Top Five Wednesday: Auto-Buy Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors

In honor of the Booktube SFF awards, today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about the sci-fi & fantasy authors whose books I must have in my hands the day they’re published. For the most part, I do buy all of the following author’s books, but your girl likes to save money and support her community by using the library. So while some books may not grace my shelves at home, they still hold a special place in my heart (and in the on-hold section of my library account).

Sarah J. Maas – I appreciate Sarah J. Maas’s writing so much because Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses really opened me up to reading both YA and adult fantasy. While I’m debating if I’m going to borrow Catwoman: Soulstealer from the library or buy a copy (I think finding a signed edition will influence my decision), I own copies of all of SJM’s books—her books are slowly, but surely turning my top bookshelf into its own.


Marie Lu – I am here for whatever Marie Lu writes, and my love for her writing is well-known in my family. My mom cried for me when Marie gave me an ARC of Warcross in her regular signing line at Book Con last year, and I even got my non-reader of a dad to follow her on Twitter (I am well-prepared for the Wildcard cover reveal to drop). I just need the graphic novel version of Champion to finish my collection of her existing books.

Marissa Meyer- The gorgeousenss that are Marissa Meyer’s book covers may or may not influence my decision to buy them all. I would love to find an Owlcrate edition of Heartless with its white cover, and the only reason why my Lunar Chronicles books are a mix of hardbacks and paperbacks was due to my impatience for the Winter and Stars Above paperbacks to come out. The only Marissa Meyer books that I currently don’t own are the Wires and Nerve graphic novels. I’d love to see them come out in a box set in the future.


While I love and support many SFF authors, I’d thought it would be fun to share some authors who I could see myself adding to my auto-buy list:

Katharine Arden- I loved Katharine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale because it was such a unique fantasy story with a lot of emphasis on folklore. I’m really looking forward to picking up the next two books in the Winternight trilogy this summer, and I can  see myself highly anticipating Katharine Arden’s future work.

Leigh Bardugo- I’m sure many of you are screaming at me through your screens right now (the Internet is great for at least one thing!) that Leigh Bardugo is not listed above. I obviously love the Six of Crows duology and I enjoyed Wonder Woman: Warbringer, but I feel like I can’t consider Leigh as an auto-buy author for the time being because I still haven’t read the Grisha Verse trilogy. I used to have no intention in reading Shadow and Bone and I know it has mixed reviews, but with King of Scars on the way and knowing that Leigh’s writing has grown, I’m going to give it a chance and borrow the trilogy from the library. Depending on my reaction, I’ll then be able to decide if I need to buy all of her books immediately. Six of Crows will surely find a way to my shelves one day and the Grisha paperback covers are too tempting.


Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

I love how many incredible female SFF authors there are! Who are some of your favorite SFF writers?? Share in the comments!

8 thoughts on “Top Five Wednesday: Auto-Buy Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors

  1. Leigh Bardugo is definitely an auto-buy author for me. I enjoyed the Shadow and Bone trilogy the least out of all her books, but I did still like it and I’m so so hype for King of Scars! I’ve only read 2 Marie Lu books, so I can’t say much about that, but I could definitely see it. With Marissa Meyer, I loved TLC but Heartless and Renegades not as much, so I’m not sure on that.

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    • I haven’t read Renegades yet (I think I’m going to wait closer to book 2 and just binge them together), and I hope you get to read more Marie Lu soon!

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  2. Great List! I looove Marie Lu’s books and I’m so excited for Wildcard 💗 I can also definitely see myself adding Leigh Bardugo to my auto-buy author list! I have only read Shadow and Bone by her yet, but I own almost all of her books 😀

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