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Do you also have this dilemma where you can’t read the book/s by the author no matter how much hyped it is/are? I have this problem and I’m here to confess—there are books by a specific author that I can’t read (even though I didn’t even have a history with them). There I say it, so now bring forth the pitchforks and torches because this will sound like blasphemy to others (especially those who are hardcore fans of these authors). I know it’s wrong to pre-judge a book without even trying (some I did try). But I really just can’t. It’s probably the hype, or something with the water I’m drinking. Or the air pollution in Metro Manila. Whatever it is, I just can’t. I just don’t know why but something in the pit of my stomach is telling me ‘no, you wouldn’t like it,’ you’re wasting your time’ and worst, ‘you’ll hate it.’ In my defense, I did try some of them. I tried. I tried so hard but I couldn’t even manage to exceed a few pages so I ultimately gave up and didn’t try again.

I tried running away from them but there were times that I tripped along the way, not with my pants like Patrick did, LOL.

So here they are; and please don’t take any offense if you love them, this is very personal and just my honest opinion.

Cassandra Clare – My gosh, she writes so many Shadow Hunter stories and that world is bound to run dry sooner rather than later. I tried City of Bones and successfully got up to 100 pages in 2 years. Yes took me two years before I made a stance and said to myself ‘enough is enough.’ I even tried Clockwork Angel (one which is highly praised by other people) but no such luck. I said ‘that’s it!’ her books are not meant for me.

James Patterson – At least I know one of the reasons why I wouldn’t touch his bajillion books with a ten-foot pole: they’re so many!!!! And I see his book everywhere! Plus, I don’t know something about the vibe of the books that don’t appeal to me.

John Green – I know he’s so popular. So popular that every time I log into my GR account and read my timeline someone is reading his novel. And with all these The Fault in Our Star movie (see, I even know the news, thanks to its very massive fandom) news, it’s really hard not to notice the existence of his books. Based on the reaction it sounded like a great story with all these profound lessons in life and love. I get it, but I just can’t. For no exact reason, I don’t have the will to try. I’m not even considering reading it (for the reason even myself doesn’t know). I don’t know but I can’t read anything by John Green.

Sarah Dessen – Ok, I tried her book, I don’t know which one, maybe it was Along for the Ride. I totally forgot which one. Anyway, I only went as far as 20 pages (or less) before I called quits. I’d been very hesitant even before I decided to try. Guess my instinct was right. So I’m not trying anything by her anymore. Her books’ covers are so lovely although that didn’t even convince me to try again.

Stephen King – I’m not sure but I’m not really the biggest fan of very, very, very Sci-Fi novels. Or hardcore stories for that matter.

Somewhat Hesitant:

I haven’t read anything by J.K. Rowling although I’m still very open to read Harry Potter books…one day. Neil Gaiman is also one I try to evade for the longest time but not permanently closing my door. And of course, Jane Austen. Ms. Austen books are part of my goal this year. Emma has been waiting in the bookshelf for two years. Soon, I tell it. Soon.


How about you, do you have the same problem like me? Or it just me (hopefully not)? Do you have auto-not-read book because of the authors. Please share it with me if you have so I don’t really feel alone with this predicament. T.T

2014 / 01 / 15

11 Responses to Special: You see, I have this problem.

  1. Christina says:

    I’m completely with you on the James Patterson and Sarah Dessen front, just no. And I’m only still reading the Mortal Instruments series for one character *sigh* but you should really give John Green and Neil Gaiman a shot. I read American Gods a couple summers ago and LOVED IT! I’ve yet to read his more YA/Middle Grade books but I have high hopes :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m giving Neil Gaiman, a try but I’m more curious on his Middle Grade books because I really liked the movie Coraline. But I doubt about John Green. There’s something about it that feels off with me so I rather not though. Thanks Christina.

