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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Trying something new…

Boys in our Books Friday Question of the Week!

Each week we’ll ask a question about your reading experience. Our review team will give our answers and we encourage you to join in and comment with your answers as well!  Let’s talk about BOOKS! :)


On a scale from 1-5 (1 = low, 5 = high), how much of a RISK TAKER are you in trying a new author? What triggers you to give a new author a go?


Few years ago, I would’ve said 4 because I was still new in the genre, I wanted to read as many authors as I could (and they were pretty much all new to me). Nowadays, my scale is pretty much 2. I’ve settled down. I know which authors I love, and whose writing I enjoy. I still check new authors here and then, but mostly after I read reviews from trusted friends (reviewers).


Considering even the most popular authors are still new to me as a reader I guess it would be a 4. If the blurb has a hook, looks good and I see the friends who read close to my taste have liked it, I’ll try it.


Ooooo! I’m always up for a new adventure. I’d probably say a 5…I’ll try (just about) anything once. Seconds though? More like a 3.


I’m most definitely a high 1, low 2 when it comes to risk-taking on a NEW author. New-to-me is a different ball of wax. If it’s somebody well known and who my GR friends and/or fellow bloggers enjoy, I’m much more likely to go for it.


Tricky. 2 perhaps? I don’t make a lot of difference between new-to-me or new-new author : both can open a new world of wonders to me and either have a backlist to explore or new releases to wait for. That’s exciting.I love to discover new/new-to-me authors, but I rely heavily on friends’ reviews, so I am not much of a risk taker. I go blind sometimes, and it’s usually on a whim; but it doesn’t happen often now. Shame on me.


I’d probably say 3-4. I’m more likely to try a new author if it’s a subgenre I love, like sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, mystery, etc, and if the blurb sounds good. Sometimes I’ll get so excited about the blurb, I’ll buy without reading an excerpt, which has burned me before…but overall, I’m really up for new authors and stories if the plot and characters sound interesting.


I like to think I’m a risk taker, so a 4. I don’t mind reaching out to a book that has a good blurb (*cough* and an interesting cover *cough*) even if the author is new. Everyone has got to start somewhere, right?


I am a 3. Everything in perfect balance for me. When I find an author I love, I devour their works, but they can only feed me for so long until I acquire a taste for something new.


I’d say I’m a 2. Like others, I used to be much braver about trying new stuff…because everything was new. Nowadays, I have my go-to authors that I rely on. Since I don’t DNF, taking a chance with my time and reading energy is riskier. I will say I’m more willing if the book is shorter (< 200 pgs) and if it’s a contemporary or YA book.



10 comments on “QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Trying something new…

  1. llesarlorraine
    January 30, 2015

    To find new authors/books, I follow 2 blogs (yours and one other) and I am guided by your review and rating. If you rate a book 5* and it appeals to me, I buy it (price does not influence my decision). However, when I see a new author being pimped somewhere else, the pricing of their book does influence my decision and I am hesitant in trying them if the price is above £3.50. So, I suppose I’m maybe a 3 score overall, as I’m not that adventurous in trying out new authors that are not highly recommended.


  2. Tammy
    January 30, 2015

    I agree with LLesarlorraine. I read reviews before I decide to buy a new author’s book. If the review is good (4-5 stars) I will try it. Less than 4 stars I usually pass. That is why I love and follow this blog. So I guess I’m a 4 for highly rated authors and a 1 for poorly rated authors.


  3. suze294
    January 30, 2015

    Between a 3/4. I probably do look to review sites more now, got to know which reviewers like what I do and I’m probably more discerning about those free ones – though I have had some great new authors that way!


  4. ingrid2009
    January 30, 2015

    I am with Tracy. I will try new authors out if they write in a sub genre I love.
    If a new to me author writes in a genre I don’t like it is doubtful I will try, unless the blurb is really captivating and it is from a publisher I trust.


  5. Sara
    January 30, 2015

    I’d say I used to be a 5. I loved to try out new to me authors and always cared more about an interesting blurb or a nice cover (an eye-catching cover has made me click the buy button more than once, and the reverse goes for an off-putting cover).

    Used to, because since the new year, with the new VAT rules for EU citizens and my country’s weak currency at the moment I’m way more hesitant to try out new authors. So by now I’m more like a 2 or a 3, and it will have to be something where the first chapter really captures my interest or else I’ll stick with my favorite authors.


  6. Kelly Jensen
    January 30, 2015

    Definitely a 5. I’m always interested in trying new authors. I don’t leap in without doing a little research, though. Obviously, the book has to appeal, the reviews have to be upbeat and a recommendation from a friend is always a plus!


  7. Victoria
    January 30, 2015

    I’m definitely a 2. I’ll take a chance on someone new to me, if my GR friends reviews are something that peaks my interest and they really liked. I’m just not as risky as I used to be. As a matter of fact, I just removed about 200 books from my TBR list.


  8. H.B.
    January 30, 2015

    I’m a 5. I’ll practically read anything (new or from a more established author). Even with genres I don’t exactly like (i.e. historical western ¬_¬ ) I’ll give a read.


  9. Marlobo
    January 31, 2015

    A bit over 3, I combine stuff that I choose on the basis of reliable reviews (the price is not determining) with that whereat the blurb attracts my attention (USD 7 is my limit).

    Before I would have said around 4, but I’m making an effort not to be a victim of hypes on unpublished books, since I tend to pre-order

    No wonder that my favorite quote about reading is from my loved Jorge Luis Borges and says:

    «The verb reading, like the verb to love and the verb dreaming, doesn’t bear the imperative mode. I always advised to my students that if a book bores them leave it; That they don’t read it because it’s famous, that they don’t read a book because it’s modern, that they don’t read a book because it’s antique. The reading should be one of the ways of happiness and nobody can be obliged to be happy.” »


  10. Karen H
    February 2, 2015

    I love checking out new authors but getting me to actually read them seems to be getting harder. I’ve got a book by a new author that I started and I’m only about 10% through it and I’ve set it aside because I’m really feeling like I want to either skim through it or DNF it. The story sounded good in theory but in reality I’m starting to think it sucks and not in a fun, happy way. So I’ve decided to set it aside and maybe tackle it again at a later date. I find this happening more and more with new authors so I seem to be shying away from them and feel like I’ve gone from a 4 or a 5 to maybe a 2 on a good day :-(


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