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Authors I have read

Earlier today, just hovering on ‘My Books’ section on Goodreads I found an astonishing stats page that tells you about the authors you have most read, ranking according to the amount of books read of each author. It helps to recall a lot of involuntary memories of when I read those authors, and how I felt about their work. This stats does not show those authors for whom I have read only one book.

Thus, I conclude a list of some those writers and the number of books written by each I have managed to read, and a recommendation from my part, in that order.

Ian Rankin- 16 books I have read


Set In Darkness introduced me to the world of well-written Crime Fiction and John Rebus.

Arthur Conan Doyle- 16 books


I have read every book on Sherlock Holmes written by the creator of this world’s famous detective. He’s mesmerising, and mysterious in his own ways.

William Shakespeare- 15 plays


William Shakespeare, ladies and gentlemen.

Oscar Wilde- 14 books


Whenever I read anything written by Oscar Wilde, I feel something different. His words are enough to captivate any human under his charm. I have spent my high-school nights reading it, and they are the only memory I can tell you, those were the nights well slept of.

Guy de Maupassant– 11


Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was a popular 19th-century French writer. He is one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protege of Flaubert, Maupassant’s short stories are characterized by their economy of style and their efficient effortless dénouement.

Anton Chekov-7 books


When it opened in St Petersburg in 1896, The Seagull survived only five performances after a disastrous first night. Two years later it was revived by Nemirovich-Danchenko at the newly-founded Moscow Art Theatre with Stanslasky as Trigorin and was an immediate success.

Haruki Murakami– 6 books


The Rat Chronicles, all of them. Pinball is second in the series. Surrealistic narration by an unnamed narrator. He describes living with a pair of identical unnamed female twins, who mysteriously appear in his apartment one morning, and disappear at the end of the book.

Pelham Grenville Woodhouse- 6 books


The best comic writer I have read.

George Eliot- 5 books


Eliot’s writing is full of wisdom.

Dan Brown- 5 books


A page turner.

Jhumpa Lahiri- 4 books


Unaccustomed Earth is rich with the author’s signature gifts: exquisite prose, emotional wisdom and subtle renderings of the most intricate workings of the heart and mind. It is the work of a writer at the peak of her powers.

David Herbert Richard Lawrence- 4 Books


Lawrence writes fascinatingly. His words create a mild labyrinth that is enough for a reader to be lost in to.

Franz Kafka- 4 books


One word for his every work. Kafkaesque

George Bernard Shaw- 3 plays


One fact I like about him is that he is the only writer to ever receive a Nobel Prize in literature and an Oscar.

Donna Leon- 3 books


She writes crime fiction and her way of representing the crime to a reader is unique.

Caleb Carr- 2 books


Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian’s exactitude, The Alienist conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside. It’s a masterpiece.

Mary Shelley- 2 books


She wrote Frankenstein at the age of 18.


26 thoughts on “Authors I have read”

  1. I had to go search for this feature. I haven’t been very good at keeping up with my Goodreads list of books read. I’m too lazy to put them all in. lol But I knew who would be at the top of my list.


  2. When I looked at my most-read authors I was struck by the amount of female authors on there. The only male author that is pretty high up (#3) is C.S.Lewis. Before I first looked at that list last year or so I was not aware that I am apparently subconsciously preferring female writers.


  3. Always nice to see Ian Rankin. He’s one of our customers 😉 And Yes; we also keep track of goodReads!!! Good information source.


  4. I had no idea this feature even existed in Goodreads! But it certainly is useful 😉

    That’s a great list of authors 🙂 I really want to read Ian Rankin soon (I only own the first book in his Rebus series) and Chekhov is one of the authors I mean to try as well. Murakami will always be one of my absolutely favourite authors.

    I heard Jhumpa Lahiri will be visiting Athens this month, and since I had never heard about her before, could you recommend me something of hers to begin with?


    1. If you want to start reading Rankin the time is now. He is one writer I admire the most,in his genre, contemporarily. 🙂
      Jhumpa Lahiri, has a unique way of writing. You must try her ‘Unaccustomed Earth’ and ‘The Namesake’.


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