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A Reader of Fictions: Top Ten Authors on My Auto-Buy List

A Reader of Fictions

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Top Ten Authors on My Auto-Buy List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week we're talking about the top ten authors on our auto-buy lists. Now, I buy most of my books used or for giveaways/signings, but I do sometimes spontaneously buy new ones, and I've made a rule for myself not to buy ones by authors I haven't read and loved in the past, since things like Divergent happen if I just trust reviews. Oh, also, I only chose authors who have at least three books out, since that seems like a reliable enough sampling to say that I will pretty much always love their stuff. So here are authors that are at the top of my buying list when I come by things like gift cards:

1. John Green

Books Out Now: Looking for Alaska (2005), An Abundance of Katherines (2006), Paper Towns (2008), Will Grayson, Will Grayson (2010), The Fault in Our Stars (2012)

I've Reviewed: The Fault in Our Stars

Why? Because he's freaking John Green and I love his stuff. Even the ones that I don't like as much because they're pretty much the same book (LfA and PT) always bring me a lot of joy when I read them. I know his stuff isn't for everyone, but it IS for me. I have trouble imagining John Green writing a book I won't like a lot, if not love with fiery passion.

On the Horizon: An as yet untitled book set for early 2014. TOO LONG.

2. A.S. King

Books Out Now: The Dust of 100 Dogs (2009), Please Ignore Vera Dietz (2010), Everybody Sees the Ants (2012), Ask the Passengers (2012)

I've Reviewed: The Dust of 100 Dogs, Everybody Sees the Ants, Ask the Passengers

Why? Because she's freaking amazing. I haven't read Vera Dietz yet, but the other three have all been very unique and distinct from one another. Her characters have all been phenomenal, and her writing is just amazing. She's been on a yearly publishing cycle, and I hope that continues, because I NEED MORE.

On the Horizon: Reality Boy, scheduled for publication October 22, 2013

3. Courtney Summers

Books Out Now: Cracked Up to Be (2008), Some Girls Are (2010), Fall for Anything (2010), This Is Not a Test (2012)

I've Reviewed: Fall for Anything, This Is Not a Test

Why? Courtney has proven herself hard-hitting with her FEELS-ful writings. What do I want from my books if not feels?

On the Horizon: All the Rage, scheduled for sometime in 2014. Courtney, why do you do this to us?

4. Kristin Cashore

Books Out Now: Graceling (2008), Fire (2009), Bitterblue (2012)

I've Reviewed: None. I read Graceling and Fire before I started blogging, and have yet to read Bitterblue. Oops!

Why? As I was adding the links to GR up above, I looked at the ratings from my friends and, holy cow, are they all over the place. The variety is hilarious. Well, whatevs, I loved Graceling and Fire bunches, and I want to believe that I will love anything Cashore writes. Although my fear that Bitterblue will disappoint me is a big factor in why I haven't read it yet.

On the Horizon: None. Somehow this is not a surprise after Bitterblue took three years.

5. C. K. Kelly Martin

Books Out Now: I Know It's Over (2008), One Lonely Degree (2009), The Lighter Side of Life and Death (2010), My Beating Teenage Heart (2011), Come See About Me (2012), Yesterday (2012)

I've Reviewed: One Lonely Degree, My Beating Teenage Heart, Yesterday

Why? Martin is one of those authors that writes totally honest depictions of teens. They're not romanticized or innocent or anything like that. Though her books haven't been my top favorites so far, she's on my auto-buy, because I know her book will be well-written, will make me think, and won't be like every other book out there.

On the Horizon: Tomorrow, the sequel to Yesterday. No release date as of yet.

6. Megan McCafferty

Books Out Now: Sloppy Firsts (2001), Second Helpings (2003), Charmed Thirds (2006), Fourth Comings (2007), Perfect Fifths (2009), Bumped (2011), Thumped (2012)

I've Reviewed: Sloppy Firsts (2001), Second Helpings (2003), Bumped

Why? Two reasons: 1) Marcus Flutie 2) She wrote a book about teen pregnancy and made me enjoy it, which basically makes her a goddess.

