Tuesday, February 26, 2013

To Buy or Not to Buy?

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♥ Top Ten Authors I'd Auto-Buy ♥
As I'm sure I'm in the same boat as most of you, I love buying books. I love the new book smell, I love the idea of having a book that I loved on my shelf to visit again and again if I want. I also love the excitement that comes with a book I haven't read. Sometimes I'm okay not buying them, other times, when it comes to a particular author, I have no qualms buying them, mostly without even knowing what they are even about. Some authors I trust that much. Who are they?

In no particular order...

Maggie Stiefvater

The wonderful Maggie Stiefvater. I love her writing, her stories. Despite the fact that it makes me a little scared to read the ones I haven't read (what if by chance I don't love them as much as previous ones???  How could I survive it!?!?), I will buy them and have no regrets. Why? I realize that I'm a drop in the bucket when it comes to sales. That she'll most likely never know just how much I love her books and recommend them left and right. But I want to continue to support her and encourage her writing by doing what I can do. Plus, I want to live in her books. That's enough for me.

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is, I am pretty sure, the first author whose books I ever fell in love with. I have yet to read a disappointing one. I started with Vanishing Acts and made my way through all of them, the last one being when I was pregnant with my first child. That would have been... Handle with Care. After so many heart wrenching and emotional roller coasters, I did need a break from the stories for a bit, but I have still bought all but the last one (Lone Wolf). I will definitely be reading them sometime.

John Green

Oh, John Green, my fellow Hoosier. Such an amazing writer... he could write about golf and I would probably still read it. Because you probably don't know, my husband *loves* golf and I find it quite boring... to watch on tv or live. I don't think he can do any wrong.

David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

 Anyone who wrote Dash & Lily's Book of Dares deserves a spot on my auto-buy list. I do have Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist on my shelf, which I will read eventually, and I definitely will not turn down any chances to buy more. 

Sarah Dessen

Ah, the amazing Sarah Dessen. I love her take on life, love, relationships. When I first started reading her books years ago, I told my mom that she reminded me Jodi Picoult, just without the heavier issues that Jodi deals with. However, this is not true. She deserves a category all her own. So she gets it from me. And she also gets a spot on my auto-buy list. ;)

Elizabeth Wein


She wrote Code Name Verity... need I say more? I mean, as much as I loved it, as much as I breathed it, I want more of her. I think I could buy them with no regrets.

Lauren Oliver

Such wonderful writing... I get so lost in her books that I can't imagine my home without them on my shelf. 

Brenna Yovanoff

I'll admit, I may just buy these for the covers. Seriously, have you seen them? I own all three of them... well, one is in eBook format, so I still need to the hardcover edition... and I will continue to buy them until I tire of it. I don't see that happening though. I love the Gothic sense I get from the covers that matches perfectly with the feel in the books. I am so curious what she'll come up with next. (And I love that they have all been standalone novels so far). 

Stephanie Kuehnert

Ballads of Suburbia is one of my favorite books. It's not a nice book, it's not a fluffy book. It's not even a happy at all book, really. But it's life. It's real. And I loved it. She has one other book, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, that I look forward to reading. And as soon as I can get it I will definitely be adding it to my shelf. I'm not even sure what it's about. But since she wrote it and all...

Jennifer Donnelly  

The author of Revolution, another of my all-time favorite books. I figure if an author can sway me in my aversion to historical fiction then she must be good and worthy of owning her books. I will definitely be adding more of her to my shelf at home.  

Whew! That took some work. ;) Not really, but I did have to think hard... and I almost didn't do ten of them this week. But here they are. 

What about you? What authors would you or do you auto buy?



  1. I really need to check out Brenna Yavanoff, her stuff sounds like it'd be right up my alley!

    1. I have really liked all three of her books. They are all standalones, which I like as well. :)

  2. There are so many authors I love, I could have easily added more than ten to my TTT post this week :)

    1. I know... It was hard to narrow it down. :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. I have only read one of Brenna Yovanoff's books - Paper Valentine. I loved that book, though. I thought it was amazing. I also love the cover :)

    1. If you loved that one you should definitely check out her other two some time. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

  4. Oooh. Good list! I'm not sure if I can think of ten or not ... Then there are those I'd buy in theory yet don't always end up insta-buying, if that makes sense. Mine that match yours: Lauren Oliver (Which reminds me that March is in 3 days and I haven't preordered Requiem! +puts down phone, goes to amazon, a few minutes pass ...+ Problem solved!), Maggie Stiefvater, Levithan & Cohn, Elizabeth Wein!, Jennifer Donnelly, John Green, and Stephanie Kuehnert. Others: Joe Hill, Suzanne Collins, Brian Selznick, Helen Frost ... Crap. That's more than 10, isn't it ... And I've left some out. Oh well ;) But I completely agree with supporting awesome authors when possible. They deserve it :)

    1. I haven't pre-ordered Requiem yet. I need to do that. I want it, now, so you would think I would have already done that. lol Sometimes it's scary how much we are alike with books. Not that we don't ever differ, but still. Brian Selznick and Helen Frost... great additions.

    2. I was totally planning on doing a different set of authors than you on principle that there are sooo many good choices, but I just couldn't bring myself to leave these off, lol.

    3. Lol... there are. And I probably could have gone on, but I just went with mostly recent ones I've fallen in love with. Recent being like the last few years. :)


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