The Ten Authors who Feature Most on my Bookshelf

Inspired by the Top Ten Tuesday feature hosted by the ladies over on the Broke and the Bookish, I’ve put together a list of the ten authors who currently occupy the most space on my bookshelf.

I do a regular cull of my bookshelves in order to prevent a future phone-call from the producers of the Hoarder Next Door, which means that the authors below must have something going for them given that they have managed to survive each cut.

I realize that this post is starting to sound like a bookshelfie version of the Hunger Games so lets just get to the list.

1) Lionel Shriver

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By far the most prominent author on my bookshelf, I had the honour to meet the lady in question a few years ago when she was promoting her book the Post-birthday world. She definitely qualifies as one of my favourite authors and so unsurprisingly makes it onto the list.

2) Margaret Atwood

Another important female writer, I love how Atwood refuses to be defined as literary, speculative, crime etc and seems to just seems to go with her gut.

3) Stephen King

Given how prolific King is, I imagine that he would pop up in many of these lists.  I am not in the least bit surprised that he is present in mine.

4) JK Rowling

Like many, I’ve read all the Harry Potter novels but if I’m honest it’s her adult work that has me excited these days. I’m just finishing up reading the Casual Vacancy and loved it so much that I can’t wait to start reading her Cormoran Strike novels.

5) Danny Wallace

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There is only one non-fiction author (although I think he has written some fiction that I haven’t read) on my list and the honour goes to Danny Wallace. To say that his novels are uplifting is an understatement. He is an author that makes you appreciate both the beauty and the absurdity of everyday life.

6) Michael Marshall Smith

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By a long stretch my favourite science fiction writer. I haven’t read his non sci-fi work but these novels, to me, are speculative perfection.

7) Nick Hornby

Like Stephen King, Hornby is another writer who I imagine sits prominently on many a bookshelf.

8) John Le Carre

This one needs a bit of explaining because I have only finished the Spy who Came in from the Cold recently and it’s the only novel of le Carre’s that I’ve read. However, I was so enthralled by it that I rushed out to buy several of his other novels which are now sitting on my bookshelf awaiting my attention.

9) Charles Dickens

The only classic author on my list, Dickens deserves a special place because he is so eminently readable.

10) Jeff Lindsey

Author of the Dexter series, I found Lindsey after watching the first season of the Showtime TV show. I now have all his novels on my shelf but (as with Le Carre) have only read the first two.

So there you have it. What about you? Who occupies considerable space on your shelf? Have you blogged about a similar top ten? Link it in the comments and I’ll come and take a look 🙂

4 Comment

  1. Ger says: Reply

    Have two authors in common, going to look at Lionel shriver now, haven’t come across her. I have PD James and Barbara Vine featuring prominently on my shelves, with many others……need a clear out.

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      The only PD James novel I’ve read is Children of Men, which was excellent. Lionel Shriver is great though. She’s definitely not an easy read but is not afraid of tackling the tough questions.

  2. I do adore the Harry Potter series. I can’t ever see myself getting rid of it! Great list with a good variety of authors!

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Thanks for commenting. I really enjoyed putting this post together. In some cases I was surprised about who made it to the list. 🙂

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