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I have very few auto-buy authors. I can list them on less than one hand: Sarah Dessen, Maggie Stiefvater, Amanda Hocking, and Anna-Marie McLemore. And I yell about these authors and their books all the time because they are some of my favourites. In fact, I’m planning tattoos for all of them (ask me about the Stiefvater one I want!) because I love their words, their stories, and connect to their characters so much I want to wear my love for them on my skin forever.
So what criteria do I use to determine an auto-buy author?
I knew from page 2 of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS that I would be buying Anna-Marie McLemore’s books for the rest of my life. The way she writes is engaging and beautiful, leaving you breathless and as though you are walking alongside the characters in the world. This is even more true in WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS which is wonderful and you should all buy it once it is available. The same goes for the rest of the authors that I love: their writing is engaging and allows me to feel as though I am with the characters as they are living their lives. This is crucial for my enjoyment of the novel and if I can’t get into the writing, I am not going to finish reading a book.
Sometimes authors tell stories you want to read; sometimes authors tell you stories you didn’t know you wanted to read until you read them. I think the best mix of auto-buy authors have stories that are both. I would say this is especially true for Maggie Stiefvater. I don’t think enough people have read THE SCORPIO RACES because they are too focused on THE RAVEN CYCLE. And while I LOVE my ot5, nothing will ever compare to THE SCORPIO RACES. For me, if an author can write a fantastical story no matter what the topic, they are going to be a go-to author for me.
The Main Characters
If I can immediately connect to every character that an author writes, I’m going to continue to buy their books. Sarah Dessen writes super relatable characters every single time she writes a book and I can always find a little piece of myself in each of her female protagonists, especially Annabel Greene from JUST LISTEN. Characters that make you root for them no matter what, even when you know they are being a little dumb, are the ones you love. And, tbh, all these authors that I auto-buy create these kinds of characters.
The Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends
Some authors can just write people that you want to yank out of the pages of their work and love. I could literally take any of the trolls from Amanda Hocking’s Tyrlle world and pull them out to love them, but especially Loki and Ember. I don’t think y’all understand how many times I have read a certain scene in ASCEND because *heart eyes* and the letters Ember writes in the Kanin Chronicles are so loving and wonderful; I would very much like someone to write their BFF letters about how much they love me. If the authors write characters I want to love, then I am going to continue to buy their novels so I can collect more characters to love.
I know this looks like me selling you on my favourite authors (and it totally is) but I have added authors to this list and deleted authors from this list because they fail to pass my tests. I won’t mention who the authors I no longer auto-buy are but it is because either they stopped writing characters I could relate to or I just stopped liking their writing style. I’m very picky and particular about the things I like, especially books. There aren’t many books that I reread, but that is not true for the four authors I listed above. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go reread some books.