    • Christina says:

      I recently bought Good Omens and I can’t wait to crack that one open. I hear you on the John Green though, if it feels off don’t worry about it. I started to read FioS but then I had some upsetting personal stuff happen and I was all “NOPE!” let’s set that aside when I don’t feel like crying already.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Not a big fan of depressing novels but I think it’s still case to case basis (because there are books with that theme that I ended up loving), his novels, on the other hand I just can’t. Period.

      Good Omens, I looked into it and they said it was…funny? Now, that’s interesting.

  2. Cayce says:

    Haha, I love SK (been a fan of him since forever), but Cassandra Clare and John Green are not my cup of tea. And I haven’t read anything by James Patterson either, his books don’t sound like something I’d enjoy. Honestly, I try not to care too much about the hype and only pick up books that sound interesting to me :) So my advice is to ignore the hype and listen to your inside “voice”! :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh, you too? I’m so relieved to hear that. I feel like I’m on my own when it comes to these authors. Everybody WANTS them while I on the hand refused to even touch their novels. Yeah, the hype is a double edge sword; you never know when it is right until you try.

      The “voice” works plenty of time. It’s a great book hunting tool. LOL. Thanks Cayce!

  3. Clare just needs to stop writing that series. It’s done. I managed to read the first 3 books (first 2 where enjoyable, 3 was a disaster) and I’m just done with the mortal instruments. I loved the fault in our stars, but his other books don’t sound that appealing to me.. Stephen King isn’t meant for everyone. I personally loved the books I’ve read from him so far, but you really have to like his writing-style.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I know. They are milking this cow dry. I don’t like the story itself, it felt messy to me. I was once told the ID was way better. I gave it a try and the same thing happened so I guess it’s the style. IDK, I just don’t like it. Stephen King, I’m intimidated by his novels apart from my guess that his style is something I’ll never get fond of overtime. :D

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I definitely know what you mean. John Green and I also haven’t hit it off right the bat. I read Looking for Alaska and really enjoyed it, but his books don’t make me leap into the next one. (I think it’s because they are depressing). And I’m so glad that I’m not the only person in the world who isn’t crazy about TMI!!! And EVERYONE loves the Clockwork trilogy…it literally read like TMI but set 200 years in the past with the love interests’ colourings swapped. I was really confused when I seemed to be the only who didn’t get it haha.

    That being said I DO think John Green is a fantastic author and maybe one day you’ll change your mind on him. Stephen King tends to be super horror rather than super sci-fi (which is why I can’t read him. He scares the shit out of me). So if you like horror, you might actually like him. Or maybe that’s what you meant by harcore? And as far as YA contemporary goes, Sarah Dessen is alright *shrugs*. You already know it’s not my favourite genre haha so I’m biased, but I’ve always wondered why she gets so much more hype than Deb Caletti.

    Emma is going to be your first Jane Austen book??? I would definitely recommend starting with one of her others – Emma is by far the most difficult to get into (in part because even Jane Austen thought Emma – the character – was rather unlikeable). I haven’t been able to finish it and I LOVE Jane Austen. I’ve read all her books except Northanger Abbey (and Emma since technically I’ve not finished it). BUT that being said I <3 Jane Austen so I'm happy you're reading her at all :)

    And you know my opinions on Harry Potter, so 'nuff said.

    Anyway, I am excited to see what you think of Jane Austen, and don't worry you're not crazy about not wanting to read certain authors!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      The thing with John Green it doesn’t speak to me. I read at least 10 reviews of TFIOS both positive and negative and none of ‘em them had convinced me to try. I also looked into his other novels and same happened. I don’t feel the urge to read it. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Despite the clamor I felt like I’m not missing anything. TMI? Oh no, you’re definitely not the only one. I’m not a big fan of the world itself, its a messy attempt to combine all things paranormal. And it didn’t successfully look good to me.

      Oh, he’s into Horror, haha, I don’t know. Well, that might be the reason. I’m not a big horror fan myself. And I think the writing style isn’t my thing.

      Supposedly. But I could give Pride & Prejudice a try first. The authors I mentioned below, I’m hesitant but I will still give a try (HP included). The above ones, no thank you.

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