Do you ever find yourself reading a book just because a certain author wrote it? Whether it’s their writing style, ability to create the most relatable characters, or the insane plot twists that leave you reeling, you just can’t stop yourself from picking up their latest and greatest as soon as it’s released. I can totally relate, so I thought I’d share my current list of auto-buy authors with you all today!
Jennifer L. Armentrout
There’s no way JLA wouldn’t make this list, considering she’s the writer who got me into reading. I marathoned the entire Convenant series in less than a week, and from then on I was hooked on her writing style, characters, and the terrible (but also fabulous) cliffhangers she manages to throw readers at the end of so many of her books. I’m definitely a JLA superfan, and it’s likely if you ever ask me for a book recommendation, there’s a solid 98% chance I’m going to recommend one of her books to you if you haven’t read anything by her before– you’re welcome.
One of the things I love so much about Ryan Graudin’s writing is that there really is something in each of her works for everyone. She’s hit on time travel, motorcycle racing, and her books almost always have a little dash of history thrown into her fantastical worlds. Regardless of which book of hers you pick up, one thing’s for sure: in addition to having unique overall concepts, Graudin’s execution of said concepts in each of her books is always spot on and keeps the reader on their toes from beginning to end.
Huntley Fitzpatrick writes hard-hitting, emotional story lines for her characters to walk through while simultaneous creating these characters with some of the most charismatic personalities I think I’ve ever seen in YA contemporaries. There’s just something about the combination of the two that manages to lure me in every time. I can still remember My Life Next Door in vivid detail, and it’s almost always my go-to when someone asks me for a contemporary recommendation. So, even though you aren’t asking, give this book a try if you haven’t read it yet, and if you love it, then definitely check out some of Fitzpatrick’s other masterpieces!
I forget how much I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing until I pick up her latest releases (with the exception of Six of Crows duology because it still has me SHOOK years after I read it). In the moment, I love the adventures she takes her readers on, and the characters always have such unique voices and distinct backgrounds that influence how they became the way they are. And when the next book in the series comes out at least a year later, I somehow manage to know as soon as I start reading the newest book exactly where the previous one left off, no matter how long ago I read it, with all the smaller details falling into place shortly after. Pretty amazing, right? Yeah, that’s why she made this auto-buy author list– her stories stick with you.
There’s something just so sweet and charming about all of Morgan Matson’s books that keep me coming back for more. In addition to the romantic components, there’s always some kind of family and/or friendship dynamic at the forefront of all her stories. There’s also usually at least one super cute pet involved, which is totally an added bonus for all the animal lover (like myself) out there!
If you need a good laugh, Mackenzi Lee’s books are the way to go, let me tell ya! Her writing style is so quirky and fun, and the dialogue she creates between her flawed characters is hilarious (and kind of inappropriate at times, but I love it!). I have no idea how she does it while simultaneously targeting key social issues, but because of all these things, I will forever be picking up her books!
This author is actually a recent addition to my auto-buy list! I received an advanced reader copy of her latest publication, Serious Moonlight, and since then, I’ve purchased her other two books and really enjoyed them. I love contemporary romances that have unique concepts and other elements that make them stand out from the crowd, and Jenn Bennett is now my go-to when I need to spice up my reading in this genre.
Sarah J. Maas
I can honestly say that there hasn’t been one book written by Sarah J. Maas that I’ve haven’t loved, even when she’s breaking my heart into teeny tiny little pieces and continually plotting how to do so over and over again every time she sits down to write. Don’t let that deter you from reading her books, though– I swear they’re so good and it’s totally worth it every time! Her world-building is off the Richter amazing and you can’t help but love each and every one of her characters (or, in some cases, love to hate them!).