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This week’s topic is:
This list was pretty easy to come up with. All I had to do was look at my bookshelves and see what names were the most prominent.
So without further ado:
10. Jonathan L. Howard. Author of one of my favourite books of all time Johannes Cabal The Detective. If I see a book or a short story by Howard I buy it. No questions asked. If you’re getting a book as a gift from me, you’re probably getting one of his. Howard’s great characters, sense of humour and clever plots always bring me back to his books. So if you haven’t read him already, go check him out!
9. Garth Nix I’ve been reading Garth Nix books as long as I’ve been reading chapter books. I was introduced to him through his Keys to the Kingdom series, which started when I was in grade six and ended in my second last year of university. From the Keys to the Kingdom, I found his big trilogy, the Abhorsen books. Every time Nix puts out a book I’m there. No questions asked. Think of my surprise when someone handed me a book at BEA 2015 and it turned out to be his up coming book Newt’s Emerald. I’ve never been happier.
8. Susan Cokal. She won me over with ONE BOOK! ONE! A Kingdom of Little Wounds was one of the most beautifully written, clever and dark pieces of fiction I have ever come across. From that book alone I will pick up anything she writes. I’ve been trying to hunt down her previous adult fiction novels but have been having a difficult time hunting them down. Earlier this year we were lucky enough to hang out with Susan Cokal for a couple of hours. You can watch our chat here.
7. V.E. Schwab A relatively new author for me, but that doesn’t stop me from BUYING ALL HER THINGS! The other evening Chelsey and I were in a bookstore where I managed to spot a single copy of Vicious just hanging out on the shelves. That book lives with me now. I also loved her A Darker Shade of Magic and am waiting hopelessly for the next book in the series. Schwab also has a teen fiction series out which I really need to read/own.
6. Dan Simmons Another author who I’ve only started collecting. Dan Simmon’s novels span across multiple genres. The first novel I ever read by him was his first The Song of Kali and then a while I picked up his most recent novel: The Fifth Heart. Simmons never fails to surprise me with his stories. If you haven’t checked his books out then I totally recommend him.
5. Joe Hill Where to start? Locke and Key? Horns? Heart Shaped Box? I have them all. Joe Hill’s novels are super creepy in the best way. Hill’s style is similar to his Dad’s but not in a way that overshadows his voice. If you like horror check him out. You may not be able to sleep for a while though.
4. J.R.R. Tolkien This one goes without saying. I have one overpacked shelf on my bookshelves dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien. I have the multiple editions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I have the Silmarillion, I have the history books, I have The Children of Hurin, I have Smith from Wooten Manor…. The list goes on and on and one. If I see a book I don’t have, I buy it. If I see a new pretty edition, I buy it.
3. Neil Gaiman The very first books I read by Neil Gaiman were his Sandman comics. Sandman managed to have everything I have ever loved. Fantasy, science fiction, victorian lit, mythology… the list goes on. After Sandman, I picked up American Gods. Since then whenever it’s announced that Neil Gaiman has a book coming out I buy it. For all I know it could be a retelling of a phonebook. But I’ll still buy it and read it.
2. J.K. Rowling Do I really need to go in to detail for this one? Harry Potter, A Casual Vacancy, her mystery novels under another name. No questions asked I buy them. Not that anyone would ever question that decision. It’s J.K.!!!
1. Philip K. Dick. Recently I decided I needed to own every single book ever written by Philip K. Dick. This was a combination of reading The Man from High Castle and A Scanner Darkly around the time that new editions came out for all the books. They’re beautiful, and no one does sci-fi like Philip K. Dick does. I’m about a quarter of a way through collecting everything. So, I’m pretty close.
So there you have it, my top ten autobuy authors. Who are yours and what makes an author an autobuy for you?