Do you want studying books from the identical writer?
Do you want studying books from the identical writer?
I do not like studying a number of books from the identical writer. After two or extra, I really feel as if I am breaking the “fourth wall” and the story appears to be misplaced a bit.
For instance, I’ve learn three fiction books by Matt Haig. They have been all actually good tales, however I may inform he wrote all of them. And by the third ebook, I may see extra of Haig within the textual content. It by no means ruined the story for me, nevertheless it was 98% story and a couple of% Haig.
I do know it’s normal for ppl to have a fav writer, nevertheless, I do not – somewhat, I’ve fav books and notable authors.
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Yeah, it doesn’t bother me at all. It’s like watching movies by the same director.
I like reading books that are all in the same language.
I very much tend to read as many books as I can when I find an author whose voice has clicked with me. It can be a double edged sword. There have been authors whose books I’ve enjoyed greatly that after reading more of their writing, I’ve realized they have basically one small bag of tools they reuse multiple times and they don’t seem as clever as I first thought. But often I’ve found that their further books have been just as new and interesting as their first ones. There are some very good books I would have missed out on if I avoided authors I’d read before for fear of becoming too familiar with their style and work.
Most of the time yeah, but other times no. It all depends on the skill set of that particular author. Like for example, I read tons of Mercedes Lackey and Seanan McGuire, but they publish lots of books in different genres, so I can see their style but not their issues or personality. Meanwhile, Laurel K. Hamilton, I read a lot of her as well, but I stopped reading hers after a while because her issues were coming out really strongly in the writing in a way that didn’t serve the stories at all. Also, I was put off by the fact that they were times she literally copy-pasted descriptions of character looks although at least all the porn was discreet and unique.
I read to have a good time. There are some things that make me not have a good time for sure, but reliably reproducing an enjoyable experience from an author whose work I have previously enjoyed is typically a good time for me.
I do. I know that if I pick up a new book by Martha Grimes ( for example) that I’m gonna visit old friends.
I love sprawling series because I am obsessed with character development. So, in that sense, yes.
Switching between series or stand-alone books is hit or miss. If they are too similar ( same cast / plot with new names) I feel disappointed it’s not actually more of the same.
If it’s different enough It’s fine.
I read books by the same author. I kind of have to if it’s a trilogy or something like that.
If I find an author I really vibe with, yes. Most recently Guy Gavriel Kay and Benjamin Myers.
I do, these days I’m often more interested in the writer really anyway. I want to see how their voice as a writer and ideas develop across their life, how new books provide more insight into their previous work. If they weren’t that interesting to start with I could see how it could get samey, and sometimes it can feel like a writer can get ‘stuck’ psychologically, there’s something they can’t resolve (although it’s not always an uninteresting internal conflict). I’m looking forward to getting to some of Edith Wharton’s books after she left for France, because in her earlier work you can see her kind of going over the issues with fitting into the culture, with her marriage, the expectations of women.
I think even just with one book, there can be aspects where the writer is more ‘visible’ if you like. I’ve felt like I’m not sure I quite follow some of the discussions on communism and the party line vs. personal responsibility (I think?) in La mort dans l’âme (Ok, part of a series, but this aspect wasn’t really significant earlier), and that probably having more specific knowledge of Sartre’s own past conflicts around it might have helped. But then I’m also an anarchist so I think whether something stands out to a reader as the writer’s perspective or they just accept it may depend on how much it gels with their own worldview.
But being able to follow a writer over time feels almost a kind of privilege. The French revolutionary and writer Mercier (who deeply valued books) has a bit in one of his works, a utopian vision, where everyone has a book that they write what they’ve learned over the course of their life in and it’s left for their descendants, with the most thoughtful examples being published widely. The internet may lead to less optimism over such a concept, but I still think it’s nice, and in a way this is already the closest thing we have.
I’m pretty sure just about everyone is going to answer yes. I’ve read 7 Cormac McCarthy books since October and enjoyed every one of them. 3 of them, Blood Meridian, The Crossing, and The Road are in my top 5 books of all time. If you enjoy a book by an author you will almost some of their other books
I read mostly fantasy and most fantasy books are part of series, so yes.
I do, but these days I easily get burned out on books that are in a series, especially a long one. But if an author writes good stand-alone novels I’ll happily read more than one of them.
I like reading the same author but I can’t binge read them for the same reasons and because things become too predictable to be enjoyed. I love Pratchett, but he did explore the same themes over and over with often the same jokes or metaphors until it becomes an old uncle who tells the same stories. People will put that on his AD yet the tendency started in the earliest books, or on the fact that they are running jokes, but they aren’t when it’s a moralistic stance that pops up in every other book.
I love Ellroy’s dry script-like style, McCarthy’s dense and unapologetic prose or Wharton’s sharp tone but like some people can’t eat the same dish twice in a week, I need variety in my books.
I absolutely love it because I’m so happy to find a writing style I love. When I find an author I like, I want to try and read all of their books.
