T5W: My Auto-Buy SFF Authors

Hi! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This week’s theme is: Auto-Buy SFF Authors. Narrowing this down to only 5 felt impossible, unnecessary and cruel – so we’re having a top 6 today! The more authors to gush over the better, right?


6. Nnedi Okorafor


Nned Okorafor’s a Nigerian author who writes both science-fiction and fantasy. Not all her books have been 5 star reads for me, but they’ve all been such unique and interesting reading experiences that I know I’ll want to check out anything she publishes in the future. So far I’ve read 5 of her novels including: Akata Witch, a YA fantasy about an Nigerian albino girl who discovers she has magical powers; Lagoon, an adult sci-fi novel about three strangers who are brought together when aliens invade Lagos and Binti, the first novella in a sci-fi trilogy about Binti, a girl who becomes the first of her people to leave her home planet and attend an intergalactic university.

On my TBR: Who Fears DeathZahrah the Windseeker and The Night Masquerade.

5. Maggie Stiefvater


I’ve read seven of Maggie Stiefvater’s books including: The Raven Cycle, a paranormal quartet about a girl who’s been told by her psychic family members that if she kisses her true love – he’ll die and the group of private school boys, known as Raven Boys, she befriends; All the Crooked Saints, a fantasy book about a family with the power to preform strange miracles and the pilgrims who seek them out in their small desert community and Shiver, the first book in a paranormal romance quartet about a girl named Grace who falls in love with a boy who turns into a wolf every winter.

On my TBR: The Scorpio Races, Forever and Sinner.

4. Roshani Chokshi


I love books based on myths and legends, and Roshani Chokshi’s books inspired by Hindu myths are the most fascinating and imaginative one I’ve read. I’ve read two of her novels: The Star-Touched Queen, a YA fantasy about a girl, Maya, who’s horoscope promises a marriage of death and destruction, and the companion novel A Crown of Wishes, which follows Maya’s sister as she’s forced to partner with an enemy prince and compete in the Tournament of Wishes.

On my TBR: Aru Shah and the End of TimeStar-Touched Stories (August 7th, 2018) and The Gilded Wolves (2019)

3. Katherine Arden


Katherine Arden’s debut novel is my favorite book of all time, so of course she deserves a spot on this list. She’s only published two books so far and I’ve read both: her Russian fairy-tale inspired debut, The Bear and the Nightingale and it’s sequel, The Girl in the Tower. Her books are the perfect mix of fairy-tale and historical fiction, with a rich, wintery atmosphere.

On my TBRThe Winter of the Witch (August 14th, 2018) and Small Spaces (September 25th, 2018)

2. Laini Taylor

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I adore Laini Taylor’s lyrical writing style, multilayered characters and opulent world-building. I’ve read seven of her books including: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a YA fantasy trilogy set in Prague about a war between chimera and seraphim and the blue haired art-student with a mysterious past who’s caught up in it; Strange the Dreamer, the first book in a YA fantasy series about a librarian and dreamer who get to travel to the mythical city of Weep and help untangle it’s mysteries; Blackbringer, a YA fantasy book about a tiny faerie who hunts down devils with her faithful pack of crows and Lips Touch: Three Times, a collection of three magical stories in which a kiss is not simply a kiss, but a catalyst for change.

On my TBR: Muse of Nightmares (October 2nd, 2018)

1. Catherynne M. Valente


Catherynne M. Valente is by far my most read author, with 14 books (!!!) on my read shelf. What makes her books so special to me is her beautiful prose, magical worlds and unique story-telling techniques, not two of her books feel the same and yet they’re all so distinctly hers. Some of my favorites are: The Fairyland Series, a 5-book middle grade series about a girl named September and her adventures in Fairyland; Deathless, a mix of adult fantasy and historical fiction inspired by Russian mythology about a girl who sees things other people don’t; Radiance, an alt-history space opera, in which humans have colonized the solar system, about a female director who’s gone missing on Venus and In the Night Garden, the first book in a duology of interweaving tales inspired by One Thousand and One Nights.

On my TBR: The Glass Town Game and Space Opera.

Honorable mentions (Authors I’ve only read one book by, but who’s new releases will definitley be added to my tbr): Rin Chupeco, Zoraida Córdova, Stephanie Garber, Heather Fawcett, Aditi Khorana and Lana Popović.

