Hey everyone! So with this Top Ten, I’m kind of expecting most of the authors I’m sure I’m going to find on this list. There are some VERY long series I’ve read or authors who are a go-to. But I’m also expecting one or two names to surprise me.
Ready? Let’s check it out!
Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By
10. (Tie) Kelley Armstrong, Maureen Johnson, and Katie McGarry — 8 books each
All of these authors have multiple series (usually about 3 books long) that I’ve gotten into. They also have stand-alones that play into this total.
9. (Tie) Libba Bray and Ally Carter — 9 books each
Both of these women have been around the YA scene for years. I read Libba Bray back in the mid-2000s and I’ve been a fan ever since. I got into Carter years later, but I’ve enjoyed her work.
8. (Tie) Meg Cabot, Kimberly Derting, Sarah Dessen, and Kasie West — 10 books each
Interesting group. I’ve never actually finished a Meg Cabot series. I always start them and then get bored. I’ve always adored Kimberly Derting’s series because they’re fun and action packed. Sarah Dessen and Kasie West are the YA contemporary romance queens at the moment, so nearly all 10 of those are stand-alones, which is kind of impressive.
7. (Tie) Diana Gabaldon, Alyxandra Harvey, Sarah J. Maas, Gena Showalter, and Kiersten White — 11 books each
This is my fantasy/sci-fi category, apparently. Gabaldon wrote the Outlander series. Harvey has written all kind of paranormal series, including stories about vampires and witches. Maas is obviously Queen Bee of the fantasy world. Showalter has done adult and YA stuff, including Alice in Zombieland which is awesome. And White has done a lot of different things, from paranormal stories to twists on historical fiction. This is good company.
6. William Shakespeare — 12 plays
I was actually surprised to see I’d read 12 of his plays. I forgot I took a Shakespeare course in college.
5. Sarah MacLean — 13 books
She’s most well known for her historical romances (which are EXCELLENT, I might add), but she got her start with a YA historical romance called The Season that’s also boss. Her female characters are always much stronger and cooler than female leads I usually read about.
4. Chloe Neill — 17 books
The biggest numbers for this one come from the Chicagoland Vampires series that has like 14 books. I did vastly enjoy that series. She’s also got some YA books, but I didn’t like those as much.
3. Richelle Mead — 18 books
Mead has a lot of different books, but obviously her most famous in the YA world is the Vampire Academy series and the spinoff Bloodlines series. Good stuff. I’ve enjoyed most of her work.
2. (Tie) Rachel Caine and Rachel Vincent — 19 books each
I love that they both share the same first name! Caine’s numbers got a definite books from the Morganville Vampires series which, again, has like 14 books in the series, but she’s also written other things. And Vincent wrote the Soul Screamers series, which has 7 books. She writes a lot of fantasy books and I generally like her stuff.
1. Grace Burrowes — 21 books
I can’t say I’m totally shocked by this. Grace Burrowes is a historical romance writer who is the most prolific writer I’ve ever seen in my life. This woman works insanely fast. You know how most writers put out maybe 1 book a year, 2 if the timing works out right? She puts out 3-4 every year. And every different series usually has cameos from characters we recognize from previous stories, which is fun. They’re just fun.