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Books that Make My Eyes Itch

on February 17, 2012

Well, I finished “Mockinjay”, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Here’s another author who belongs in my category: ” I know I’m wrong ’cause millions of other people can’t be, but I just don’t get this author”. Also in this category: James Patterson, Stephenie Meyer, J.D. Robb, Jodi Picoult and yes, even for a while, J.K Rowling. I know. You don’t have to tell me I’m wrong, that’s why I made up that category. I finally made my peace with Harry Potter shortly before the last movie came out. I read all the books through consecutively  without any large time gaps in between. I liked them OK and can see the appeal, but I’ll never feel the need to dress up in a wizard costume. It did allow me to enjoy the final movie experience though.

Why bother with these authors you ask? It all started 7 years ago when I began working at the library. I had never even heard of James Patterson, but his were easily the most checked out books  in the library and had the longest hold lists.  What else was there to think? He must be amazing! I’ve got to read his books. Boy was I shocked. All those sweet old ladies? Young mothers? Polite & normal people of all ages?Yup, they were reading about people being hacked up with machetes, and serial killers. It gave me a whole new perspective on the world, and it kind of creeped me out. I didn’t stop at one either, because I figured he was so popular I had just read the wrong book. I read several before I gave up. Same goes for J.D. Robb (soft porn with a boring mystery every time). Jodi Picoult I have a frustrating relationship with. Her books suck me in, but then she adds every conceivable (and inconceivable) complication and sticks on a preposterous ending. I’m always disappointed. I know! I’m wrong! Everyone else loves her – what’s wrong with me?

My other name for this category is “books that make my eyes itch”, because that’s what happens when I read them. My eyes are telling me “stop reading this crap” and for the most part, I have. (Not to say I don’t read crap, I do. I just don’t read crap I don’t like anymore!)

How about you? Do you have authors that make your eyes itch?

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4 responses to “Books that Make My Eyes Itch

  1. Jeyna Grace says:

    Hmm.. i dont actually. Cause if i dont like the book, i just stop. I try some of the famous authors out but if i dont like their works, i stop and dont attempt to read it again. i guess everyone has their own cup of tea. Not everyone would love great authors.

    • Yes, I am giving up on new authors more quickly these days. Life is too short! But I do try to stay open to what’s getting all the buzz – I have found great books that way. I would never have read “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo” if everyone else in the world wasn’t talking about it. Definitely didn’t sound like my taste, but I liked it a lot. Wouldn’t have passed Nancy Pearl’s “rule of fifty” either. (Give up on a book if you don’t like it after 50 pages). It took a while to get going!

  2. Trish says:

    Nicholas Sparks! I’ve read a couple of his books, I just can’t get into them! I don’t get it!

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