Thursday, 10 February 2011

Booking Through Thursday 5

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme which asks a bookish question which you have to answer.

This weeks question is:

There’s something wonderful about getting in on the ground floor of an author’s career–about being one of the first people to read and admire them, before they became famous best-sellers.

Which authors have you been lucky enough to discover at the very beginning of their careers?

And, if you’ve never had that chance, which author do you WISH you’d been able to discover at the very beginning?

The author that first came to mind when I read this question was Stephanie Meyer. I read Twilight when it first came out and I loved it. There was no massive hype surrounding it back then and I felt just fine being on the Twilight bandwagon. I got the second book as soon as it came out, saw what direction the series was heading and jumped right off. I cannot stand love triangles - too much pointless drama.

As for authors I wish I had discovered in the beginning I have to be honest there really aren't any. There is a reason for this. If the author writes series books I like to wait to until there are several out already so I can read them all at once. I have no patience when it comes to books and it drives me crazy waiting for the next installment - cliff hangers in particular make me nuts.
If I discover an author that I really love there is nothing I like better than buying their back list and devouring them all. The author that springs to mind is Jim Butcher, I think I started reading the Harry Dresden series nine books into it which meant I had a wonderful week of catching up on the first eight books - good times.

There is however one exception to this - the Harry Potter series. I would love to have read the Philosopher's Stone when it first came out. My best friend and I have had such a fantastic time over the years waiting for these books to published that I wish we had started it from the beginning. I started reading them when the Prisoner of Azkaban had just come out - I remember getting the first three from the library, loving them so much that I had to go buy my own copies. I then made my best friend read them because they were so great and that's when the fun started while waiting for the Goblet of Fire to be released.

This was such a great question.

That's all for now.


  1. You were smarter than me. I stuck with Twilight to the end and was so disappointed.

  2. I've been reading romance for years so I've been on the ground floor with many an author *g* But the first one that comes to mind with me is Pamela Clare. I think I got her first book, Sweet Release, about a week after it was released and I've been 'one of her biggest fans' *g* ever since.

  3. I agree with you about the satisfaction of reading series books in one go, and with your Harry Potter experience. I first read the books just after Order of the Phoenix came out and the wait for subsequent books was so much fun (albeit a little excruciating at times!)

  4. I'm also a series reader and like to read them quickly. However, in recent years I've come to realize that if nobody would buy a new author's book, there aren't going to be any more. So sometimes I buy the first book in a new series.