Top 10 Authors on My Auto-Buy List

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Top 10 Authors on My Auto-Buy List


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

As readers we all have our personal preferences.

You read one book by one author that you’ve never had the privilege of reading before and you fall in love with his or her ability to write beautifully and still tell a compelling story. And then you dabble into another title work by the same author just to see if they can pull it off again—and much to your delighted surprise, they not only meet your expectations, but go beyond them—and that’s it, you’re hooked. You go, read, and purchase almost every title by the same author because he or she has gained your trust.

After your personal library is built on a steady foundation of authors you readily enjoy reading, you commit yourself as a starstruck admirer, a loyal reader and fan of that particular author’s works because in your mind, you’ve already been touched by the talent of this literary guru that speaks to you both in a personal and universal way.

Does this sound familiar to you? Do you have authors that you know won’t disappoint your literary taste buds? Authors that you’re willing to spend 85% of your book budget for? Authors you’re willing to stand in line for to meet, and greet, and possibly get an autograph or photo?

I have a few authors that I return to often in full trust of their literary giftedness and depth as storytellers. Others that I love for their fantastic imagination or wonderful art of honesty that reflects a true image of who we are, both in dialogue and compulsion. Others I love because their wit and take on the world simply makes me laugh from my gut.

Here are my top 10 authors on my auto-buy (and auto-love) list:


1. Margaret Atwood / Elizabeth Hay

Margaret Atwood

  Elizabeth Hay



2. Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden



3. Jhumpa Lahiri

jhumpa lahiri



4. Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini



5. Damon Galgut

damon galgut



6. Mark Strand

mark strand



7. Don Delillo

don delillo



8. Johanna Skibsrud

johanna skibsrud



9. G. Willow Wilson

g willow wilson



10. Barbara Gowdy

barbara gowdy


For those of you who may not be familiar with these authors, I highly recommend them. Pick up any one of their books and I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Their writing is clean, clear, and exquisitely told. These are wonderful storytellers and poets capable of creating characters that will move you, stories that will compel you, expose controversies that will call you to action and rethink your presumptions, and ultimately showcase truths that reflect the deepest and sometimes simplest parts of the human condition.


Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish blog for hosting this popular, weekly meme.


Who of these writers are you familiar with?

Who of these writers have you not yet read, but would like to?

Who’s on your Top 10 Authors Auto-Buy List?


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