First up, the authors I’d buy anything from, ever. Their writing captivates me and gives me lots of thoughts and feels and makes me think that quitting my job to read full time would be the best decision i ever made! I wouldn’t have to spend money on gas or lunch out or have to buy new clothes because being a recluse and reading all day sounds like THE BEST if I read these authors all day! Anything by them. Seriously. Even an idea scribbled on a napkin. Even their losing lotto numbers. ANYTHING.
Patrick Ness - Obviously, y’all. In fact, he has a new YA book coming out in September and I’m basically whizzing my pants over it already. He also has an adult book out in the UK already that I’m jonesing to read. Seriously, this guy is one of those authors that just GETS what I want as a reader. He is to my literary heart what the Coen brothers are to my cinematic heart.
John Green - Again, this feels really obvious but whatever! I need to share! The only one by him I haven’t read yet is The Fault in Our Stars and it’s mainly because after I read it, I’ve read all the John Green. Then what do I do with my life?! I’m living in fear, I get it, but just let me cope on my own time okay?
Kristin Cashore - Being part of the #cashoregoodtimes has reminded me how much I absolutely adore her writing, her variety of characters, and her incredible ability to create flawed yet crazy badass heroines. Honestly, it blows my mind how she crams so much into a book without it feeling like too much. The world building is amazing. The characters have crazy depth. Their backstories are unique (mc that doesn’t want children! a love interest that has a 6 year old daughter! etc!). Her villains are creepy as hell because they feel so realistic and like they could exist in our own world. I just really can’t say enough great things about Kristin. Her books are the very best kind of feminist fantasy!
Tahereh Mafi - Um yeah, have you read Shatter Me, Destroy Me, or Unravel Me? Then you KNOW this woman has a way with words and sexytimes and with manipulating all your emotions. While I may scream at the book with frustration or declare myself to be Team Psychopath (YEAH WARNER), the fact that Tahereh can make me feel so passionate about her characters is the sign of a truly incredible author and I want to read all of her writings always for the rest of time.
Julie Kagawa - I fell in love with The Iron Fey series like IMMEDIATELY. I bought the box set after reading the first half of The Iron King. THIS IS SERIOUS FANGIRLING. I don’t even care. I haven’t started The Immortal Rules but you can believe it’s on my shelf, waiting for my attention. I will give it to you soon! I swear it.
And now, a few authors I’d buy anything YA/MG from. Not because I don’t trust their potential adult skillz, but because I don’t have the complete and total confidence I would LOVE anything as much as I love their YA/MG biz.
J.K. Rowling - I heard mixed things about The Casual Vacancy, which is the ONLY reason why J.K. isn’t on my auto-buy for everything. If she ever writes another YA/MG book, fantasy or not, I’m all up on that biz.
Tamora Pierce - Having just fallen in love with Alanna, I know this woman can weave a ridiculously awesome fantasy world and put some badass characters in it! I’ve heard nothing but praise about Tamora Pierce, but before I can officially sign on for her skills myself, I need to keep reading more of her books. And dear friends, that is my plan.
Rick Riordan - Obviously I’m over the MOON for Percy Jackson, but having yet to finish the series or to read anything else by Rick, I’m putting him on the ‘not quite but almost’ list as well. I have a hard time believing someone who writes MG fantasy at addictive levels that Rick does could do anything subpar, but hey, I’ve been wrong before! I’ll have to keep chugging along with that Percy action to make sure that Rick and I are destined to be author/reader connected fo lyfe.
What about you? Are any of these authors on your auto-buy list? Are any of my final 4 on your auto-buy and you think I should change my mind? Let me know!