Have you read any books by any of the authors on my list? What did you think of them? And who are your auto-buy authors?

47 thoughts on “T5W: My Auto-Buy SFF Authors

    1. I’m very excited to try some Margo Lanagan. I have a feeling it’ll be love at first read 🙂 I’m just waiting for my copy of Tender Morsels to arrive! Ahhh yes, you need some Taylor, Arden and Valente in your life. Their books are all wonderfully strange and magical.

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  1. …I forgot Roshani Chokshi. I haven’t read Aru Shah because I’m behind on new releases, but she has been an auto-buy author for me since A Crown of Wishes. And I can’t wait for Star-Touched Stories, I miss that world!
    I haven’t read All the Crooked Saints and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, but I’ve loved all I read by her (especially the Scorpio Races, because it had really creepy horses and I really like creepy horses).

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    1. I haven’t read it yet either, but it’s high on my tbr! I know say that about all the books I haven’t read yet, but I really mean it about this one. I’m really excited to read the Scorpio Races, and even more now that I know there’s creepy horses for some weird reason. (I blame Roshani Chokshi.) I loved All the Crooked Saints because it’s so outrageously weird and drenched in atmosphere. I’m not as in love with Shiver, but it’s Maggie Stiefvater so I’m still gonna read it, cause duh.

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      1. It’s one I really want to get to too (I usually don’t reach for middle grade, but I’ll make an exception for this and Dragon Pearl), but no time.
        And unlike Kamala from TSTQ, the creepy, flesh-eating horses from The Scorpio Races do not talk, they just eat people, but it’s great anyway.

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  2. Almost every book you mentioned are on my TBR! I’m currently reading Aru Shah and I’m enjoying it so far! It’s actually based on Hindu Mythology and not on Indian Mythology.

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    1. Then you have some wonderful books to look forward too, I hope you love them all as much as I did 🙂 Oh sorry, my bad – I should’ve read the synopsis closer! Thanks for letting me know!


      1. Yes, I have! It was one of the strangest things I’ve ever read and I loved that! I agree, it definitley has her signature. All her books have this really cool dreamlike atmosphere where you feel like anything could happen 🙂

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  3. I will get to Akata Witch soon! Honestly so excited for that one! I love Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle and The Scorpio Races, but I didn’t enjoy All The Crooked Saints as much. The Bear and the Nightingale is still on my TBR and I plan to start DOSAB soon! An autobuy author for me would be Victoria Schwab!

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    1. Akata Witch is awsome, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I’m one of the few people who actually loved All the Crooked Saints, it was just so weird and atmospheric. The Raven Cycle is still my favorite though and I’m very excited to read The Scorpio Race! I’ve only read one book by Victoria Schwab so far, but I loved it, so hopefully I’ll get to read more of hers soon 🙂

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  4. I LOVE Roshani Chokshi, she is on my list as well 💗 I just love her beautiful writing style and her characters, I really have to finally get around to reading A Crown of Wishes 😱 I definitely have to read The Bear and the Nightingale, because everyone has been gushing about it!

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    1. She’s a wonderful writer, she just creates such magical worlds and stories. I love her 💕 Yes, you need to read Crown of Wishes! It’s so good! So it The Bear and the Nightingale. I hope you love them both as much as I did! 🙂

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  5. I love Maggie Stiefvater as well, but ever since The Raven King I kind of lost interest in her other books! What did you think of All the Crooked Saints in comparison to her other novels?

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    1. I loved All the Crooked Saints, but it’s definitely not for everyone. It’s quite different from her other books and very, very strange. It’s also written in a pretty detached way, almost like a fable or fairytale, so I didn’t connect with the characters the way I did in The Raven Cycle. If you like weird books, I’d totally recommend it, if you don’t, I probably wouldn’t 🙂

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  6. I am so excited to read the sequel to the bear and the nightingale, but I’m still so salty because I didn’t get the beautiful cover with the house on it. I got some other random cover which isn’t as nice D:

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  7. I’ve heard about all of these authors except for Valente – but her books sound REALLY COOL! Great list! Love the mention of Stiefvater – she’s a favorite of mine 🙂

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