TTT : ‘Go to’ Authors


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Auto-Buy Authors

I’ve gone for an all female cast this week – maybe I should do a male version of this list too.  To be fair my ‘auto buy’ author list is expanding, I had well over 20 female authors at least for this list but decided to show restraint – this is Top Ten Tuesday after all – I may have cheated and gone for 11 but shhhh don’t tell anyone.

Sarah Pinborough – I haven’t read a book yet by SP that I didn’t love.  She writes in so many different genres.  Thrillers – Behind Her Eyes and Cross Her Heart; gothic style supernatural murder mystery – Mayhem and Murder, 13 Minutes; fairytale retellings – Poison, Charm and Beauty; and many more  I don’t pretend to have read all her books but I’m working on it.


Lauren Beukes – Again, I’ve not read all of this author’s books but the ones I’ve read so far have been fantastic – Zoo City, The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters – highly recommended.

The shining girls

Laura Purcell – I’ve only fairly recently discovered this author but I’ve absolutely loved the two books I’ve read by her so far – The Silent Companions and The Corset (or Poison Thread).  I can’t wait to read her next book Bone China.

Bone China

Joanne Harris – So many books that I’ve loved by JH.  My most recent was The Strawberry Thief which was absolutely captivating.  Read it – pretty please.


Alice Hoffman – Similarly I’ve read a lot of Alice Hoffman’s books and absolutely loved them.  She has a way with words and is the master of magical realism.  Most recently the prelude to Practical Magic – The Rules of Magic which was, well, magical.


Marie Brennan – dragons, dragons and more dragons (and other fantasy as well of course).  I love her books, I love the covers, I love Lady Trent and I am so excited for the next book due out soon – Turning Darkness Into LIght which is a new series starring Lady Trent’s granddaughter. Check out this cover and resist this synopsis if you can

Turning Darkness

Diane Setterfield – I’ve read three books by this author, The Thirteenth Tale, Bellman & Black and more recently Once Upon a River.  I love her writing and eagerly await her next book.  That is all.

The Thirteenth Tale.jpg

Susan Fletcher – my first book by Susan Fletcher was Witch Light.  When I first started reading the book I didn’t think it would be my cup of tea, and yet, as I was having that very thought the pages began to captivate me and before I knew it I was hooked.  I’ve read quite a few books since then – most recently House of Glass which was a beautifully told gothic tale.

Katherine Arden – The Winternight Trilogy –  need I say more.  Any author that gives me a fairytale style series with such fantastic characters, set in Russia and loaded with folklore wins the day for me.

The bear

Anna Smith-Spark – Queen of Grimdark and an author who can paint the pages red and yet instill the tale with a unique sense of beauty.  I’ve loved the first two books in the Empire of Dust Trilogy – The Court of Broken Knives and The Tower of Living and Dying and I’m about to start on the final instalment – The House of Sacrifice.  Excitement am I.






20 Responses to “TTT : ‘Go to’ Authors”

  1. Red

    Interesting list. I might pick up the strawberry thief.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved it – it was perfect for me, like it was written simply with me in mind.
      Lynn 😀

  2. evelynreads1

    Great list! I just got an arc of turning darkness into light, so I’m really happy to see it on here, makes me even more excited to read it!


  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I love your all female list. Bone China looks like something I need to check out further. I keep meaning to read The Silent Companions but I’m saving it for December. For some reason, it seems like a winter read to me. I ADORED The Rules of Magic! Such a beautiful and well-written book!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved the Silent Companions and if possible The Corset (Poison Thread) was even better which makes me very excited to pick up Bone China.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I love your all female list! I would add Laura Purcell and Alice Hoffman as well. There are so many authors on my auto buy list, I would not be able to keep it to ten😊

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – it’s just impossible. I feel like I should make a long list of both male and female authors that I love.
      Lynn 😀

  5. confessionsofayareader

    This is a great list!

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Despite the mild disappointment with Behind Her Eyes, Pinborough would make the top of my list too… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, she has such a range of books and I just love her style.
      Lynn 😀

  7. PerfectlyTolerable

    Great list! I would be curious to see your full list! (both the males and females 😉 )I really only have 1 or 2 auto buy authors so I love seeing everyone else’s list s:D

    • @lynnsbooks

      I must have about 20 female authors that I automatically want as soon as I see them release anything. I should make a full list and also do the same thing for the males.
      Lynn 😀

  8. waytoofantasy

    I think Marie Brennan has become and auto-buy author for me as well. I think the others for me would be Vivian Shaw, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Becky Chambers. Great list! I really need to check out Sarah Pinborough.

    • @lynnsbooks

      So many great authors – i could have easily had 20 on here.
      Lynn 😀

  9. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I have only read Joanne Harris and as you know I am becoming a big fan. Sadly, I haven’t read any of your other authors, but there are many I want to e.g. Katherina Arden, Alice Hoffman and Laura Purcell. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think you would love Laura Purcell I really do – and Alice Hoffman.
      Lynn D

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