On the Horizon: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection, a middle grade prequel series to the Jessica Darling books. Awwww, yeah. Scheduled to publish September 3, 2013.

7. Gayle Forman

Books Out Now: Sisters in Sanity (2007), If I Stay (2009), Where She Went (2010), Just One Day (2013)

I've Reviewed: If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day

Why? All three I've read are on my favorites list. So yeah. She's legit.

On the Horizon: Just One Year, the follow up to Just One Day, due October 2013

8. Diana Peterfreund

Books Out Now: Secret Society Girl (2006), Under the Rose (2007), Rites of Spring (Break) (2008), Tap & Gown (2009), Rampant (2009), Morning Glory (2010), Ascendant (2010), For Darkness Shows the Stars (2012)

I've Reviewed: Rampant, Ascendant, For Darkness Shows the Stars

Why? Basically because the Killer Unicorns books ripped my heart apart, and were about killer unicorns. You kind of can't beat that. She's also really into retellings now. I'm also very amused by the diversity in her subject matter. Her list of books looks like it's from at least two different authors.

On the Horizon: Across a Star-Swept Sea, a companion to FDSTS, due October 15, 2013 

9. Marisa de los Santos

Books Out Now: From the Bones Out (1999), Love Walked In (2005), Belong to Me (2008), Falling Together (2011)

I've Reviewed: Belong to Me, Falling Together

Why? Sometimes I forget to honor adult books on my blog, but I've read some great ones. Belong to Me was one of the best books I read last year. It was so good. Marisa de los Santos has some of my favorite writing.

On the Horizon: Nothing that I can find. :(

10. Mira Grant

Books Out Now: Feed (2010), Deadline (2011), Blackout (2012), When Will You Rise (2012)

I've Reviewed: Feed, Deadline, Blackout

Why? At the end of one of my reviews, I think for Deadline, I said that I just wanted to be best friends with Mira Grant, because she obviously gets me. Basically, the sarcasm and pessimism and humor in her writing is how I think. No series has been closer to my feelings about the world than this one. Mira Grant is a pen name and she also writes as Seanan Maguire, but she has a TON of books, and I'm not linking them all up, especially since I haven't read any...YET.

On the Horizon: Parasite, scheduled to publish November 5, 2013. Can't come fast enough!



Blogger Bekka said...

God, I'm such a fail. I totally forgot to include AS King and Kristin Cashore. And even though I almost always hate John Green's books, I read them all. I don't know what's wrong with me. He might not be auto-buy for me, but they're on my 'definitely read this' list.

February 26, 2013 at 2:58 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Man, I really need to read a Megan McCafferty book. They sound so good!!! And Diana Peterfreund's sound great too and I even have one but haven't read it yet.

I'm amused (but not surprised) by how different our lists are. We really do have very different taste lol

February 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Great list!! I need to read Just One Day! I won it and it's sitting here looking at me!! I also have the entire Jessica Darling series and still haven't read it lol!! If I had a list one of the authors I would have on it would be Rachel Vincent! I love her books!

February 26, 2013 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Steena said...

Out of curiosity, did Gina Damico just not make the top ten based on statistics? I kept expecting to see her name.

February 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Dragana M. said...

I only read books by Kristin Cashore from your list and she's one of my favorite ya fantasy authors and on my auto-buy list.
Other authors from your list I still need to read although many of them are stalking my tbr for some time now.
Dragana @ Bookworm Dreams
My top ten auto-buy authors...

February 26, 2013 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Angela @ Reading Angels said...

Gayle Forman was #11 for me! :D
I have six of the other authors on your list sitting on my TBR waiting their turn ;)

February 26, 2013 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

That's so funny that you read all of John Green's books. Was there one you didn't hate? His books are interesting, I guess, even if you hate them? I don't know.

February 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Megan McCafferty is great! So is Diana. Which one do you have? FDSTS, I'm guessing, since I know Harper likes you. So different!

February 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ooooh, read both of those things!!! Do it right now!

I haven't read any Rachel Vincent, but I have the first Soul Screamers omnibus...

