One thing I've learned about myself through this blogging process is that I'm freaking LOYAL.
I mean, I'm Slytherin not Hufflepuff, so I'm talking LOYAL READING not loyal life (although, I like to think I'm a loyal friend too!!!). So when I say I'm a loyal reader what I mean is-- If I read a book by a new-to-me author, and I love the book, I'm going to go and try to read alllll the books the author previously wrote. Then I'm going to periodically stop by their Goodreads page and see what's going on with future books. I'm guessing that's a pretty normal response.
The things is-- I also do this with books I didn't even like that much. Like if I read a book and it was just so-so, but then I see that a new book by that author is coming out, my brain goes "oooooohhh, I know this author. I should read that." Now, don't get me wrong, if I HATED the book and had a strong negative reaction to it, I may not be so loyal. But mostly, if I read an author once, I get curious and want to follow what else they do. Even if I thought their book was MEH, I want to read more and see if they got better with future books (or maybe not BETTER, maybe just they got more ME).
I do this with series too. Even if I didn't like the first book in the series very much, when the sequel comes out I still find myself getting super excited for it. And then I have to stop and be like-- "Michelle, what are you doing?? You didn't even like that book!! Why do you want to read the NEXT book?" I have no answers for that. I just really want to read the next book for reasons that I can't explain.
Here are some examples:
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
- I didn't like this book very much. I didn't like the writing and I found it too overly generalized for a book about such a tough subject. That definitely hasn't stopped me from snooping around, trying to see what she's writing next.
- This was okay. It dragged though. I kind of hate dragging in books. I shouldn't want to read any more Bethany Neal books. But yet.... I still want to read more Bethany Neal books!
- This book had one of those "the boyfriend will make everything better" moments in it that just KILLED the book for me. But I'm like, I still REALLY need to read Creed!
- I kind of loved to hate this book. And then I read Twisted and I kind of loved to hate that one too. And now I'm staring at Truly Madly Deeply like: I really should love to hate you also.
- This was interesting, but UGHHH the ending. Also UGHHH the characters. But I still had Thanks for the Trouble on my MUST-Read List for this year.
- Okay, I legit did not get this book. It was weird and gross and ???????? But I've pretty much book stalked Lauren Myracle ever since I read it. And I've now read at least 5 of her books & want to read them allllll.
- I had ISSUES with this book. I usually do when teen pregnancy is involved. It's just one of those topics that I don't like to read about because I find the execution of them totally cliche and anger-inducing. But the thing is, I THOUGHT about this book a lot. So I read the sequel. And I still didn't love it. So I read Read Between the Lines and LOVED!! So I read Still a Work in Progress and LOVED even more. So now I'm a Jo Knowles fan :)
- This was not deep enough for me. It was very 90's YA. But when I went to BEA in 2014, Get Even was super high on my "GET" list.
- I really didn't like this at all. Like the title says, it was a mess.... and not an awesome one. But I still equally look at Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin's upcoming book lists.
(I really don't read a lot of series at all now that I think of it)
The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen #1) by April Henry
- I like April Henry, but this wasn't my fave from her. But I'm weirdly compelled to get the next book.
- Kitty, do me a favor and jump off a bridge. MOST rage-inducing M/C I've read in a LONG time. But I got SUPER excited when Captive came out (I had the same reading experience with this as well), and I hate to admit that I kind of WANT to read Queen.
Do you ever find yourself weirdly following authors that you didn't even like their books?? Is it just a familiarity thing that I do this? Like "Oh I know you, I read your book. I didn't really like it... but still, I know you!!" I have no idea where the loyalty comes from. Maybe I really am just hoping that their writing and characters are going to get more "ME". Maybe I'm just weird.
What is your reading loyalty like?