Tammy’s Top Ten Authors On My Auto-Buy List

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, but I couldn’t pass up this week’s theme. It was hard to narrow the list down to ten authors, because there are many more than that whose books I buy the minute they’re released. But these ten, except for a couple of relatively new writers, are authors I’ve loved for many years and I don’t even think twice before purchasing their books. If you read this blog on a regular basis, I don’t think the first one will surprise you…

1Stephen King.  My very first book purchase Stephen Kingwith my own money was The Stand, and after that I never looked back. I’ve been collecting Stephen King for…many years! And yes, he’s had some duds, but I still love the man despite his flaws. Hey, isn’t that what love’s all about? Even bookish love??

2Joe Hill. Like father, like son—sort of.Joe Hill Joe Hill definitely got the talent genes from his father, but he’s got his own unique brand of horror. So far I haven’t been disappointed by anything he’s written. Not only does he write fiction, but he writes a pretty amazing graphic novel called Locke & Key. His latest NOS4A2 comes out this year!

3Dan Simmons. Words cannot express how muchDan I adore his books. Some of my fondest reading memories involve Dan Simmons novels. He’s one of those writers who can write just about any genre he wants to, and he does each one so well. He also has a new book coming out soon, but it might not be until 2014.

4Ann Patchett. When I read Bel Canto, I knew that I had discovered a very special writer. Although some of her earlier novels didn’t affect me as much, she seems to get better and better with each book she writes. Her latest novel, State of Wonder, was pretty amazing. If you haven’t read Bel Canto yet—well honestly, why haven’t you??

5Donna Tartt. Tartt takes ten years orDonna Tartt more to write each book, so she’s only written two books so far (and her third has just been announced). Even though I didn’t love her second book, The Little Friend, I would put her on my auto-buy list based on The Secret History. Seriously, anyone reading this that hasn’t read that book needs to do so, immediately!

6Christopher Moore. Moore is another authorChristopher Moore I’ve been collecting for more than twenty years. Since his first hysterically funny novel, Practical Demonkeeping, he’s had me hooked with his off-beat brand of humor and crazy story lines. In fact he’s one of the few humorous writers that actually makes me laugh:) Ah, Fluke, my very favorite Moore!

7J. K. Rowling. I’ll admit I still haven’t got J.K. Rowling around to reading The Casual Vacancy, but I will soon. Rowling is another author that grows with each book, and I love the fact that she can write children’s books and then turn around and write an adult book that is the complete opposite of Harry Potter.

8China Miéville. OK, this choice may seem odd China Mieville, because Miéville’s written two books that I just couldn’t finish. But he’s also written some of my all-time favorites, and I can’t ignore the fact that he just might write another one! So because of Perdido Street Station and The Scar, he makes my list.

9Laini Taylor. You may know her for Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight, but Taylor has written other gorgeously written, carefully crafted novels as well. Her writing is what draws me in, and her characters are what keep me reading.

10Alice Hoffman. My first Alice Hoffman bookAlice Hoffman was Turtle Moon, and I was enchanted by her quirky characters and magical stories. I wanted my life to be like a Hoffman novel, and so I’ve read pretty much everything she’s written. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed.

Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear about your “auto-buy authors”!

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13 responses to “Tammy’s Top Ten Authors On My Auto-Buy List

  1. Great list. I really need to read Laini Taylor’s books. I keep hearing such wonderful things about them.
    I haven’t read a lot of the authors on your list, but I have enjoyed Christopher Moore and Stephen King.
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesdays Post
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

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  2. kelley

    I’ve only read Rowling, but it looks like and interesting list of authors. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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  3. Several of these authors are on my TBR pile – like China Mieville, and even Stephen King. Of course JK Rowling’s stuff is great and I have been eyeing Ann Patchett.

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  4. ElizaTilton

    Love this.

    R.A. Salvatore: I’ve been reading his books for ten years. I love the chracters –we’lll see how that goes ; )

    Elaine Cunningham: Her trilogy, Daughter of the Drow, motivated me to finish my own novel. Her writing is beautiful, her romance epic, and plots perfect.

    Julie Kagawa: I love her Iron Fey series so much, I’ll read anything else she writes.

    Ilsa Bick: She writes a bit darker than I normally read, but she’s one of the most talented writers. Her craft is impeccable

    Jandy Nelson: The Sky is Everywhere. Nuff said.

    V.C. Andrews: I haven’t picked up a new one in years but I grew up on these and keep wanting to get back into them

    Ruta Septeys: Between Shades Of Grey moved me so much. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

    Kristin Cashore: Her worldbuilding is amazing and well crafted.

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    • ElizaTilton

      My phone cut off one of my sentences. I meant to say, I want to be the R.A of teen fanatsy-well see how that goes

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    • Great list Eliza! I totally agree with Kristin Cashore and Julie Kagawa! I still haven’t read Between Shades of Grey, but I’m dying to find time. Her new book is out right now, Out of the Easy. Thanks for commenting!

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  5. I think Rowling has made just about everyone’s list this week (with good reason too!). I’m so pleased to see Stephen King on here as well! He’s just brilliant. I’d have to add Maggie Stiefvater, David Levithan and Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child to mine as well.

    I’ve been meaning to pick up some of Moore’s books and now that I see he’s made several lists, I think I need to make it more of a priority now!

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  6. Your post is so pretty! I like seeing the authors with their book covers. I read The Secret History ages ago, and yes 10 years is a long time between books!
    I just heard that King has another son who is an author – what a talented family! I wish I had included Laini Taylor, sigh… too many great authors.

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  7. Great list some of mine are
    Kim Harrison, Cassandra Claire, Traci Harding, Jennifer Fallon, Linell Jeppsen

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  8. Woot! Laini Taylor FTW!

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