Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:
Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors
I have rather a few auto-buy authors, meaning that there are authors whose books are an instant buy for me. Some of these I’ve talked about before!
Robin Hobb is pretty much my favourite author. Her Realm of the Elderlings is a series very close to my heart. I first read Assassin’s Apprentice way back in 1999 and it has stayed with me ever since. I return to the series every couple of years – it is a total comfort read for me (even though the books are more than a little angst-laden). Fitz and the Fool are my favourite literary characters ever.
George R.R. Martin is the man to go to when you want really gritty fantasy. If anyone hasn’t heard of Game of Thrones (or more accurately A Song of Ice and Fire) they must really have been living under a rock. I have not been with this series right from the start (the looooong wait would have been too traumatic!) but I read this series over a decade ago. I am itching for the next book!
Karin Lowachee’s books are phenomenal but criminally underrated. I got into her Warchild series about four or five years ago and it made a huge impact on me. Her writing is stellar and her characters are broken but so endearing at the same time. Originally planned as a much longer series; there is actually only three books so far but there have been rumblings of another book in the future.
Sarah Monette (also known as Katherine Addison) is another underrated author. Her Doctrine of Labyrinths series is absolutely fantastic but it didn’t seem to reach a wide audience and it is hard to find a new copy of the earlier books. It is a real shame because her writing is incredible and her characters are beautifully flawed and captivating. She deserves more accolade.
Juliet Marillier is magical. Her writing really hits me hard and I find myself drawn back to her books time and time again. Mixing historical fiction with fantasy; her novels are rich and lusciously detailed. She has the knack of being able to sweep you up into the worlds that she creates and you never want to leave.
Jacqueline Carey’s books veer into the darker realm of fantasy (and borderline into erotica) but they are so beautifully written and full of political intrigue that you don’t hardly even notice. I was not a huge fan of erotica going into this but her Kushiel’s Universe series made me look at the genre in a whole different way.
Melina Marchetta is an author I would never have discovered but for the blogging community. I am so glad I did find her books because they are absolutely amazing. I love both her contemporaries and fantasy novels. Her writing is just spectacular.
Maggie Stiefvater is a fairly recent addition to this list but I adore her writing so much there was no way she wouldn’t end up being one of my top ten auto-buy authors. Her quirky style and awesome prose just really captured my attention. I wasn’t a huge fan of Shiver but I saw so many fantastic reviews for The Scorpio Races and The Raven Cycle series that I had to check them out – and I was a quivering mess of a fangirl afterwards!
Richelle Mead is an author I owe a lot to – her Vampire Academy series is what got me back into reading young adult books which led to me discovering Goodreads which then led me to blogging for myself. I have not absolutely loved all of her books but I have definitely enjoyed them and her writing and her books really started me off on my blogging journey.
Ilona Andrews – I desperately love this husband and wife author duo. They write urban fantasy at its finest with enough quirks to make it stand out above the rest for me. The Kate Daniels series is a favourite but I also love their Edge series. I will read anything they write.