Sunday, 3 May 2009

Sunday Salon - Is it just me?

Usually when I read a book I like I track down the authors other books and read them too. I think most people do.

But occasionally I love a book so much. I just can't bare to read anything else by the author because I don't think they can match what they've achieved with my beloved book. I'm sure I'll be disappointed.

So I've only ever read The truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen, despite hearing wonderful things about her other books.

I haven't looked at Phillip Pullman's Sally Lockhart books because I can't imagine he could create a world as vivid as Lyra's again.

And now despite having renewed it three times at the library I haven't opened Jellicoe Road by Melina Machett.

So I am alone in this weirdness or does anyone else do it too?


  1. Haha! I haven't heard that before. But we all need quirks ;)

  2. I know the feeling! I've read the first Sally Lockhart book and I'll tell you this: the best way to approach it is to forget as much as possible that this is the author of HDM. I mean, I enjoyed it, but it doesn't even come close.

  3. I thought I was the only one who did that! There are so many authors whose other books I haven't read because I'm sure I'll be disappointed.

  4. Yup, that's me, too. I am almost always disappointed with sequels also.

  5. Well, not to be adverse, but if I read an author I like, I usually put everything they've written on hold at the library and read it. I know..I'm weird. I don't get disappointed too often, but I did read a YA that I thought was soooo thoughtful, so interesting, and well written. I got one of the author's first two books which turned out to be really light, chick lit, and boring. Didn't even finish it. I couldn't believe it was the same author! The one I liked was her newest so I hope there's more good stuff coming.

    As for Sarah Dessen, I think, and I mean this in the best possible way, totally as a compliment, that all her books are sort of the same. So if you like one, you'll like them all. It's true that some are better than others, but overall she's very consistent. I just read DREAMLAND which I thought was pretty fantastic.

  6. Ha ha, not me! When I fall in love with an author I want to read EVERYTHING he or she wrote, and if there is a biography I will read that too, and if there are any movies based on the books I will watch them, and then I will re-read the books a few more times and talk about them to anyone who will listen, and then go watch the movie again, and if there is a fan page on Facebook I will join it and then I'll reread the books a few more times... Patrick O'Brian, for example. :-)

  7. I'm more in the camp of Joelle and Julie. And for the record, I liked Jellicoe Road even more than Saving Francesca! :)

  8. Lenore - Haha I'm very quirky!

    Nymeth - Maybe I'll just give it a miss.

    Vasilly & Debnnance - Glad to have company in the quirkyness.

    Joelle - No I do too it's just some books that I can't seem to read anything else by the author :) Interesting about Sarah Dessen. I think TTAF got me so much because it's the only book I've read about losing a father

    Julie - LOL!

    Kelly - oh thanks for the tip. I do trust your recommendations :)

  9. I don't think it's happened to me, but the opposite has--devouring a new book and then getting let down. Happened a LOT with Stephen King...grrr.


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