This is a really tough one to answer. It’s hard to judge how much a book has been read by the public without looking at sales figures, and whichever book I choose is probably being read by many more people than I think! So, I’ve decided to just pick an author that I love, because you always want your favourite writers to be read more, right?
One author I love who I don’t see mentioned anywhere near enough is Jim Butcher. He’s probably best known for The Dresden Files – a series of contemporary fantasy/mystery novels about private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden, who is the world’s only “consulting wizard,” accepting supernatural cases from both human and non-human clients, as well as the Chicago PD’s Special Investigation unit. As the series progresses, Dresden takes on an increasingly important role in the supernatural world at large as he works to protect the general public, making it difficult for him to get by as a working wizard and private investigator. He finds himself facing off against an increasing variety of creatures (including other wizards), while facing the realization that his various cases may all be tied together behind the scenes and that his role might be even greater than he’s willing to admit.
Butcher also writes a fantasy series called Codex Alera, the coming-of-age story of a young man named Tavi in the realm of Alera, an empire similar to Rome, on the world of Carna. Every Aleran has some degree of command over elemental forces or spirits called furies, save for Tavi, who is considered unusual for his lack of one. As the aging First Lord struggles to maintain his hold on a realm on the brink of civil war, Tavi must use all of his intelligence to save Alera
I haven’t read it yet but he’s also started a new Steampunk series called The Cinder Spires. The first book, The Aeronaut’s Windlass, came out in September 2015.