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Reading a book you don’t enjoy is never nice, but what can complicate this situation even more if it’s a book you had high hopes for because it’s by an author whom’s books you normally enjoy. I’ve had this happen a few times and I don’t like these kind of situations at all. I couldn’t describe the topic fully in the title, so that’s why the title is a bit weird.
What happens when you don’t like a book from an author you like
Usually it’s pretty simple you enjoy book A and B by author X and when book C is released you buy it and you probably enjoy that one as well. But what happens when you don’t enjoy book C?
Because you have read other books by this author, this led to certain expectations and when those expectations aren’t met you probably feel a bit disapointed. In my opinion disapointment is much worse then a bad book, it usually isn’t that the book was bad, but that the book was bad in comparison to your expectations. I don’t like expectations and sometimes I wish I could go into each book without any expectations, but that simply isn’t possible. When in the case of my example book C is a different genre or in a different series then book A and B, you might atribute not liking it as much to that fact, but there are also books which are in the same genre or even the same series to the books you did enjoy.
In some instances were this happened to me I was part of an author’s street team and when you write a less then favorable review of one of their books it just feels off. In most of those cases I left the street team, because I felt conflicted. The thing is I still enjoyed book A and B, but the negative review of book C seems to taint that. When it’s a series my overal opinion of that series might change because of how I felt about book C. And no matter how much I keep trying to remind myself that I did enjoy book A and B, that suddenly seems worth less because I didn’t like book C.
Book I didn’t like/ was disapointed from author’s I like.
- Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6) and With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent. I really enjoyed this series up till book 5 and then the last two books were just meh. They weren’t bad, but in comparison to the earlier books I felt they weren’t as good as I felt disapointed. Now every time I think of this series I remember how much I enjoyed the first 5 books and how the last two weren’t as good. I can’t think of this series without remembering my issues of the last two books, which I think is really sad as I really enjoyed Rachel her books and the first 5 books in this series.
- Recalled (Death Escorts #1) and Tirade (Heven and Hell #3) by Cambria Hebert. I enjoyed the first two books in the Heven and Hell series, then I read book 3 which wanst as good and then I started the first book in her new series which didn’t work for me either. After that I left her street team and didn’t read any of her new books, which makes me kinda sad as I did enjoy her earlier work. After that I haven’t dared to pick up another book by her.
- Come (Dirty, Dark, and Deadly #1) and Follow (Social Media #1) by JA Huss. I really enjoyed JA Huss her Rook and Ronin series. The last book Guns wasn’t as good as I hoped, but overal I stilll had a good feeling about the series. Then I tried to read Come and DNF’d it and I read Follow which I didn’t enjoy. I also had mixed feelings about Clutch. So after finishign Follow and not liking it, I decided to not pick up any of her books for now. Which again just makes me sad as I really enjoyed her Rook and Ronin series.
- Ghost Heart (PSS Chronicles #3) by Ripley Patton. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but the thirs book just felt disapointing. The author took a dare and did somethign diffeent with the series and went against some expectations and I think it’s good that she did, but it didn’t work for me. I expected a fast paced enjoyable book, but things happened that i didn’t like and I missed the fast pace.
In many of these cases I can’t really say if it was the author who changed or me, in most cases it was probably me though. or something the author tried in later books that didn’t work for me. I also don’t think those books are bad, but they just weren’t for me as I expected something different.
Basically not liking a book by an author from whom I have read books I liked mostly gives me a sad and disapointed feeling. It can even lead me to not pick up any other new releases by the author for fear of beign disapointed again or just not knowing what to expect from this author anymore. I like the feeling if you like an author’s work and you pre-order their next book and you just know it’s going to be good as well. Sometimes I like that safety blanket, if I want to read a book I know for sure I am going to enjoy, then I pick up a book by an author from whom I have enjoyed other books. If that doesn’t work it just leaves me sad and disapointed. I wish things like that didn’t happen.