If there's an author you just can't stand, but whom everyone else seems to love, Reddit might be able to help you see the light. Over at the
Suggest Me a Book subreddit, redditors have suggested books to read by authors you hate, and I've got nine great selections from the thread — which has more than 500 comments at the time of this writing — for you to check out below.
For every popular author with a millions-strong fanbase — here's looking at Stephen King and J.K. Rowling — there's at least a handful of
people who simply can't get into their work. You have no reason to feel bad for not liking the same things as someone else. Some authors don't even like their own books! But if you want to figure out what all the fuss is about regarding a super-popular writer, the thread that redditor GEARHEADGus started in r/suggestmeabook is a great place to start.
Some redditors had trouble finding reading suggestions for certain authors, Stephenie Meyer in particular. Many writers have offered up opinions on
why — spoiler: it's because it's something teenage girls like — and although there are valid criticisms of Meyer's books, hating them because you dislike their audience isn't entirely fair. Twilight gets such a bad rap
Redditors in r/suggestmeabook were able to recommend books for nearly every other author mentioned, however. Check it out below:
If You Hate Jodi Picoult, Read 'The Storyteller' or 'Leaving Time'
Redditors suggested two novels for a reader who hates Jodi Picoult's writing.
centers on a young baker, still reeling from her mother's death, who is asked to help a new friend die. The Storyteller focuses on a woman who enlists the help of a psychic and a P.I. to track down her missing mother. Leaving Time
If You Hate Charles Dickens, Read 'A Tale of Two Cities' or 'Bleak House'
If Charles Dickens isn't your cup of tea, try reading his French Revolution novel,
, or A Tale of Two Cities , which focuses on the widespread conflict surrounding a long, drawn-out legal battle in the English court system. Bleak House
If You Hate Margaret Atwood, Read 'Cat's Eye'
If you can't get into Margaret Atwood, try
When she returns to Toronto for an art gallery opening, artist Elaine revisits her childhood in the city, which was spent in the company of three other girls: Carol, Grace, and Cordelia. Cat's Eye.
If You Hate Paulo Coelho, Read 'Eleven Minutes'
Paulo Coelho is best known for
The Alchemist, but for readers who didn't like that book, redditors suggested Eleven Minutes, which follows a Brazilian girl named Maria as she becomes a sex worker in a Swiss brothel.
If You Hate George Eliot, Read 'Silas Marner'
Middlemarch just wasn't your cup of tea, try on for size. The story here concerns George Eliot's title character, a rich miser, who loses his money and adopts an orphan who shows up at his door. Silas Marner
If You Hate Terry Pratchett and/or Neil Gaiman, Read 'Good Omens'
A few redditors had been unable to enjoy anything by Terry Pratchett and/or Neil Gaiman, but GEARHEADGus' thread delivered the suggestion of
, about an angel and a demon who team up to prevent the Antichrist from playing his destined role in bringing about the end of the world. Good Omens
If You Hate Jane Austen, Read 'Pride & Prejudice' or 'Emma'
Several commenters didn't understand others' love for Jane Austen's novels, so redditors recommended the romantic comedies
and Pride & Prejudice to reluctant readers. Emma
If You Hate Haruki Murakami, Read 'Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World'
Finally, if Haruki Murakami has never been your favorite writer, check out this weird little gem of a novel.
tells two surreal stories: one concerning a human computer who encrypts information, and another about a narrator who has cut off his shadow as a prerequisite to moving into a mysterious Town. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World