May Blogger Hop: Hate the Author or the Book?

May 10, 2017 Blog, Discussion Challenge 0

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12th – 18th – If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

This is an interesting question. To be perfectly honest, I don’t know. I don’t think I shun an author because one book was bad, but that said I recently read a Jo Neesbo for our family book club. It was #7 of his series about Harry Hole. Sadly, I think that jumping in halfway through the conversation made me feel like I was missing half of the conversation! I didn’t finish the book, although his writing seems satisfying and the characters jumped off the page, I felt like I was missing the story. This has led me to step away from that book, and while I have all the plans in the world to pick up book one, it hasn’t happened yet.

Let me be really honest, I did read Dante’s Inferno in 2012. Wow, I freaking hated that book for so many reasons. I know it’s hailed to be amazing and THE BEST THING EVER, but I’m just over here like… meh. Am I willing to read any of his other work based on my feelings for this one? Hell no. hahhaah, pun intended.

I think the difference is, there are many reasons why I disliked Dante’s Inferno. He calls out multiple people, whom I do not know being that this was written well before I was born, and I do not care to go find out who they were or why he disliked them so. Every name I came upon, I got more and more exhausted. The story itself is intriguing and can pull the reader in, obviously as it has lasted this long, but for me I am not amused nor entertained by him throwing a bunch of people under the bus. Although it seems that they may have deserved it.

Another book that was recent that I abhorred was The Goldfinch. While everyone else is singing its praises, I was trying to claw my eyes out and get the time back that I had vested in that. Ugh. I hated every word of that book. Interestingly, there were parts of the plot that led me to believe that it would somehow get better, but for me, it never did. I know there are people that swear by Donna Tartt’s writing but this book killed me. I had more of a reaction, much like Dante’s Inferno, so unlike Jo Neesbo, I don’t think I’ll read something else from Donna Tartt. I won’t promise that because you never know. Maybe this one just didn’t hit that perfect place. Whatever the case, she’s not an author I’ll search out.

Looking back at both of these reviews, I had both negative and positive to say. Although, I am not going to jump to read these authors again. So, I guess I do shun some authors. It may depend on the type of writing, or maybe just how visceral my reactions are. Either way, I would give Jo Neesbo a pass and say I would love to try him again but not Dante and I’m on the fence about Donna Tartt. I’ll have to see what her next book is but if its 700 pages, NOPE.

Do you stop reading an author after coming across a book you hate?

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