Top Ten Tuesday - New

Every once in a while you discover an author whose work speaks to you on a level that goes beyond just the words on the page. Maybe their style appeals to you, maybe it’s their topics or the settings they choose. Maybe they just nail down the words you could never find to express your own thoughts. Whatever it is, this author’s work always works for you. You’ve read all their books (or nearly all if you like to save some so you never actually run out – like I do) and you are first in line for any new book they release.

These authors are “auto-buy” authors. They’re the ones whose books you’ll order without so much a glance at the cover blurb. All you need to know is that they wrote it. My auto-buy list changes over time, but there are a few that are pretty constant. Here are the ten that come to mind, in no particular order:

The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende. I love her writing – it’s bright and colourful and always full of surprises.

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell. Since discovering Eleanor & Park, I’ve picked up every single one of her books. I’m saving Attachments because I can’t handle there being no more Rowell books in the world I haven’t read, but other than that, I’ve read them all.

Microserfs - Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland. I don’t always get on with his work. There have been a few of his books I just didn’t make it through (including one of his most iconic books, Generation X), but I’ll always give him a try, and I take pride in supporting local talent.

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - Rita Leganski

Rita Leganski. Granted so far there’s just The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, but honestly that one book was all it took for me to become a convert.

If I Fall, If I Die - Michael Christie

Michael Christie. Again, I’ve only read one of his, though as soon as I finished I rushed out and bought his debut release – a book of short stories called The Beggar’s Garden. I’ll be first in line for his next book.

The Cuckoo's Calling (North American Cover) - Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith. Because of course.

Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham. She might not always be auto-buy for me, but based on her first memoir, I’ll definitely be scooping up whatever she does next.

Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel. I loved Station Eleven. LOVED. I’ve since picked up copies of her previous books, and though I haven’t read them yet, if she were to come out with a new book tomorrow I’d buy that too.

My last two picks don’t really fit with the rest of this list, because these authors recently passed away. But should any of their work be discovered and released posthumously, I’ll be snapping it up. And I will be forever upset that they’re not churning out more brilliant work.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 - Sue Townsend

Sue Townsend. Townsend is responsible for the Adrian Mole series, which I’ve mentioned many times. She also wrote several brilliant stand-alones. I haven’t read all of her books yet (I’m rationing them out), but I’ve read most of them, and each had something new and unique and so very Sue to offer.

The Opposite of Loneliness - Marina Keegan

Marina Keegan. I’m having feels just thinking about this. Her only book, The Opposite of Loneliness, was actually published posthumously, and it amazed and shocked me in the best way possible. Keegan died shortly after graduating from Yale in a car accident, and not only did her death rob everyone she knew of someone who, by all accounts was a brilliant person, but robbed the literary world of a talented new voice. Though I’m grateful to have read any of her work, I don’t think I’ll ever get over my sadness that there won’t be any more.

That’s it for my list this week – what about you? Which authors’ books do you snap up like hotcakes? Share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week TTT has a different topic, and everyone who links up has to create a link of ten items that fit that topic. To see past and upcoming topics, go here.



    1. Rain City Reads Post author

      Love Rowling (of course) and Dunham was a pleasant surprise for me – I went into it without knowing much about her and came out with a new literary friend. I was the same way with Marina’s book – in the end I decided to pull it off like a band-aid. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still have moments of wishing I hadn’t read it yet!

    1. Rain City Reads Post author

      Oh I love Rainbow. I wasn’t as big a fan of Landline as of Fangirl and E&P, but still a solid read, and I’m looking forward to her new book in the fall! I hope you enjoy Marina. One of the things that impressed me most was her ability to jump between types of writing and a wide variety of characters effortlessly. I feel like there’s probably something for everyone in there somewhere!

  2. Literary Feline

    This is a great list! I considered putting J.K. Rowling on my list, but decided against it as I have no intention of buying and reading Casual Vacancy. I am a big Harry Potter fan though and I am anxious to try her crime fiction series.

    I haven’t read Station Eleven yet, but I have read all of Emily St. John Mandel.’s other books and loved them. I was so happy when people stood up and took notice of her work with her latest. Now I just have to read it!

    I am afraid I was unimpressed with my first Isabel Allende novel (The Ripper). I want to try one of her earlier books as I’ve heard they are much better.

    1. Rain City Reads Post author

      You know, I actually had a hard time getting into both The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Casual Vacancy. Cuckoo I was determined to get through, so I really pushed myself over xmas hols last year and did finish it. But I haven’t made it through Vacancy yet, and I’m saving Silkworm! But I”ll still pick up and try anything she writes.
      I have her other books too, and part of me just wants to keep saving them and saving them! I was blown away by Station, though I went into it knowing absolutely nothing, so I think that really left a lot of room for being impressed. I do think that kind of talent isn’t a one-off though, so I have high hopes for her other books. I’d definitely try out Station when you need a vivid, immersive read!
      To be completely honest, Ripper was another I tried and failed to get into. I do intend to go back to it, but I’ve heard some mixed reactions. Her earlier books, however, were AMAZING. I started with Eva Luna then moved on to The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows and Daughter of Fortune (there were more, but those were the ones that really hit home first). I’d recommend trying something from that period and see if you have a better time – I adored them all.

    1. Rain City Reads Post author

      I loved her early work. I haven’t given her latest a fair shake (I only read a couple of chapters) so I don’t feel I can really comment on it other than to say it didn’t instantly grab me like some of her other work did. But her bibliography taken as a whole earns her mad respect from me!

    1. Rain City Reads Post author

      All Families was the first book of his I read! I found a real range in his work, but I think my faves were Microserfs, All Families, JPod and Girlfriend in a Coma. I like his range, though, and that every book is a different kind of experiment.


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