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text 2015-08-12 21:30
Fashionably Late to the Party
Hercule Poirot's Casebook - Agatha Christie
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor
The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
Ngaio Marsh: 5 Complete Novels - Ngaio Marsh
Rebus: Capital Crimes - Ian Rankin
Brother Cadfael: A Morbid Taste for Bones/One Corpse Too Many/Monk's Hood - Ellis Peters
Die Romane: Buddenbrooks. Königliche Hoheit. Lotte in Weimar. Der Zauberberg. Joseph und sein Brüder. Doktor Faustus. Der Erwählte. Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull. - Thomas Mann
The Harry Bosch Novels, Volume 1: The Black Echo / The Black Ice / The Concrete Blonde - Michael Connelly
Tony Hillerman: The Leaphorn & Chee Novels: Skinwalkers, A Thief of Time, Coyote Waits - Tony Hillerman
Omnibus: "Taste for Death", "Devices and Desires" and "Original Sin" - P. D. James

... well, actually I know I am.  Couldn't be helped, though. And anyway, I couldn't just show up like that, could I?

Now that I'm here, though ...

 

Top 10 Authors Read: Overall

  • Agatha Christie: 157
  • William Shakespeare: 83
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: 61
  • Ngaio Marsh: 45
  • Ian Rankin: 42
  • Ellis Peters / Edith Pargeter: 30
  • Thomas Mann: 28
  • Michael Connelly: 26
  • Karl May: 26
  • Tony Hillerman: 24
  • Martha Grimes: 23
  • P.D. James: 23

 

In other words: A serial crime offender reader with occasional, totally overblown delusions of literary grandeur.

The numbers for the top 6 in particular look egregious, of course -- the reason being that for Christie, Conan Doyle and Mann I've catalogued a substantial number of individual short stories in addition to the respective short story collections; similarly, the figures for Marsh and Rankin include several omnibus volumes in addition to the individual works, and when it comes to Shakespeare ... well, let's just say I'll buy and read pretty much anything with his name on the cover, which for present purposes includes multiple editions of several of his plays, as well as "topical" editions (say, of quotes and soliloquies), and of course also several omnibus editions.

 

(Similar considerations -- i.e., individual stories / works plus omnibus editions, etc. -- also apply further down to the listings for, inter alia, the Brothers Grimm, Edgar Allan Poe, P.D. James, and Jane Austen.)

 

I really have read the entire fictional / dramatic canon of Shakespeare, Christie and Marsh however, plus all of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes canon, all of Ellis Peters / Edith Pargeter's Cadfael Chronicles and some of her other historical fiction, and also pretty much everything by Ian Rankin that I've been able to get my hands on.  (And the same applies, mutatis mutandis, to the authors listed further below for whom I've shelved omnibus editions in addition to individual works.)

 

Top 10 Authors Read: Classics / Literary Fiction

  • William Shakespeare: 83
  • Thomas Mann: 28
  • Charles Dickens: 22
  • Friedrich Schiller: 14
  • Mark Twain: 14
  • Oscar Wilde: 14
  • Brothers Grimm: 13
  • John Steinbeck: 13
  • Henry David Thoreau: 13
  • Jane Austen: 12
  • Ernest Hemingway: 12
  • Naguib Mahfouz: 11
  • Edgar Allan Poe: 11
  • Wallace Stegner: 11
  • Honoré de Balzac: 10
  • Iain Pears: 10
  • Anthony Trollope: 10
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson: 9
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: 9
  • Robert Louis Stevenson: 9
  • Henry James: 8
  • Edna O'Brien: 8
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: 8
  • Tennessee Williams: 8

 

Top 10 Authors Read: Mysteries & Crime Fiction

  • Agatha Christie: 157
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: 61
  • Ngaio Marsh: 45
  • Ian Rankin: 42
  • Ellis Peters / Edith Pargeter: 30
  • Michael Connelly: 26
  • Tony Hillerman: 24
  • Martha Grimes: 23
  • P.D. James: 23
  • Dorothy L. Sayers: 22
  • Rex Stout: 20

 

Top Authors Read: Historical Fiction*

  • Ellis Peters / Edith Pargeter: 30
  • René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo ("Asterix"): 18
  • Robert van Gulik: 15
  • Jean Plaidy: 15
  • Naguib Mahfouz: 11
  • Iain Pears: 10
  • Robert Louis Stevenson: 9
  • Alexandre Dumas (père): 7
  • C.J. Sansom: 7
  • Sharon Kay Penman: 6
  • Walter Scott: 6
  • Lion Feuchtwanger: 5

 

Top Authors Read: Drama*

  • William Shakespeare: 83
  • Friedrich Schiller: 14
  • Oscar Wilde: 14
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: 9
  • Tennessee Williams: 8
  • Bertolt Brecht: 7
  • Friedrich Dürrenmatt: 6
  • Euripides: 6
  • George Bernard Shaw: 6
  • Sophocles: 6
  • Aeschylus: 5
  • Anton Chekhov: 5

 

