TRYING NEW AUTHORS
Every time I think about trying new authors, I honestly get a bit scared. But as we’ve said many times before here on the blog, there’s a lot of books out there now just a lot less quality it seems. Books tend to all blend together to the point you can’t remember which one was it that you just read. And among that scary sea of pages, it’s easy to stay committed to what you know best. Your tried and true authors. Problem lately has been, for me, that those tried and true authors are more often than not giving me subpar quality as well. I’m not loving their books as much as I used to! Or even the genres I used to read are starting to become stale. So the past year has been a constant search for me. Searching for new authors to read. Some brand new, some new to me. Some I picked up on a whim based on the fact they show up on my Amazon page as I look at other books I’ve read. Others, honestly, is the cover that allures me. A few have even been recommended by you guys! And sadly, not all of my attempts to look for new good authors have been successful.
So here’s a list of the authors I’ve gone outside of my comfort zone (read… what I know and have read) and I’ve given them a try in the past year: Lydia Michaels, Anna Harrington, A.R. Barley, Nicola Yoon, Sarah Jio, Renee Ahdieh, Ava March, Kelly Bowen, Victoria Denault, J.R. Rain, Roan Parrish, Cambria Hebert, Anna Zabo, Erica Ferencik, Julia Heaberlin, Suzanne McLeod, Rachel Robinson, Shannon Mayer, Mina Carter, Sabrina Jeffries, Danica Winters, Tamsen Parker, Devon Monk, Bryn Greenwood, Claire Contreras, Chanel Cleeton, Leylah Attar, Santino Hassell, Caroline Kepnes, K.J. Charles, J.J. McAvoy, Sherry Thomas, Cecy Robson, Wendy Higgins, Jay Kristoff, Daisy Prescott, Mia Marlowe, B.A. Paris, Ruth Ware and Marie Lu.
I would say I’ve given this a good shot, right? And you know? I’ve realized that there’s quite a bit I can enjoy when I stretch that comfort zone and try things out. Yeah, some of those were complete failures for me and I won’t be reading them again. But some of them have become auto buy authors as well. And the best part? I had a much better reading experience by not reading always the same!
While I plan on continuing exploring new authors this year, and even testing the waters of different genres, it gets me curious what it is that attracts others to try a certain new author. Do you usually go for an author you haven’t seen mentioned everywhere? Or do you prefer one that everyone seems to be loving? Do you let the cover sway you? Do you only trust recommended authors by friends or bloggers? It’s become so hard to make decisions on what to invest my slowly dwindling reading time that I’m always scared to make the wrong “investment” and pick the wrong book.
What authors have you recently taken a chance on and been pleasantly surprised?
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