Owned: A Top Ten List

If you had to guess, which author would you say I own the most books by:

a) Stephen King
b) Richard Bachman
c) some combination of a and b
d) all of the above, as anyone who has read the blog for longer than 30 seconds would know

The correct answer is d, as a quick scan of the menu bar might indicate. I won’t tell you how many titles, but it’s over 50…

Stephen King's Map of Maine

In no particular order, except number one really is number one (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish):

08. Clive Cussler. Because Dirk Pitt is the (chauvinistic) man.

07. Ian Fleming. And so is James Bond.

06. John Sandford. I happen to think his sense of humor is fantastic and Lucas Davenport is my number one crush.

(Feel free to sing this…)

05. Joe Hill. I own all of his books, several short stories, and quite a few comics. If you count the number of tweets I’ve read of his, he would blow the competition away.

04. Margaret Atwood. She’s quite prolific as well.

03. John Irving. My third favorite contemporary author, after number one and number two. I’m getting creative this evening (as I know I haven’t mentioned any of this before – be happy I can’t work Charlotte Bronte into the post).

02. Richard Russo. My second favorite contemporary author, after number one.

01. Stephen King. Part of the problem is that I every time I’m at a used book sale and I see a title by Stephen King, I buy it. Does it matter that I already own that title? Nope. Not in the least. Who doesn’t need at least three copies of The Stand?

And who needs ten when you can have eight…? Which author(s) do you always buy?


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  • Kidd

    I approve on all counts.

  • Acid Free Pulp

    oh, dear… for a while I was a sucker for Paul Auster, but I’m really trying not to buy books lately. Luckily for me, Margaret Atwood’s novels tend to run on the larger side. Otherwise, I would be up to my eyeballs in her books.

  • Annabel Smith

    I get most of my books from the library, but I always buy Ann Patchett’s books because I know I’ll want to underline millions of beautiful phrases, and re-read them over again. I also love Atwood, but don’t feel the underlining compulsion in her books.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading

    After doing this week’s TTT I really wish I had an author, like King, who had a massive backlist I could collect. I think Atwood is going to have to do the job for me, though I’m still nowhere close.

  • Nish

    I love some John Sandford too. Lucas Davenport is the man, I quite like that other series of his too – the Virgil Flowers ones.

  • Lianne @

    I think we have some Clive Cussler books somewhere in the house but I’ve never read them. Been meaning however to check out Ian Fleming’s books.

    J.R.R. Tolkien (surprise, surprise) and Daniel Silva are two authors I always buy. I’m sure there are others, but definitely those two ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Maggie

    I had Atwood on my list as well. I could have had Stephen King in the past, but moving a million times over 10 years had me giving away a lot of my used bookstore hauls of times gone by. I love John Irving as well, though I don’t own a lot of his work.

  • Liesel Hill

    I need to read me some Margaret Atwood. With Stephen King, I always think I’ve read more of his books than I have. It’s probably because I’ve seen film versions, and both my dad and brothers read and talk about them as well. When I actually count how many I’ve read, though, it’s only around 5. Weird! Great list! Here’s mine! Happy Tuesday!

  • Naomi

    I will but almost anything by a Canadian author if I am at used book store or book sale. I often end up with duplicates, because how am I supposed to remember what I already have?

  • Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    I love your love for King. He deserves it! ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t own a ton of his stuff but I’ve READ a ton of his stuff. That counts, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Sarah @ Sarah’s Book Shelves

    John Irving made my list as well! And I loved King’s 11/22/63…one of my all-time favorite books.

  • Jennine G.

    Two I usually do not pass up are Picoult and Hegi! Even if I don’t intend to read them at the moment, I’ll buy them!

  • Words for Worms

    Hahahaha! Who doesn’t need 3 copies of The Stand? That’s a sentiment I can hardly argue with, my friend.

  • Ciska @ Ciska’s Book Chest

    Love your list. I’m a huge Lucas Davenport fan too!

  • Andi @ Estella’s Revenge

    I keep reading others’ lists and remember the great authors I overlooked. King! Irving!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    I was sad to see that I actually didn’t have a ton of some of my favorites, like Isabel Allende. And I was also torn between counting my husband’s books too (what yours is mine and all that).

  • April @ The Steadfast Reader

    King/Atwood fangirls UNITE!

  • April @ The Steadfast Reader

    Actually, you’re basically me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Irving and Joe Hill too – I need to know how you felt about Owen King’s novel ‘Double Feature’.

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