Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-read Authors


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is auto-buy authors, and truth be told, I don’t have any…  For starters I don’t have a lot of disposable income, and secondly, I have a fabulous library system.  If I’m diligent about getting my holds in, I really don’t have to wait long for books I want to read, and I’m usually able to pick stuff up right around release.  So instead I’ll talk about authors whose new release books are automatically added to my TBR.


Madeline Miller – I still need to read Song of Achilles, (and I already own it, I just haven’t gotten to it yet), but I’d love to see where she goes next.


Sebastien de Castell – I adore his Spellslinger books, and I still need to finish them, but I’m also eagerly waiting for him to get back to adult stuff, because when he writes for an adult audience, stuff gets pretty tense. (Next Release: Crownbreaker (Spellslinger #6), Dec 2019; Our Lady of Blades, ?? – low key freaking out about this one, hadn’t heard of it before right now, I’m okay….).

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

Jeff VanderMeer – I don’t talk about VanderMeer very often, and weirdly, I wouldn’t qualify him as one of my favorite authors, but his stuff is so unique and so bizarre, that I add everything he writes to my TBR. (Next Release: Dead Astronauts, Jan 2020; A Peculiar Peril, July 2020)


Ann Leckie – She’s another one that I wouldn’t say is a favorite, but she’s also pretty inventive so I’ll keep reading.

Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

Nick Harkaway – Again, I have some catching up to do with Harkaway, but much like Leckie and VanderMeer, Gnomon had such a unique voice, that whenever he gets around to putting out something new, I’ll be there.


Malka Ann Older – I’ve got State Tectonics still on my TBR, and I’m working on the last episodes of Ninth Step Station now, but I love how her world building all feels futuristic, without feeling like I’ll never see it in my lifetime.  (PSA: There is now a second season of Ninth Step, AND The Centenal Cycle books are all on a monthly Kindle deal right now!)


P. Djeli Clark – I’d really love for him to write something longer than a novella!  Something that I could get lost in for a weekend.  Either way- whatever he writes, it’s going on the TBR.


Nnedi Okorafor – Still working my way through her backlist, but at this point anything/everything she writes is going on the TBR. (Next release: LaGuardia, July 30, 2019; Antar: The Black Knight, Nov 2019; Remote Control, Jan 2020)

So that’s eight- and then of course, I have the following obligatory authors that worm their way onto every list:

Ian McDonald, Ada Palmer, Mark Lawrence, Stephen King, Joe Hill and Bernard Cornwell.

Who are your auto-buy/auto-read authors?  Leave me a link below so I can check it out!


26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-read Authors

    • ME TOO! I was poking around GR for his upcoming releases and that popped up. It’s set in the world of the Greatcoats. There’s a few posts about it on his website too. I can’t find a release date for it though. The September one on GR seems like it’s lying.

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      • I checked his website after I saw your post.😂 In the world of the Greatcoats is absolutely fantastic!👍 Yeah, I thought that too! Other websites have September as the release date too but…that’s not long and there’s no blurb and no covet.😢 You’d have thought there’d be a cover for the book and even that it’d be available on Netgalley and ARC’s if it is September so probably not.😢

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      • Yeah- that’s why I don’t trust. Sometimes I think waiting for a release date is worse than waiting for a release. Someone should tweet him (politely) for an ETA 😂

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  1. First of all, Jeff Vandermeer has two books coming out next year??? I had heard about Dead Astronauts but I didn’t realize it was on GR. And I didn’t know about A Peculiar Peril!!! I swear you made my day😁

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  2. Recently, announced that they’re publishing two other novellas and one novel by P. Djèlí Clark, and same, I can’t wait to see what he does with a longer story. I have mixed feelings about Ann Leckie, as every book I read from her, I like less than the one before – and while that is disappointing, it’s not like I’m disliking them, they’re full of interesting ideas and in some aspects they’re also really solid novels.

    I haven’t read enough by Jeff VanderMeer yet to have a strong opinion, but I agree about his books being bizarre – and I love that about them. I don’t consider him a favorite either, but I will probably be reading what he writes next.

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  3. I haven’t read anything by Ann Leckie yet, but I really want to. I’ve seen her listed on several award-winning lists, and she blurbed Murderbot! So bonus points there!

    Speaking of Murderbot… with that series, Martha Wells has rocketed to my top ten auto-read/buy list. (I’ll possibly get backlist books from the library, but Murderbot anything is getting added to my library.) Seanan McGuire is also on my must have list.


    • You know- I actually really don’t have any auto-buy authors. Stephen King and Bernard Cornwell are the closest- but even then unless it’s a Last Kingdom book im most likely to get it from the library first too!

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  4. The fact that you’ve read Sebastin De Castell is amazing!!!!!!!!

    I’ve finished his entire trilogy and I would rec you not to leave it to the last moment. Trust me, search Celtic Music playlist (Fantasy) and read it with the book.

    It is worth every read.

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  5. This is a lovely list, Sarah! I haven’t read anything by these authors, but I’ve heard so many great things about Madeline Miller’s books, I’ll have to give them a try eventually 😀

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