February 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh, I limited it to authors with at least three books out, preferably not just from one series, though I let Cashore through, since the two worlds in the first two novels are so different and creative.

February 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yay! Kristin Cashore is marvelous! Check them out, as you probably won't regret it!

February 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

So funny! Hope you get to them soon!

February 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Renae @ Respiring Thoughts said...

Is Mira Grant EVER going to write more books? She needs to. I need more. MORE. And great choice with Marisa de los Santos—I’ve only read Belong to Me and that was a long long time ago, but I remember being very impressed.

February 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

She is! Did you not see Parasite up there? Later this year. WOOOOO! Also, you could go read her Seanan Maguire books. There are like 20. Those come out faster.

February 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger kayerj said...

I've been meaning to try John Green and I did enjoy Cashore's books. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

February 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

I've enjoyed each of John Green's books so far!

I've only read GRACELING by Kristin Cashore, but I will most definitely finish that series this year! I also need to read something by Diana Peterfreund!

Here's Mine @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

February 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know John Green was coming out with a new book next year! Ahh, that's so exciting. Also I would totally agree with Courtney Summers. I've only read two of her books but they were both two of my favorite books. I love her style and the voices of her characters and also she's just awesome in general. I can't wait to read All the Rage, but it's soooo far away.

February 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Lenore Appelhans said...

This is the first I've heard of a sequel to YESTERDAY. You have MADE my day. I am doing a happy dance RIGHT NOW.

February 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

AS KING! COURTNEY SUMMER! GAYLE FORMAN! I love this list. I love this list so hard. Those three are definitely auto buy for me too. I have read all of Formans and I have 1 left for each Summers and King. I really think that there is a part of my putting off reading them because once I have that's it.. no more and I have to wait until they are released!

February 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Aly said...

John Green + Gayle Forman. Love your list <3 So much potential for heartbreak

February 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Shelver506 said...

I've got to read a John Green book at some point. I really must. Also, reeeeeead Bitterblue! It was so so dark, but I enjoyed it. I thought Cashore did a great job. (Though, oddly, the romance was the weakest part for me.)

My TTT: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2013/02/top-10-tuesday-my-top-auto-buy-authors.html

February 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger LisaILJ said...

There are so many authors that are on your list that I have sitting on my shelf unread. I must get to some of these authors, such as John Green, AS King, and Courtney Summers.

My T&TTT Teaser and Top Ten Tuesday (1)
LisaILJ @ I’ll Tumble for YA

February 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger April (BooksandWine) said...

YES!This is why I tend to trust your reviews -- I've read books from every single author except Marisa de los Santos and liked them. Especially Diana Peterfreund -- I mention her because I've noticed her books just get better and better as she goes.

Also. I still haven't read Paper Towns, that one is in reserves. So is Cracked Up To Be. AND OMG. I need to read the rest of the Newsflesh trilogy. SIGH.

Way to kill my TBR list. JUST KILL IT.

February 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Psalms w guitar said...

I too am beginning to trust your instincts, Christina (don’t let it go to your head too much!) I read “The Fault in Our Stars” and enjoyed it very much. What would be the next book of his to dive into? Also, do you think I’d like “Belong to Me”?

February 27, 2013 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Well, it's not titled yet, so it could still be pushed back. I hope not.

March 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I'm pretty happy about it myself. ;)

March 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

You haven't read all of the Formans, have you? I don't think you've read her first novel. Yup, I understand what you mean about saving one in reserve!

March 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Very much so. That's how I like it.

March 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ooh, yes. This is a must. Someone who actually liked Bitterblue!

March 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Christina said...


March 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

OMG, you should read Marisa de los Santos. They're adult contemporary novels and her writing is off the charts gorgeous.

Hahaha, I like to save books for reserve, because when you have to wait years it's the saddest. Not that it makes any sense, but who cares!


March 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ummm, maybe just read John Green in publication order. They're all good, even the ones I don't like as much as some of the others.

Belong to Me is wonderful, told from three perspectives, all very distinct.

March 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM  

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