Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Authors on My Auto-Buy List
According to the Top Ten Tuesday hosts, this list is “no questions asked..you love this author so much that no matter what they wrote next, you’d buy regardless of genre or subject matter.”
A tough call, and I’m afraid I don’t actually have ten. So here are my certain four and my follow up group of six with an asterisk:
Authors whose works I will always buy, no matter what:
1) Mary Doria Russell: Author of The Sparrow — which appears on every list of favorite books that I ever write — as well as four other novels. Her topics have ranged from Jesuits in space to Italian Jews during World War II to the Wild West, but no matter the topic, her writing is beautiful and her novels always fascinate me in ways that I just never expect.
2) Diana Gabaldon: Granted, everything she writes is related to the world of Outlander, which I love madly. Whatever comes next, and after that, and after that, I’ll read.
3) Christopher Moore: Just cracks me up, whatever the topic. How can you go wrong with an author who tackles King Lear, Jesus, giant lizards, and talking fruit bats? No questions asked, I will absolutely read whatever he writes next… and the beauty of his writing is that it’ll always be something different and completely off the wall.
4) Gail Carriger: I fell in love with Gail Carriger’s steampunk, supernatural-saturated vision of Victorian England, and loved her Parasol Protectorate series. I’ve read the first book in her new Finishing School series, and will gladly dive in when she launches her Prudence series as well.
The asterisk list: Basically, I will pretty much read whatever these wonderful authors write next… but I might have a condition or two:
5) George R. R. Martin: I feel like this is a pretty sure bet, given that the next two big novels he writes should be volumes six and seven in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. However, if he decides to go in a completely different direction, I’m not sure that I’ll necessarily follow… although given how much I admire his writing, it’s most likely that I’d give it a try.
6) Stephen King: I usually love whatever I read by Stephen King… but I’m not always ready to dive into horror. So I can’t say I’ll always buy whatever Stephen King writes, but it’s a sure thing that I’ll at least consider it.
7) J. K. Rowling: This one’s tough. I have, so far, read everything JKR has written. Huge Harry Potter fan, but I didn’t actually care for The Casual Vacancy very much. I’ll be interested to see what she writes next, and I’ll definitely read whatever it is… but this “auto-buy” placement may not last long if her novels continue in the vein of The Casual Vacancy.
8) Jim Butcher: So far, I have read all of Jim Butcher’s novels. I love the Dresden Files series, and really loved Codex Alera as well. So yes, Jim Butcher is on auto-buy for me right now… but I hope he branches out and creates new worlds soon, too.
9) Susanna Kearsley: I haven’t read all of her books yet, so this one feels like a bit of a cheat. Still, having read three of Susanna Kearsley’s lovely books in the past year, and with her upcoming release, The Firebird, on pre-order, I think it’s safe to say that she’ll be on my auto-buy list for the foreseeable future.
10) I’ve saved number 10 for a trio of young adult writers. I haven’t read everything already written by these three, but what I’ve read I’ve loved. I may or may not go back and read all of these authors’ previously published works, but I can guarantee you that whatever John Green, Libba Bray, and David Levithan write next, I will absolutely read.
As always, as soon as I hit “publish”, I’m sure I’ll remember a handful of others I should have included. But for now, that’s my auto-buy list. What authors are on yours?