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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
George R.R Martin
Laurel K Hamilton
Sarah J Maas
Preston & Child
Maria V Snyder
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.