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Thursday, April 11, 2013

More Author Insight: Reader's Guilt

Is there one book or series you feel bad about not reading?

"There are TONS of book series I haven't read, some of them hugely popular, and I don't feel bad about skipping a single one of them. If I want to read it, it's on my list, and if I don't, I don't. There are too many amazing books out there for anyone to feel bad about the ones they don't get to--just keep reading the ones you can, and you'll never run out." - Dan Wells, author of Fragments. 

"One? Try many. I’m a pretty slow reader, so there’s constant guilt over how poorly read I am." - Natalie Whipple, author of Transparent

"A bunch of them, actually. I gave up Cassandra Clare’s series because I didn’t want her demon hunting world to influence my own in any way. I miss it!" - Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed

"I might be thrown out of the kidlit community for admitting this, so please realize this comes with some risk to my personal safety: I have never read the Harry Potter books… or seen the movies, or have any burning desire to do so. I feel bad mostly because all the references to the series—and wow, are there many—go straight over my head. Sometimes I smile and nod though, and I guess now you’ll know I’m faking it." - Nova Ren Suma, author of 17 & Gone.

"I feel bad about all the unread books on my shelves, but I’ve accepted the fact that I can’t read everything. Now I concentrate on enjoying what I do read. So if a book doesn’t grab me in the first 50 pages, I’m afraid I move on to the next one." - Dave Cousins, author of 15 Days Without a Head.

"Uh, most of them. At this point a book has to come highly regarded or be written by one of my friends for me to find the time to read it. I'm reading books like Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein, and Macbeth with my classes, so my shelf is full at the moment. That's what summer break is for, right?" - Suzanne Young, author of The Program.

"As a former English grad student, I don't know how I made it through my education without reading Ulysses." - Emma Carlson Berne, author of Never You Let Go

"For the longest time, I didn’t read Harry Potter. Then I was hit with a sudden barrage of people saying I needed to read them for this aspect or that. I finally caved when someone left me a comment with a term I didn’t recognize and Google identified it as something from the HP universe." - Josin McQuein, author of Arclight

"My reading list is a mile long, but I don’t feel bad about it. Series-wise, I’ve been meaning to read Clare and Cashore because I’ve heard good things about their writing." - Scott Blagden, author of Dear Life, You Suck

"Oh crap. Here it is. Okay. *Blows out a breath* The Book Thief. THERE. I said it. Despite how much I absolutely adored The Messenger by Markus Zusak and have gifted it several times, I still haven't read The Book Thief. It's cloaked in expectations, and I keep skipping it because I want to read it at the right time and feel the right things." - Lindsey Leavitt, author of Going Vintage

"I read the first Harry Potter book and was totally bored by it, since I'm not fond of fantasy.  I should have read the rest of the series, but life is too short to read long books that don't interest or inform or inspire, so I let them go." - Lois Ruby, author of Rebel Spirits

Next week, find out if the authors feel a need to divorce their personal lives from their writing careers. 

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