Top 5 Wednesdays: Top 5 Auto-Buy Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy Authors

I have to modify this one a little to authors I would automatically add to my TBR, instead of automatically buy. It’s pretty rare for me to buy books anymore because of a combo of the price and my complete lack of shelf space. The exception of course is buying from BookOutlet because of the great deals, but for my favourite books, I’m very picky about getting them in proper condition. There are many fantasy authors, many of whom I only started reading in the past couple of years, who have quickly become new favourites, and I always add their books to my TBR. These are authors whose books I also would be interested in buying, so I guess it still technically fits the actual topic. One of the challenges I had is that many of the authors I wanted to pick (ie. Suzanne Collins or J.K. Rowling) have only ever written one fantasy series, so although I’m definitely interested in reading more of their books, I’m not sure they will write any more in that genre.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and is now hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. The official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

1) Maggie Stiefvater

I have only read one of Maggie Stiefvater’s books so far, but I immediately fell in love with it! As soon as I read The Raven Boys last year, it reminded me of how I felt when I first read Harry Potter. I adored the characters and the writing style, and this is a series that I actually did end up buying. I even went back and added her Wolves of Mercy Falls series to my TBR, even though I’m not always a fan of werewolf stories. Her writing style is absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to read more of the Raven Cycle series and Maggie Stiefvater’s other books.

2) Laini Taylor

This is another author that I only discovered last year and immediately fell in love with. I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone last year, and it quickly became one of my favourites of the year. It is another series that I ended up buying just by the strength of the first book alone, and I’m really looking forward to reading the rest. I actually was under the impression that all Laini Taylor had so far besides this trilogy was Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, but according to Goodreads she also has written 2 Faeries of Dreamdark books, which I’m not sure I’d be interested in. That doesn’t really change the fact that I’d now consider her an auto-add author though, at least for her works from Daughter of Smoke and Bone onward.

3) Victoria (V.E.) Schwab

This is another case where Victoria or V.E. Schwab is mostly an auto-buy author, but she has some older series that I’m not sure I’d like. I think it’s fairly safe to discount the middle grade series since that is not a genre I really read anyway. My first experience with Victoria Schwab’s writing was This Savage Song, and I thought her characters and world-building were both amazing. I’ve finished that duology, and I’ve actually had her Archived series on my TBR since 2016. I’m not even sure I realized they were the same author when I added them. I have all of the books she’s written under V.E. Schwab on my TBR already as well, and plan on starting Vicious later on this year.

4) Marissa Meyer

I think this is the only author on the list where I’ve actually completed the whole series. I’ve read all of the Lunar Chronicles series, excluding the between-the-numbers books, and I have Heartless in my current stack from the library. I avoided reading the Lunar Chronicles for such a long time because they seemed very overhyped and I wasn’t sure it was something I would be interested in, but as soon as I picked them up, I was hooked. Cinder was a tiny bit too predictable but still thoroughly enjoyable, and I was very eager to read the rest of the series. I’ve since added all of Marissa Meyer’s books to my TBR, including all between-the-numbers books (and I usually hate those), and the new Renegades series.

5) Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I haven’t really been able to separate these two yet since the only book of theirs that I’ve read is Illuminae, which absolutely blew me away! Although I haven’t necessarily added all of their books to my TBR yet, many of them interest me and I’ve definitely added a lot more that I would have if I hadn’t tried Illuminae. I’m actually not a huge sci-fi/space fan, but Illuminae convinced me that I could like that kind of setting if it was done well. Of Amie Kaufman’s books, I’ve so far added the first book in each of the Starbound and Unearthed series. Her only other series so far is Elementals which is middle grade, so I think I’ll wait and see more of her style before deciding if I want to try that. I also have Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight series on my list and just added Stormdancer as well. I also immediately added the untitled book from the upcoming Andromeda Cycle that Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman wrote together, due out next year.

Honourable Mentions

Tahereh Mafi
Seanan McGuire
Ransom Riggs
Erin Morgenstern
Sarah J. Maas
Noelle Stevenson

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