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:
Isabel Allende. I love her writing – it’s bright and colourful and always full of surprises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith. Because of course.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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