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Do you have a list of auto-buy authors?
Do you have books by your auto-buy authors on your physical or virtual bookshelves?
Keep reading to discover my definition of an auto-buy author and join the discussion!

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What is an Auto-Buy Author?

Some readers think of “auto-buy” authors in the literal sense of buying books.

These are the authors that I might preorder their books, add their newest title to my TBR without pouring over reviews, automatically request an ARC (advance reader’s copy) and cry when I don’t get it, and place a library hold. I’m more likely to reread a book by an auto-buy author. I don’t BUY that many books. However, if I were buying a book, it would likely be one from my list of trusted authors. My kindle is loaded with books by my auto-buy authors.

What defines a trusted author? For me, these are authors whose work I’ve most appreciated and connected with. Book after book, these authors meet my expectations and our literary tastes closely match. Trusted authors become auto-buy authors.

Practical uses of a trusted author list.

  • the thrill of anticipation (scouting out the date of the new release and marking it on your calendar)
  • managing expectations (no surprises)
  • reading project (read the author’s backlist titles)
  • recommendations and gift giving (a trusted authors list is frequently my source)
  • curating a list (it’s a thrill in itself, amirite?)

My List of Trusted or Auto-Buy Authors

This list is comprised of FICTION authors. I have another one for Nonfiction.

*no particular order
**authors qualify for my list with a minimum of 2 stand out reads
***this list is fluid and authors can be dropped (e.g Louise Penny was once on this list but lately she’s a bit hit or miss)

Titles are links to my reviews which contain Amazon affiliate links.

I’m a Backman “completest” and I’m always eager to see where his creative and thoughtful writing will take me.
The Deal of a Lifetime (novella)
Anxious People
Beartown and Us Against You (Beartown #1 & #2)
The Winners (Beartown #3)
Things My Son Needs to Know About the World
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer (novella)
A Man Called Ove (read but not reviewed)
Britt-Marie Was Here (read but not reviewed)
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry (read but not reviewed)

I’m a Sepetys completest and love her YA historical fiction that crosses over nicely to adult.
I Must Betray You
Salt to the Sea (read but not reviewed)
Between Shades of Gray (read but not fully reviewed)
The Fountains of Silence
Out of the Easy

Kreger writes thought-provoking literary fiction. He also has a popular mystery series which I haven’t read.
This Tender Land
Ordinary Grace (my favorite of his)
The Levee (short story, read but not reviewed)

Albom writes thoughtful stories with just the right amount of whimsy.
The Stranger in the Lifeboat
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
Finding Chika (memoir)
The Little Liar (new release, WWII content, review coming soon)
Tuesdays With Morrie, For One More Day, The Time Keeper (all read but not reviewed)

Robinson writes thought-provoking literary fiction.
Gilead (and the other 3 of the 4 book series which I’ve read but not reviewed)

I’m declaring Quinn the queen of historical fiction!
The Rose Code
The Huntress
The Alice Network
Ribbons of Scarlet (collaboration)
Signal Moon
The Diamond Eye (read but not reviewed)

Meissner writes thoughtful historical fiction.
The Nature of Fragile Things (my favorite of hers)
A Fall of Marigolds (my fav until Fragile Things replaced it)
As Bright as Heaven (this rounds out my top three)
When We Had Wings (coauthored with Ariel Lawhon)
The Last Year of the War
Only the Beautiful, The Shape of Mercy, Secrets of a Charmed Life (all read but not reviewed….Meissner has an extensive backlist)

Fans of quirky characters and lovely prose will appreciate these stories!
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (Harold #2)
Maureen (Harold #3)
The Music Shop
Miss Benson’s Beetle

I appreciate their well-written and well-researched histfic stories.
America’s First Daughter (Dray and Kamoie)
My Dear Hamilton (Dray and Kamoie)
Becoming Madam Secretary (Dray)
The Women of Chateau Lafayette (Dray)
Ribbons of Scarlet (Dray and Kamoie plus others)

