It bothers me that the majority of the authors in Amazon's top 25 authors aren't "authors" as I define them. I'm sorry, but diet books and "Who Moved My Cheese" just do not count! It's great that "Harry Potter" is so popular, but where's the real literature - not the so-called Classics, but the thought-provoking books that weren't written to make their authors a ton of money (like the "Left Behind" series)? Where's A.S. Byatt? Robertson Davies? Hey, I'd even settle for "The Secret Life of Bees"!
1 J.K. Rowling The 'Harry Potter' series
2 Spencer Johnson 'Who Moved My Cheese?'
3 Nora Roberts 'Black Rose,' 'Blue Dahlia,' 'Portrait in Death' (as J.D. Robb)
4 Dan Brown 'The Da Vinci Code'
5 Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) 'Cat In The Hat,' 'Green Eggs and Ham'
6 John Grisham 'A Time to Kill,' 'The Runaway Jury'
7 Stephen King 'Carrie,' 'The Stand'
8 J.R.R. Tolkien 'The Hobbit,' 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy
9 Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins The 'Left Behind' series
10 Jim Collins 'Built to Last,' 'Good to Great'
11 Phil McGraw 'The Ultimate Weight Solution,' 'Life Strategies'
12 Robert Atkins 'Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution'
13 C.S. Lewis 'The Chronicles of Narnia,' including 'The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe'
14 Mitch Albom 'Tuesdays With Morrie'
15 Ken Blanchard 'Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager,' 'The Leadership Pill'
16 James Patterson 'Kiss the Girls,' 'The Big Bad Wolf'
17 Stephen R. Covey 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People'
18 Mary Pope Osborne The 'Magic Tree House' series
19 Marcus Buckingham 'First, Break All the Rules,' 'The One Thing You Need to Know'
20 Lemony Snicket The 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' series
21 John C. Maxwell 'Make Yours a Winning Team,' 'The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership'
22 Janet Evanovich The 'Full' series, 'One for the Money'
23 Robert T. Kiyosaki 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad'
24 Arthur Agatson 'The South Beach Diet'
25 Tom Clancy 'The Hunt for Red October,' 'Red Storm Rising'"