A few weeks ago on Youtube, I watched a video by one of my favorite booktubers, Heather from Bookables, where she used the data features on Goodreads to see her most read authors (you can see her video here). After watching her video, I wanted to see the top authors in my library! When I learned about this feature, I knew two authors that I read throughout middle school and high school would top the list (and I was right!). To find out your top authors, go to “My Books.” Under tools on the left hand side, click on “Most Read Authors.” With so many authors tied for tenth place, I decided to choose my top nine most read authors according to my shelves on Goodreads (any books with reviews will be linked to the title):
- Meg Cabot (24 books)
I knew Meg Cabot would be on the top of my list since I’ve read The Princess Diaries series, many of her other stand-alone books, and several books from her middle-grade series. Meg Cabot was also one of the authors that I read most in high school, so it is no surprise that she tops my list at 24 books.
I think one of the main reasons that I’ve read so many of Meg Cabot’s book is that her books contain a lot of humor. While many cultural references may out date some of her books, her books really stand out to me because her books aren’t like the sea of edgy books prevalent in YA fiction now. I know I can always pull out a Meg Cabot book for a fun and light read! My favorite Meg Cabot books are The Princess Diaries series, Allie Finkle’s Rules of Girls series, and All-American Girl!
Books that I’ve read by Meg Cabot: Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls #1 and #4, Queen of Babble #1, From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #1, The Princess Diaries books #1-11, Teen Idol, Airhead, Being Nikki, Pants of Fire, All-American Girl, Avalon High, Victoria and the Rogue, Nicola and the Viscount
- Sarah Dessen (13 books)
I’m also not surprised to see Sarah Dessen near the top of my list because she was the other author that I primarily read throughout high school. I’ve read all of Sarah Dessen’s books and she is definitely an auto-buy author for me.
I love Sarah Dessen’s books because the characters are so relatable. Even if you haven’t had the same experiences as the main characters, you can always relate to the deeper message found in Sarah Dessen’s books. My favorite books by Sarah Dessen are Just Listen, This Lullaby, and The Truth About Forever.
Book that I’ve read by Sarah Dessen: The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, Once and For All, That Summer, This Lullaby, Keeping the Moon, Someone Like You, Lock and Key, Along for the Ride, The Moon and More, Saint Anything, Dreamland
- Janette Rallison (7 books)
Seeing Janette Rallison’s name of this list bring back so many high school memories! I remember reading one of Janette Rallison’s books in middle school and thought it was hilarious, but I never picked up another until I got to high school.
Like Meg Cabot, Janette Rallison’s books are full of humor and fun! I find myself laughing out loud no matter how many times I read her books. Even though the plots of kind of ridiculous, they were right up my alley when I first started high school. I would recommend Janette Rallison’s books to readers just starting YA or anyone looking for a good laugh! My favorite Janette Rallison books are It’s a Mall World After All, Just One Wish, and My Unfair Godmother.
Books that I’ve read by Janette Rallison: It’s a Mall World After All; Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To-Do List; How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend, My Fair Godmother, Just One Wish, My Double Life, My Unfair Godmother
- Elizabeth Eulberg (6 books)
I’m actually surprised to see Elizabeth Eulberg on my list, I didn’t realize she was one of my most read authors! I remember reading my first book by Elizabeth Eulberg, The Lonely Hearts Club, and disliking it because I couldn’t stand the main character. After reading it again, my opinion completely changed! Every time I read The Lonely Hearts Club, I laugh out loud.
I think Elizabeth Eulberg is one of my most read authors because all of her books were fun and light-hearted. These qualities are similar to many other books that I read in high school. However, looking at the books by Elizabeth Eulberg on my list, I thought most of them were only average. However, two stand-outs are The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom and Prejudice.
Books that I’ve read by Elizabeth Eulberg: The Great Shelby Holmes, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Take a Bow, Prom and Prejudice, We Can Work It Out, The Lonely Hearts Club
- William Shakespeare (5 books)
I was initially surprised to see William Shakespeare on my list, but thinking about all the plays that I read in school by Shakespeare, it isn’t too surprising.
I have a lot of memories from reading Shakespeare in high school. When we read Romeo and Juliet in class, I read aloud as Juliet! When we read Julius Caesar, we made political campaigns. My group was Brutus and it was so much fun to design propaganda posters, write speeches, and a commercial for our candidate! I also competed in a Shakespeare Festival every year in my area, ironically never competing with a scene from a play that I actually read.
Plays that I’ve read by William Shakespeare: The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet
- Sarah Ockler (5 books)
I was introduced to Sarah Ockler through my sister who loved her book Twenty Boy Summer. Even though that isn’t my favorite book by Sarah Ockler, I still love many of her books! I think one of the main reasons that I love Sarah Ockler’s books is that they are so beautifully written, especially The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. I still need to read #scandal, which I DNF’d a few years ago. My favorite Sarah Ockler books would be Bittersweet and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids.
Books that I’ve read by Sarah Ockler: Fixing Delilah, Twenty Boy Summer, Bittersweet, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, The Book of Broken Hearts
- Marissa Meyer (5 books)
Last year, Marissa Meyer quickly became one of my favorite authors with her series, The Lunar Chronicles. I was even more excited when I received an honorable mention in her crazy hat contest for the release of Heartless! I think I love Marissa Meyer’s books because they take a spin on some of my favorite stories in a completely unique way. I can’t wait for her release later this year, Renegades! My favorite books by Marissa Meyer would be Scarlet and Cress.
- Kasie West (5 books)
I read my first Kasie West book at the very end of last year and she’s quickly become one of my favorite contemporary authors! I love how her books are easy, light-hearted, and can be read in one sitting! Even though Kasie West’s books play off a lot of cliches in young adult fiction, they remind me of some of my favorite high school movies. My favorite books by Kasie West are The Fill-In Boyfriend and P.S. I Like You.
- Rachel Hawthorne (5 books)
I can’t believe that I’ve read five books by Rachel Hawthorne! All of the books that I’ve read by Rachel Hawthorne are Harper Teen romances books that are short, fun, and fluffy. Since I definitely have my stand-out favorites, the other books that I’ve read by her must have slipped my mind!
I think I really enjoy Rachel Hawthorne’s books because they are so fun and quick to read. All of her books center on fun locations and experiences that I wish I had as a teenager! Two of my favorite Rachel Hawthorne books are Thrill Ride and The Boyfriend League.
Who are your top read authors on Goodreads?