The first question I posed to authors was “What are you currently reading?”. I got a great response (click HERE to read that post). I also wanted to know if authors ever abandoned books, the way I sometimes do if I just can’t get into it. Turns out they do…
Question #2- AUTHORS: WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU GAVE UP ON, AND WHY?
Jennie Shortridge , author of Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe: People will hate me for saying this, but The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. I just couldn’t wade through that initial snow storm. I have so little time to read fiction (only when not writing or revising) so something has to grab me fast. I know it must be a wonderful book because people who read what I do love it. It’s just me.
Edward Hardy, author of Keeper and Kid: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. I hadn’t tried it in a bunch of years but somehow I can never get past page 100. This time – same result.
Alan Cheuse, author of To Catch the Lightning: I give up on a lot of new books, sometimes for tactical reasons, as a reviewer, because as much as I’d like to, I can’t review all thrillers or science-fiction… I stop reading many realistic novels, when I find the subjects never growing out of their narrow tracks…
Mathias Freese, author of Down to a Sunless Sea: I will not give the title lest I offend, but it is a book sent to me by a fellow author — simply unbearable, disconnected and does not grab me as a reader.
Joshua Henkin, author of Matrimony: For the life of me, I can’t remember. I tend to plow through till the end no matter what. I’m not sure why. Curiosity, probably. The hope that there’s something in the book that I haven’t yet discovered. But life’s too short–too many good books out there. So I’m going to resolve to stop reading when I’m not inclined to read on.
Susan Woodring , author of Springtime on Mars: I had to read The Phantom Toll Booth by Norton Juster for a middle school class I’ll be teaching in the fall, and I absolutely hated it. It’s clever and all, but it just seems to be utterly without direction. Ugh. I have read all but the last chapter–I’ll have to finish it and drum up a bit of enthusiasm before I teach this class.
Next time we’ll see which authors are the authors’ favorite authors. Can you say AUTHORS 3 times fast???