L.E. Modesitt, Jr – 28

Jack McKinney – 12 (Robotech)

Patricia McKillip – 27

Anne McCaffrey – 21

C.S. Lewis – 16

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller – 15

Stephen Lawhead – 22

Paul Kemp – 12 (mainly Forgotten Realms with a dash of Star Wars)

Robert Jordan – 26 (multiple reads of the first several WoT books)

Riichiro Inagaki – 48 and counting (Eyeshield 21 manga w/ rereads of the first 16)

Frank Herbert – 13

Robert Heinlein – 18

Terry Goodkind – 13

Alan Dean Foster – 48

John Flanagan – 15

Steven Erikson – 19 (multiple Malazan re-reads]

David Eddings – 18

Dave Duncan – 15

Charles Dickens – 33



Troy Denning – 16 (forgotten realms and star wars and he sucks whatever I read]

Roald Dahl – 14

Evan Currie – 13

Larry Correia &/or Collaborators – 16

Glen Cook – 13

CLAMP – 65 (a varying group of 5 female manga-ka)

Agatha Christie – 19

Orson Scott Card – 13

Jack Campbell – 22

Jim Butcher – 22

Terry Brooks – 20

Robert Asprin – 17

Isaac Asimov – 12

Neal Asher – 26 (re-reads)

“Alex Archer” – 14 (ghost written series of Rogue Angel)

Aaron Allston – 16 all Star Wars all good





The Serious Book Tag? Input Please…

Most book tags I see convey the idea that they were initially written by giggly, squealing school girls who are in a group all admiring Captain Hawtness as he walks by. What I don’t see are book tags that convey the strength of character it takes to get up every day and go to work. I don’t see book tags that relate to your car breaking down and not having enough money to fix it and to have to bum rides to work for a week from a neighbor or friend.  I don’t see the tags that convey the choice of buying something you want or letting it go and buying something for your spouse. How would you convey doing taxes in a question? I hate doing taxes by the way.  What about cleaning up puke from a sick kid who didn’t “quite” make it to the bathroom in time? Or dusting? Dusting is tedious but a month without and my goodness, things are pretty fuzzy.

In other words, I do not see mature minded book tags, only frothy milkshake ones. Now maybe that is a good thing. I suspect a lot of people, and I am one of them, read to escape for a few hours. When you are trying to escape, who wants to be clawed back down by a Serious Book Tag? The other thing is that I am good at poking holes in things and showing problems but I am NOT so good at suggesting solutions or fixing issues. I wish I could sit down for a week and come up with a series of questions about books that convey my middle aged’ness.  Something that conveys that I actually do LIKE shredded wheat instead of honey-sugar sweetened blasto bombs. Maybe I’m not reading the right book tags either.

What do you consider a serious question and how would you turn it into a book tag question? I really am at a loss here and I’d like to rectify that. If I’m going to take issue with the frothy nature of most tags, then I should come up with an alternate and as of right now, I can’t.


03_pixarup_edwardellie1I want THIS kind of book tag


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The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag

Thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for putting this tag on my radar. Didn’t want to write a review after a day of setting granite bounds all day, so this was mindless fun.



Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

battlefield_earth_book_coverBattlefield Earth by L. Ron. Hubbard

I first read this in the 90’s and it was my first 1000 page book. You never forget your first time.


Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?



I read it because it was popular and I still cared about knowing what was popular.  And I did enjoy it. Enough that I read the sequel and that is the book that made me rage.


Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. (I had Mrs Bookstooge pick a random number from between 1-3000 and chose the one it corresponded to in my calibre library) How did you discover this book?

candidate-for-goddessCandidate for Goddess

A small manga series that I read back in 2007. I was on a manga kick for that whole year and was devouring everything that our local library had.


Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?


The Great Darkening

My good friend Jefferson asked me to read this, as he knew the guy. It was pretty bad and I had to say so. Thankfully, I don’t know the author, so it was no problem on my part.


Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?


