The topic at hand is Top Ten Authors We Own The Most Books Of, which is making me twitchy even though I know ending a sentence with a preposition isn’t necessarily bad, and anyway, it’s a title, not a sentence.
I had a guess going into this, and a quick inventory of my physical bookshelves confirmed it: David Adams Richards is the winner!
1. David Adams Richards (8): Crimes Against My Brothers, Mercy Among the Children, River of the Brokenhearted, Friends of Meager Fortune, The Lost Highway, and Nights Below Station Street. Not pictured, but pretty sure they are kicking around: The Bay of Love and Sorrows and Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace.
The guy has a way with titles. I went through a major DAR phase in the early aughts. Mercy is my favourite, but they’re all good. He keeps churning out a book a year, so I don’t know if I’ll ever catch up and read them all.
2. Douglas Coupland (6): Hey Nostradamus!, All Families are Psychotic, Miss Wyoming, Girlfriend in a Coma, Generation X, Eleanor Rigby
I haven’t read Eleanor Rigby yet and a couple of these are misplaced, so there’s still some work to do. If you have my copy of Generation X, please let me know!
3-6. Then there are a bunch with 4 titles each:
- Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, Maddaddam, Cat’s Eye
- Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, Emma (I do “own” the other two, but they were Kobo freebies.)
- Emma Donoghue: Room, Slammerkin, Astray, Frog Music
- John Irving: The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Hotel New Hampshire, A Widow for One Year (another collection I’d like to add to)
I don’t think 2 or 3 books really counts so I’ll stop.
I’m not much of a completist! I was surprised not to see Irvine Welsh or Edith Wharton (I apparently don’t own The Age of Innocence, which is not okay.) I’m pretty relieved not to see anything embarrassing; sorry Brie (I only own two Sophie Kinsellas, thankyouverymuch.)
So? Who’s the most popular on your book shelf?