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"If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"
I found this quite a hard question to answer. Had I been asked this a few years ago I would have said yes. When I first came across Douglas Coupland I read the rest of his books within a year. I now wait somewhat impatiently for each of his new books. Lesson there is I don't do well with waiting. Not long after I discovered I loved Haruki Murakami. I was a little slower in reading his books because I wanted to savour them. Not slow enough because I am now waiting impatiently for his next one (iq84 which is out in the UK in October). It doesn't matter that none of these books are part of a series therefore it's not like I am waiting for the story to continue. I love their books that much I want to see what they come up with next.
I have done the same thing with series though. I did it with Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Jeffery Deaver (although slower than the others) and Jasper Fforde. Like the stand alones I now have to wait impatiently for the next ones. I always tell myself I should slow it down for a few reasons. Mainly because I don't like to wait. Somehow knowing that I can easily pick up another by the author makes me feel better. Also, in terms of series, if it's a long wait I am liable to forget a lot of what's happened before.
Recently I have been good. I am trying to get through the +100 books I have on my shelf still to read so my book buying has slowed right down. I could quite easily go out and by the rest of the Charlie Parker series and the entire backlist of Barbara Kingsolver, Hilary Mantel. Ian McEwan, Cormic McCarthy, Philip Roth to name a few.
There is always that worry mind you that when you discover an author you love that it's really just that one book and the rest prove to be a disappointment. The only example I can think of is Audrey Niffenegger. In this case I read her first book "The Time Traveller's Wife" when it was first released. Had a long wait for her second one and I wish I hadn't read it. It puts me off giving the first one a re-read or even trying any others she might later release.
I'm getting better at rationing myself. I do it with the myths series and also have managed it with Jasper Fforde. I think I'm just drowning in books now!ReplyDelete
I am savouring my Murakamis too (although I tell myself I'm waiting for the ebook).ReplyDelete
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You have a good point about savouring an author. There have been a few I rushed through and wished I'd taken my time with. I've gotten better too. I love the Tasha Alexander books but I've been spreading them out over months to enjoy them.
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