Authors I’m Breaking Up With

It’s not you, it’s- ….no actually, it’s kinda you.


So I was working on my Book Series series last month and I realized I wanted to something similar for authors!

I decided to order this reverse of the book series one so we can end on a positive note 😅 Which means we’re kicking things off with authors I don’t think I’m going to read anymore.

These are all authors I’ve read from before but haven’t enjoyed and don’t plan to pick up again. Some I definitely feel more strongly about than others. While others you might be able to convince me to give another shot. So leave me your thoughts in the comments!

But be nice.

And like always – just because I don’t like you favorite author, doesn’t mean I don’t like you.

1. Leigh Bardugo

Okay everyone take a deep breath.

I am planning on giving Ninth House a shot before this one is finalized. But I don’t have high hopes. I really didn’t like the Six of Crows duology and I have no interest in any more books in the Grishaverse. If if her adult stuff doesn’t work for me, I think Bardugo and I have to amicably go our separate ways.

2. Anna Marie McLemore

This is another one I’m on the fence about… I actually loved Blanca & Roja but I’ve DNF’d three of their other books. That’s not a good record. I love the idea of McLemore’s books, but they tend to skew too whimsical for my taste.

3. Seanan McGuire

Not to be confused with Mira Grant! I do still have interest in this author’s horror novels, but their fantasy just hasn’t worked for me. I know this author writes crazy popular series, but sadly they’re just not for me.

4. L.J. Shen

This is actually the author that stemmed this entire post. I heard amazing things about L.J. when I first got into romance and I really enjoyed Vicious when I read it. However the more I’ve read of her books, the more I feel like I’m rereading the same plot over and over again. And each time it’s more dramatized and outrageous than the last. And I’m done. Full stop.

5. Libba Bray

This is an author I really wanted to get on the bandwagon for. But holy cow did I hate A Great and Terrible Beauty and I’ve DNF’d The Diviners – twice. So I’m calling it.

6. Jenn Bennett

I’ve tried both this author’s contemporary and fantasy works and didn’t particularly care for either. In general I’ve recently discovered that YA contemporary just doesn’t work for me anymore.. I have a hard time relating and I end up frustrated more often than not.

7. Brigid Kemmerer


I’ve only read one book from this author but I disliked it a whole lot. I also have zero interest in her fantasies – please do not ask me to read another beauty and the beast retelling. So I’m not planning to pick up anything by them for the foreseeable future.

8. Becky Albertalli


I know, again I’m really sorry. I really loved Simon. In fact I still own a copy! But like I said earlier, YA contemporary just doesn’t do anything for me anymore and Leah was… not good.

9. Tana French


In the Woods was my first ever readathon book! I actually read it for Spookathon back in 2018. And to this day it’s one of my least favorite books of all time. Since most of this author’s books are in the same series, I just don’t see myself ever picking one up again.

10. Sarah Pinborough


I’ve literally only read half of a Sarah Pinborough book and it was enough to know this author is not for me. Dead to Her is quite honestly one of the worst books I’ve ever read. And I didn’t even finish it. Which is good because from what I’ve gathered, it only got worse. I had actually been collecting Sarah Pinborough’s books for awhile and immediately put them in my unhaul pile after this…

Are there any authors you’ve previously read but don’t think you’ll pick up again??


28 thoughts on “Authors I’m Breaking Up With

  1. I love Leigh Bardugo but I totally understand that her work isn’t for everyone. I’m also on the fence about Becky Albertalli 😦

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    • I’m really want to love Leigh Bardugo! Thats why I’m still planning to give Ninth House a read. Its hard when an author sticks to one world because you can’t just pick and choose based on what you’re most interested in since everything connects.
      And I’m glad I’m not the only one! ❤

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  2. I’m sad you don’t like Brigid’s book. It’s annoying everyone is calling Curse so Dark and Lonely a retelling, it’s really not. But if that’s not what you’re into, that’s your opinion. And Leigh is a hit or miss. You either love her or you hate her lol

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    • She writes very intense YA contemporary and it’s just not for me. And I think part of the problem was the marketing for Curse So Dark and Lonely. They really steered into the Beauty & Beast parallels during the original marketing of the first book so that’s what everyone has held onto.
      And that’s what I’ve noticed! I want to love her books, so hopefully Ninth House works for me 🤞❤

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      • Yeah, it’s not a retelling. There are some similarities (a beast who is cursed must find love to break it) but that’s where it ends. And then from book 2 it completely diverges from that plot line. I haven’t read Ninth House yet but I’ve heard it’s hit or miss. I loved her other series though, so we’ll see!

