Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 26 February, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 23 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Authors That I’d Put On My Auto-Buy List

Good question for this week! As much as I love certain authors and buy quite a bit of books (read: a lot), I had a hard time thinking of authors who are on my auto-buy list…a lot are certainly on my “add to want-to-read pile on GoodReads” but it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be running to the store the second it’s available for purchase. Plus, take into factor the whole hardback/paperback dilemma and budget at the time, well…

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien — I bought The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun (review) when it first came out even though I wasn’t into epic poetry (at the time). But I love reading anything of his, whether it’s set in Middle Earth or reflecting the legends and histories that influenced his writing. The Fall of Arthur is coming out around May/June. You know what I’ll be doing then.
  2. Daniel Silva — Outside of Jane Austen, Carloz Ruiz Zafon and probably Tolkien (missing about two titles of his at this point), I won every single title that Daniel Silva has written. And he’s written a lot. He just writes thrilling, tight and compelling spy thrillers. I’m waiting for The Fallen Angel to hit mass paperback *excited*
  3. Carlos Ruiz Zafon — In a very rare occurrence, I own all of his books on hardback. I just love his writing and the mood that he’s managed to create in his stories. Barcelona in his stories is blanketed in Gothic mystery and intrigue, it’s pretty hard to put his books down when you start. One of his earlier titles, The Watcher in the Shadows is coming out this summer too, which is exciting.
  4. Brandon Sanderson — He’s one of my favourite fantasy authors in recent years and his books are for the most part on my auto-buy list (I didn’t continue reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series so Sanderson’s concluding novels are not included in this)
  5. Sarah Addison Allen — After blitzing through all of her titles last year, she has not only ended up on my list of one of my favouite authors but also on my auto-buy list. Her stories are sweet but also poignant and I love the characters that she creates, it’s just so much fun to hang out with them, read as they grow depending on their situation and interact with each other.
  6. Patrick Rothfuss — The second book in his Kingkiller Chronicles is finally hitting mass paperback in a few weeks and I’m terribly excited. The Name of the Wind (review) was a fantastic debut and I can’t wait to see what’s next in Kvothe’s adventures.
  7. James S.A. Corey — Aside from the fact that it took me forever and a day to get around to picking up a copy of Caliban’s War, James S.A. Corey is on my auto-buy list because I’ve enjoyed their sci-fi series The Expanse. It’s fun and fascinating space opera focusing on characters and governments and low on the technical detail, which I need sometimes.
  8. Michael J. Sullivan — Reading his Riyria Revelations last year confirmed him on this list, his books are a lot of fun (and I could use a lot more fun and adventure on my shelf these days)
  9. Ildefonso Falcones — He hasn’t written that many books and they take forever getting translated to English (at least, that’s what it feels like) but he’s been on my auto-buy list since I read The Cathedral of the Sea a few years ago
  10. Ian McEwan — (Aha! I knew I would think of another author) I’ve loved his works since Atonement and while I’ve read one or two of his works that weren’t as great or as compelling as the others (to me), I do put his new works in consideration on my auto-buy list

And that’s my Top Ten this week! Which authors are on your auto-buy list? Let me know, I’d love to read them! =)


23 Responses to “Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. Brilliant list! Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson are two of my favorite authors, and while I haven’t read any of Zafรณn’s other books, I loved The Shadow of the Wind. I also own Theft of Swords, and apparently I need to get to that!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I still need to read Carlos Ruiz Zafon, James S.A. Corey, Michael J. Sullivan, Ildefonso Falcones, Ian McEwan & Daniel Silva. But maybe next year they will get on my new auto-buy list. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite fantasy authors too. Patrick Rothfuss didn’t exactly win me over with The Name of the Wind, but it was good enough for me to want to read second book (although I still did not). And Sarah Addison Allen is my auto-buy author, I just forgot to add her on my list. I love her story so magical and real…
    Awesome list!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT.
    Dragana @ Bookworm Dreams

  3. I definitely need to check out James S. A. Corey and Brandon Sanderson. I actually have books 1 & 2 of the Kingkiller Chronicles, but I swore I wouldn’t start any new series this year without knowing that the final book has a release date — dying to read these, but trying to stick to my resolutions! Nice list.


    • That’s a good resolution to have! If only we did know what the release date will be…

      James S.A. Corey is fun (which reminds me that I have his second book waiting to be read) and Brandon Sanderson is both fun and solid (considering how fast he writes/gets his books out there), hope you enjoy them ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. The only author I’ve read here is Tolkien, but perhaps that means I should check out more of the people on the list! I did get Elantris for Christmas, but I’m trying to finish Tigana by Guy Gavriel KAy first–hard since I keep forgetting I AM reading it and in the middle of it!

    • Tigana! I hope you’re enjoying that, it was my first GGK novel and I absolutely enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

      Nice, Elantris was actually my first Brandon Sanderson novel ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I’ve enjoyed Ian McEwan for quite a while, but he was downgraded from auto-buy for me because I really didn’t care for his latest ‘Sweet Tooth’.

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about Carlos Ruiz Zafron, so I am looking forward to reading him someday soon!

    • Aww about Sweet Tooth. I haven’t read it yet (still waiting for it in paperback)

      Hope you enjoy Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s stuff! ๐Ÿ˜€ I couldn’t recommend his book The Shadow of the Wind enough the other year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nice! *high fives* I’m so excited that there are so many Patrick Rothfuss fans on this meme ๐Ÿ˜€ I wish there was a date for his third book though, lol

    • I’m hoping to re-read The Silmarillion at some point, that’s definitely a book that you need to be in a particular mood/zone to read (if I recall correctly…then again I also noticed that my reading tastes/zones have changed a bit over the years, lol) ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’m glad that you put dead authors on your list too. And I heart Ian McEwan. And Carlos Ruiz Zafon too! And I apparently need to get to Patrick Rothfuss soon.

    • I can’t wait for McEwan’s latest book to hit paperback, the premise sounds so good xD

      Hope you enjoy Patrick Rothfuss’ books when you get to them, they’re great (and his book reviews on GR crack me up at times :D).

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