Once I read one book by an author, if I don’t like it, I’m unwilling to try another book by that author.
I know that’s unfair. Dean Koontz is my all time favorite author, yet there are some of his books I don’t like at all. Same goes for Stephen King. Though I loved Watership Down, I’ve never read another Richard Adams book.
So, I know authors can be hit or miss. Not every book that a good author writes will appeal to me. But my gut reaction to reading other books by the same author is “ugh, no.” On the flip side of that, I’m more likely to stick with an author I know I like, even if the book isn’t filling me with joy. Remember I mentioned Dean Koontz? I read all his books, whether I love them or not. I’m loyal like that.
Because of my book club and various book challenges I’m participating in, I’ve actually been reading more different things, and it’s a good thing. I’ve found some new books I’ve loved, and some I most emphatically have not. But it’s always good to try new flavors and textures to expand my palate. Plus, there’s something invaluable about being able to discuss books with other people. I’m not surrounded by very many readers, and discussing a book as if it were real, critically analyzing character development and the events that surround them, is stimulating and allows me to see the book from other perspectives. That alone will push me to finish a book I otherwise may not have.
How about you? Are you willing to give an author another try? Or are you like me, telling an author, “I’m just not that into you”?