100 Authors you Buy Without Looking at the Blurb

We ask a lot of questions on For Reading Addicts, we love finding out what it is that our followers love, or hate in the world of literature and most of the time we get a fairly good response, four, maybe five hundred replies across our Social Media platforms. Occasionally we’ll only have a hundred or so and sometimes we’ll top the one thousand mark but with our latest poll asking which Authors you Buy Without Looking at the Blurb poll you all went crazy!

Almost three thousand of you commented and we had over 400 separate authors mentioned. This was an immense response, the biggest ever and it took FOREVER to collate but we’ve done it. Here we have the top 100 Authors you Buy Without Looking at the Blurb.

Stephen King

I myself am in this group, I am what King fondly calls us, one of his Constant Readers; he is a divisive author in style if not content, with many of us loving his verbosity and his attention to detail that define his stories, whilst others just wish he’d get to the point! But for those of us who love him, that moment when you hold the latest 800 plus page tome in your hands with the promise of many hours of enjoyment held within the covers is a feeling we all know well and who cares what is written on the back!

Stephen King Bibliography US
Stephen King Bibliography UK

Terry Pratchett

Anything with this man’s name attached to it is a no-brainer purchase for 147 of you. His Discworld series has such a loyal following and the release date of each title was always looked forward to by those who are familiar with his characters. Disappointment was never going to be an issue and so the blurb was something to look at in passing and never as a decision aide.

Terry Pratchett Bibliography US
Terry Pratchett Bibliography UK

Haruki Murakami

Our third placed author has topped many of our other polls with his books and it stands to reason it is because they are excellent quality, highly entertaining, and guaranteed to keep your interest from the first page to the last. 144 of you would buy the next Murakami without knowing what it was about or what the critics thought of it.

Haruki Murakami bibliography US
Haruki Murakami bibliography UK

J.K Rowling

The Harry Potter author has proven her author pedigree when writing novels with totally different feel to her Children’s (everyone) Fiction under various pseudonyms. Not only does Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire hold the world record for the largest first print run of any book with 4.8 million copies, it also had the largest ever number of pre-orders with 5.2 million reserved across the globe but her Cormorant Strike novels are following suit, snapped up as soon as they are released. And if a new Potter title were to be revealed how many people would look at the back cover before opening to the first page? Not me, that’s for sure!

J.K Rowling bibliography US
J.K Rowling bibliography UK

Neil Gaiman

In fifth with 119 votes we have another of those authors who have a loyal reader following; his novels appeal to his reader base no matter what genre they come under, whether it be Fantasy, Horror or Science Fiction any new title that bears Neil Gaiman’s name is quickly snapped up by those who are familiar with and enjoy his brilliant storytelling.

Neil Gaiman bibliography US
Neil Gaiman bibliography UK



Nora Roberts

98 of the almost 3,000 posters who replied to the poll Question are addicted to Nora’s Romances and with over 200 titles to her name it is no surprise that people have become accustomed to her writing style and her subject matter. One of those authors who you know that when you buy a book the pages will do exactly what it says on the cover.

Nora Roberts bibliography US
Nora Roberts bibliography UK

Dean Koontz

An author who has been writing for decades now and who has built up a huge fan base right across the globe, Dean Koontz mixes horror, fantasy and dogs in a way only he can. From the nail biting Intensity to the sweetness of Life is Good which Koontz wrote in the guise of his forever adored Golden Retriever Trixie, Koontz is guaranteed to sell several thousands of his books on reputation alone.

Dean Koontz bibliography US
Dean Koontz bibliography UK

James Patterson

One thing you can be certain of when choosing Patterson as your autobuy author is that you won’t have to wait for long between releases. There can’t be many writers as successful as he is who can produce novel after novel with such regularity and it seems his penchant for using co authors has dampened the appetites of his faithful readers.

James Patterson bibliography US
James Patterson bibliography UK

Joe Hill

Like father like son; although I do feel it is about time Joe was just Joe, and not Joe Hill the son of Stephen King as his books most definitely stand up to scrutiny and he certainly has his own unique writing style. As the author of a relatively small number of books Joe’s new releases are gobbled up as soon as they are announced and to hell with the blurb!

Joe Hill bibliography US
Joe Hill bibliography UK

Dan Brown

Our final entry into the featured top ten is Dan Brown, his books often take place within a 24 hour period and are set out as a treasure hunt with Christianity and Christian History being a recurring theme. Although his works have been panned by certain critics for rewriting history to fit into his plotlines there are 58 of you who will buy whatever he publishes and do so in the knowledge that they will be properly entertained when immersed in his pages.

Dan Brown bibliography US
Dan Brown bibliography UK

11. Cecelia Ahern

12. Ransom Riggs

13. Khaled Hosseini

14. Danielle Steel

15. Jojo Moyes

16. Anne Rice

17. John Green

18. Karin Slaughter

19. Caitlin Moran

20. Jodi Picoult



Now we have the featured Top Twenty sorted here we carry on to cover your Top 100.

J.R Ward
Nicholas Sparks
Diana Gabaldon
Harlan Coben
Jim Butcher
Rick Riordan
Robin Hobb
JD Robb
Clive Barker
George R.R Martin
Ian Rankin
Maeve Binchy
David Baldacci
J.R.R Tolkien
Kim Harrison
Lee Child
Mitch Albom
Liane Moriarty
John Grisham
Laurel K Hamilton

Dick Francis
Charlaine Harris
Gillian Flynn
Jasper Fforde
Phillipa Gregory
Clive Cussler
Darren Shan
Margaret Atwood
C.S Lewis
Barbara Kingsolver
Gena Showalter
Jackie Collins
Kelley Armstrong
Michael Connelly
Patricia Cornwell
Ben Elton
Cassandra Clare
Janet Evanovich
Kazuo Ishiguro
Terry Goodkind

H.P Lovecraft
Kathy Reich
Charles Dickens
Elizabeth George
James Rollins
Leigh Bardugo
Patricia Briggs
Sarah J Maas
Thomas Harris
Wilbur Smith
Jack Kerouac
Chuck Paluhniuk
Donna Tartt
Iain Banks
Serge Brussolo
Ted Dekker
Preston & Child
Ken Follett
Anne McCaffrey
Jonathan Maberry

Joe Abercrombie
Matthew Reilly
Robert Galbraith
Tess Gerritson
Vince Flynn
Jo Nesbo
Mercedes Lackey
Tom Clancy
Maria V Snyder
Pat Barker
Alice Munro
C.J Sansom
Colleen Hoover
Greg Isles
Hilari Bell
Isaac Asimov
Hilary Mantel
Kurt Vonnegut
Nicci French
Salman Rushdie

What and eclectic and fascinating group of authors. Each and every one of whom I think would be flattered to have been mentioned on this list.



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