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  1. ASBIV
    August 11 @ 6:25 am

    Some great authors here; several of whom I also have read. Here are a few of my ‘favorite’ writers (fiction and non-fiction) based on number of books I’ve read:
    – CS Lewis
    – Eugene Peterson
    – John Le Carre
    – Margaret Atwood
    – Steven Saylor
    – Walker Percy
    – Walter Mosley
    – William Shakespeare
    – JK Rowling
    – JRR Tolkien
    – Robert Caro
    – John Maxwell
    – Stephen King
    – Neil Gaimon
    – William Gibson
    – Phillip Dick

    I’ve read multiple books by each of these authors (in fact I’ve read everything by a few of them) and consistently enjoyed them.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      August 12 @ 7:21 pm

      So interesting. I have never tried Stephen King’s fiction. I loved his book, On Writing, though.

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      • Hans
        August 26 @ 6:09 pm

        I… have to say I’ve probably read everything King has written, and had some sort of fun with all of it. He’s best read when one is young, though. I’ve read a lot of Murakami, and I’m now re-reading him. I have some real old-school tastes, and I’ll have to say aside from King, I’ve probably read and re-read more Alexandre Dumas than most people my age. (If one doesn’t read some French, it’s impossible to get to his back catalogue.) Your list tends to the philosophical, I notice! I just discovered Slavoj Žižek through his documentaries and he’s rather brilliant (if quirky!)

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        • Jessica Manuel
          August 26 @ 6:24 pm

          I saw Zizek speak in San Francisco a while back. It was wild, hilarious, and brilliant, just like his writing. My philosophical tastes have changed, but like you and King, he was someone I enjoyed in my youth.

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          • Hans
            August 26 @ 10:53 pm

            I’m in Miami, and he was here not long ago. I can imagine how he would have blown my mind when I was younger.Now, it’s more like: “Yes, I know these things, I agree with you, mostly.” 😉 Who do you think is a writer that can still deeply impress a reader as they go into their 30s?

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            • Jessica Manuel
              August 27 @ 7:36 am

              David Foster Wallace, I think, will do just that. I’m counting on it anyway. If I come across another, I will let you know.

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              • Hans
                August 27 @ 1:27 pm

                Ah! Still haven’t tackled “infinite Jest” so you may be right

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  2. Opher
    August 11 @ 12:46 pm

    Ken Kesey
    Iain Banks
    Salman Rushdie
    John Fowles
    Kurt Vonnegut jnr
    DH Lawrence
    Kasuo Ishiguro
    George Orwell
    Jack Kerouac
    and like you I’d put Murakami at the top.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      August 12 @ 7:22 pm

      Indeed. Wonderful additions. I need to read more of their work.

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  3. petraperkov
    August 12 @ 4:38 pm

    Love your list, but one of my favourites wasn’t mentioned: Ian McEwan. He’s absolutely brilliant.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      August 12 @ 7:20 pm

      I have never had the pleasure. I hear great things though. Do you have a favorite of his?

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      • petraperkov
        August 13 @ 2:39 pm

        I actually wrote my MA thesis on time and narrative in his novels. It might sound a bit lame, but all of his books are really great. I highly recommend On Chesil Beach and Atonement (which has been made into a film), though Amsterdam and Saturday are quite good, too .

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        • Jessica Manuel
          August 13 @ 2:53 pm

          How interesting. I will definitely give him a shot. And I might revisit this conversation to hear more about your ideas.

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          • petraperkov
            August 15 @ 12:42 am

            My taste is very versatile, ranging from Agatha Christie to Shakespeare’s sonnets. If I’m in the mood for a non pretentious psychological thriller, I go for Ingrid Noll. When I need a good laugh, I’ll read Ephraim Kishon and my favorite spiritual writer is probably Philip Yancey.

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  4. laufvergnügen
    August 13 @ 9:09 am

    I’ve just gotten into Murakami and really love his work!

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  5. laufvergnügen
    August 13 @ 9:12 am

    Also, did Goodreads automatically generate this list or did you just sift through your read list?

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    • Jessica Manuel
      August 13 @ 9:23 am

      It’s automatic. If you click on your “read” shelf, you’ll see an option for “most read authors” on the left. I just copied and pasted the chart. If you click on the numbers, you can see which books were read by that author. You can also see this list for anyone you are friends with on Goodreads.

