Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors on my auto-buy list

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week the participants post their top ten to a specific topic.

This week is about authors that are so amazing and that we trust so much, we'd buy anything they wrote.

There are only a few authors from whom I'd buy absolutely *anything*. I mean, if I read the book description and it's about an issue that just doesn't interest me, or if they suddenly go into another genre, or if their new book is about a topic that is a trigger for me, I'd stay away, or at least not buy the book immediately. But there are many authors that I trust and whose writing I am totally in love with so that I preorder their books.

  1. Melissa Marr
    I love love love her writing style. I've read all her Wicked Lovely stories including the mangas, many stories she has in anthologies (though not all because there are so many and I only have so much money and time) as well as Carnival of Souls. However, not sure about that middle grade series she has coming out soon... but that's because at this point I'm just not into MG.
  2. Holly Black
    Her. Writing. Is. Magic. I've loved it since I read (and reread and reread and re-borrowed so I could re-read before I had my own copy) Tithe. I'm so excited about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown coming out in the fall! And the Curseworkers books just blew my mind.
  3. Kim Harrison
    The Hollows series. Rachel. Jenks. Ivy. Al the coffee-loving demon. Kisten. Enough said ;)
  4. Jeaniene Frost
    Cat and Bones are among my favorite couples :) Also, I love how she combines fun writing and banter with action and creepiness. She creates memorable characters that come to life on the page!
  5. Richelle Mead
    Fun, action, heartbreak, redemption... I've read all her books apart from the Dark Swan ones because I haven't gotten to them yet. Her style is just so readable for me, I don't want to stop and just dive into the worlds she creates :)
  6. Kelly Creagh
    Her writing is just sooo beautiful! I love how she brings the Poe elements to life in her books but also twists them and makes them her own! I read her books slowly just so I can savor them. I'm very curious about what her next project after the Nevermore trilogy will be!
  7. Rachel Vincent
    Her writing is just so gripping and real! And I love the characters she creates. She doesn't shy away from letting them make risky decisions and facing the consequences. Very strong heroines. No sugar-coating the bad things. I'm very curious about that new YA project she's been hinting at!
  8. Erin Morgenstern
    She's only published one book but seriously I loved The Night Circus so much I couldn't even review it because I have no idea how. It's a masterpiece. I'll buy whatever she releases next without thinking twice about it.
  9. Kate Griffin
    What an imagination! I love her version of urban fantasy. So magical! Gives me a book high and lets me see the world with fresh eyes. Also, reluctant heroes that don't want to do heroic things by default. Love it :) Oh Matthew Swift...
  10. a tie between Julie Kagawa and Sarah Rees Brennan and maybe Cassandra Clare
    Yup. Julie because I was hesitant about trusting her with the vampires but she was amazing at it, and I also loved her adult story in the 'Til The World Ends anthology. If she decides to go for adult horror next, I'm in.
    Sarah Rees Brennan because her writing is jus so fun and addictive, but also heartbreaking! She sure loves to torture us poor readers :P I loved the Demon books and Unspoken, but I haven't bought Team Human yet. I just don't know if I want to. I'm sure it's funny but... I dunno. The co-authoring bit might also play into my decision...
    Cassandra Clare because I don't know if she can do anything non-Shadow Hunters. I love those novels, the Infernal Devices even more so. But another trilogy? I mean, I'll certainly read it, but I'd also like to see her branch out a bit. I read a non-nephilim short story of hers in an anthology once but that one didn't really do it for me...

There are quite a few authors I feel sort of bad about not including but yeah... there can only be ten. And unlike for other people, J.K. Rowling is not an auto-buy for me.

What do you think of my list? Anyone you'd like to chuck out? Someone you also picked? Also, leave a link to your own list, I'm curious about maybe discovering new authors :)


  1. I love Richelle Mead! And Cassandra Clare made my list as well! Great list :)

    Here's my Top Ten!

  2. i LOVED the night circus. SO MUCH. Sigh...

  3. Our tastes are actually pretty close. My absolutes off this list are Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, and Kelly Creagh (she's also wonderful to have as a client. I do her web design for the Nevermore books.)

    Richelle Mead and Julie Kagawa I don't really care for anymore, so I've abandoned their series, and I think I've outgrown The Hollows (which is sad, because I used to adore the series. I'm just a little over the standard noir-inspired urban fantasy scenarios for the moment. Might come back one day, but I've read too much in the genre to be as head over heels for it as I used to be.)

    I would highly highly highly recommend that you look into Laini Taylor's "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" series. It is beyond addictive. I would also suggest Kendare Blake's "Anna Dressed in Blood" series, and the "Bag Girls Don't Die" books from Katie Alender. Daniel Kraus' "Rotters" has pushed him onto my auto-buy list as well.

    Happy reading!

    1. I'm replying here because the blog linked to your account hasn't been updated in a while...
      Awesome that you got to work with Kelly Creagh! I love the design of her blog :D And I almost almost put Laini Taylor and Kendare Blake on my list. But there are so many other authors by whom I've read more than just two books that I ended up passing them, though I love their writing!

  4. LOVE Kim Harrison--she made my list, too! I haven't read any of her YA books (boo me!), but I really want to.
    Can't get into Jeaniene Frost, though. My husband bought me a couple of her books for christmas a couple of years ago, and I only made it through one. That might have something to do with the fact that he enjoys buying me book 3 of a series, though...

  5. I don't know that I could ever narrow my list down to just ten, but I love most of the ones you picked. :)

  6. Cassandra Clare is on our list as well :) I haven't read anything by the other authors mentioned, but my blogmate has! I want to read Carnival of Souls / Wicked Lovely series though.

    Beth @ YA Vixens
    Vixen's Top Ten!

  7. Totally agree with Cassandra Clare. I love her! I liked THE NIGHT CIRCUS, too, and I'll definitely be interested to see what that author does next.

    Glad to have found you via TTT!

  8. Richelle, Erin and Julie made it to my list too!! :) Other picks are great as well :)

  9. Eeeek I haven't read any of those authors *cringe*...(well except Cassandra Clare) but I own works by #'s 4, 5, & 10 (Kagawa) & #'s 3 & 8 are high-priority 'to-buy-next' reads! haha But seriously thanks for sharing this list, you gave me awesomeness to look forward to :D

    1. Haha, glad I could make you eager to pick up the books ^^ They're all really great authors! I hope you'll enjoy them too :)