Continuing the #bookaday challenge posted by Borough Press. Today’s challenge to name your least favorite book by a favorite author has stirred up some Twitter and blogger controversy, and, really, what does the social media world like more?
I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. Authors, even the best ones, are only human. They make mistakes. They fail. They grow better with practice. I have go-to authors and favorites. All of them have, at some point, published a book or story that disappointed me.
Let’s keep perspective here. Authors themselves would be the first to admit all books are not equal. When I saw Jonathan Tropper in person he told the story of wanting to “un-write” his book Plan B. (He also told all of us who had not read it not to bother. I’ve chosen to take his advice.)
And so…My least favorite book by a favorite author is The Magician’s Assistant by my beloved Ann Patchett.
This is a perfectly lovely book. Patchett tells an interesting story about women suffering with loss in unusual circumstances. It just doesn’t live up to the strong writing I see in Patchett’s other books.
Keep in mind that I love Patchett so much that I decided to read all of her fiction and some non-fiction in 2012. I called it my Ann Patchett Project and I had to come to terms then with my disappointment in this book. You can read all about it here.
4 thoughts on “#BookADay Day 4 – Least Favorite Favorite”
I agree. I don’t get the controversy either. Nobody’s perfect. I also think writers know which books were a complete fail for them or should I say a disappointment. We wouldn’t be avid honest readers if we weren’t able to point that out and it’s not because we do we’ll discourage someone else from reading the title. Avi readers read everything not just the books that someone has told them are good. 🙂
I like Ann Patchett, especially ‘Run’, but I haven’t read this one. SD
Hi. Thanks for checking out my posts. I LOVE Patchett and liked Run a lot. State of Wonder is probably my favorite of all her books. It’s been wonderful watching her style evolve over the years. I can’t wait for her to release something new.
Don’t forget ‘Bel Canto’! SD