Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors.
I’m glad this topic is following up last week’s Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most, because while creating that list I realized it didn’t exactly reflect the authors I currently love. There is some overlap, but a lot of my favorites got left off that list because they haven’t published enough books yet.
The weird thing is, as I’m making this list I realize there are a few authors that I love, but cannot honestly put on here, because there are several books that I have not been in a hurry to buy. For example: I still haven’t purchased J.K. Rowling’s latest two novels, though I suppose you could argue that since they’re published as Robert Galbraith they wouldn’t count (and in fact, I do have one author who uses a pseudonym on this list). However, I wasn’t in a huge hurry to buy Casual Vacancy either (and I still haven’t read it) so I decided to just leave her off the list, even though if she were to publish anything else in the wizarding world I would buy it immediately. I also didn’t include Sarah J. Maas, even though I love all her books, simply because I own most of them in paperback so while I’ll read each new book as soon as possible, I won’t actually buy them until they’re out in paperback. (I need my books to all be the same!)
So here are the authors that did make the list (in no particular order):
1. Neil Gaiman – To be honest, there are are several Gaiman titles that I don’t yet own, but they are all backlist graphic novels or children’s novels that were published before I discovered how much I love him. I also haven’t yet purchased all his children’s picture books, but each new novel I buy as soon as it’s published now.
2. Jen Lancaster – Technically there are still two of her books that I don’t yet own, but they are both fiction so I’m considering that a different category. I always buy her memoirs as quickly as my budget will allow whenever they’re released.
3. Tana French – I was hooked immediately from her first book and actually own several in hardcover AND paperback. I love everything about her books; they are completely engrossing and fascinating. I love how in-depth the character study goes, and how each of her narrators is so flawed and human.
4. Gillian Flynn – Flynn’s writing also fascinates me. Her books are so dark, but interesting. And the characters are rarely likable, but you can’t put the book down. Just don’t buy into the Gone Girl hype – while good, Sharp Objects and Dark Places are actually the superior novels.
5. Jim Butcher – He makes the list because while I haven’t yet read the Codex Alera series (and only own one of the books) I buy every single Dresden novel the day it hits the shelves and typically have it read within the first 48 hours. I am also extremely excited about the upcoming release of the first book in his new Cinder Spires series, The Aeronaut’s Windlass.
6. Maria V. Snyder – I very nearly forgot to put Maria on my most read authors list, which is a huge oversight because I adore her. I buy her books immediately and can’t put them down until they’re finished. Her original Study series is probably still my favorite, but I love them all.
7. Sarah Addison Allen – I discovered Allen’s novel Garden Spells when I was working at a different bookstore and immediately fell in love with her writing style. Her novels are light, usually fun reads with just a hint of magical realism that I love. I always look forward to each new book that comes out.
8. Claire North – The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and Touch are two of the best books I’ve read in the past year. They are currently the only books published under this pseudonym, but I can’t wait for more. I love the style of both books and they were hard to put down. I can’t wait to see what she publishes next.
9. Ernest Cline – He has also only published two novels so far, but after reading Ready Player One I was counting down to the publication date of Armada (honestly, it was a toss up which I was more excited about – Go Set a Watchman or Armada). I really enjoyed both of his books and cannot wait for the next one (rumored to be a sequel to RPO).
10. Andy Weir – Yes, I know he has only published one novel to date, but The Martian was so brilliant that I will definitely be buying the next one if/when it’s published.
Which authors would make your auto-buy list?