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Ten Fourteen Authors I Own the Most Books By.
So what you need to know is that I worked at a bookstore for 6 years, working my way up from bookseller to manager. During that time, I made very good use of the employee discount… and started a habit of collecting my then-favorite authors, in first edition hardcover whenever possible. (Not all the hardcovers mentioned below are first edition, but a lot of the Lackey and Eddings titles are, and some of the McCaffreys.) After I left the bookstore in 1990, I kept buying first editions and hardcovers when I could.
I’ve also haunted used bookstores most of my life – since 10th grade, anyway. So I’ve amassed quite a collection of my favorite authors over the years. Living in the same house for the last 20 years has meant I could hang on to the ones I enjoyed and hoped to re-read. (Hence why we have so many bookshelves. I really do live in a library, of sorts.)
- Mercedes Lackey. I own almost all the books set in and around Valdemar or in that world; the Bardic Voices series; the Elemental Magic series; and the Tales of the 500 Kingdoms series. I’ve also got several of the Alta/Joust series, three of the Diana Tregardes, and one or two short-story collections. Oh, and the Obsidian Mountain trilogy (with James Mallory.)
- Anne McCaffrey. All the Pern novels she wrote by herself, the Talent series, and the related Gywn/Lyon series. The Ship Who Sang and The Ship Who Searched (the latter with Mercedes Lackey). Restoree, Get Off the Unicorn, and a few other standalones. And some of the Pern books she wrote with her son Todd.
- L. M. Montgomery. The entire Anne Shirley series, the Emily of New Moon series, the Pat of Silver Bush books, the Story Girl books, and five or six standalones. Mostly paperback.
- David Eddings. Almost everything he ever wrote, in hardcover. The Belgariad is in 2 volumes (book club edition), but all the others are first release and usually first edition.
- Tamora Pierce. I’ve built up quite a collection of her books, too — all the Tortall books except the short-story collection, all the Circle of Magic, and some of the later Circle books. But the prizes of my collection are the four Protector of the Small books in hardcover — all signed by the author.
- Ngaio Marsh. I think I’ve managed to find all of the Alleyn mysteries, most of them used.
- Agatha Christie. I don’t have them all — but I have all the Marples and Tommy-and-Tuppence books, and a healthy smattering of Poirots and standalones. Of course, the actual number of volumes isn’t as high as it could be, because a lot are in 2- or 3-book omnibus editions. (Mostly used.)
- Ellis Peters. Most of the Cadfael mysteries, almost all of the Felse mysteries
- Dick Francis. I’ve got almost all his early and mid-career books, but I’m missing a few of the later ones (and that’s OK.)
- Laurie R. King. The entire Russell-Holmes series. I started with paperbacks, but have been replacing with hardcovers as I’m able to find or afford them.
- Mary Balogh. I’ve bought everything she’s written since I first discovered her (at the beginning of the Slightly series), and a fair number of the books that came out before that, but not many of the original Regencies.
- Mary Jo Putney. Another author whose backlist I’ve been working on since I first discovered her.
- Julia Quinn. Most of her titles.
- Jayne Ann Krentz / Amanda Quick / Jayne Castle. If you count her pseudonyms as one author, I’ve got about 25 of her books.
J. K. Rowling didn’t make the list — because I’ve got considerably more than 7 by each of the authors above. Same with C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. Other runners-up include Catherine Aird, Nancy Atherton, Mary Stewart, Margaret Sutton (the Judy Bolton mysteries), Katherine Kurtz, Madeleine L’Engle, Robert Heinlein; Robyn Carr. . .
What authors are most represented on your shelves?