Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors
You know that I don't buy books - usually - unless I've read them already, thanks to my public library. This is to ensure that my personal library is filled with only my favorites. (Why waste money on something I didn't adore?)
However, this week's topic is Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors, and I think I have a few. There are some writers that - whether I've read one book of theirs so far or all their books - have got me utterly sold on their writing style, enough that I will spend money on a book of theirs without having read it, since I am 94.7% guaranteed to love it.
[However, because I am not a rich person, I would like to change this topic to: Auto-Buy Authors if I had the money to Auto-Buy without great consideration of my limited funds.]
[And we will also turn this into a Top Five because I am stingy with giving out my UTTER DEVOTION to authors. I'm scared of wasting time on a bad book. So you really have to PROVE YOURSELF to be on this list.]
[This list also excludes classic authors, because they are no longer producing new books.]
Without further ado, let's start with the obvious one:
1. Maggie Stiefvater
Because she is QUEEN. And she has proven herself OVER and OVER and OVER again to me - her writing is EXCELLENCE. I've only read The Raven Cycle and The Scorpio Races, but anything that she's ever written or will write assuredly has a spot on my TBR.
2. Elizabeth Wein
Can there be two queens? Because Elizabeth Wein is the other one. Maggie is Queen of Magical Realism and Elizabeth Wein is Queen of Historical Fiction. Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire BLEW MY MIND, and I am so so so excited to read Black Dove White Raven. I enter into her books knowing my heart will be goo and my mind will be in pieces by the end. We readers are so masochistic.
3. Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles show that Marissa Meyer is capable not only of writing something fun, but also utterly clever. The way her plots twist into each other is just so CLEVER I LOVE IT. As is the way she incorporates tiny hints to the fairy tales she is retelling. TOP NOTCH.
4. Laini Taylor
I've only read her Daughter of Smoke and Bone books (and those very recently), but I am in love with the masterful weave of her plot. It twists all over the place and I WISH I could plot like that SO BADLY. I'm also super in love with her characters. I want to HUG THEM ALL. (Especially Zuzana.)
5. Holly Black
But hold! You say. You have read but one of Holly Black's books. Is she worthy of a place on your list?
The answer, my friend, is yes. It's true, I've only read The Darkest Part of the Forest, but instantly after I finished I put everything by her on my TBR, so if that's not evidence of how much I love her writing, I don't know what is. It gives me shivers - both good and bad - and I LOVE that!
What authors do you automatically buy - no matter what the storyline or genre of their latest book? Let me know in the comments! And link me your Top Ten Tuesdays!