Who Are Your Auto-Buy Authors?


Hello everyone! The holidays are nearly here, but I have a treat for you! If you haven’t liked the Savvy Verse & Wit Facebook page yet, go do it now.

Beginning Dec. 12 (sometime this afternoon the first pick will be revealed), I’ll reveal one of the books on my Best of 2014 book list, through Dec. 24.

That’s one book from the list per day, with a tidbit about why I loved the book and a link to where you can buy it.

Today, I wanted to talk about those authors we love so much that we buy their books automatically no matter what the subject.  I used to have just a few of those authors, but my list is now growing!  I thought today would be a good day to share not only the older ones on the list, but also the newer ones that have joined the ranks.

My previous list:

  1. Yusef Komunyakaa
  2. Tim O’Brien
  3. Stephen King
  4. Anita Shreve
  5. Amy Tan
  6. Isabel Allende
  7. James Patterson
  8. Anne Rice
  9. Mary Oliver
  10. Billy Collins

My additions to the list:

  1. Beth Kephart
  2. Jeannine Hall Gailey
  3. Jane Odiwe
  4. Syrie James
  5. Abigail Reynolds
  6. Karen White
  7. Beth Hoffman
  8. Jill Mansell
  9. Janel Gradowski
  10. Diana Raab
  11. C.W. Gortner
  12. John Shors

I find it interesting that there are many more female authors being added to my auto-buy list. 

I’m not really sure why so many great female authors are being added to my auto-buy list these days.  It isn’t that I haven’t read some great male authors, but perhaps I need to read more of them to get a true sense of their work and whether I want to buy it automatically no matter the subject.

Do you have auto-buy authors? Who are they?  What attracts you to their work?

Don’t forget to like the Savvy Verse & Wit Facebook page to find out over the next 12 days which books made the 2014 Best list.


  1. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says

    I agree with you on several of these!

  2. Abigail Reynolds–no comment needed!!
    John Sandford–detective stories based in Minnesota where I used to live. Good stories and the added fun of recognizing some locations.

  3. Jeannine Hall Gailey says

    Thank you for including me on your list, Serena! I was thinking of writers on my “auto-buy” list – Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, Kelly Link, Louise Gluck, Denise Duhamel, Dana Levin, Matthea Harvey, Jericho Brown, and my friend Kelli Agodon, off the top of my head! (Ilya Kaminsky, Annette Spaulding-Convy, Kelly Davio and Eduardo C. Corral have all published just one book of poetry, but you can bet I’ll buy their next ones!)

  4. Syrie James says

    Wow! I echo the sentiments of all the esteemed authors on your list: I thrilled and honored, both to be chosen, and to be in such great company! Thank you, Serena!

  5. Beth Hoffman says

    I’m delighted and incredibly honored. Thank you, Serena!

  6. I am completely thrilled and so honoured to be on your list, Serena-thank you-it means so much.

  7. I’m honored to be on your list, Serena! Thank you so much for your support.

  8. Auto-Buy for me these days is Murakami and King, but you already knew that. LOL.

  9. Definitely the Beths on any list! :–)

  10. I’m honored to be on your list with so many other great authors. Can’t wait to see your Facebook posts!

  11. bermudaonion(Kathy) says

    I don’t really have any auto buy authors but there are many I love!