It’s crazy how you can read one book from an author and think it’s the best thing ever written, scavenger hunt your way around Barnes & Noble to find another book written by them, and then all you think is “meh”.
I hate to admit that this happened a bit too often last year, and I started this year off with two more “meh” books from authors I previously loved. Not the best way to start off my reading this year.
To save you and your precious reading time, I’m giving you my honest opinions about the books from authors you should read… and the books from them you should 110% skip!
Life is too short to read books you don’t like.
1. Ruth Ware
Read this: The Woman in Cabin 10
Not that: In a Dark, Dark Wood
Same author, totally different writing. I actually initially read In a Dark, Dark Wood and was unimpressed with the slowness of the so called “thriller”. But when she released another book that was instantly a best seller, I was willing to give her another shot. Best decision I made was giving Ruth Ware a second chance. The Woman in Cabin 10 was a favorite read of last year! I’ve even passed the book onto four different people. Both of her books had very unique storylines, but The Woman in Cabin 10 had much more suspense and character development that is needed to make a thiller really great.
2. Maria Semple
Read this: Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Not that: Today Will Be Different
This was the most recent disappointment on this list. I’m still sitting here wondering, “What was the point of Today Will Be Different?”. The story seemed like a disconnected stream of consciousness to me. I had picked this book by Maria Semple’s because I had loved with Where’d You Go, Bernadette. That book had been such an entertaining read with unique characters I still vividly remember. My recommendation is to start and end with Where’d You Go, Bernadette.
3. Kristin Hannah
Read this: The Nightingale
Not that: Night Road
To say I loved The Nightingale would be an understatement. Her writing transported me instantly to France in 1939 and I had a major reading hangover once I was done with it. Whenever someone states they like historical fiction, it’s one of the first I recommend. But after reading Night Road, I’ve decided that Kristin Hannah defiantly excels with historical fiction, not present day writing. Night Road lacked the beautiful character development and elaborate setting descriptions that I loved so much about The Nightingale. Skip Night Road and be transported into a previous life while you read The Nightingale.
4. Jojo Moyes
Read this: The Last Letter from Your Lover
Not that: Paris for One
Full disclaimer, I read Jojo Moyes when I’m looking for something fun and easy to devour. They are like a guilty pleasure for me. I’m not expecting elaborate story lines or unforgettable characters, I’m expecting a rom-com in between the covers that sucks me in while I read and leaves me lighthearted when I’m done. The Last Letter from Your Lover was exactly that! A pleasing read with and engaging storyline that made me smile ear to ear, content at the end. Paris for One was a bit less pleasing though. It had the storyline potential to carry you on that romantic journey through Paris, but something about it fell a bit flat. When you’re looking for a fun and easy love story, turn to The Last Letter from Your Lover instead.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?