Book blogger hop: second chances?

book-blogger-hop-finalThis week, I’m once again joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?

My initial reaction to this was to say stay away but then I took a second to think about how many books I would classify under hated and I’m not sure there are any.  Maybe this is because if I really, Really, REALLY, don’t like a book then I stop reading it and then don’t give it much thought.

If I think about the way I review books though, saying how I feel versus a star rating, I do have be books that I say are not for me.  For others these would be one star reviews or maybe the books they don’t finish.  It’s probably the nearest I could get to hating a book.

Writing this post, I took a look back at those with the not for me rating and wondered, would I pick up this aft or that author again? And the answer was no, I wouldn’t. There wasn’t one instance where I thought, I could give the author another go.  So, whilst I never say never and a brilliant review or recommendation might change my mind, for now my answer is I would stay away.

What about you? Do you believe in second chances?






  1. I guess it would depend on why I hate the book. If it is the writing (poorly constructed, bad grammar, etc.), no, I wouldn’t try again. But if it is a particular story and another plot from the author down the road tempts me…maybe.



  2. I always give authors a second chance by trying a different series but after that if I don’t like it then I just know that I don’t like that authors style and it has nothing to do with them, it’s just not my thing.


    • You are kinder than I am by the sounds of it. I have had experiences where I’ve loved on series then really not liked another.


  3. For me it would be why I didn’t like it – if it was the premise rather than the writing then I would give another chance – I can think of a couple of books where I enjoyed the first book, disliked the second but have revisited in later books, and enjoyed them


    • I agree it has to be based on the reason. I hadn’t thought about books where I had already read others by the author. If I’d enjoyed those books I would likely go back and try another.

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  4. good question! I think that if I had read other books of the author I had liked and just one that I didn’t it’s likely I’ll try the author again but if it;s the first time I read it I probably wouldn’t. But it wouldn’t be a conscious decision to decision. It would be more that the author wouldn’t come to my mind every time I’m thinking what to read next 🙂


    • I never thought about it being a book by an author I had read and enjoyed previously. In that case I might revisit. I agree it’s not necessarily conscious thing, though I would pass the author by if I saw them on a book shelf,


  5. I don’t think I’d revisit any one star authors either because that means that there was nothing about the book I’d like. Most of the 2 stars I’d probably try again. Great answer! I like your thought process on this. I hadn’t thought to look through my list of rated books.


    • I think that I would give a 2 star a go if I found something in it but it would have to be something special to have me give it a go.


  6. I’m more likely to give an author I liked another chance (or multiple chances) before giving up all together. Newer authors who don’t hook me on that first book rarely get a second chance. (Although I’m happy I made an exception for my current read!)


  7. If the writing is poorly crafted or I don’t like the style, then nope – there are too many good writers out there to enjoy. But if it is because the premise or character isn’t my thing, then I may give an author another chance if someone I respect recommends another of their books.


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