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Subject: Popular authors you just can't seem to get into
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 6:28 PM ET
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Mary Janice Davidson.  I've tried a couple of hers now and I just don't like them.  Everyone seems to love her books and they just do nothing for me. 

Danielle Steel.  Can't get into her either. 

Nicholas Sparks

Who are yours?

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 6:32 PM ET
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Katie McCalister (sp?)  I have tried to read her stuff several times and have never made it past the first chapter of any of her books.  All of her books have great sounding synopses on the back, but her writing style leaves me flat.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 6:36 PM ET
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Nora Roberts.

Danielle Steele.

NIcholas Sparks

I like MJD 's Royal series and tried to read one of her Queen Betsy books but could not get interested.  Maybe I need to start with the first book.

Debbie Macomber.


 Edited author confusion!

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Date Posted: 6/4/2008 6:50 PM ET
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I've only just heard of Mary Janice Davidson....and just gotten the first Queen Betsy book....based on reviews it sounds like something I'd like...but we'll see. As for authors I can't get into...

I think I'm one of the few of readers who can't seem to like Janet Evanovich...I've tried both Stephanie Plum books and the Full...whatever books....I heard such rave reviews for both, but I just don't like her style...and I don't get her sense of humor...

and Diana Palmer....I haven't been able to read a whole book by her yet...I somehow always end up skimming her novels.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 7:08 PM ET
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Jacquelyn Frank

Alyssa Day

Neither one can seem to hold my attention... and I have tried to read them lots of times

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 7:20 PM ET
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I agree on Alyssa Day. I really want to like her. Heck, i love her theme. Warriors, Atlanteans, sexy men - whats not to like? I just can't read it. So sad. D:

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 7:20 PM ET
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Janet Evonvich and Laurel Hamilton. 

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 7:29 PM ET
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Laurel Hamilton and Katie MacCalister (sp?)

Another one I tried and I can't think of her name. Alot of people love her, but I just couldn't get into them. I think the name of the one was Bitten?

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 7:32 PM ET
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Nora Roberts, Mary Janice Davidson, Danielle Steele, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Debbie Macomber, Lyndsay Sands.

I'm sure there's a couple others I just can't think of right off.


Date Posted: 6/4/2008 7:43 PM ET
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There are a few that I've discovered through trading, etc here who haven't quite lived up to expectations.  But to be fair, in most of those cases I've only gotten through one book that didn't grab me, and I usually like to give any writer more than one shot.  With recommendations, three strikes and they're out seems the most fair policy to me. 

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 7:50 PM ET
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Kristy M - you're thinking of Kelley Armstrong.

Mary Janice Davidson is definitely one for me along with Janet Evanovich.  Katie MacAlister - you're right, the synopses always sound good but they never live up to my expectations.  Vicki Lewis Thompson and her Nerd Series - for me they are so overhyped.

I'm not a fan of Nora Roberts but strangely I really love her J.D. Robb persona.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:10 PM ET
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Gena Showalter and Christina Dodd. 

I end up not finishing or skimming their books.

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Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:20 PM ET
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Eloisa James, Nora Roberts, Brockmann, Sparks.


*gasp* how can anyone not like SEP?  :)

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:25 PM ET
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I always amazed how tastes can differ so much, but that is what makes the world go around.

I love Katie MacAlister; she is one of my favorite authors.  She has almost a British sense of humor.  I think people either love or hate her.  Also I am a big fan of Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb.

Edited to add- I don't think anyone's opinion is wrong.  I just wanted to put my 2 cents in just in case someone who hasn't read these authors doesn't just automatically write them off. 

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Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:28 PM ET
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I know I'm a minority in this instance but I can't get through Lisa Kleypas or Loretta Chase.  Go figure.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:45 PM ET
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Wow!  You truly do learn something new everyday.  I had no idea that Nicholas Sparks wrote THE HORSE WHISPERER.   Weird, huh?


Whenever I want to work my mom into a frenzy, all I have to do is mention Nicholas Sparks' name and she'll say who is he again?  And the minute I say he wrote MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, she'll say . . "Oh! THAT guy!!"  Ugghhh!!!


