Wednesday 29 February 2012

Automatic Pre-orders

Happy World Book Day!!! I’m really curious to know which authors you would consider an "automatic pre-order" and so I thought it would be good to compare notes and maybe discover some authors you haven’t heard of or haven’t tried yet. What do I mean by automatic pre-orders? I mean, I’ll bet you have a list somewhere (even if it’s in your head) of authors you love so much, that you don’t even need to know what their next book is about, you just know that you NEED it.

My list was actually pretty short until I scanned my bookshelves and had a really good think about it and then WHAM, the list got a lot longer. So, without further ado here is my list of automatic pre-orders (in no particular order) and my justification for having them on the list. Be warned, there are 22 of them ;)

1. Lisa Desrochers

I *LOVE* Personal Demons and Original Sin with a passion, I mean it has to be one of my favourite book series. I can’t wait to read Last Rite and I know enough about Lisa’s writing style and intelligent sense of humour that makes me want to read ANYTHING this woman writes. Also, the smexy scenes? HOT DAMN. Nuff said.

2. Lauren Oliver

Lauren has the most beautiful writing style that is deep, thoughtful and often profound in nature and I really do connect with that. She writes intelligent stories that hook you right in and never let go. I no longer care what she writes; I just know I have to read it.

3. Maggie Stiefvater

One of my very favourite authors, I’ve read most of her books now and she never fails to entertain me. Tight writing, excellent plot delivery and unique ideas. Her last book was the best yet and personally, I think she just keeps getting better and better. Not to mention that she is HIGHLY ENTERTAINING in real life and the woman has some mad skills. This is one seriously talented lady.

4. Jennifer Armentrout

Jennifer has recently joined the list after I read her YA offerings and fell in love with her books. Jennifer is a really clever writer and knows how to give the reader EXACTLY what they want (or at least, it works for me!). Full of smexy times, lust, forbidden romance, this stuff really floats my boat and I’ve enjoyed everything she has written so far. I’m fast becoming a huge fan of this lady and she can’t get her books out quick enough for me ;)

5. Jennifer Echols

I heard someone say recently that “you cannot go wrong with a Jennifer Echols book”, and never has a truer word been spoken. I’m a huge fan of Jennifer’s and I just love her sweet, romantic stories. ALWAYS entertaining, she never disappoints and that’s why she’s on this list. I’m really looking forward to her next book which will be her first hardback offering! Go Jennifer!

6. Cassandra Clare

Do I really need to say anything more than The Mortal Instruments series? I loved every minute I’ve spent reading what’s been published so far and MAJOR KUDOS has to be given to her for creating Jace. Not only is he the hero everyone is in love with, he is the most complex character EVER and I’m in awe of her writing for that fact alone.

7. Josephine Angelini

I ADORED Starcrossed and cannot wait to get my grubby little hands* on Dreamless! Whilst Starcrossed is a debut novel, thus the only thing I’ve read from Josephine, I’m already confident that I will love what she writes. High praise indeed.

8. Rachel Hawkins

Rachel Hawkins is hilarious, both in real life and in her books. I’d read anything she wrote for that fact alone. It’s a bonus that her books just happen to be thoroughly entertaining and have a hot boy named Archer in them ;)

9. Ally Condie

I absolutely loved Matched and Crossed. Whilst Matched wasn’t her debut novel, it guaranteed that I will buy anything she writes now.

10. Andrea Cremer

I’m a huge fan of the Nightshade series and I’m not going to lie, the woman did piss me off severely with Bloodrose (if you’ve read it, you’ll know why) but I still love the book and want to read ANYTHING she writes. Fantastic characterisation, excellent smexy times and thoroughly entertaining. This is one of the strongest reactions I’ve had to a book EVER and I don’t want to talk about it anymore or I’ll get upset LOL but if you can invoke such a strong reaction? Then there's got to be something in that, right?

11. Lauren Destefano

Lauren has one of the best writing styles I’ve ever seen, she actually makes it look effortless, like it just flows from her veins, into her fingers and onto the page (via laptop obviously). I really enjoyed Wither and Fever and of course I can’t wait for book three! Even after that, based on her writing style, I don’t care what it is, I want to read it. I also secretly think Lauren is one cool chick and the kind of friend I would want to hang out with in real life.

12. Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh is the sweetest person in the entire world and I can vouch for this personally as I met her and gave her a hug. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also ridiculously talented and wrote arguably one of the most talked about books of last year. Her writing style is uniquely beautiful and I enjoyed her debut novel immensely.

13. Kimberly Derting

Admittedly, I am a bit late to the Kimberly Derting party but I absolutely loved The Pledge and I have it on good authority that her other books (which are sitting on the shelves) are also fantastic. I’ve seen enough to know that she’s a good writer and I like her style.

14. Cyn Balog

I’ve read two books from Cyn, one of which I beta read and it was AMAZING and so original (hopefully one day it will be published as I *NEED* to have it on my shelves). I’ve always enjoyed Cyn’s writing which is entertaining and her plots are usually just fabulous. Again, I no longer care what her books are about, I just know that I’d be a fool not to pre-order them.

