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Why I try to keep an open mind about authors

A month or so ago, I started a book that I’d seen a few times and thought sounded like one I might enjoy. Not long after, I ended up abandoning the book because of how unlikable the characters were to me. With a plot that was focused on redemption, I was lost without being able to cheer on and support the character. I put it aside and thought, “well that was a waste.”

Around the same time, I requested an ARC on NetGalley for a book about a woman whose life is turned upside down so she tries to live to the fullest while coming to terms with recent changes. I finished that one recently in just a few days and really enjoyed it the whole way through, already planning out how I would write the review and what moments in the story I wanted to focus on.

So color me surprised when I turned to the last page and the author’s bio mentioned their previous book, which you might have guessed already is the one I had abandoned a month before! Maybe it was subconscious that I had recognized the author’s name on one book after seeing the other when looking through titles.

The book I disliked was the author’s debut, so maybe their style had shifted a bit in the time between books that let me enjoy it. Or maybe I would have liked the first one more if I had been able to get past the character issues I was seeing at the start. Who knows? But I took this as a reminder to myself not to write off an author just from one book, because another they have might completely resonate with me.

This is your reminder too, if you need one. 🙂


Reader, traveler, photographer, and always looking to learn!

2 thoughts on “Why I try to keep an open mind about authors

  1. That’s such a good point. I’ve done that too- been turned off by a book only to dsicver later that- surprise- I actually like that author! Or at least a different book by them!


  2. It’s a good reminder. It could be that the author grew and got better, or it could just be that the themes of one book weren’t for you while the other one was. I’ve had that happen before, too. It’s one reason why I try to not write off an author until I’ve tried at least 2 books they’ve written.


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