Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Given Up
October 6, 2015
Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit (aka ten book series I think I’m going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I’m quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc.). I decided to go with 10 authors that I’ve given up over time. Some only got one shot, while some I adored but grew tired of. Here are the authors you would need to talk me into reading again:
One Painful Read Is All It Took:
Mary McGarry Morris – I read everything Oprah recommended when she first started her book club. I also used to finish EVERY book I started, because I thought what if it got better and missed out. Songs in Ordinary Time was not only painful but long, and I wasted a huge part of one summer after my first year of teaching reading it. Oh how I wish I could get that reading time back, but at least I learned that I don’t love all of Oprah’s recommendations nor do I need to waste time on a book I’m not enjoying.
E.L. James – I tried to jump on the 50 Shades bandwagon, but how painful was the writing? When I hear people rave about how sexy/hot/romantic it is, I want to give them other, far better, reading suggestions in that genre.
I Gave It Another Shot:
Dan Simmons – A friend of mine so desperately wanted my to read the Hyperion series, but I couldn’t make it past the second book. It’s not that they were horrible books, they just weren’t my cup of tea.
I Just Grew Tired:
Jane Green – I so loved the first couple books I read (Jemima J and Bookends), but the ones I’ve read most recently are just not doing much for me (The Other Woman and Family Pictures). It’s hard for me to say it, but unless I get a solid recommendation from someone I trust, I most likely won’t be picking up any of her books anytime soon.
What authors have you given up over the years? Why do you decide to give an author up? Do you disagree with any of my choices?