Top ten authors I'll give all my cash money to.



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and The Bookish.

This week, they ask our top ten author’s I’d put on my auto-buy list.

Piece of cake!

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!


Jane Austen - DUH. I am ashamed to admit that I’ve only read 2 of Jane’s books (Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey) but the fact that I’ve reread P&P loads of times and that I loved Northanger Abbey a ton, despite it being SO different from P&P, tells me that I just love Jane. Her dialogue is what really draws me in with the wit and the sarcasm and the humor and the underlying messages. She’s so clever, that Jane! Ms. Austen if you’re nasty.

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.


Markus Zusak - In case you missed this incredible Markus Zusak responds to my fangirl status situation (it’s at the bottom of the post), I suggest you fill yourself in. He was absolutely the best for responding to me after I reached out to the Twittersphere when I finished I Am The Messenger. While I am head over for IATM and The Book Thief, I’ve had a harder time getting into Underdogs by him. I haven’t given up, not by a long shot. It could just be that Underdogs is his earlier work so it’s not quite as OMGAMAZING as his later works, or that some of his books hit me right in the gut and some of them just fly right by. Time will tell.

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!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

29 comments:

  1. I love that you included Jane Austen! Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book, although I've never read any of her others. Whenever I get a Jane Austen craving, I always end up going back to P&P. I definitely want to read her other books.

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    1. I had to create a section in my list for dead authors because I really wanted to include some. I have Austen on my list. I just love how entertaining P&P is.

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  2. Ah, the classic authors are amazing and they definitely don't get enough credit, I think. I'd have to say Shakespeare and Poe top my classic fav authors. As for newer stuff, I dig Maggie Stiefvater, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Suzanne Collins and Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. And I shouldn't have to say Rowling because she's an obvious given.

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    1. Right?! I do love the classics and try to remember then when I get bored with the current YA scene. :)

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  3. I agree with so many of these, a couple of which are even on my list (heyo John Green and Kristin Cashore). Some I have yet to read (I'll come for you one of these days, Patrick Ness books). Tamora Pierce almost made my list, except that I really didn't like the first circle book and don't think I could handle more than that. Also, Markus Zusak probably should have been on my list, but then it would have been too long.

    Read more Jane Austen, though I would recommend skipping Mansfield Park, which is dullsville! I say this with her as one of my favorite authors of all time.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up with Mansfield Park! I'll try and read the other JA books first.

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  4. I agree with Tahereh and Julie..such awesome authors! I haven't read some of the other ones you mentioned, but I def need to. Great list!

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  5. I am happy I am not the only person with a not so alive author on their list.
    Love Zusak too :)

    Great post!

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  6. Jane Austen, and J. K. Rowling made it on to my TTT this week. How could they not, really?!

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  7. LOVE Kristin Cashore. I've been putting off reading Fire or Bitterblue because I loved Graceling so much. From what I've seen, though, it looks like they're just as good.

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    1. Don't put them off! I'm rereading FIRE right now and it is just so amazing. Even the second time. :)

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  8. Ah, Tahereh. Don't worry Lisa, I'm Team Warner as well. Forever and ever. *rocks in the corner worrying about book 3.*

    I've only read TFIOS from John Green, but I am now making it my mission to read more of his books!

    My Top Ten

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    1. SO glad to hear you're on the Team Warner bandwagon!

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  9. Great list! I wanted to leave a comment just to tell you to get busy on "The Fault in our Stars." It was the first John Green book I read and when I got done I ran to the library to get all his other books. But its still my favorite of his (maybe just because it was the first one I read? I don't know). You've got to read it!

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  10. I agree 100% with your YA/MG list! I know first-hand how a certain author *cough JKR cough* can be a brilliant author but not quite excel in a different genre...

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    1. hehehe your review was definitely one that gave me the heads up that maybe I could wait awhile on The Casual Vacancy. ;)

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  11. SUPER LIST, Lisa! Of course we both have Kristin Cashore on our lists because she is the bomb. And your YA/MG list is legit, what with the JK Rowling and Rick Riordan shout outs. John Green is pretty much my number one author to conquer this year. I WILL read his books. I WILL.

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    1. I can't wait for you to fall in love with ALL the John Green!

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  12. Great list! I still need to check out John Green and Markus Zusak, but I have high hopes!!!

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  13. TAHEREH! Girl, the Warner love has ensured she's an auto-buy for me, too.

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  14. RICK RIORDAN!! PERCY!! Yes you need to finish all the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and then move onto Heroes of Olympus. Just...gaah so good. Favourite series. They just get better and better.

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  15. This reminds me WHEN DOES BRIDGE OF CLAY COME OUT?! Sigh. I want more Markus Zusak in my life. And I think I want to do another re-read/re-listen of The Book Thief in my future, like if I didn't have super long audiobook list -- today would be the day because it's rainy and the perfect day to encounter Liesl Memminger again. AND HANS HUBERMANN and Rudy Steiner. That book. My heart. Love.

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  16. Tammora Pierce! Alanna! GIRL! Talk to me! Those are like some of my fave books! I read them when I was high school and LOVEEEED them. I bought a set for my adult self and re-read the first one last year. Still good. Still need to finish the rest of the series. SOUL SISTERS! :)

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  17. 2 Things:

    1. Keep reading Tamora Pierce. Because she only gets better (and better) (and better). Just thinking about the fact that she has a new book out in October (!) has me all giddy with joy.

    2. Keep reading Rick Riordan. The only book I haven't read from him yet is Mark of Athena, but that's coming up on my pile soon. He's a genius when it comes to mixing mythology and modern day. For real.

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  18. I really need to read some of Tamora Pierce's books...like asap. I also REALLY need to read The Book Thief.

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  19. Great list. Your list is either my auto-buy list or my bought but sitting on my shelf list. Pierce & Mafi, we will meet & fall in love very soon.

    Amy @ www.bookgoonie.com

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  20. I really need to read some Patrick Ness. Like yesterday.

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  21. I have only read a few of the authors on your list (Like Jane Austen and Kristin Cashore) but I love love love the ones I have read, so clearly I need to add the rest to my list to read ASAP!

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