okay, firstly, i’m really bad at writing title, so what i actually mean is, would you read books by author whose previous work you didn’t enjoy? i recently went through my goodreads’s shelf, and while i rarely rate a book below 2.5 stars, i realize that those authors whose books i did give below 2.5 stars are most likely wouldn’t get second chance from me. books are pretty expensive here and i’m basically a broke college student, so i’d much rather buy books i know i’ll love or like. plus, time is money
(spoken like a true finance major student), so even if somehow i got the book for free, the book will most likely be my lowest priority, and let’s be honest, lowest priority is almost as the same as forever in my TBR.
but also recently, i became interested with one of those book by authors I didn’t previously enjoy. the book, specifically, is sorcery of thorns by margaret rogerson. i didn’t enjoy her debut, an enchantment of ravens, mostly because it fell flat and wasn’t quite what i was expecting. but again, it’s set in different world and it’s basically about sorcerer (which i’m usually down for). also i’ve heard great things about it from fellow blogger, so i’m quite torn here.
now because i love lists, let’s take a look at why i would and why i wouldn’t give authors a second chance :
1. the author’s writing could have improved! this is the case for leigh bardugo’s the grisha and six of crows. i read the grisha first, but i never make it past book 2 because i was pretty bored (eventhough nikolai is my life). BUT look at six of crows! i couldn’t put it down, and end up giving both books 5 stars.
2. the summary sounds like something i’ll love. the most important thing for me before buying a book is actually the summary. i don’t have the luxury of buying a book on a whim (unless they’re on a big sale), so i always make sure it sounds like something i’ll enjoy at the very least before i buy it.
3. review from fellow blogger. other than considering book through its summary, i always, always read some reviews from fellow bloggers first (especially those whose taste is similar to mine). from reviews i could see what i should expect from a book, so then i could decide whether i’ll enjoy it or not. so if a book got a lot of good reviews, then i’ll most likely add it to my TBR.
1. as i’ve said above, wasting time and money (but especially money since it’s unlikely i got a free book lol). i’d much rather buy books by author i previously love or tried books by author i haven’t read.
2. i don’t want to give bad vibes to books i actually enjoy from that author. again, i’m terrible at title but what i mean is, sometimes i’ll enjoy book 1 in a series but not book 2, so i choose to not continue so my opinion of book 1 won’t be ruined. this was the case with acotar series by sarah j. maas. i like book 1, really LOVE book 2, but book 3 let me down and that novella
which is basically a terrible fanfiction where nothing really happened kinda ruined my opinion of this series. i’m thinking that if i stopped at book 3, my opinion of it will still be mildly good. but because of the novella, i most likely won’t continue it.
3. again, summary and review play an important role here. if it got bad reviews from blogger (or even good review but it said something like “if you love previous-book-i-didn’t-enjoy, then you will love this too!), i most likely won’t read it.