I’ll read every single book in an author’s oeuvre.
I have a fairly short list of authors I either intend to read all their works, or I already have and will keep up with future releases. They include Becky Chambers, Margaret Atwood, Leigh Bardugo (except further YA, I’ll keep up with adult releases), Kazuo Ishiguro, and a few others. I think they either do their thing extremely well, or do a range of interesting things.
Some authors do start to feel formulaic though. Jodi Picoult is one I’ve read a lot of, but I find she always writes the same formula and I notice it every time I pick something up from her – topical social issue, controversial, some kind of legal angle, intense relationship stuff, twist ending. It’s not bad, but I don’t rush to read her stuff any more.
Love it. But I also like books that are part of a series. Bonus points if the author has a lot of books in different genres.
Usually a good author is capable of multiple enjoyable books.
Welp, I have almost an entire bookcase dedicated to Stephen King so that’s a solid “yes” from me.
I like taking breaks. Similar reason. I feel I appreciate the language and style better if I’m coming to it more fresh.
When I was younger, I would binge read authors. I read everything Poe ever wrote in seventh grade, followed by Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and many other science-fiction writers. Then it was on to Tolkien, Donaldson, and so forth. I’ve read all the Dick Francis mysteries because I love horses. Sue Grafton and Martha Grimes were sure bets for me too.
Somehow, over the years, I became much more eclectic and was open to many new authors. I’m now in a book club and enjoy reading something new every month. Once in a while, I feel like returning to an old favorite, but not very often.
I think I read Station Eleven then read every single one of Emily St. John Mandel’s books in a row
Yes, but not in a row. I’ve all DeLillo’s books, but not in a row. I’ve read all the Dune books, but not in a row. All the Wm. Gibson trilogies, but none of the books in a row. I like to break it up with nonfiction, literary with genre, the ocean with the mountains, red wine with lager. Have fun.
I routinely look for whatever else somebody wrote if I like one of their books. in fact I feel like I read authors, not genres or series.
Yeah, I can be picky so if find someone I like I stick with them. Sometimes I don’t like to learn about the authors personal life or history out of fear of changing my view of their perspective, or spoiling their mysteriousness and detracting from an almost kind of sense of mysticism (Olga Tokarczuk, Huxley, Murakami, Faulkner) if that counts. Other times knowing about an author bolsters my like for them (Gore Vidal, Albert Camus, Ivo Andric, Dickens). I’m not really sure how I’ve come about that division.
If I like a book I add every book the author has ever written to my TBR. I never need to ask for book recommendations that way and I always have something to read. It works for me.
Yeah. I prefer it. And it physically hurts me when an author i like writes something i don’t like.
When I find a book I love, I get so excited because that means I have a new author to enjoy.
I do but usually space them out so I don’t read them all in a row
I had a teacher in high school who introduced me to *The Name of the Rose*. I loved how Eco used language to paint a picture in my mind, so I immediately sought out more of his works. I now have his novels and am still looking for his other works.
No other author has really made me want to read their works like this.
Thank you Ms. Jones for giving me that wonderful gift all those years ago.
Doesn’t bother me, unless it is an author that uses the same blueprint for every book. I don’t like predictable, but I do like familiar worlds.
Seems like you aren’t reading good stuff then.
It should be enjoyable that you notice the writing style. If it isn’t, then you just don’t like the style.
It’s easier for me to skip around so everything stays fresh and I’m getting a wide variety of voices as possible.
Unless one really speaks to me and I’m compelled to hear more of it in comparative short order – but even then, there are breaks.
Depends on the author. For some authors one book is enough but for other authors I will want to read all their books.
It depends on the author and what kind of books they write or have written.
It’s an interesting point. It’s also a question over whether or not you like stylists. I really enjoy seeing a writers style in a book. Like reading Cormac McCarthy or James Joyce, there’s something about watching them manipulate English that’s entrancing.
On the other hand, I will NEVER read two books by the same author back to back, unless they’re like in a series (although I rarely read genre fiction, meaning I rarely read series).
It’s a good question.
I’ve also read multiple of Matt Haig’s books! Specifically the Midnight Library and How to Stop Time. I enjoyed both and I found that I could recognize and expect his style, but it’s familiarity was comforting
Absolutely. It’s more enjoyable to read once you discover the writing style you love. Like for me Agatha Christie>>>any other author
Depends….some people I like to read a bunch, some it gets boring an monotonous. Felt like I grew out of Chuck Palanuik partially because I’m not an angsty teenager anymore, or because after a while all his characters just sound exactly like same tone of voice, pov, etc.
Yep Terry pratchett x
I like to read books by the same author but I will cleanse my palate in between. For example I’ve been reading Cormac McCarthy lately but I’ve interspersed it with books by Chuck Palahniuk, Murakami, Steinbeck and now Robin Hobb. It allows me to sit back and reset. Sometimes when I read books by the same author it feels like a slight slog. It’s nice to freshen things up in between.