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Let's Talk Bookish – Bias Towards Books & Authors

Hola my dear bookish friends and welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Does your love for an author make you biased towards their book and vice versa?

This is a question I’m curious to see all of your answers to. I once thought that I was biased, but I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t matter whether I love or hate an author, my feelings towards their book will depend on how good the book is.

I don’t have many favorite authors. I have favorite books, which makes me like the author, but it doesn’t make them my favorite ones. Honestly, I can count all my favorite authors on one hand.

So, for me, the question is more like, does my love for another book of the author make me biased towards their other books? No. I don’t think so.

After a lot of recommendations, and just seeing Six of Crows everywhere, I finally decided to read it and see what all the fuss was about. I loved it. It’s sequel, Crooked Kingdom? I loved it too. But when I tried Bardugo’s newest release, Ninth House, I could barely get through the first two chapters.

Despite my love for Bardugo’s other books, it wasn’t able to sway me into pushing through Ninth House.

Another great example is the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. I enjoyed the first two books, seriously disliked the third, and was seriously annoyed with the fourth. Despite the fact that I liked the first two, I wasn’t able to forgive or look past all the mess that happened in the two books after that.

So no. My love for an author, or for some of their books, doesn’t make me biased towards their other books.

If I don’t like a book, however, I think it does make me biased, because then I don’t want to pick up any other books by that author. And if I hear bad things about the author, then I also probably will steer clear of their books, though I believe they (the books) should be treated fairly. The author could be controversial, but their books might be good, and it doesn’t help to rate them when you haven’t read them, or attack people who do read them (more on that here!).

You never know. But I probably still won’t be picking up that author’s books anytime soon.

This Week’s Participants:

Megan @ Megabunny Reads | Ashlee @ Books Are 42 | Jane @ Blogger Books | Heran @ Be Frisky | Dani @ Literary Lion | Aria @ Book Nook Bits | Vicki @ Diverse Fantasy Reads

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So, what do you think? Does your love for an author make you biased towards their book and vice versa? Do you sometimes feel inclined to rate a book by an author that you like, much higher than you normally would? Do you have many favorite authors? Chat with me in the comments below!

22 thoughts on “Let's Talk Bookish – Bias Towards Books & Authors

  1. Great discussion!! I definitely think that I’m often more inclined to like books by my favorite authors if I had read things from them previously and enjoyed them. Contrarily, if I read a book and disliked it, I’m more likely to stay clear of that author and their works in the future. This is a bit unfair, because novels can be of great variety, regardless if they’re by the same author or not.

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  2. Oh, I definitely don’t think that my love for an author makes me biased toward their books! I actually don’t think that I have any beloved authors, really. I do have some authors who I put way more trust in than I do others, but I very rarely love absolutely everything I read by one author, so I know before going into a book (regardless of whether I enjoyed the author’s previous works or not) that I still have a chance of being disappointed with a book. Also, since becoming a reviewer, I’m way more wary of having a bias when I review books now (even though I think having one/s is inevitable), because I want my thoughts on a book to be transparent, especially because some people actually trust my opinion on books?? which is wild to me

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    1. I understand that. It takes a really long time before I finally allow an author to become one of my favorites. I love their books, and I’m excited for their new releases, but for some authors, it’s just not on that special level that my favorite authors are on. Yeah, I also try not to be biased, because some people use my reviews to decide if they want to read a book or not. It’s nerve-wracking tbh, knowing that someone is going to pick up a book because of me 😅 I don’t want them to be disappointed.
      Haha, it’s not that surprising, because I trust your reviews completely too. I don’t think I’ve come across a book that I’ve loved and you haven’t so yeah, that definitely makes me trust you even more!! And you’re so sweet and hilarious that it’s impossible not to love and trust you 💖 So, it’s totally not wild!! And I hope this doesn’t make you feel pressured lol

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      1. ahh, that’s so sweet 😭😭 I should really read more of your recs, especially The Fixer, because I notice the same thing too! Ahhhh. thank youuuu I’m so honored! But nooo, you are way more sweet and hilarious!! your blog really deserves more love :((

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  3. Lovely post! I definitely think I have a bit of a bias in if I already love an author’s books, I”m more likely to read their other books, and I often go into those books with the expectation that I’m going to love them! But ultimately if it’s a bad book then it’s a bad book and unfortunately I’ve had too many experiences when I love an author’s book and read another one by them and am let down by that one 😦

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    1. Thanks, Kay!! I feel that way too. It’s easier to expect to love a book by an author that we know, and that does lead to a lot of disappointment if it turns out to be bad. Yeah, bad books are bad, but I think because I like the author’s other works, I might be more lenient than if I were reading a book by a new author for the first time. Which is wrong, but I think it still affects me sometimes.

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  4. This is an interesting topic! For me, my love for an author can sometimes make me biased, but only when it comes to putting their books first or buying them. For example, there is a particular author I’ve loved for years, and I usually enjoy their new releases. I felt biased in saying that I really wanted their newest book because this is one of my favorite authors, but after reading the book, I ended up not liking it. I still really like the author, but I guess I’m less biased now, although I’ll probably still want to read their newest books in the future 🙂

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    1. Sometimes that bias does make me more lenient towards the author’s book? Like, I might be more inclined to forgive some trivial mistakes. But yeah, my love for an author makes me add their books with less hesitation, makes me recommend it even more, and be super excited for it compared to books by authors I don’t know. But we aren’t perfect and I try to be unbiased most of the times ❤

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  5. This is so interesting, and I have to admit that bias definitely impacts me when choosing to read a book by someone I don’t like. Most of the time if I haven’t liked one of their books i won’t pick up the other. I’m really keen to share my thoughts on this at some point but it’ll be a little later. I’ll be sure to link back to you 🙂

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  6. When I read this topic I also thought about Leigh bardugo! I loved all her work, until I read ninth house. I really wanted to love that book, and gave it my best effort. But I ended up dnfing that book unfortunately. Didn’t want to force myself to read it just because I loved her other works!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  7. I have my favorite authors whose books I immediately want to read, but if I dislike an author’s series, it won’t stop me from reading other of their books🤷‍♀️I believe in second chances, I suppose 😂💛

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