My auto-buying habits have changed a lot in the past 5 or 6 years. I read more library books and ARCs these days. I usually only buy physical books that I know I will want in my collection, and as my collection has grown, I’ve gotten a lot pickier about that. I used to feel that if I loved an author, I had to own everything they ever wrote. Now I am more comfortable with purchasing only the books I will read over and over, and letting the universe store the rest, as my sister says.
My habits have changed in other ways, too. I used to haunt the bookstores for the latest paperback mystery or romance from my favorite authors. These days, I hardly ever buy mass-market paperbacks. The Kindle version is usually around the same price, takes up no physical space on my shelves, and has scalable fonts. So I buy a fair number of Kindle books, especially on sale.
But despite those changes in my bookbuying habits, there are still a few authors I will buy no matter what, even in hardcover.
Authors come and go on this list. They get added because I fall in love with their books, and they fall off either because they die, or because, for whatever reason, their books stop appealing to me as strongly as they used to. Or sometimes, just because I’m running low on shelf space!
My Auto-Buy Authors
- Patrick Rothfuss
- Tamora Pierce
- Robin McKinley
- Laurie R. King – only her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series
- Deborah Harkness
- Susanna Kearsley
- Naomi Novik
- Mary Balogh – mostly in Kindle these days
- Charles Finch – his Lenox series, in Kindle
- Lisa Kleypas – just her historical romances, mostly in Kindle
- Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle – I buy all her books in Kindle, but not until the price comes down to the equivalent of a mass-market paperback.
- Mary Jo Putney – just her historical romances, in Kindle
- Julia Quinn – in Kindle
Okay, I cheated; there are 12. And a few of those may slide off the auto-buy list and into the “read first, then decide” category, where they will join the others that used to be on my auto-buy list. It’s not because they aren’t good, or because I no longer love their books. Honestly, a lot of it is just that I’m running out of room for more books!