October 6

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.

Gregory MaguireWicked was another eye gouger that I spent MONTHS trying to get through. I know some people rave about this one, but it was a complete bust for me.

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.

Jimmy Buffett – I didn’t really hate A Salty Piece of Land, but I knew I wouldn’t be picking up any Buffett again. Stick to your tunes Jimmy!

John BerendtMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was another sleeper for me. I had heard so many good things, and I wanted so badly to enjoy it, but I just didn’t.

I Gave It Another Shot:

Dave Pelzer – A Child Called It really tugged at my heart, but Pelzer totally lost me with The Lost Boy. I didn’t read any further than that!

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.

Jo Barrett – I was mildly entertained by The Men’s Guide to the Women’s Bathroom, but Don’t Let It Be True was a bust for me.

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.

Stephenie Meyer – I managed to read the entire Twilight series, and I didn’t really HATE any of the books, but I would much rather spend my reading time on something else.


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?

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Posted October 6, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "Top Ten Tuesday


  1. By Wendy on

    Argh! I’m so glad someone else did not enjoy Wicked. It seems like such a great premise, but I found the book boring, and I’m pretty sure I never finished it.

    There are plenty of long mystery series that I’ve started off loving, then gradually grew bored with and gave up on. I took a 15 year break from Sue Grafton, but recently started reading her books again. It’s like overeating, when you read too much of one thing all at once.


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