Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
If you read a book by an author and are not overly impressed or even disappointed, how willing are to try another book by the same author?
Why do I keep asking hard questions?
At first, I thought this was pretty cut and dried because my first instinct is to say no, I have learned my lesson and I won't continue to torture myself by reading books by an author that I didn't connect with, but then I got to thinking more and had another opinion.....
Okay let's start with my initial reaction. As a seasoned blogger, I have begun to truly learn to accept that not all books and authors are for everyone, and I have learned through trial and error, that if I didn't like a book by an author, usually another book isn't going to work better. In the past, I have been patient and been willing to read a second book from an author, but most of the time, it doesn't work for me. Usually because I am finding I am not connecting either with the author's style, their characters or their stories. If an author is well known for writing books with love triangles or cliffhangers, I more often than not, will skip it because I know those things irritate me.
These days I feel like burn me once and I am done. There are too many good books out there to read instead of wasting my time on a book that I will not likely love. Now I am always willing to make an exception if an author I didn't like the first time is getting rave reviews with their next book, but then again, I did that this past year and got burned even worse. I think it was clearly a case of the author just wasn't for me.
Now the other part of the equation comes in. What if it is a book from an author that I have had a good experience with in the past and the second time out it is a fail? Here again, I have to weigh the good and the bad. Was it a case of second book syndrome? Did I not like it as much because I was in a book slump?
In these instances, I am more willing to be forgiving and try a third book by the same author because not every book by an author is going to be amazing. Even my tried and true favorite authors write books that are just okay or average for me on occasion, but I still clamor for their next book, unless I continue to be disappointed and then we part ways.
First impressions mean everything, and if my first experience with an author is negative or even just average, I am less inclined to pick up something by that author again. I think because I am becoming more and more fickle, and I am trying to read great books as often as I can.
What about you all? Are you forgiving when it comes to a bad book and willing to try again with that author or do you part ways for good?
Next week's TMST question:
Do you feel pressured to try and keep up with the big blogs?