Date Posted: 6/4/2008 10:28 PM ET
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Katie MacAllister, Janet Evanovich and Stephanie Laurens for me.

I also don't read Danielle Steele - my old boss gave me "HRH" 2 years ago for Christmas and I still have not read it.

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Date Posted: 6/4/2008 10:35 PM ET
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Erin McCarthy, MJD, I liked the first Kelly Armstrong, couldn't read the rest, Nora Roberts, Gena Showalter, Charlene Harris.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 10:35 PM ET
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Another Katie MacAllister here, though I've only read one and a bit by her and haven't completely given up.

Julie Garwood, Amanda Quick, Stephanie Laurens, Virginia Henley, Victoria Alexander, Jillian Hunter, Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber

I've never tried Danielle Steele and probably never will.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:06 AM ET
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For me, Lisa Kleypas - I've tried, really I have - 5 books. I just don't get it, and I know she's extremely popular. What am I missing??  And I'm going to give Rachel Gibson another try - I sorta liked See Jane Score, but it wasn't all that, definitely not "keeper" material for me. But I haven't given up.

Maybe it's something hardwired in our brains to be affected by some authors and not others. Or sometimes I wonder if it's a mood I'm in - although I have to admit, if after 5 books I just don't care, it's a waste of good PBS credits to read more...


(also, The Horse Whisperer was written by Nicholas Evans, not Nicholas Sparks, just fyi)

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:52 AM ET
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Danielle Steel for sure ( its like watching the paint dry on the wall),  Nora Roberts is another... hmmm, and Anne Stuart

However, with Anne Stuart, I've only read 2 books, so maybe I shouldn't be too judgmental about her books because just maybe, I just picked out the wrong books to try... but I seriously didn't think she was all that wonderful, just an average writer. 

I think I would like Debbie Macomber if she'll add more steam  to her romance.... 

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 1:19 AM ET
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I've found that my tastes change. I used to read Danielle STeel like crazy and enjoyed them til I hit total burnout one day and it took several years before Iread another ( the ranch) and I hated the ending for one of the women and hate her for writing it that way LOL so I haven't read her since..can't hardly stand seeing one of her books though I kept the couple I liked (thurston house) and I think 'Family Album' was the other. Kaleidoscope was disturbing and Jewels I didn't care for after sticking with it forever...

one I didn't like was charlaine harris - couldn't get into the southern vampire book but almost fnished with her Lily Bard series and plan on finding my books in the sookie series and trying them again now that I'm more into paranormal..same with the queen betsy books..the first was ok but I wasn't into them but think I might enjoy them now.

I liked Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Kretnzy but t heir newers tuff is too 'out there' for me :-(

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 3:32 AM ET
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I read Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison and was very underwhelmed.  Every time someone raves about her books, I cringe.

I don't like Katie McAllister (sp?) either.  Tried a book and got bored halfway through.

To the poster that doesn't like Anne Stuart:  Are the two you read from her "Ice" series, or are they some of her older books.  She wrote a book called Into the Fire which started a chain reaction leading to the "Ice" books.  They are different from her older books.  She might be a little like Maggie Shayne: I like her paranormals but I don't really care for her thriller books.

Oh, and I don't really like Lora Leigh anymore and I'm starting to get a little annoyed with Sherrilyn Kennyon's repetitiveness.  If you've read one of her sex scenes you've read them all.  Don't get me wrong, they're exciting, but after reading the same similies and metaphors for 10 or more books, they get a little tired.

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Date Posted: 6/5/2008 7:06 AM ET
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Yikes---sorry!!  Thanks for that correction, Melinda!  

It's odd how different people's tastes are. I love Charlaine Harris and Katie MacAlister (though I was underwhelmed by Kate Marsh's Ghost of a Chance), as well as many of the historical authors that a few have said they don't like. 

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 7:33 AM ET
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Danielle Steele came to mind when I saw this thread as well as Jennifer Crusie. To be honest, I only tried each of them once but with so many books and authors out there, I didn't see the point of giving them another go.

I really like many of the authors that have been mentioned in this thread but differing tastes are part of what makes the world go round. :D