Top Authors Read: Children's / YA Literature / Comics*

  • Karl May: 26
  • René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo ("Asterix"): 18
  • Brothers Grimm: 13
  • Magda Trott: 12
  • Robert Arthur ("3 Investigators"): 10
  • Charles Schulz ("Peanuts"): 10
  • Walter Farley: 9
  • Otfried Preußler: 8
  • Bill Watterson ("Calvin & Hobbes"): 8
  • Enid Blyton: 7
  • Astrid Lindgren: 7

 

Top Authors Read: Nonfiction*

  • Will Durant ("The History of Civilization" series): 13
  • Henry David Thoreau: 13
  • Antonia Fraser: 11
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson: 9
  • Brockhaus (dictionaries): 8
  • Moosewood (cookbooks): 8
  • Stanley Wells (Shakespeare biographer): 8
  • Lesley Mackley (cookbooks): 7
  • Hans Silvester (photography): 6
  • Richard Surman (photography): 6
  • Hilaire Walden (cookbooks): 6
  • Jared Diamond: 5
  • Christine de Pizan: 5

Top Authors Read: SF / Fantasy / Dystopia*

  • Sheri S. Tepper: 15
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: 8
  • George Orwell: 5
  • H.G. Wells: 5
  • Tad Williams: 5

 ... plus C.S. Lewis, whose Chronicles of Narnia I have only shelved as an omnibus edition.

 

Top 10 English Authors Read

  • Agatha Christie: 157
  • William Shakespeare: 83
  • Ellis Peters / Edith Pargeter: 30
  • P.D. James: 23
  • Charles Dickens: 22
  • Dorothy L. Sayers: 22
  • Colin Dexter: 17
  • John Mortimer: 16
  • Edgar Wallace: 16
  • Jean Plaidy: 15
  • Jane Austen: 12
  • Antonia Fraser: 11

 

Top Irish and Scottish Authors Read*

  • Arthur Conan Doyle: 61
  • Ian Rankin: 42
  • Oscar Wilde: 14
  • Robert Louis Stevenson: 9
  • Edna O'Brien: 8
  • Walter Scott: 6
  • George Bernard Shaw: 6

 

Top 10 American Authors Read

  • Michael Connelly: 26
  • Tony Hillerman: 24
  • Martha Grimes: 23
  • Rex Stout: 20
  • Elizabeth George: 15
  • Sheri S. Tepper: 15
  • Mark Twain: 14
  • Will Durant: 13
  • Anne Rice: 13
  • John Steinbeck: 13
  • Henry David Thoreau: 13
  • Ernest Hemingway: 12
  • Edgar Allan Poe: 11
  • Wallace Stegner: 11
  • Robert Arthur ("3 Investigators"): 10
  • Stephen King: 10
  • Charles Schulz ("Peanuts"): 10

 

Top 10 German (& Swiss) Authors Read

  • Thomas Mann: 28
  • Karl May: 26
  • Friedrich Schiller: 14
  • Brothers Grimm: 13
  • Magda Trott: 12
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: 9
  • Otfried Preußler: 8
  • Brockhaus (dictionaries): 8
  • Bertolt Brecht: 7
  • Friedrich Dürrenmatt (Swiss): 6
  • Wolfgang Ecke: 6
  • E.T.A. Hoffmann: 6
  • Hans Silvester (photography): 6
  • Lion Feuchtwanger: 5

 

Top Non-English Language & Non-German Authors Read*

  • René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo ("Asterix"): 18
  • Robert van Gulik: 15
  • Naguib Mahfouz: 11
  • Honoré de Balzac: 10
  • Henning Mankell: 9
  • Guy de Maupassant: 7
  • Alexandre Dumas (père): 7
  • Astrid Lindgren: 7
  • Euripides: 6
  • Victor Hugo: 6
  • Sophocles: 6
  • Leo Tolstoy: 6
  • Aeschylus: 5
  • Anton Chekhov: 5
  • Gabriel García Márquez: 5
  • Christine de Pizan: 5
  • George Sand: 5

 

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*Note: I didn't include any authors of whom I have shelved less than 5 books -- the list(s) would have been even more endless otherwise.

 

And just in case anybody's wondering -- yes:

 

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text 2015-04-07 09:13
Top Ten Tuesday! (12)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
 
 
 
This week's Top 10 Topic:
 
 
Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check In With
 
 
My Answers:
 
Well lets see :)
 
Allison Sekemoto
from The Blood of Eden trilogy.
 
Well she's a kickass vampire, and i want to know how she is now! Did she get a city of her own? Did she find love?? How long did she live?? I want to know!!!
 
 
 
 
 
Mara Dyer
from the Mara Dyer trilogy.
 
Her shit got hella crazy and i want to know if her life ever settled down. Did she ever kill Noah like she was supposed to??
 
 
 
 
 

Addison Coleman
from the Pivot Point series. 
 
 Addison can can two different futures when faced with a decision. I would love to see how she did when she has kids :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Everyone 
from the Monument 14 trilogy.
 
This is more me wanting to know how they cleaned up the mess of the NATO chemical leak and the lasting effects of it :) and if the baby was affected too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day and June
from the Legend trilogy.
 
