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Discovering new authors

Throwing this out there: When you read a book by an author you were previously unfamiliar with, and love it, do you immediately track down everything else they’ve written and read as much of it as you can get your hands on? Or to you spread it out slowly to savor it (or, from a more pessimistic standpoint, to avoid getting sick of it)? Or does it hardly affect whether or not you’ll pick something up by the same author, because you find your likes aren’t really that consistent?

My instinct usually is to do the first, but my budget means it ends up looking more like the second. And sadly, I maybe should follow the third to some extent–when I fall in love with the first book I’ve read by an author, I rarely enjoy any others quite as much.


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Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.



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Jul. 30th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
I'm usually more like the first type, but I also have a small budget so I put them in my Amazon shopping cart ("save for later" option is my friend) and buy them when I can. Usually by the time I get to purchase and read them, it's like seeing the author's work for the first time all over again. LOL
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, I kind of don't mind having to wait between books, because I do find that if I read too much by the same author all at once, I start noticing patterns and so on, and it's just less fresh feeling. If I read a bunch of other things in between, each novel seems more special, or something. :)
Jul. 30th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
I'm a binge reader. I'll go through and read every single thing the person has written. Or if the first book I read is part of a series, I'll read through the rest of the series in one huge glom. :)
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
I can definitely see doing that with a series, because it's like one really big story that just happens to be split into different books. :) I think I'd feel overloaded if I tried to read, say, five stand alones by the same author one after the other, though.
Jul. 30th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
I will do the first if it fits into the budget.
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Yes, the budget is always the thing, isn't it? :P
Jul. 30th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
#1...every time :) (P.S. After spending way too much time on other things, I finally got to read your ms again yesterday -- will send along thoughts tomorrow, but as with the first time, I definitely enjoyed it!)
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it! Looking forward to reading your thoughts.
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Jul. 31st, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm similar that way... I find I enjoy books more if I'm mixing them up. Makes the unique things about each genre/author stand out more!
Jul. 30th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
I usually see how many books I can find at the library first, and if I like a second book by the same author, I'm more likely to buy the third. Sometimes though, I get my hands on that second book and I'm not drawn into it, and that usually means, sadly, that I won't pick up more by that author.
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
I find I'm pretty quick to give up an an author, too. I don't necessarily *like* doing it, but my to-read list is so huge that I'd rather stick with authors I consistently like or haven't tried yet but have reason to think I will like than authors who've already disappointed me at least once.
Jul. 30th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
If it is someone with a LOT of books I usually spread them out, though sometimes I just can't wait (I read all the Brother Cadfael books in about a year). Right now my "slowly savor" list includes Diana Wynne Jones, Elizabeth Peters, Georgette Heyer and Laurie King.
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
There's definitely something to be said for slowly savoring! I've been gradually working my way through Connie Willis's books and Shannon Hale's and E. Lockhart's. :)
Jul. 30th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
Slowly savor? As in pretending for months or years that a book I might love as much as I loved the first book (or more) doesn't exist? Are you kidding?! :)

If I can't afford the books, I'll get them through the library. If the library doesn't have them, I'll get them through Interlibrary Loan. Nothing stands between me and a series I love but haven't caught up with yet!

(Point in case: I ordered Catherine Fisher's SAPPHIQUE from the UK just a few weeks after it came out. First and only time I've done that for a book, and though it was a pb it cost me about as much as the last Harry Potter in hardback once the postage was factored in, but it was SO WORTH IT.)
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
Hee hee. Yes, if I'm absolutely in love with a book very little can stand in the way of me getting my hands on the next, too. But I don't find I fall that in love with books very often, sadly.
Jul. 30th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
I'm def more of the first type of reader. If I find something I respond too, I immediately look for more! Of course I check out the library first, so as not to blow my budget!
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Libraries are great! But usually anything new and remotely popular around here has at least a three-four month wait time on it because of all the holds. :P I don't always like waiting.
Jul. 30th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm in the first group and then, when I hit saturation, I space the books out.
Sometimes I'm disappointed by the following books but other times the next book, particularly if it is a new series, is better.

I also pre-read books at the library first then if I like the book I'll buy it. I got burned badly on several books I bought and HATED so much I could not read them, so I test-read at the library first now.

Edited at 2009-07-30 06:22 pm (UTC)
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
With completely new-to-me writers, I rarely buy new without reading--usually get from the library or used or get through BookMooch--because yeah, it sucks getting burned like that. Once I've read 2-3 books by an author and consistently liked them I'm much more likely to risk buying a new one right away. (Like, you'd better believe the new Attolia book will be mine the second it hits bookstores. ;) )
Jul. 30th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
I used to be the first type, but now lack of time and money have forced me into the second category. <;;> Sad face.
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Time and money--two things I think everyone wishes they had more of!
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