Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week we are given a new Top Ten theme to blog about. You know those authors: the ones you’re crazy about, the ones that make you salivate for their next book. They are the “auto-buy” authors, whose new books you don’t even have to think twice about buying.
After compiling this list, I was surprised to find that most of these authors are not best-selling or “big name” authors, and for some reason that makes me very happy. I’ve never been the kind of reader who gravitates toward the bestsellers section of the bookstore. In fact, I tend to shun bestsellers, or at least I want to have read them before they became bestsellers, LOL! I’ve deliberately left Stephen King off this list, because honestly, although I’m a huge fan, I haven’t bought or read the last five or six books he’s written (sadly). But these ten authors have my undivided attention, and I can’t wait for their next books:
1. Daryl Gregory
My first Daryl Gregory book was We Are All Completely Fine, but it was Afterparty that sealed the deal. After finishing it, I immediately went online and ordered the three backlist books of his I haven’t yet read.
2. Chuck Wendig
The Blue Blazes was my first Wendig (OK, this post is beginning to sound x-rated!) and I haven’t looked back since. I was thrilled to finally meet Chuck at Comic Con this past July, and I’m even more excited that he’ll be self-publishing the sequel to The Blue Blazes this year. If you aren’t reading his blog terribleminds, you should be.
3. Max Gladstone
Max is the loveliest person! I got to meet him a couple of years ago, and he’s so down-to-earth. And boy can he write! I’m sure I don’t have to tell many of you how amazing his Craft Sequence series is. I’m also curious to check out his newest venture with Serial Box, a digital publisher that will be publishing a serialized novel called Bookburners next month.
4. Jason M. Hough
Jason is my newest obsession, after reading his book Zero World, I’m absolutely hooked. Now I need to go back and read his Dire Earth Cycle, which I understand is pretty damn good.
5. Jay Kristoff
Oh you guys, Jay Kristoff is a heart-breaker! His books kill me, but I can’t stop reading them. I adored his Lotus War series, and I’m super excited to read the upcoming Illuminae (co-written by Amie Kaufman). Just don’t get too attached to his characters, because well…just don’t:-)
6. Victoria Schwab
Vicious is still one of my all-time favorite books, and so how could I leave Schwab off this list? She’s such a prolific writer, too. She’s in the middle of a series with a new one coming up next year (Monsters of Verity). She’s even writing a middle grade series!
7. Alice Hoffman
Hoffman never fails to delight and surprise me. She’s been writing for years, and has many books under her belt, and yet, she seems to get better and better. I’ll be reading her newest release very soon, and anxiously awaiting the one after that. If you haven’t discovered the magic that is Alice Hoffman, I challenge you to try her out. There’s a lot to choose from, and I’m happy to recommend one!
8. Ben Tripp
I’m so glad I decided to read The Fifth House of the Heart! My love for Ben Tripp is sealed forever:-) Now I need to go back and check out his YA series The Adventures of Kit Bristoll and his zombie series Rise Again.
9. Wesley Chu
Wesley Chu’s amazing Tao series is, well, amazing. And you really should read it if you haven’t. Chu is also up for a Hugo Award this year for Best New Writer (and frankly, if he doesn’t win, there’s going to be some uproar!) His latest novel Time Salvager was so much fun, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!
10. Robert Jackson Bennett
I’ll admit I’ve only read one of these books (City of Stairs) but after finishing it, I knew at some point I would be going back and reading Bennett’s backlist, including the highly rated American Elsewhere. The Sequel to City of Stairs comes out next year, and I couldn’t be happier!
Are any of these authors on your auto-buy list?