Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Autobuy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens! This week’s topic is “top ten authors I’d put on my auto-buy list.” I had a little bit of a hard time with this. There’s three or four that I would buy without even reading what it’s about. So I really had to think about this, with all the authors I read here’s my end result:

1) John Green – He’s my all time favorite author. If you haven’t read any of his books I suggest Looking for Alaska or The Fault in Our Stars. They’re two of my favorite books. He’s also written Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He’s definitely on my autobuy list for the sole reason that while reading a book written by him I laugh, I cry, I get angry, I feel everything that the main character feels and that’s amazing to me.

2) Jason Myers – I own all of the books he’s written. Exit Here, The Mission, Dead End, and Run the Game. Jason Myers is on my autobuy list because once I pick up one of his books, I can’t put it down until the book ends.

3) Ellen Hopkins – Have you ever read anything by Ellen Hopkins? If yes, then I don’t even need to explain why she’s on this list. If not, I suggest you do this immediately. Identical is my favorite with Burned as a close second. Her books are unique in almost every way. How they’re written, what they’re about. She writes about the struggles that actual people go through and makes it known that there’s help out there.

4) Richelle Mead – I’m putting Richelle Mead on this list because she’s another favorite of mine. I was hooked from when I first read Vampire Academy, then she came out with Bloodlines and I was just as easily hooked. Her story is original and her characters are amazing. She’s another author you should look into reading if you haven’t already.

5) Nicholas Sparks – I have a weakness for really sappy romance novels, so Nicholas Sparks obviously has to be included in this. His books are always so cute and funny. His book, The Rescue is on my list of favorites. Although it wouldn’t be at the top of my list to buy his new book I would definitely make sure I bought it eventually.

6) Susan Elizabeth Phillips – By far my favorite romance author. When I read a book by her I’m giggling throughout most of the book. Though her books generally have a predictable story line (girl meets boy, falls in love, he doesn’t want her, she gets in some dangerous situation, he realizes he loves her, they live happily ever after) I still consider her one of my favorites.

7) Nora Roberts – She’s written a crazy amount of books. I definitely haven’t read all of them, but everyone that I have read has been an amazing read. Nora Robert’s is a phenomenal writer and she’s on this list because I’ve never read a book by her that I didn’t absolutely love.

8) Janet Evanovich – Mostly known for her books The Stephanie Plum Series, Janet Evanovich is another favorite. She’s written a few other series’ as well as a few stand alone novels. I’ve read almost every single one of her books. Her books are part of the reason I love reading so much, along with the next author on this list.

9) Iris Johanson – Her book The Ugly Duckling is the book that made me want to read. I will always read Iris Johanson for this reason. Although, I can admit I’ve been slacking on reading her books, I’m going to try to catch up on all those that I haven’t read yet. And eventually I’ll own all her books and add to the ten or eleven I already own.

10) James Patterson – Whether I’m reading any of his young adult books, like The Maximum Ride series, or one of his adult mystery novels like, The Woman’s Murder Club series, I’m hooked. James Patterson is a wonderful writer and I’d buy his book without reading what it’s about just because I already know I’m going to love it.

These authors are all among my favorites, part of the reason they’re even on this list.
Who’s on your list?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Goodreads summary:Six unforgettable kids—with no families, no homes—are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that’s just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don’t know where they come from, who’s hunting them, why they are different from all other humans… and if they’re meant to save mankind—or destroy it.
Dearest Readers,
So, since we just started our blog, we figured we’d do a few reviews of some of the series’ we’ve read recently. Ready… Set… GO!
For my first post, I want to talk about a series that I ABSOLUTELY fucking loved. The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. There’s eight books: The Angel Experiment, School’s Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, The Final Warning, Max, Fang, Angel, and Nevermore.
These books are amazing. I read the entire series in about a week. I got the first three from the library and went through them like fucking water, then proceeded to harass Amanda for most of a day until she gave me the rest of them. (She took much longer than I thought was necessary.)
My favorite thing about these books was how the six main characters were raised in a science lab as experiments and after they escaped, they lived by themselves, learning about the world through TV, internet, and books. I think Patterson did a fantastic job of showing how awkward and out of place the characters feel around other people. As the series progresses, you see them grow and learn about other people and the world in general but they always have that sense that they don’t belong. I also think he did a good job of showing how even though the six children (ages 7-14) are trying to save the world, they’re still very young and in a lot of respects want and think the same things other children their ages want and think.
I also loved the familial relationship between them. Only two of the kids are actually related, but they’ve all spent their entire lives together. They’ve grown up together, fought together, almost died together. And although they disagree and fight as siblings tend to do, you never lose the feeling that they’re a family and take care of each other. These books are funny, bad-ass, suspenseful, fucking infuriating, and a little bit romantic. I definitely consider it one of my new favorite series and strongly advise whoever’s reading this to go get these books as quickly as physically possible.
-Antonia