Most Owned and Read Authors – Second Update

There’s something special about reading a book by an author whose work we are becoming increasingly familiar with. It doesn’t matter how many books we have read by some authors, we still want to continue to explore their work, compare and contrast, discover similarities or disparities between books. For that reason, there are some authors that are more prevalent than others on our shelves.

I wrote my first ‘Most Owned and Read Authors’ post in 2017. Back then, I still had on my shelves many of the books that I had read as a child and a teenager. I since then gave almost all of them away, as I didn’t plan to read them ever again and had lost that somewhat inexplicable sentimental connection with them. I also started to only keep on my shelves the books that I either loved or enjoyed, plus some that I only found passable but that have some special characteristic to them. Still, as there weren’t many changes on the authors featured on the first update of my most owned and read authors a year later, I decided to stop writing this kind of posts annually.

I have now realised that two authors (Daphne du Maurier and José Saramago) who didn’t even make it onto the list before have since then become significantly prominent. The time has come for a second update! It’s important to recall that these are not necessarily the authors that I have read more books by. But they are in a way the ones that I’ve enjoyed the most books by, either because they have written book series I cherished or because I’m an admirer of their work in general.


Daphne du Maurier – 9 books


The King’s General

Jamaica Inn

My Cousin Rachel

The Scapegoat

Frenchman’s Creek

The House on the Strand

The Birds and Other Stories

Don’t Look Now: Short Stories


J.K. Rowling – 9 books

Harry Potter e a Pedra Filosofal (Portuguese translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)

Harry Potter e a Câmara dos Segredos (Portuguese Translation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

Harry Potter e o Prisioneiro de Azkaban (Portuguese translation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Harry Potter e o Cálice de Fogo (Portuguese translation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Harry Potter e a Ordem de Fénix (Portuguese translation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

Harry Potter e Príncipe Misterioso (Portuguese translation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Os Contos de Beedle o Bardo (Portuguese translation of The Tales of Beedle the Bard)

The Cuckoo’s Calling (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith)


Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen – 8 books

O Cavaleiro da Dinamarca

Histórias da Terra e do Mar

Quatro Contos Dispersos

Contos Exemplares (Exemplary Tales in the English translation)

O Nome das Coisas

Livro Sexto

Mar Novo



José Saramago – 8 books

Provavelmente Alegria

O Homem Duplicado (The Double in the English translation)

Ensaio sobre a Cegueira (Blindness in the English translation)

Ensaio sobre a Lucidez (Seeing in the English translation)

O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis (The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis in the English translation)

Memorial do Convento (Baltasar & Blimunda in the English translation)

As Intermitências da Morte (Death at Intervals in the English translation)

História do Cerco de Lisboa (The History of the Siege of Lisbon in the English translation)


George R.R. Martin – 7 books

A Game of Thrones

A Clash of Kings

A Storm of Swords I: Steel and Snow

A Storm of Swords II: Blood and Gold

A Feast for Crows

A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust

A Dance with Dragons II: After the Feast


Have you read books by any of these authors? Who are the most prominent authors on your shelves? Tell me in the comments!


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