Top 5 Wednesday – Auto-Buy SFF Authors

“Top 5 Wednesday” is a weekly meme currently hosted on Goodreads by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes, where you list your top 5 for the week’s chosen topic. This week’s theme is: your auto-buy authors that write SFF.

I used to buy a lot of books on their release date without reading samples or consulting reviews. But I racked up enough buyer’s remorse to be a lot pickier about them nowadays. The following are authors whose books I’ll not only auto-buy, but buy (sometimes multiple) physical copies of.

1. Pat Rothfuss

Pat Rothfuss
Pat has only published two novels and The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle (which is an…experience and a category in itself) in the past 10 years, which might be considered low compared to some on this list. But his writing style makes my brain cells do happy little jigs. There are so few epic fantasies that laud such lyrical prose while still being entertaining and addicting–like vegetables and junk food all in one–so his books are always a must-buy.

2. N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

Jemisin never fails to bring something different and important to fantasy with each book that she writes–an Egyptian-inspired setting, bi/pan-sexual gods, a mostly PoC cast, polyamory, and plots that brim with righteous anger. Her books remind me just why I love this genre so much.

3. Patrick Ness

Another Patrick! Ness’ SFF stories never fail to be unique and/or emotionally gutwrenching. I read through the Chaos Walking trilogy more times than I could count and his work has only gotten better and better.

4. Seth Dickinson

Seth Dickinson
Okay, so the guy has published one book to date (with a second coming in Fall), but The Traitor Baru Cormorant whisked me up to the highest of heavens, smiled, and dropped me like sack of rocks. Years later, I’m still rummaging on the ground, trying to pick up the pieces of my body. If that’s not a great first impression, I don’t know what is. I’ll buy anything that Seth writes.

5. Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb portrait

And, of course, the Queen of Fantasy. I dream of one day writing a book that contains even 1% of the magic that her stories have. If tomorrow Robin Hobb decides that she wants to write Dickensian erotica starring anthropomorphic animals, I will support her all the way and smash the pre-order button to smithereens. Because Hobb at her worst is better than many at their best.



And there you have it! Do you see any of your favourites featured on the list? And tell me some of your auto-buy authors!


15 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday – Auto-Buy SFF Authors

    • Kathy @PBTVS says:

      I like it less than The Wise Man’s Fear, but it’s still a pretty great (and addicting) read! I love the writing and the languid atmosphere Pat creates. He talks a lot about grief and music and nails them both so beautifully. Kvothe is a…bit of a hard character to like. I know a lot of people quit the book because they found him so arrogant, but I’m okay with him for the most part (the supporting characters really great, though).

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  1. Lindsi says:

    I haven’t read anything by these authors, but I am going to leave her and find them on Goodreads… I love good recs, and these are auto-buys for a reason, right?

    Jenn Bennett is an auto-buy for me. Melissa Marr, Marissa Meyer, Jeri Smith-Ready, Julie Kagawa… those are just off the top of my head!

    Do You Dog-ear?


  2. Anna @MyBookishDream says:

    I adore Patrick Ness as well, especially his Chaos Walking trilogy. I really wanted to put him on my list as well! I haven’t read anything by the other authors you mentioned, but I really want to pick up books by Rothfuss, Jemisin and Hobb. I have heard nothing but amazing things about their books. Great list! 😀

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