My Top 5 Most Owned Authors

Every now and again, I have a tendency to observe my friends shelves and then my own. I have come to realize that I have a lot of book by the same author for many different reasons. Some because I love the author and others simply because they have a never ending series on the go. So, I present to you, my top 5 most owned authors! I will put the author first and then all of the series I have by them. This was inspired by a video by one of my favourite booktubers Katytastic

5. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls & Heist Society (9 Books)

Ally Carter is my go to lady when it comes to quick reads. I have loved every single one of her books in the GG series. I have yet to read her Heist Society series but I know I will loved them just as much. Also, can we have some love for the matching covers within series? I think this is the only set I have where all the editions match! This is definitely a case of I like this author and I will continue to buy her books rather than a long series.

4. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices (9 books)

Compared to many, I got to Cassandra Clare’s books pretty late. I still love them as much and once I got through the ones that were out at the time, I pre-ordered the rest. She is my lady for fantasy and I will always support her books. There will come a day where I will have to get some matching editions. You have no idea how much the different sizes annoy me!

 

3. LJ Smith –  The Vampire Diaries & The Secret Circle (10 books)

So, here comes the author where books are bought because of a long series. In the beginning, I loved LJ Smiths books. But the integrity on the publishers part was called in to play and now all the books published passed around 2012 have her name on them but are not actually written by her. I will continue to support the books that are written by her, but for now both these series are gonna be put to rest.

2. PC and Kristin Cast – The House of Night Series, House of Night Novellas, The Goddess of Parthalon Series & anthologies (18 books)

The House of Night Series is one that I have been reading for around 5 years. Although I have slowly been falling out of love with it, I will finish it now considering there are only a few books left. On the flip side, I am a huge fan of PC Cast’s adult novels. The Divine Trilogy was one of my first adult books and I still love it to this day. I am planning to read PC’s Goddess series when they are all out! I cannot wait!

Now for my most owned author!

1. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampire Series, The Weather Warden Series, The Revivalist Series & The Red Letter Days Series (29 books)

This is definitely a case of love and support for the author. I have loved Rachel Caine’s books since my early teens and have grown to love her adult novels just as much as her YA books.  I have bought her books as they come out for a while and Price of Shadows is next! She is brilliant at what she does! She is also gonna need another shelf soon which may be problematic.

 

So these are my top 5 most owned authors! They all come to a grand total of 75 books which is a lot more than I thought! What are your most owned authors? Do you know/like any of these authors? Let me know in the comments!

Why I Am Quitting The Star Ratings

A lot of people have been doing this lately and I think there is some kind of bandwagon forming.

As of late, I have read a lot of books that warrant a lower rating than my average but I still enjoyed them so much that I ended up giving it 5 stars. I think it is getting more and more difficult to give books star ratings. Each book has it own merits and I am slowly starting to dislike how I’m boxing my books into star ratings.

I look at my shelf sometimes where I have a lot of 5 star books but none of have that for the same reasons. I am also quite forgiving with books when it comes to ratings so sometimes I would push to say that I feel that my star ratings are not trustworthy sometimes!

So, all this comes down to me getting rid of start ratings and just saying whether I would recommend or not.

What are your thoughts on the whole saga with star ratings?

Reading Challenges: An Aid or A Hindrance?

It is just past the halfway point of 2014 and it is time to look at how we are doing when it comes to the reads. That is what we are all here for, right? The reads.

I go back and forth when it comes to read-a-thons and reading challenges. So, for your enjoyment, here is a list of my personal pros and cons when it comes to this topic!

PRO: Motivation.

I am the type of person that needs a set goal sometimes. I think having a set number can definitely be a bonus depending on what kind of reader you are. Seeing the number go up as you read up and get close to your final goal can be hugely motivational. I go through stages where it can take me weeks to finish a book and other times where I can read 5 in a week so seeing numbers really helps me a lot!

CON: Pissing Contests 

I have no idea if there is a technical term for this. But pissing contests where I am from is basically where you are trying to outdo someone all of the time. I have seen snarky comments on Goodreads and screencaps of conversations of people constantly bragging about how much they have read and pulling people down for how little they have read. Don’t get me wrong, I love my somewhat high numbers. But getting caught up in things like that is tiresome. Also, people work and have lives outside the internet. Just because they have less spare time to read does not make them a better or worst reader!

PRO: Keep Count

This is just from a bookkeeping point of view, but taking part in some kind of reading challenge is so helpful when it comes to looking back and seeing what you have read. I have my Goodreads sorted in to genres and years so it is nice to see all of them together and also how the reads have progressed!

CON: Pressure – The Bad Kind

Unnecessary pressure is a huge turn off for me when it comes to reading. Sometimes I have put books down for over a month because I simply just hate the fact that I feel like I have to finish it, not that I want to. When people start getting unrealistic with their goals and then do not reach them, it puts a huge downer on things. This is more of an individual thing as I have not talked to many people that do this. I try my best not to do this to myself, but sometimes I just can’t help it!

PRO: Pressure – The Good Kind

I suppose this falls under motivation. I think that having just the right amount of pressure will induce a little more motivation out of me sometimes. If I see I only have a couple more books to go until I hit a landmark, it makes me read just that little but faster!

CON: Resenting Reading (the worst one, I think)

Again, this may come from being unrealistic sometimes. If I genuinely feel like I can’t reach a target or finish a book for something, whether it be for recreational purposes or school, I begin to resent it. There was one point when I started blogging way back when, that I took on far too many review books and it got to the point where I just hated reading all of the books that I picked up. I reviewed all of them and had to take a break. I think when anything you love starts to be a chore, you need to take some time out.

How do you guys feel when it comes to reading challenges or read-a-thons? Do you think they help more or less when it comes to your reading pace? I would love to know your thoughts on this one!