Question of the Week: When do you give up on authors you once adored?

Posted October 9, 2017 by Shari in Question of the Week / 15 Comments


When do you give up on authors you once adored?
Shari’s Thoughts:

When I started reading romance many, many years ago, I had authors I adored. Johanna Lindsey, Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux and more recently J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter, Maya Banks. These were authors I auto-byed. Before my Kindle, I stalked bookstores for new releases, but as I have grown over these many many years, my tastes in authors has changed as well.

Julie Garwood made me love Scottish Highlander Historicals, while Johanna Lindsey made me love a family so much. So why did I stop loving their writing? Because it began to feel stale to me. There was no growth and the stories felt cloned.

And recently with authors like J.R. Ward, I felt the stories were getting to complex with 6 story lines, or the cloning of every alpha male in Maya Banks.

So taking a break is what I have had to do with authors I grew to love and then felt like we were growing apart. Will I go back? Only time will tell.

What do you think?  Do you have an author you have loved
only to find yourself a little disappointed in their recent works?


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


  • I’m actually in the midst of considering this right now. I used to love Katharine Ashe’s older books (like her Prince Catchers series) but overall I am hating her new Devil’s Duke series and it’s just sad. I thinking will finish out the series with the fourth book and see how it goes. Typically I would try and finish a series before “breaking up” with an author. It would be more difficult to so that with an author like J.R. Ward or Gena Showalter though. LOL. Great post, Shari!

    Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • RO

    I read all of those as well, and the older books are still in my collection, but because I’ve moved on a little, I don’t really read anything new they’ve done. I have re-read some of their older novels though for fun. I love JR Ward and have red most her books, and they too are on my bookcase, but even though I still purchase the books, I don’t rush to read them like I did several years ago, so they end up in the TBR pile. Danielle Steele is another one I used to read all the time, but even though she’s a great author, I don’t read the new things she does these days. This is a really great topic, Shari! Happy Monday! Hugs…RO

  • Oh this is a great question! I used to inhale anything and everything Sherrilyn Kenyon wrote after falling in love with her Dark Hunters when I was about 18… The series was only on book 4 back then! But over time everything got too twisty and the series went to 1 book a year and I just wandered off waiting on the next one (about four years ago) and never wandered back 🙁
    It was the same with her other series too. I have plans to re-read and catch up at some point but it seems like a really daunting challenge!
    This also happened with Christine Feehan (who I did go back to before wander off again, lol) and various others like Lindsay Sands, Gena Showalter and Rachel Gibson. (To name a few!)

  • That’s so tough. I love Julie Garwood’s historicals, but her suspense novels aren’t my thing. I’m not sure if I’ve ever completely given up on an author, but I know there are times when I need a break.

  • I’ve quit authors too. It makes me sad that I’ve grown apart from my favorites. Like you, I quit J.R. Ward for the exact reason you mentioned. The hardest one for me was Laurell K. Hamilton. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of people who quit her a long time ago when her books started having more sex in them. I stuck with her. I could deal with the sex. What really got to me was the politics of being in the main characters’ bed. I felt like the series was trying to be a how-to for polyamorous relationships. I also had some issues with facts that changed in the later books. I had reread this series so much that I knew all the facts, so when things changed and not caught in editing, it was just too much.

    Mostly, I’ve quit new series by authors that I love. Kim Harrison’s Peri Reed, Jeaniene Frost’s Broken Destiny.

    Great topic.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • I think we’ve all quit author. Our taste changes over time or at least mine does. I started out reading horror and then historical romance. I had to change authors as my taste changed.

  • I’ve quit an author, so far just the one. It was J.R. Ward. I actually Pre-Ordered The King, but I still haven’t read it. I got frustrated with all the different story lines going on and then they where not begin completed or wrapped up. I love the earlier books, but I’m done. Who knows maybe I’ll come back, but for now I just tell people the early books are the best and then it gets complicated ^_^. Oh, I did also quit Jeanine Frost – Broken Destiney. I love her Night Huntress World, but the Broken Destiney I just couldn’t get into. Book one I DNF’d.

  • I think that is what I do… take a break rather than a full breakup. Sometimes you need to get away from it to get back to what you loved.

  • There are definitely some that I’ve grown bored of. Sometimes it starts to feel repetitive.

  • Bookworm Brandee

    Haha Garwood made me love Scottish Highlanders too. 🙂 I think taking a break or switching up genres keeps things fresh. At least, that’s what I had to start doing. But there are some I’ve still not returned to.

  • I loved Grace Burrowes when she was first released. I couldn’t get enough of them then suddenly the scenes starting blending together from one book to another. I could predict what was going to be said in a certain scene based on what was said in the previous books. They became stale and boring so I took a break from her writing and I picked up one of her books a few weeks ago and, sadly, it has the same feel as the ones that came before. So, I think it’s time to walkaway.

  • I sometimes have to do this with authors too. Johanna Lindsey and Julie Garwood I still love, but Garwood I only like her HR. And Johanna Lindsey I still read, but sometimes her books are great and other times they feel a bit flat. Other times when I give up authors, its because they change their style of writing to suit what is most popular. For example Tessa Dare. I used to love her work so much. But now her HR feel more like contemporaries than actual historicals. So its sad to see that happen.

  • Karen

    It was always so difficult for me to give up on an author. You invest so much time (& money!) that you hate to give in but I do now. My first was the Sookie Stackhouse series. I gave up with just 2 more books to go but I’m glad I did and I’ve tried one more book (a different series) by her and she’s just not for me anymore.

    Same with J.R. Ward. Those multiple storylines left me so irritated. I ended up writing long, ranty reviews and why buy a book and spend all that negative energy on it?

    I’m trying to vary my reading more now. I found that while I used to love binge reading one author – I now can see all the repetitiveness so I try to skip around.

    For What It’s Worth

  • I struggle with letting an author go. There are a few I know I NEED to just stop, but I feel like I’ve spent so much time with them that I can’t just give up. It’s a sad, sad problem. I’ll even read a different genre if it is written by one of those authors I’ve dedicated myself to. Life would be so much easier if I could just put my foot down and say “Enough!”

  • Oh man. I WISH I could walk away from authors I loved once upon a time. If I read a book by an author and I don’t like it, it’s easy for me to just not pick another one up. But for one that I love (for example Samantha Young gave me On Dublin St, one of my all time fave CRs; I haven’t loved a single book buy her since,) I just cannot walk away. And I’ve tried. Good for you for being able to take an author break. Maybe I should do that, and then I’m not committing to walking away. LOL