I’ve been trying to reduce my physical TBR this month, which means that not only do I have to read more of the books I already own, I also have to stop buying books. I’m proud to say that I’ve only bought 10 new books so far this year. Considering we’re almost halfway through 2020, I’d say that’s pretty good.
But looking back at my book-buying habits, I thought I’d share with you the 7 authors that no matter what they write, I’ll buy it. Regardless if I still haven’t the previous book in a series or if it’s a genre that I’m not used to, these are the people that could publish their grocery list and I’d happily read it.
I don’t have (yet) some of her earlier work, but since Vicious was published I think I have everything else. Have I read all of it? Absolutely not. In fact, her most famous series, A Darker Shade of Magic, is still sitting at the top of my TBR pile (and yes, I have all 3 books). I’ll be reading it soon though. Most recently, I’ve read her middle-grade and despite it not being one of my favorite genres, I really enjoyed City of Ghosts. Anyway, I love her writing style, the way she crafts stories and atmospheres, her characters and just her as a person to follow on Twitter. Her upcoming release is the number 1 book on my most anticipated releases.
2. Maggie Stiefvater
Speaking about creating atmospheres, nobody does it better than Maggie. And her characters are always so complex and layered and amazing! Her writing is absolutely beautiful, and she is also blessed with pretty covers (even if I did have to get the british edition of Call Down the Hawk because the american one wasn’t nearly as appealing). The Raven Cycle is probably her most famous work, but I first fell in love with her books when I read Shiver, way back in the day. I still have that copy on my shelves, and every time I see it, it still makes me happy.
3. Cassandra Clare
If she keeps writing about shadowhunters, I’ll be reading her books until I’m 80. Every single year she has a new release set in this universe, and every single year I buy it. They are getting bigger and bigger, but the covers are also getting prettier and her writing keeps getting better, so I’m more than happy to just keep on making room for them on my shelves. This is one of my favorite fictional worlds, her characters are always fantastic and her humor always gets to me. I still haven’t gotten to her middle-grade series, but I know I will eventually. It’s co-written by Holly Black so I’m sure it’s also amazing.
4. Leigh Bardugo
Another author with an incredibly crafted fantasy world and pretty covers. I loved the Grisha trilogy so much that I got both my sisters to read it and they also fell in love with it. The Six of Crows duology is at a whole different level (but everyone knows that, right?) and I just read King of Scars a little while ago and really liked it. Language of Thorns, a small fairytale collection, is wonderful. I’ve been dying to get my hands on a Ninth House copy, but with the lockdown I’m unable to get anything shipped to me so I’m just here, (im)patiently waiting. The dark academia vibe is very agreeable with Leigh, I hear. And I can’t wait to see it for myself.
5. Sarah J. Maas
Now, this is a complicated one. I never really got into her Throne of Glass series (despite owning like, the first 5 books I think?), although I did read the first one a really long time ago. But I adored her ACOTAR trilogy (series now, I guess). I remember being obsessed with ACOMAF (wasn’t everybody though?) and rereading it like 3 times in the span of a month. So yes, I was super excited about her new book, especially when I heard it would be adult fantasy. I did order it online, but then lockdown started so I haven’t gotten it yet. But I’m super excited to read it, especially after all the good things I’ve heard about it.
6. Rick Riordan
This man is single-handedly saved 2020 by announcing the Percy Jackson tv show. I read the olympians while they were being published and they were such a big part of my childhood. The whole greek mythology in modern times was so well done that I’m still in love with those books to this day. Sure, I’m not currently up to date with all of his work (I’ currently trying to catch up actually) but I know that no matter when I finally get to all of it (I’m looking at you Magnus Chase & Trials of Apollo) I’ll love it. His characters are so great and layered, and his humor has me cracking every time.
7. Marissa Meyer
The queen of retellings herself! I do love a good retelling, and her Lunar Chronicles changed the game for me. As I’m writing this post, I’m currently reading Heartless, and I’m so amazed that even though I know how the story will end (again, a retelling), I’m still so invested in the characters! Her writing is so easy to read and her covers are also beautiful. I know I’ve been talking about pretty covers a lot but I promise that’s not the reason I buy these authors’ books! Anyway, I can’t wait to read Renegades, her non-retelling book about superheroes and supervillains. It sounds so good!
That’s it for today’s top 7. I’ve read at least 3 books by all authors included here, just so that I could be sure that their writing really is something that I know that I’ll enjoy.
What are some of your auto-buy authors? Do we have any of the same ones?
Until next time,