15. Jennifer Laurens

I’ve been a fan of Jennifer Laurens for some time now every since I read her Heavenly series. I’ve also read some of her other stories such as Overprotected and Falling for Romeo and she never disappoints. I’d read anything this woman writes.

16. Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss is one of my favourite books ever and Lola and the Boy Next Door was also a fantastic read. She writes contemporary YA VERY well and I don’t care what she writes now, I just know I have to have it. Also, she has blue hair and that’s cool.

17. Veronica Roth

Another favourite book of mine is Divergent which I’ve been raving about since before its publication. I think this remains of the most impressive debut books I’ve ever seen and she even got my sister’s partner (who btw is a non reader) reading and he loved it! Insurgent is one of the most highly anticipated novels of 2012 and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I think Veronica is a really cool lady and I would read anything she publishes.

18. Myra McEntire

Myra is a sweetheart in real life and hilariously funny when she does her VLOG’s and this humour comes across in her books. I adore time travel novels and I loved her debut book Hourglass. I can’t wait to get my hands on Timepiece and because it’s Myra? Yep, I know I’d love anything she wrote.

19. Victoria Schwab

Victoria or V as I like to call her has a beautiful, lyrical writing style that suited The Near Witch (her debut novel) perfectly. She’s young, talented and thoughtful. I’m dying to read her next book The Archived and because I know how she is as an author (I follow her blog) I would definitely pick up any book she published without needing to know the premise.

20. Laini Taylor

I once wrote that I would like to live in Laini Taylor’s brain and I mean that. This lady has the best imagination ever and whilst it would be scary perhaps, it would certainly be entertaining. I’ve read Lips Touch and more recently The Daughter of Smoke and Bone which was amazing. For sheer curiosity of what will sprout from her wonderful brain next, I would absolutely pick up whatever book she publishes next. And also, she has pink hair and not everyone can pull that off.

21. Shannon Delany

Shannon Delany is in my opinion the queen of description. I remember reading her debut novel and reading passages aloud because of how beautifully descriptive they were. She writes a good story and I get lost in her books therefore securing her place quite comfortably on this ever growing list.

22. Angie Frazier

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed Everlasting as well as its subsequent sequel and how GUTTED I was that Scholastic did not pick up the last book (I haven’t given up hope). I really enjoy Angie’s writing and her adventurous spirit (we’re both fans of Indiana Jones style adventures) and so I know that I will read anything Angie writes as long as it’s YA.

There are lots of other authors that I love but I wouldn’t necessarily put them into this category quite yet. There are also lots of authors that I have yet to discover in way of their book isn’t out yet, I haven’t read any of their books yet or I’m just not quite sure and would need to look at what the book is about before ordering. In case you missed it, that was my way of trying not to offend anyone who wasn’t on the list, most likely I haven’t gotten to your books yet! For example, I have a feeling that I’m really going to love Sarah Rees Brennan’s books but I just haven’t gotten round to reading them yet which yes, I know, I really need to! So, over to you. Tell me, who's on YOUR automatic pre-order list and why?

* My hands are actually really clean.


  1. Great post! I would say John Green, Lauren Kate and Sara Shepard are my "automatic pre-order" authors. :)

    1. Awesome, thanks for commenting! I really need to get round to reading a John Green book!

  2. Great post! My list is much shorter: Lauren Oliver, Jennifer Estep, Kim Harrison, and Dean Koontz are the authors I'll automatically pre-order.

    1. Thanks for your comment, I need to read some Jennifer Estep!

  3. Great list :D My "automatic pre-orders" would be: John Green, Maggie Stiefvater, Derek Landy, Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, Stephanie Perkins and Robison Wells. They all write amazing books!

    1. Thanks for commenting Debbie, you've just reminded me that I have Variant by Robison Wells that I still need to read!

  4. Great post! Mine would be... Michelle Paver, Veronica Roth, Anthony Horowitz, Pittacus Lore and L.A. Weatherly.

    1. Thanks for commenting Ryan, I really need to try Michelle Paver especially after you raved over her new one!!

  5. Wow, you have loads! Mine would be Sarah Dessen, Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Stephanie Perkins, John Green, Sarra Manning, Julie Kagawa, Maggie Stiefvater and Paige Toon (a UK adult author). Way more than I thought, actually...

    1. See? When you really think about it, there are more than you realise ;) Thanks for commenting!

  6. The one author who's books I'll pre-order without fail are Jim Butcher's.

    I've read Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel and absolutely loved it. I hope to pick up Clockwork Prince soon. I really should get around to her Mortal Instruments series.

    1. Thanks for your comment, I'm going to have to look up Jim Butcher. Oh my goodness, please read The Mortal instruments series as it's so, so good!

  7. Great post! I probably have hundreds but most definitely Jk Rowling, Nick Hornby, Keris Stainton, Zoe Marriott and Cat Clarke... Those three are obviously authors I talk to a lot on twitter but I will never fail to buy their books, there will be more I'm sure!

  8. What a great post Lyns - I agree with most of them ;D