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  3. I actually loved Ninth House after being ambivalent about the Grishaverse; I hope it works out for you! It is more creepy and I think she does well with writing in the present everyday world. totally agree about Libba Bray; I remember those books came out when I was a teen and I could barely slog through them. It always feels weird to have an “unpopular opinion” about authors, doesn’t it?


  4. Oh no, I love Seanan McGuire and Libba Bray!
    I do agree with Becky Albertalli, haven’t been liking her recent works..! And didn’t like Ninth house so a bit hesitant about the enxt thing she will write!


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    • I think Seanan McGuire and Libba Bray are the two I’m most sad about! I so badly want to love on The Diviners with everyone!! I just can’t get myself to finish the first book 🙈 I am still super interested to read Seanan McGuire’s books as Mira Grant though!
      Part of my issue with Leigh Bardugo is she writes a lot of her books in the same world. When authors do that it’s hard to jump in and read stuff that interests you because it’s so reliant on the previous books. I can’t handle that kinda commitment 🤣

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  5. “It’s not you, it’s- ….no actually, it’s kinda you.” OMG I’M DYING 😂 I don’t love Leigh Bardugo either, honesty. Six of Crows was okay, lol sometimes I pretend that I loved it just so I don’t get publicly bashed online. I didn’t enjoy Shadow and Bone, and I have no interest in reading Bardugo’s other books. I definitely get where you’re coming from with Anna Marie McLemore, because I basically feel the same way about her books. I really liked Blanca and Roja, but all of her other work I DNFed.

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    • Hahaha!! 😅❤️❤️
      OMG I totally get that! I was so nervous when I was writing this because I was like everyone is going to unfollow and hate me now lol. But also every author isn’t going to be for everyone so I decided to throw it out there anyways and hope I didn’t upset anyone too much 😅
      And I’m so glad I’m not the only one!! I can’t figure out why Blanca & Roja worked so well for me but the others didn’t…

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  6. I love a lot of authors on this list, but as readers we’re all different and if an author isn’t working for you then there’s no point in forcing your way through books you’re not enjoying when you could be discovering a new favourite author elsewhere instead! 😀

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  7. So I will say that I think you should give Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett a shot if you havent. I have read her other books and didnt like them but LOVED Starry Eyes, it just made me laugh and I love a good survival plot. After reading Starry Eyes I thought I’d love everything she wrote and gave her other books a shot, especially her fantasy bc that’s what I mainly read, but Starry Eyes was the only one I really enjoyed. It’s definitely her stand out novel. But honestly that’s the only one that I really liked.

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      • Her other books just dont compare! I was very disappointed in Lady Rogue because I had high hopes for it but it dragged. I’m not normally a big contemporary fan either but I really loved Starry Eyes. It’s the survival plot that got me but I thought her other books would be as funny and they really weren’t

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      • Yeah I was really looking forward to Lady Rogue too and thought it was a pretty big letdown. I’m excited to give Starry Eyes a try now when I inevitably get in my fluffy contemporary mood 😍


      • I dont think I will ever give any other books by Jenn Bennett a chance but I will always recommend Starry Eyes. I just love survival themes in books and that one was so freaking entertaining and angsty and funny and the characters were great. So I expected more fr0m her other books but they were just meh.

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  8. I agree about Seanan McGuire with you. I really didn’t enjoy the writing style in Every Heart A Doorway, so i’m not gonna pick up anything from them ever again 🤐

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