Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Whose Books I Collect

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is the top ten authors who I own the most books by.

In order:

  • 27 books by Tamora Pierce — I love Tammy’s works. I still faithfully collect each new book that she writes, and I am planning to buy the one or two I’m missing when I’ve cash again. Her Tortall books especially were amazing to me, featuring half main characters of colour, fat characters, queer characters, and all of them very human and lovable.
  • 22 books by Neil Gaiman — Though I disagree with plenty of his actions as a person, and some of the artistic choices he has made are problematic, I still rather enjoy his writing. This count includes the comics of his that I have.
  • 18 books by Sir Terry Pratchett — The Light Fantastic was the first fantasy novel I read from the adult section at the library, and I’ve adored Sir Terry ever since.
  • 16 books by Anne Rice — I collected as many of her books as I could when I was ten, and never got rid of the bulk of them, even though they’re a bit crap.
  • 15 books by Mercedes Lackey — She has a book trilogy that centres around the first queer character I ever read about. If only he didn’t continuously fall prey to the “tragic gay” trope…
  • 12 books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — I have 3 copies of the collected Sherlock Holmes, and then individual volumes of all the novels and the story collections. (I also have several books about ACD and Holmes, and several pastiches.) I’m taking an English class about Victorian detective lit and the Holmes stories. Suffice to say, I really like Sherlock Holmes.
  • 10 books by Roger Zelazny — As with Anne Rice, I spent a year around age 10 hunting down used copies of the Chronicles of Amber, which was out of print at the time. Unlike Anne Rice, I’m still pretty fiercely devoted to this series, and have actually read and re-read all of the books.
  • 10 books by Robert Jordan — I stopped reading the Wheel of Time at book 3, but kept collecting them so I could finish the series when it was complete. Still need the last few.
  • 8 books by Diane Duane — I really enjoyed the first book of her Young Wizards series, So You Want to be a Wizard, and continued on as books came out. I’m a little behind–I’m missing one of the books, and I haven’t been reading the spin off series, but I still love these books.
  • 8 books by Michelle West — I stumbled across Michelle West’s Sun Sword series when I was 14 or so, and I love it. It definitely fits the general high fantasy trope of having real world countries with the labels taken off, but the magic and demons and cultures are a lot of fun. I also have two of the House War books.

This generally does not count the digital files I have, just physical books, or The Dresden Files would be up here because I have the first 13 books on my Kindle. So, yeah, these are a (small) selection of the books on my shelves, and generally include most of my favourite authors.

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June Read-a-thon Update: Day 9

Classes start today, and I’m excited, but also a bit frazzled. I’ve been having trouble getting all of the books for my non-fiction class, and several of them are still in the mail. I hope they come in soon…

Yesterday was the Capitol trip for the New Leadership Oregon 2014 class, and I was invited along, as an alumna. We spent the morning touring the building with Former Governor Barbara Roberts, had lunch with Secretary of State Kate Brown, and the current NLO participants roleplayed testimony in front of legislative committees. When we got back to Portland, there was a mixer and recognition of board members, alums, and the current class. I cried, and it was so inspiring to see people supporting each other there. So much love.

Still coming up: a dinner party tomorrow night. Friday, I’m workshopping some of my writing to prepare several submissions to journals and online magazines.

I think I expected to have more free time that has been the reality. I’m trying not to get down on myself for not reading more, even though I’ve read every day, and made good headway in a couple of books I’ve been meaning to read. I feel a bit discouraged, but I’m hoping I can push through it for the remaining 6-7 days.

My reading progress up to this point:

  • 4 pages of Partial List of People to Bleach by Gary Lutz. Notes: no update.
  • 90 pages of Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke [trans. M.D. Herter Norton]. Notes: finished.
  • 70 pages of The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur. Notes: read more poems from this one. There’s some very teenage love poems in here, but there’s also an amazing section that features several poems for racial justice activists like Nelson Mandela and Huey P. Newton.
  • 129 pages of Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell. Notes: I have less than half the book left, and I’m still being inspired to do 3 new projects for every chapter I finish!
  • 8 pages of Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. Notes: I figured I’d pick a lighter read to let myself digest some of the heavier stuff, and still get pages done. This one I got 114 pages into a re-read of, and then set it down—probably in favour of school books I had to get through. (So much reading last term…) Anyhow, I should finish it, because I do love it.

Running page count: 301