Because the question this week is which authors you love enough to automatically buy their books - like preorder them before you even know what they're about - because you love their work that much.
In order to qualify for my list, an author has to have at least three books out (that I've read) and the three can't all be part of a series. Ready? Let's go! In no particular order ...
Top Ten (+1)
Fabulously innovative and always thought-provoking. I've read all of her published work. Favorites: DUST OF 100 DOGS and VERA DIETZ
LO delivers on high concept premises with emotionally rich executions. I've read everything except THE SPINDLERS (gotta get on that since it is on my shelf!). Favorite: BEFORE I FALL.
Atmospheric writing and intricate plotting. Only missing TIPPING THE VELVET and I plan to read that one this year. Favorite: FINGERSMITH
Gets to the truth of her characters. Fearless. I've read all her published work. Favorite: SOME GIRLS ARE
Experimental in a way that breaks my brain in an awesome way. I've read all but one (saving it for a rainy day!) Favorite: GHOSTWRITTEN
Insightful and thrilling. I've read all her published work. Favorite: THE LIKENESS
Imaginative, lush writing. Though I'm not into her faerie middle grade series (very much an "it's me, not her" thing), I love everything else. Favorite: Goblin Fruit from LIPS TOUCH
Gorgeous turns of phrase. I've either read or bought all of her YA books. Favorite: UNDERCOVER
Mary E. Pearson
Excellent plotting and emotionally resonant scene building. I've either read or bought all of her recent books. Favorite: THE MILES BETWEEN
Leila's writing is so perceptive and funny. I think her upcoming book THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is her best yet.
I adore her picture books! I buy at least three copies of each. Favorite: I DON'T WANT TO BE A PEA
5 others with potential to be on this list (where I have read at least 2):
I've only read BUMPED & THUMPED (fangirled!), but I've no doubt that once I start her Jessica Darling series, she'll be "bumped up" to my main list.
CK Kelly Martin
I loved YESTERDAY and enjoyed MY BEATING TEENAGE HEART, so I gotta read more.
Her writing in the killer unicorn series was so intelligent, I need to read her other two series stat.
IF I STAY was one of my all-time faves (still need to read WHERE SHE WENT). And I enjoyed JUST ONE DAY and am totes looking forward to JUST ONE YEAR.
Beth knows how to bring the BIG twists. I can't wait to see what she has for us next!
5 other writers I love (but I have to check them out first):
I enjoy his Thursday Next series and SHADES OF GREY was awesome, but so far I've had no interest in his YA stuff or the Nursery Crimes series.
Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler
The Series of Unfortunate Events kind of fizzled out at the end, and I didn't really need all the cash-in books, but I definitely take notice when he has a new book coming out.
I do love most of her work, but I like to read a chapter first to see if the book is going to gel with me or not.
Same as above.
He has such great high-concept work, but I've yet to be completely wowed by one of his novels.
I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but let's stop there!
Who are your auto-buy authors?