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  6. mitchteemley
    August 13 @ 2:59 pm

    I’ve probably read more C.S. Lewis than anyone else (unless you count plays, then it would be Shakespeare, hands down). Lewis is more than a favorite, he’s my spiritual father. I’ll have to check out Murakami and Baudrillard! http://mitchteemley.com/2014/09/02/why-i-believe-part-one/

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  7. Shekhar Ruparelia
    August 17 @ 2:15 am

    I suspect Wodehouse and Agatha Christie would easily top the list of authors of whom I’ve read the most books. Must find the link on Goodreads to confirm this.

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  8. The Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From, from Book Oblivion | laufvergnügen
    August 17 @ 8:37 am

    […] post is from Book Oblivion: The Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From. Some of mine were tied, but I did list the top ten. I’m not sure entirely accurate this is […]

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  9. el
    August 17 @ 10:02 pm

    Haruki Murakami is also my my top read author. Some other I’d recommend:
    – Kobo Abe
    – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    – Mario Vargas Llosa

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  10. The Top Ten Authors I’ve read most books from | Adventures Of a Traveller
    August 21 @ 5:21 am

    […] a leaf out of Book Oblivion’s post, I too thought it would be fun to check which author I have read the most books […]

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  11. Sarah
    August 24 @ 12:36 pm

    I have 7 different authors tied for #19. Ha! This is a really interesting look at things. My #1 is Stephen King (I’ve read 31 of his books) and next is V.C. Andrews. I’ll own it!

    I’m going to take this idea and run with it for my blog. Thanks!

    p.s. I suggest Neal Stephenson.

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  12. Antonio V.
    September 21 @ 12:15 pm

    I love W.E. B. Griffin and the late Vince Flynn. Mostly military fiction. Outside of that my number one is Paolo Coehlo!

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    • Jessica Manuel
      September 21 @ 12:18 pm

      Nice! Have you read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien?

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      • Antonio V.
        September 21 @ 12:45 pm

        No. But I will at it to my list. Thanks for recommendation​, Jessica!

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  13. Claire
    September 25 @ 12:01 am

    A lot of people I haven’t read there! I’m not a fan of authors per se so I couldn’t really make a list like this. I am on third John Green book; not exactly CS Lewis but I love his tone, and i love how he makes ordinary people seem magical.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      September 25 @ 10:48 am

      I have only read The Fault in Our Stars, and I really enjoyed it. I will definitely check out his others.

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  14. Leisel
    September 25 @ 3:37 am

    Personally, I’m a tremendous fan of Stephen King, Deborah Harkness, and Ellen Hopkins.

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  15. Karen G
    September 25 @ 3:57 pm

    Haven’t read most of those. Karen Kingsbury is my favorite

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  16. Nikoleta Míchalová
    October 9 @ 10:01 pm

    I love all of those authors! What an amazing choice 😉

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  17. Christine | Vermilion Roots
    October 9 @ 11:22 pm

    I’m a big fan of Haruki Murakami too. I also read a lot of Neil Gaiman. Try it. 🙂

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  18. Cynthia
    October 10 @ 1:23 pm

    Amazing…definitely jumping on Goodreads! I’ll happily add Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Brendon Burchard and Danielle LaPorte.x

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  19. Karen
    November 28 @ 6:06 am

    In addition to the already mentioned authors: C. S. Boyack and Dean Koontz

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  20. Manja Mexi Movie
    November 29 @ 1:29 am

    Not your usual authors’ list. 🙂 Well done for Žižek! On mine must be Kurt Vonnegut, Jeanette Winterson, John Irving, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ian McEwan. May I invite you to leave your favourite book(s) – up to 10 – in a comment to my Booklist?

    https://manjamaksimovic.wordpress.com/booklist/

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    • Jessica Manuel
      November 29 @ 9:12 am

      I would be delighted to share my favorite books with you!

      And I really need to get around to reading Vonnegut. I’m not sure what’s taking me so long.

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  21. bonniefaurote
    December 6 @ 10:17 am

    Appreciate your list; I have read only six though. Presently into theological nonfiction. (Is that an oxymoron?)
    Oswald Chambers
    Paul David Tripp
    Charles Spurgeon
    Octavius Winslow
    *Dietrich Bonhoeffer, to name a few…
    Less heavy reading, but not really is Ann Voskamp’s, “One Thousand Gifts.”

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