I’m an Ackerman completest and she is known for historical fiction/women’s fiction set in Hawaii.
Radar Girls (my fav)
The Lieutenant’s Nurse
The Uncharted Flight of Olivia West (review coming soon)
The Codebreaker’s Secret
Red Sky Over Hawaii

Ryan re-secured a spot on my trusted authors list with her recent books (The Spies of Shilling Lane was too far-fetched for my taste).
The Kitchen Front
The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle
The Underground Library (review coming soon)
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and The Spies of Shilling Lane (read but not reviewed)

This author’s books strike a perfect balance between women’s fiction and historical fiction. They throw a spotlight on the home front during WWII. (.profanity-free and closed-door sweet romance) Lovely reads.
Christmas at the Wartime Bookshop (The Wartime Bookshop #1 and Land Girls at the Wartime Bookshop #2; all read but not reviewed)
The Orphan Twins, The Brighton Guest House Girls, and The Wartime Singers (all read but not reviewed)

These authors sometimes write as a duo but I enjoy their individual work as well (historical fiction).
The Last Lifeboat (Gaynor)
The Next Ship Home (Webb)
The Last Christmas in Paris (Gaynor and Webb)
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter (Gaynor)
Meet Me in Monaco (Gaynor and Webb)
Three Words for Goodbye (Gaynor and Webb)
Ribbons of Scarlet (Webb is one of the contributors)

This author convinced me to give scifi a try!
Project Hail Mary (audio format…trust me!)
The Martian (read but not reviewed)

See is well-known for compelling historical fiction/women’s fiction.
Lady Tan’s Circle of Women
The Island of Sea Women
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Land

This author duo is new and I love their work so far!
The Personal Librarian (Benedict and Murray)
The First Ladies (Benedict and Murray)
Lady Clementine (Benedict)


Do you have an “auto-buy” authors list?
Do we share any “auto-buy” authors?

 I’m linking up with Deb @ Deb’s World, Sue @ Women Living Well After 50, Donna @ Retirement Reflections, and Jo @ And Anyways… for the November installment of #WhatsOnYourBookShelfChallenge.

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  1. I don’t know Backman or Kreger. Will have to investigate those. Definitely with you on Marilynne Robinson. I hope she will write some more – I’m not sure how old she is.

  2. Fascinating post, Carol. Even when I love an author (e.g. Bill Bryson, Fredrik Backman) I still tend to not read everything that they publish. My reason as always is — so many books, never enough time. I also love diversity and trying new things. And, until recently I was in five different bookclubs which mostly dictated what I read.
    Authors exempt from this rule are: Joanne Tracey and Jill Weatherholt. I have read every book that both of these authors have published and I continue to do so! I highly recommend them. <3

  3. For me it’s Jill Mansell, Karen Swan, Milly Johnson and Jenny Colgan. I do, however, love Kate Quinn and Jennifer Ryan too. Thanks for linking up with us.

  4. What a great way to think about reading favourite authors Carol, I hadn’t heard the term auto-buy author before. I would say one of mine would be Joanne Tracey, as Donna mentioned above, Elly Griffiths and Geraldine Brooks. I like a variety of authors and genres and really appreciate your efforts in letting us know your auto-buy authors. Thanks to for sharing with us for #WOYBS.

  5. Hi Carol, this was a wonderful post on a topic I had never really thought about – and a new term auto-buy authors. Thanks for sharing your impressive list, I would say mine would include Joanne Tracey (as Donna mentions in her comment), Geraldine Brooks, and Elly Griffiths. I enjoy a wide range of authors and genres as you do! Kate Quinn is another great one. Thanks for joining us for #WOYBS this month.

  6. I like your distinction about not necessarily buying auto-buy bothers but wanting to read what we can get our hands on! Some of my top ones are Ted Dekker (but not his horror), Robin Jones Gunn and Suzanne Woods Fisher.

  7. Great post, Carol. I have read and enjoyed almost all of the authors you have listed above. I have an extensive list of auto-read authors and could never come up with a list. A couple are Jessica Redland, Sarah Morgan, Elin Hilderbrand, Amanda Flower, Robert Bryndza, David Baldacci and many more.

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