This week's prompt is to list ten auto-buy authors (or ten from a specific genre if that's too general). Most people must buy a lot more books than I do, because I can't come up with ten auto-buy authors at all, let alone ten from a specific genre. I'm a reader on a budget of sorts, only spending my Barnes & Noble gift cards on new books, so I try not to go crazy with getting new books. Plus, I really don't have shelf space for a bunch of new books streaming in all the time! We live in a town home, and I share a room, and I am physically unable to add another bookshelf to my room. Unless I got rid of my dresser, that is. Hmm . . .
Anyway, I altered the prompt to be auto-read authors, and still could only come up with seven. The trouble is that there's not really such a thing as an "auto-read" author for me, let alone an "auto-buy" one, because if a book looks inappropriate enough, I won't read it no matter who wrote it. These seven are some of the best authors I know, though, and I've read the vast majority of their new books over the last few years.
1. Margaret Peterson Haddix
If I had to name one true "auto-read" (and even "auto-buy" - I've bought four of the last five books she's written) author, this would be it. I've read every single one of her books, and loved all of them. I plan to continue reading every one of her books as they come out, until the day there are no more new ones. And then I will go curl into a ball and cry.
2. Angie Sage
I absolutely adore her Septimus Heap and TodHunter Moon books, and I am a sort-of fan of her Araminta Spook books (I've only read one), which are a little young for me. If she wrote any other series or standalones, I would most definitely read them unless they looked really, really inappropriate.
3. Jennifer Nielsen
I've read every single book of Nielsen's, too, and I've never met one I haven't liked. I'm not calling her an "auto-read"author yet because she's only written like seven books, and I'm never completely confident about an author's books until I've read like fifteen of them, but I've absolutely loved all of her books I've read so far - including A Night Divided, her post-WWII East Berlin book that comes out next Tuesday (my review will go live on Friday).
4. Jessica Day George
She's written a lot of great books, from the Dragon and Princesses of Westfalin trilogies to her standalone Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, to the Castle Glower series. Only a few months ago I would have listed her as a total auto-read author, but her book Silver in the Blood, which just came out, is one I'm not going to read. I'm still a big fan of hers, but I just can't say I've read "all of her books" anymore. Definitely keeping an eye out for any and all new books from her.
5. Gordon Korman
Ah, another great author! I've been auto-reading his new books for years now, and haven't come across one I didn't like. His last few books (Masterminds, the Hypnotists trilogy, the Swindle books, etc.) have been particularly great. I can't wait to read the second Masterminds book!
6. Wendy Mass
She's got a lot of great books, too, from the Willow Falls series to standalones like The Candymakers and Every Soul a Star. I don't read her Space Taxi series, just because it's for younger kids, but I do keep an eye out for the rest of her books as they come out - and get my hands on them as fast as I possibly can.
7. James Riley
I've only read four of his books (the Twice Upon a Time trilogy, and the first Story Thieves book), but I've enjoyed all of them and am definitely going to read anything new he puts out unless it's, like, some sort of Adult novel about explicit themes.
Yeah, this basically just works out to be another list of my favorite authors (very similar to my actual list of favorite authors), but there we go. All of these authors write very good books that I work very hard to get my hands on.