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Did I Give These Authors a Second Chance?

Hello readers! A long time ago I did this post where I picked a few authors that I wanted to give another chance. It wasn’t just a 2nd chance, some were a 3rd, 4th, or 10th chance. However, the idea of that post was to make this one at some point, and it has been a long time.

I recently read an author from that post which made me think about it again. I might go ahead and make a new list of authors to try again! I haven’t looked at it until this moment, so there might be some I never read from. Let’s just jump into it!

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Author 1: Neil Gaiman

Since that post, I have not read anything by this author. I just know so many people love him and I think I need to accept that I don’t. I want to love authors that are beloved, but I can’t force it. Who knows, I might still read something else by him once day.

Author 2: Haruki Murakami

This is the author I just read a book by. I finally picked up Kafka on the Shore. I’ve owned a copy of it for way too long now and finally grabbed it off the shelf. I regret my decision. I don’t understand the love for this author. I didn’t love The Strange Library by him, but that was NOTHING compared to this.

Since finishing, I’ve been all over Tik Tok, WordPress, and even Booktube looking at reviews for this book and I only seem to find men that like it. This book nonsensical, which is weird, but not the issue. It is riddled with things I just can’t overlook, like horrible, ON THE PAGE, animal murder, rape, and incest. His depictions of women are gross and offensive. I am not reading from this author again, I can say that for sure.

Author 3: V.E./Victoria Schwab

For me, this author has had a lot of ups and downs. At the time, I had only read 1 book by her, and I haveread 4 now. I am still not sure what I think about her, but it isn’t looking good.

Gity of Ghosts was okay. I really enjoyed it when I read it, but the more I thought about it, the more I decided I didn’t enjoy it. THEN, I read Addie Larue and I loved it! Of course, the ending wasn’t my favorite, but I liked it nonetheless. Lastly, I went for This Savage Song and I just did not connect with it.

I went for her newest release, Gallant hoping for the best. I think it started out promising, but was just not keeping my attention. There was nothing wrong with it, it just left me wanting more. Will I read from this author again? I honestly don’t know. None of her books were bad, just not a favorites for me. I find it hard to write off an author if I genuinely didn’t dislike a book of theirs.

Author 4: Ibi Zoboi

This is another one I’m struggling with! I read Pride a few years ago and didn’t enjoy it, but I think I just need to steer clear of Pride and Prejudice retellings. I never enjoy them.

After reading Pride, I went for Punching the Air, which I loved. THEN, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, which I thought was okay. None of her books on my radar at the moment, but I haven’t written her off completely.

Author 5: Paul Tremblay

The book I read by Tremblay was The Cabin at the End of the World. I really did not enjoy this book. The synopsis was great, but the execution was a miss for me. I would love to see it as a movie, though.

Since then, I have not read anything by him. I’m not sure what I should try, either. None of his books have piqued my interest lately, but I’m not against reading something by him.

Author 6: Katherine Arden

This is the same as the last author. I have yet to try anything else by Arden since Small Spaces, BUT I do want to try her Winternight trilogy still. I really love fantasy, but I have a hard time reading a lot of it at once. It would be perfect to try it this winter! We will have to see.

Author 7: Casey McQuiston

I have now read all 3 of McQustion’s books. I really didn’t love Red, White, and Royal Blue at the time, but wanted to read more by them. I have since read their second book, One Last Stop, which I thought was amazing. One Last Stop had everything Red, White, and Royal Blue lacked. I felt in their first novel that the two MC’s had no real chemistry and was all smut with no plot. One Las Stop was a scifi, had a good plot, and had us guessing until the end how it was going to turn out. Loved the plot, loved the characters, loved the romance, loved it ALL!

Now, McQuiston published a YA novel this year called I Kissed Shara Wheeler and I did not like it one bit. Shara wheeler was your typical manic pixie dream girl and she didn’t deserve any of the people fawning over her. HOWEVER, I still want to keep giving McQuiston chances in the future. I’m enjoying their journey as a new author and I’m here to stay.

Author 8: Margaret Atwood

I read Atwood’s book Handmaid’s Tale after starting the show. I haven’t watched the show in a really long time. I picked up the book thinking I would love it and I did not. I didn’t like the story and hated that ending. I know, it now has a sequel, but I’m not really interested. I want to read more by her, but not the sequel to Handmaid’s Tale.

Author 9: Darren Shan

This author is different from all the others. I have read 14 books by Shan, 12 of which were in one series. His series Cirque Du Freak is one of my favorites series I’ve ever read. Since writing that post, I have reread half of that series, but I haven’t read anything else by him. I still want to and I think it would be an adult book. I think he has so much potential to have a really well written horror. The horror in Cirque Du Freak is really graphic and almost too much for kids (in my opinion), so I’d love to seean adult book by him.

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