I was browsing through my twitter stream a few days ago, following a conversation about someone’s DNF (did not finish) shelf at GoodReads. The tweeter said she keeps a DNF shelf so she can keep track of what author’s books to avoid in the future. Someone else said that once they add a book to the DNF shelf, they’ll never read that author again. I was surprised about this because I’ve never banned an author’s books from my shelves based on one book I couldn’t finish. To be honest, I can’t think of any books I’ve read that would make me swear off the author’s work forever. I might not read another book in a particular series, but I may try something else by the author especially if a book is recommended by a friend. Don’t get me wrong, there are some authors I don’t read because I don’t care for their style, subject matter etc., but I can’t think of an occasion where I had the urge to scream, “NEVER AGAIN!!”
I know a lot of people get quite passionate about what they read. I have my favorite series and I may or may not have even stayed up until midnight to download a new release a time or two. Maybe. And, I’ve even been pissed off and disappointed in a book to the point where I emailed friends, ranted at my husband, whined on twitter and pouted for a few
days hours. But I can’t think of any book that has made me want to ban the author from my shelves. I might quit a series but I’ve never quit an author out of frustration or anger.
So my question to you today is, have you ever sworn off an author’s work based on one book you couldn’t finish or did not like? Now, I’m not asking you to tell me what author and book, this post isn’t about that. I just want to know if you’ve ever banned an author’s work from your reading list based on one book that turned you inside out, offended you or made you bare your teeth and growl like a pit bull.