Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is:
Top Ten Authors I’ll Buy Anything By
Last week we wrote about the authors that we have read the most books from, so this week is going to be fairly similar. I’ve tried to think up a few new ones just to change things up a bit.
- Anne McCaffrey/Todd McCaffrey – Although Anne has passed away, and Todd’s books aren’t nearly as good, if he continues to write books for the Pern series I will be forced to buy and read them because I am addicted to the series. I recently went on a buying binge of some of her other works because I haven’t read everything by her yet. Along with the Pern series, I absolutely loved the Crystal Singer books. She is one of those authors that builds these immensely complex worlds that you are driven to know more about.
- Genevieve Valentine – I’m have really enjoyed two of this authors books, so I’m hoping that is a good sign of things to come. I haven’t read her entire backworks yet, because she has quite a few short stories and other things published. If I find any of them on one of my journeys around Toronto I will be sure to pick them up. She has such a lyrical way with words, and her descriptions are not the usual boring stuff you can find in many other works of fiction. I think her ability to create images in the reader’s mind must be beneficial when writing the Catwoman comics, which would allow the artist to easily create her scenes.
- Maryrose Wood – I’m desperate for the further adventures of Penelope Lumley and the Ashton children. I was so sure that the fourth book was going to be the end of the series, and then I found out that there were more and I practically howled with pain at the realization that I had to wait even longer to finish this mystery! I’m taking my time, waiting to read the fifth book, because I’ve read that this one ends with a “to be continued…” as well, which is sure to make me pull out my hair.
- Arthur Slade – I stumbled across the Hunchback Assignments books while shelving one day and was intrigued by a mix of the Quasimodo story with steampunk London. I have read the entire series, which I had to buy as hardcovers as soon as they came out because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I own some of his other books as well, although I haven’t had a chance to read them yet. They aren’t steampunk, so they didn’t draw me in as much, but because he is the author I am sure to read them at some point.
- Gail Carriger – I found Gail’s books at the beginning of my love for steampunk, and I have greatly enjoyed her work. Any book she writes will be preordered, and I actually own both ebook and physical versions of her Parasol Protectorate series. I couldn’t pass up the chance to buy the boxed set when I ordered it for our store. I’ve introduced so many people to this series because I think it is awesome. I really like her YA spin-off series too, and I just need to be in the right mood to start reading her latest book Prudence.
- Trenton Lee Stewart – I just adore the Mysterious Benedict Society and I really hope that this author writes something new one day. It’s awful to find an author you love and then realize that there are no more books to read from them. He has no real presence on Goodreads, and doesn’t seem to be online anywhere I could find him, so I can only assume that this may be the last we have seen from him, which makes me really sad.
- Y.S. Lee – I have no idea how I stumbled on The Agency Series by Y.S. Lee, but I’m glad I did! I was thrilled when I found out that the final book in the series was coming out one September, and then sad and confused when I couldn’t find it anywhere! It’s finally out now, but after such a long wait I figured I could wait a little bit longer to get it in paperback. Even the ebook is priced pretty high at the moment, which I can only assume is because she is a Canadian author and somehow we Canadians always end up paying more for things made in our own country, even our literature.
- James A. Owen – James is really active on social media, which I think is awesome for an author. I was originally drawn to the covers of his books (which he illustrates himself) and then fell in love with the world that he built. I love the idea that all great literature has come from this sort of alternate dimension world where Peter Pan and Don Quixote are real and all the magical things we dream of come true. I’m even thinking of buying the colouring book this author is working on, because seriously, look at that cover!
- Jean Auel – Even though I was super disappointed with the final book in the Earth’s Children series, if this woman wrote another book I would still buy it immediately. The Land of Painted Caves was a huge disappointment for me because there was this poem in it that kept repeating over and over again, without adding anything new to the story. I was convinced that her editor/publisher must have set her a word count and when she couldn’t make it with the content she had written she just threw in the poem wherever it looked good. And yet, I would still read another of her books… does that make me a masochist?
- Jenny Lawson – Not only did this woman make me want to blog, but she writes some of the most hilarious books I have ever read. I am eagerly awaiting her next book, and will definitely buy any others that she plans to write. She is so honest and engaging in her writing style, which makes you feel like you are just talking to an old friend about their crazy life. She isn’t just an author that I will buy books from, she is an author that I will make plans to see at a reading months in advance.
Honourable mention go to Mercedes Lackey because I own just about every book she has ever written, but she’s been getting far too much press in this blog lately and it’s about time some other people got mentioned. 😛
So who are the authors that you just can’t get enough of?