Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is free choice.
I missed the “Authors on my auto-buy list” topic when it came around a month ago. I was away from home and very busy, and it just didn’t get out of the draft stage. So I’m taking advantage of this week’s TTT freebie category to post it anyway… with a twist.
You see, I don’t really have many auto-buy authors anymore. For one thing, my shelves are really packed; I’m actually trying to shed books. I’m also trying to limit the physical books I purchase to those I will want to keep and read over and over. So I’ve been making more use of my local libraries and of NetGalley and Edelweiss. When I fall in love with a book, then I buy a copy. Sometimes I’ll still buy or preorder a book before I can get the book from the library, but usually because the waiting list is just too darned long – or because I’ve already started collecting the series!
So this is a list not of auto-buy authors, but of the ones I auto-read, just because their name is on the cover. I’ve put them in alphabetical order within the genres, because rating them was just too hard.
Oh, and there are a lot more than ten authors here.
Fantasy & Science Fiction
- Deborah Harkness
- Katherine Kurtz – the Deryni series, mainly
- Mercedes Lackey – The Valdemar, 500 Kingdoms, Bardic Voices, and Elemental Magic series are all auto-read, even though they’ve each slipped a bit in quality as the series goes on. All others are on a read-the-blurb-then-decide basis.
- Robin McKinley
- Naomi Novik
- Tamora Pierce
- Patrick Rothfuss
Gail Carriger, Rachel Hartman, Jim C. Hines, Marissa Meyer, and Bee Ridgway are all headed for autoread status with their current series. And if J. K. Rowling ever writes any more fantasy, she will be back on this list.
Madeleine L’Engle was an auto-read author for me before she died. So were David Eddings and Anne McCaffrey – at least for her Pern and Talent series.
- Catherine Aird
- Nancy Atherton – a sentimental favorite; I still like her books but the first three were the best.
- Deborah Crombie – I’m still trying to catch up with her series.
- Carola Dunn
- Charles Finch – I’m trying to catch up with his as well.
- Laurie R. King – for her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series; I haven’t gotten into the others yet.
Before their deaths, Ngaio Marsh, Dick Francis, Dorothy Gilman, and Ellis Peters were on my auto-read list.
Romance and Romantic Suspense
- Mary Balogh
- Robyn Carr – her romances but not always her women’s fiction
- Lisa Kleypas – her historical romance, not always her contemporaries
- Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle
- Susan Mallery
- Emily March – the Eternity Springs series.
- Mary Jo Putney – historical and paranormal historical romances only
- Julia Quinn
- Nora Roberts – but I haven’t tried J.D. Robb yet. And I will skip a book if it is too serial-killer heavy.
- RaeAnne Thayne
- Susan Wiggs
- Sherryl Woods
Stephanie Laurens is starting to slip off the auto-read list, as I haven’t been thrilled with her books in the last few years. At this point, I read mostly to keep up with characters from earlier novels.
Before she died, Mary Stewart was on this list.
Children’s and MG
- Jan Brett – charming picture books!
- Jessica Day George
- Rick Riordan