Three by Jay Posey

KrazyKiwi had reviewed this on Booklikes and while it sounded a little off my taste, I tried it. Turned out to be some of the best reading I’d done in a long time. Posey shot up to the top of my radar very quickly.


Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

71tnypdat0lHogfather by Terry Pratchett

I was doing my initial readthrough of the Discworld novels and this one was pretty much the best. The only one I’ve got in hardcover I believe.


What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?


Jumper by Steven Gould

Watched the horrible movie with Anakin Pukewalker and Rachel Bilson [hubba hubba] and figured I should check out the source material. All 3 books in the series turned out to be pretty good.


Think of your all-time favourite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?


Way-farer by Dennis Schmidt

Best. Book. Ever. Read this in highschool when I saw it in the SF section at our local library. Spaceships and a dude with a sword in a pose that even I knew was Japanese? How could I NOT pick that up?

Stats Tag

I don’t usually do tags, as any of you who have been generous enough to tag me, know.  Getting “tagged” makes me feel pressured. I really like the idea, as getting to know people can be fun and even when not fun, at least enlightening. But I blog for fun. I really do. I release stress and the cares of the day in typing out these words and to suddenly have the release become a source of stress itself, well, I don’t do “tags” 🙂

But I’ll squirrel one away for those times that I have extra words that need to get out and be free. This week has been a very wordy week for me.  So here’s a tag post.  Enjoy, or at least be enlightened.



Per Powder & Page:

This is a brand new tag created by Stuart from Always Trust In Books, you can find a link to that Stuart’s own tag !!HERE!! Consider checking out his blog if you haven’t already!

(Bookstooge does not endorse, or not-endorse Stuart. Make up your own mind)


The rules as per Always Trust In Books:

This tag is 20 quickfire questions regarding your very own book blog. There are very few rules. Just answer the questions, nominate as many people as you want and have fun doing so.

1). The Last three books you read:

Dune Messiah, Arcadian Genesis & Porcelain:  A Memoir

2). Spoilers or Spoiler free?

Totally spoilers. I write for myself, you guys are just bonus attention 🙂

3). How long have you been book blogging?

I started keeping track in a notepad in 2000 and moved online in 2005 or 2007.

4). A book you read in one sitting?

Any Eyeshield 21 manga

5). Your favourite genre?

Science Fiction/Fantasy

6). Preferred book size? (novella, tome…etc).

Tome.  The bigger the better

7). Amount of books on your TBR pile?

Approximately 200 or so.

8). A book you have DNF’d?

Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker. Thinly veiled romance pretending to be SF. I was outraged!

9). Recent awards or milestones?

Getting 100 Followers back in March

10). Best interaction with an author you enjoy?

Those that don’t happen. I am a VERY firm believer in keeping the author/reader distinction as sharp as a razor. Authors are not people. They are names of machines who churn out the books I love to read. People are messy and make problems and cause me no end of

11). Average number of books you read per month?


12). Top three publishers?

Baen, some other publisher and then another publisher? I don’t pay attention to publisher information very much

13). Social media sites your blog uses?

I use WordPress, Blogger and Librarything.

14). Average amount of time you spend networking?

1-2hrs per day? I keep current on my feed and spend time reading and commenting on the 60-70 people I follow.

15). Most comfortable blogging position?

Sitting on the couch

16). Music or quiet when writing reviews?

A mix. Sometimes I’ll turn on a show on Prime just to have background noise as well.

17). Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?

Short and to the Point

18). A blog you looked up to starting out?

Nobody. My own strong right arm hath saved me.

19). The best book you have reviewed so far?

Out of 3000 books, there is no way I can pick one. I am currently doing a monthly list of my favorites and that numbers about 300.

20). Best piece of blogging advice?

Do it for yourself. Don’t write for others. Don’t write for likes, or comments or awards or recognition. You’ll burn out and leave.  Write because you want to remember that book in 10 years. Trust me, your older self will thank you.


reaperI’ll take my chances…