Unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in the day.
So, obviously, we bookworms don’t have all the time to read all the books that have ever existed (which totally sucks). That means we have to pick and choose which books we’ll spend time to read, and when it comes to authors that have failed to impress us, it creates a pretty tough situation: should we give them a second chance or go bye-bye? Let’s talk about it!
I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all want to give every single author or book out there a fair chance! This is basically the biggest reason why I avoid reviews – I don’t want someone else saying the book sucked to convince me it’s not worth checking out, especially since I would miss out on so many of my favorites!
But when should we acknowledge that it’s just not working out between you and the author?
Mainly, I’m curious about what other fellow bookworms think when it comes to giving up on authors, since we all probably have such varying opinions out there!
When it comes to Young Adult, things are sort of wonky when it comes to authors and second chances.
So, no surprise, I actually hated the Winner’s Trilogy. I feel like I’ve mentioned it about a million times, so there’s no need to elaborate on that and my huge disappointment. But, since the last book has come out, Rutkoski hasn’t really published anything new. Will I read a fantasy series of hers if she decides to write another one? After my utter dissatisfaction of the Winner’s Trilogy, I’m probably not going to be giving her a second chance (though I can get into a book if it has a good premise).
This is where my mixed feelings come in. You have probably heard me rave about Before I Fall at one point or another as it’s one of my absolute favorite stand-alones of all time. Unfortunately, pretty much every book I’ve read of hers since then hasn’t worked out for me. I DNF-ed Delirium because it bored me. I DNF-ed Panic because, yet again, it bored me. And I DNF-ed Replica because – that’s right – it was boring reading the same thing from two people’s perspectives after a certain point. Even though more of her books have been misses than hits, I still plan on reading Vanishing Girls (I can’t turn down a good thriller) anyway.
I love Cassandra Clare with all my heart, but I do have varying opinions on her books. More of them are hits than misses – I absolutely loved the original Mortal Instruments Trilogy and same with the Infernal Devices – but the last three Mortal Instruments books were a let-down, and I found Lady Midnight to be on the meh side. Regardless, I’m still going to read Lord of Shadows, and I get super excited every single time it’s announced that she’s writing a new book or adding to the Shadowhunter world!
When it comes to adult books, I feel like it’s a whole different story, though.
I attempted to read Lying In Wait last year, and though I stuck with it for a while, it really just didn’t capture my interest. It was pretty slow-paced, and I personally felt like it was more of a literary thriller than the suspenseful thriller I signed up for, so I ended up DNF-ing it. Despite that, I still decided I’m going to read Unraveling Oliver – I’m a sucker for a good cover and an amazing premise.
I actually hated The Couple Next Door with the fiery passion of a thousand suns, and even deemed it one of my least favorite books of 2016 (I still hate Marco to this day, I swear to God), and even though I haven’t been impressed by her so far, I still requested A Stranger In The House on Netgalley (and didn’t get it, so boo). Again, I’m a sucker for a good premise. I will read it someday, I swear.
The Girl On The Train was one of the first few thrillers I read when I started getting obsessed with them, and, unfortunately, after being mind-blown by the brilliance of Abigail Haas’ Dangerous Girls and falling in complete and utter love with Gillian Flynn’s books, Hawkins ended up really disappointing me. I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it (though I did really enjoy the movie!). Even then, I’m looking forward to Into the Water, despite the meh reviews it’s received. LOOK AT HOW GORGEOUS THAT COVER IS!
Basically, from what I can gather, for some reason, I’m more open to second chances when it comes to adult thrillers than YA. I could name a couple more authors whose books I’m still reading despite not liking their previous works (Ruth Ware, for one – I didn’t like In A Dark, Dark Wood or The Woman In Cabin 10, but I have The Lying Game on my TBR anyway), but it’s definitely a bit more rocky when it comes to YA, and I think that’s because when it comes to thrillers, it’s more premise first, author second whereas I get hyped for YA books by author first (if it’s not new to me) and premise second.
How many chances do you give an author? Do you have any examples of authors you’ve given second chances or those you’ve completely blacklisted?