Top Ten (Ok Really Just 8) Authors On My Auto-Buy List!

toptentuesssTop Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten  Authors on my “Auto-Buy” List

Stephanie Perkins just creates characters that linger in my heart for forever. I’m excited to see what she comes out with next because I know that I already adore her contemporary works so those are NO MATTER WHAT on auto-buy. I just know she is going to do other genres well. Check out of my reviews of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door)

gayle-forman-signing-1Seriously, Gayle Forman’s books always do something to my heart that never leaves it — those stories just stay embedded there and like I find myself thinking about them a lot.  It’s the little pitter patters in my heart to the scenes that slay. She just is a phenomenal writer and seriously she could write the next 50 shades of Gray  and I’d read it OK. I DON’T CARE. (My reviews of If I Stay, Where She Went and Just One Day)

john-green-signingJohn Green’s books make me think like nothing else, truly. I feel like I walk away from his books thinking about the world a little bit differently or about myself a bit differently. No books have ever been dogeared as much as his. I just am constantly awed by him as a person and just need him to write more books for a long time to come. Check out my reviews of Looking For Alaska and Paper Towns.

meeting-david-levithanDavid Levithan is always surprising me. What I’ve read from him  so far has always been delightful in it’s own way and always something different. I appreciate what he can do with a story to make it really mean something to me in different ways. I’m so excited for Invisibility by he and Andrea Cremer. I never know what to expect next from David but I’m always going to read it. Check out my reviews for Every Day, The Lover’s Dictionary and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.

jonathan-safran-foerJonathan Safran Foer is one of my favorite literary fiction authors and just, in general, one of my favorite authors ever. The problem is that I need him to write more  book PLEASE. EL&IC got me back into reading and then I read Everything Is Illuminated — which I didn’t love as much but still appreciated (Everything is Illuminated the movie was quite fantastic). I just love his writing and his stories and look forward to the day when I hear his next work of fiction will be out!


When I want a good historical fiction novel I turn to Ruta. After experiencing Between Shades of Gray I pretty much guessed she’d be on auto-buy for me but after reading Out of the Easy recently it has been confirmed. Seriously cannot wait for more from her! Her stories just suck you in and her characters are always so well written that I’m pretty sure they have a pulse.

morgan-matsonTruthfully I’ve only read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour but I knew after one book that I’d read anything she wrote.  I literally had NO idea what Second Chance Summer was about it and added it to Goodreads immediately when it was announced. She just writes the kind of books I really like to read in the contemporary YA genre. I have Second Chance Summer on my shelf and plan to get to it soon because I’m really wanting to get back into her writing.

I just discovered the beauty of Something Like Normal recently and if you like contemporary is a MUST. Seriously. After one book from Trish I was just blown away and now I understood why some of my very best friends were obsessed with her writing! Her newest book Where Stars Still Shine is due out in the Fall and you know that was added to my TBR list immediately upon finishing SLN. It’s honestly rare for after one book for me to declare Auto Buy List. I just have that FEELING.


So tell me…which authors are on YOUR auto-buy list? I’m curious to know WHAT makes an author deserve a spot on that list? Have you read all of their books and know what to expect? Have you had an experience where you’ve only read one book but you just had that FEELING that whatever they would write would be GOLD?

I Should Just Start A Blog Called “Things Jamie Fears” Apparently

Ok, so here we go with another thing I’m terrified of (I seriously have issues — first this, then this and now we have  to have this discussion). I have a lot of bookish fears that I’ve been realizing lately.

This one crept up on me because…gulp…a ton of my favorite authors have new books that have either come out recently (Gayle Forman, Ruta Sepetys) or that are due out this year (Jessi Kirby, Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Dessen, Sara Zarr, David Levithan).

It goes something  like this:

Breaking News: My  favorite author has a new book out!





I wait, and wait and wait for what seems like forever.


As the release date draws nearer….reality sneaks up like the bitch she is and says,” HEY, there’s a chance you could REALLY REALLY hate your fave new author’s book.  What nowwww?”


And that thought gives me the case of the major sads, dear friends. I mean, there’s always that potential of not enjoying a book when we pick it up….but the bar is set so HIGH with a favorite author. They have already moved you, enraptured you in their story or beautiful prose or gave you characters to love. Your heart is already theirs. It’s just a different sort of feeling. Who wants to hate their favorite authors newest book? (I have this similar problem with my favorite bands when they put out new albums).

A lot of the times I end up loving the new books. Maybe not as much or maybe in a different way but I think there is something there initially, at least in my own experiences, that had me declaring “favorite author status” (which I’ve totally done after one book because I feel so strongly) in the first place  — something that in some way makes its way into other books. Sometimes there is a dud unfortunately. And that is an awful feeling. The one that had me terrified the most recently? Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I LOVE Gayle Forman. Her books just do things to my heart that make me remember why I love reading so much and she creates the most memorable characters. Luckily  I LOVED Just One Day SO MUCH but I was seriously afraid of that feeling of “Uh oh…I’m not digging this so much” because I wanted to love it so much. (PS. I’m always super aware if I’m just being blinded by “favorite author status” when I’m reading. I take a bit to digest and think  through it before I review just based on OMG THIS IS MY FAVE AUTHOR).

So I want to know…do you ever feel this way when it comes to your favorite author’s newest book coming out? Or am I the only neurotic weirdo that things of these things? Do you find that you end up loving it because, as I mentioned, there’s just something THERE that made them your fave in the first place?  Have you ever unfortunately NOT LOVED a book put out by your favorite author? What are some books coming out soon by your favorite authors that you are looking forward to? Have you ever felt blinded because it was a favorite author to sit back later and think, “hmm that wasn’t that great.” Is it easy for you to get back into their works after a dud?

Top Ten Tuesday–Favorite Authors!

Another Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish!

1. Jonathan Safran Foer – As if you all already didn’t know this!
2. Jack Kerouac — I know alot of people hate him but I can’t get enough of him and the rest of the Beat generation.
3. Sylvia Plath– Loved The Bell Jar. Still need to read her poetry! From the snippets I’ve read, I like!
4. Jane Austen— This is probably going to be on everybody’s list!
5. Lois Lowry— I read The Giver more times than I’ve ever read any other book. Her other books are good but the Giver is the best!
6. JD Salinger– Love him or hate him. LOVE him. Something about his characters always resonates with me. What does that say about me? I don’t know.
7. Markus Zusack — When you can bring me to tears and make me go through a WHOLE box of tissues, you win. His books are extremely moving and I never want to put them down.
8. Carolyn Keene — Umm..Nancy Drew! Enough said! These books will always be a favorite!
9. Nicole Krauss— Ok, what can I say, I’m a tad obsessed with her and her hubby, Jonathan Safran Foer. Her writing is beautiful and her stories are incredibly moving!
10. Gabriel Garcia Marquez— I was always scared to read him but I fell in love with his overly verbose style! 🙂

What about you? Who are your favorites? What MAKES an author your favorite? I find that my reasons are different for each!

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