My money is very, very precious to me. I work hard and so I don’t just make it rain carelessly. I also don’t just automatically purchase books by ANY author. Instead, there are certain factors or qualifications that matter to me when putting an author on my PURCHASE WITHOUT QUESTION list. They may seem arbitrary, but to me, at least, these things matter.
1. John Green
Why?: John Green writes quirky and unique characters who revel in being smart — like in An Abundance Of Katherines and aren’t made to feel like losers because they have brains. I love that he writes in a way that trusts the reader to be intelligent enough to understand what’s going on instead of writing down. I also typically find myself wanting to highlight every single page of his books, like The Fault In Our Stars, for example..
2. Sarah Dessen
Why?: Straight up, there is comfort in familiarity. With most of her books I know what to expect and I know that going into them I am going to usually like the main character, be into the love interest (Along For The Ride), fall for the secondary characters (The Moon And More) and envy the setting.
3. Rae Carson
Why?: When an author has me so attached to the characters and storyline, that I don’t mind certain characters being killed off to get there, that’s an automatic WIN. Seriously, Rae Carson is like the George RR Martin of YA, people die out of nowhere, but such is life. Her writing is incredibly compelling and I certainly count The Girl of Fire And Thorns and The Crown Of Embers among my favorite YA fantasy.
4. Kristin Cashore
Why?: To me, the mark of an author really being a TRUE autobuy is when you purchase their book even if it wasn’t exactly as AMAZING at their others. Like, straight up I didn’t love Bitterblue as much as Graceling or Fire, but I still bought it because I LOVE Cashore’s writing and want to support her career. Also, I have met her in person and she is incredibly gracious and wonderful — and that matters to me when considerations of dropping money are involved.
5. Richelle Mead
Why?: Legit, any author that can make me super pumped up over vampire books, ignore a love triangle AND talk theories over DMs on twitter absolutely deserves to be on my autobuy list and y’all, Richelle Mead is exactly that author, whether she is simultaneously writing me swoons and sobs, like in Shadow Kiss, or WILL THEY WON’T THEY like in The Golden Lily, she is one of my favorite authors.
6. Patrick Rothfuss
Why?: There is only one author I’ve reviewed where I have re-read their book AFTER reviewing it (and then review the audiobook form that I re-read) and that author is Patrick Rothfuss. He’s created one of my favorite characters ever, Kvothe, and while I was not one hundred percent in love with The Wise Man’s Fear, The Name of The Wind remains one of my favorite fantasy recommendations and audiobooks. And you know? I am still optimistic about book three.
7. Lauren Oliver
Why?: Look, if Lauren Oliver wrote a math textbook I would straight up purchase it just because there might just be a nugget of brilliance in there. While mileage definitely varies between her books, they are all automatic reads and purchases. I don’t always order them as soon as they come out because I like to wait to see if she’s doing any signings near me, but yeah after Before I Fall and Liesl And Po, I will read pretty much anything she writes.
8. Brian Selznick
Why?: I love pictures. I love stories. I love words. Selznick’s books have those in spades, and so after being completely in love with both The Invention Of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, I’ve decided I will read the hell out of all of his books.
9. Libba Bray
Why?: I’ve met Libba Bray several times and each of those times she has been lovely and hilarious and kind. That means a lot to me. I find her books utterly brilliant and own all of them — signed copies except for Going Bovine and her Great And Terrible Beauty trilogy remains among my favorites. I also fell head over heels for The Diviners and so, Libba’s books are always on my most anticipated must purchase list.
10. Juliet Marillier
Why?: Sevenwaters. Sorcha. The Light Isles. Wildwood. Just a few words that do nothing to sum up the whole of Marillier’s work and why it is amazing. I love that Marillier infuses magic into her stories and words and the feelings her books give me.
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