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Subject: A little sad... ;-)
Date Posted: 4/19/2011 4:29 PM ET
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I finally did it! I've been a fan of Mary Balogh forever (15+ years) and had quite a stash of her older books as well as the more current ones. I sort of lost interest halfway through her Huxtable series; I think the same things that first drew me to her writing (the restraint most of her characters display and the slight formality of her books) are those that I finally tired of. Regardless, I harbor a large soft spot in my heart for Mary Balogh but still decided this morning to list them all on PBS. when I checked back in, I had 9 requests and 5 wish lists. So, I'm a little sad to let them go but I'm sure they'll be going to good homes. Does anyone else have an author they've outgrown but can't let go of?
Date Posted: 4/19/2011 5:13 PM ET
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I posted a few of my Kristan Higgin's books that were not my favorites - thinking I would not read them again - but I have ended up ordering them again a few months after I swapped mine! I realized that I really like her style so much, even if they wern't my favorites, I still liked them...

Date Posted: 4/19/2011 5:24 PM ET
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Teresa Medieros and Julia Quinn aren't the favorites they once were... I have let most of my Quinn go but a few tenacious favorites linger on.

Date Posted: 4/19/2011 5:52 PM ET
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Oh yes several!  I have over the past few years rehomed my Jean Plaidy/Philippa Carr/Victoria Holt books, as well as Pearl Buck, Jude Deveraux, Karen Robards and Colleen McCullough.  They are all authors that I have really enjoyed, but I realized I would most likely never read those books again and there was no point in having them sit on my shelves when other folks might enjoy them too.

Date Posted: 4/19/2011 6:31 PM ET
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"rehomed" - I like that word!

Date Posted: 4/19/2011 6:39 PM ET
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First off, Rebecca, good job! It's a tough decision to make when we first make it but it gets easier as time goes on.

Not here, but a few years ago I got rid of a lot of my Diana Palmers at GW, some had been on the keeper shelf forever. I don't even know if she's 'hot' here or not. I still continue to buy her, one of my guilty pleasure authors, but she's not so much a keeper these days.

One author I still can't get rid of is Linda Howard. I've reread so many of her books and have enjoyed them as much the second or third time around. Since I've been using the library so much in the last 5 years it's been easier to get rid of some authors.

I will never get rid of my Nancy Martin "Blackbird Sisters" series or my favorite Heyers. Other authors are up for grabs.

Gail

Date Posted: 4/19/2011 6:45 PM ET
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I could probably rehome my Catherine Coulters. There was a window in which I really liked her, but I think it's closed. Not quite ready to let them go yet, though. I did rehome my Karen Robards, same sort of thing.

Date Posted: 4/19/2011 7:01 PM ET
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I also rehomed my Joan Johnston Bitter Creek books, as well as Julie Garwood's Buchanan series. I loved ALL Bitter Creek books except the last one - Shattered - and I hated it so much I had to get rid of all of them because I would never read them again after reading the last one. I loved the Buchanan books too, but realized that I would not re-read them, so I rehomed them to someone who would.

K. A. (nyxki) - ,
Date Posted: 4/19/2011 10:21 PM ET
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I recently listed a bunch of my Catherine Coulters.  I tend to find an author, like them, and end up buying everything they ever wrote.  I enjoyed her FBI series so I went back and collected most of her earlier romances, only to realize that I really don't like them at all.  C'est la vie.  

I generally realize it's time for a me to part ways with an author when they drop off my "to buy immediately" list.  I still can't bring myself to re-home most of their backlists, even if I'm not buying their new books.        

Date Posted: 4/20/2011 9:22 AM ET
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I have some favorite authors that I auto-buy because they've brought me so much joy in the past and I want to support them with the purchase.  However, if they let me down too many times and the bad outweighs the good, I stop buying and start pbs'ing.  One in particular is Rachel Gibson. I couldn't believe I would ever stop liking her stuff :(

Date Posted: 4/20/2011 9:35 AM ET
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JAK/Amanda Quick I continue buying out of loyalty but all the focusing on damn Arcane and dustbunnies and anything and everything that isn't related to actual romance means that I only buy them used now instead of new and if this keeps up, in a few years I might have to quit buying her stuff altogether.