It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday challenge from the Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s list: authors whose works I buy as soon as they’re published, no matter what – regardless of genre, topic, or format.
As a starving university student, I’ve massively cut down on the number of books I buy. On the other hand, there will always be few authors I’ll always have a soft spot for – and you’ll find their new books on my shelf as soon as I can get my hands on them. For this top ten I’ve only listed six – because that’s the honest truth. I’m a pretty heavy library user (uh, it’s a bookstore where you don’t have to pay for the books) but these are the authors I consistently pre-order as soon as I discover a new book is coming out – library waitlists be damned.
David Mitchell is the author of Cloud Atlas and most recently The Bone Clocks. He creates narratives that are mind-bending and masterfully twisty through and through.
Douglas Coupland first hit it out of the park with Generation X and has just kept on doing it. I own every single one of his novels and a fair few of his nonfiction works as well.
Chuck Palahniuk is the master behind Fight Club and so many more. I just picked up Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread from the library and I’m mega excited to dive into it.
Lev Grossman is best known for The Magicians trilogy (which, super exciting sidenote, is appearing as a TV series on SyFy in 2016). He has a quirky, irreverent voice that I can’t get enough of.
I automatically buy everything Murakami publishes – which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Last year I struck out with Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, but hit a home run with The Strange Library.
No matter which way you look at it, Margaret Atwood is a powerhouse of Canadian literature – and one of my all-time favourite authors. Oryx and Crake is a masterpiece, Cat’s Eye is a masterpiece – I could go on.