Hm. Seriously, how this trilogy ended!? Are you f**cking with me?! WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!?!?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aristotle and Dante
from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
 
They're beyond cute together and i would love to see them growing old together :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lincoln and Beth 
from Attachments 
 
Again with the ending! WTH!? Do they end up together, do they not?! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Magdalena "Lena" Ella Haloway-Tiddlefrom the Delirium trilogy.
 
This is the one book where i want to know which boy she picks! And i want to see if they still "cure" or not :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eleanor
from Eleanor & Park
 
Where did you go Eleanor? Are you okay? Did you find happiness?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Everyone 
from the Gone series.
 
Did they keep their powers outside of the dome?? Did they get in trouble for the things they did while inside?? So many questions!!





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And just to be mean :)
 
Tobias "Four" Eaton
from the Divergent trilogy.
 
 
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text 2015-03-24 04:49
Top Ten Tuesdsay! (10)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
 
 
This week's Top 10 Topic:
 
Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit
 
 
My Answers:
 
I don't remember many books from my childhood, i did get crazy AR points in middle school.


 
 Stargirl
Stargirl #1
Jerry Spinelli
From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her - normal. 


 The Series of Unfortunate Events
Lemony Snicket
Goodreads

Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


 Ella Enchanted
Gail Carson Levine
Goodreads

At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally." When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella's life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you'll ever read.


 Eragon
The Inheritance Cycle #1
Christopher Paolini
Goodreads

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.


 Confessions of a Shopaholic
Shopaholic #1
Sophie Kinsella
Goodreads

Becky Bloomwood has what most twenty-five-year-olds only dream of: a flat in London's trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season's must-haves. The only trouble is, she can't actually afford it --- not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn't pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But lately Becky's been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank --- letters with large red sums she can't bear to read --- and they're getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something ... just a little something ...


 Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl #1
Eoin Colfer
Goodreads

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories—they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Sisterhood #1
Ann Brashares
Goodreads

Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.


Holes 
Holes #1
Louis Sachar
Goodreads

"If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy." is motto for Camp Greenlake. Stanley runs away to find pal Zero. Their journey to freedom becomes a battle with hunger, thirst and heat in the shadow of Big Thumb. The mountain is entwined in the Yelnatz's unlucky history. To get there means salvation.


Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher
Goodreads

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.


 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter #1
J.K. Rowling
Goodreads

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.


This made me feel hella old! Most of these came out while i was in middle school or the beginning of high school :)

Any matches?? 
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text 2015-03-17 09:29
Top Ten Tuesday! (9)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
 
This week's Top 10 Topic:
 
Ten books on your Spring TBR
 
My Answers:
 
I don't really plan out a TBR since i can only get whatever happens to be at the library when i go. Um, so i'll do on my TBR i can't get to yet because they have yet to come out :(
 
 
Bits & Pieces
Benny Imura #5
Jonathan Maberry
Sept. 22nd 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trust Me, I'm Trouble
Trust Me #2
Mary Elizabeth Summer
Oct. 13th 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
End of Days
Penyrn & the End of Days #3
Susan Ee
May 12th 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Heir
The Selection #4
Kiera Cass
May 5th 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miss Mayhem
Rebel Belle #2
Rachel Hawkins
April 7th 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Well i'll just do 5 since i post Waiting on Wednesdays as well :)
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text 2015-03-10 06:03
Top Ten Tuesday (8)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

 

This week's Top 10 Topic:

 

Ten Books For Readers Who Like _________

 

My Answers:

  

I'm going with who like the Walking Dead :)

 

The Enemy Series

Charlie Higson

 

I've read the first 4 books so far, and they're amazing. The main characters are kids, and every adult turns into a zombie. It's also set across the Pond so that's pretty legit too :)

 

 

 

 Benny Imura Series

Jonathan Maberry

 Goodreads

 

I've read all but the new 5th one coming out in September. The main character is teenager. He learns to fight from his brother and they take on another "gang" who are trying to destroy their compound. Some major shit goes down and it gets pretty awesome.

 

 

 

 White Rabbit Chorincles

Gena Showalter 

Goodreads 

 

This is for those who like a zombie romance book :] The main character is a teenage girl who has a special skill where she can see Zombies and learns to be a kickass fighter :)

 

 

 

 

This is Not a Test Series

Courtney Summers

Goodreads  

 

This book is more about the mind set of someone dealing with a zombie threat. Still a great series :]

 

 

 

 

 

 Monument 14 Series

Emmy Laybourne

Goodreads 

 

A group of teenagers and little kids get trapped in a grocery store as a chemical leak from the nearby NANTO plant turns people into things depending on their blood type.  

 

 

 

 

Penryn & the End of Days Series

Susan Ee

Goodreads 

 

Angels take over Earth and epic battles happen :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thats all ive got from the books ive read :) heres some from my TBR

 

Newsflesh Series

Mira Grant

Goodreads 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Razorland Series

Ann Aguirre

Goodreads 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ashes Trilogy

Ilsa J. Bick 

Goodreads 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 As the World Dies Series

Rhiannon Frater

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And of course you have the actual Walking Dead comics :]

 

Have you read any zombies books you think i should read???

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