This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.
Recently, HarperCollins put a bunch of galleys on Edelweiss. Because I have truly no self-control whatsoever, I dowloaded
basically all a few of them. One of those coveted galleys, one I was actually really looking forward to, was Jodi Meadow’s The Orphan Queen. I started reading, I liked it, I became absorbed… And BAM. There was the strangest, most open ending ever. So of course I headed over to Goodreads, completely confused, and asked what in the world was going on. Then someone told me that the galley I’d downloaded was actually a sampler.
I might have pulled out a few hairs.
Samplers are one part of the bookish world that I just cannot handle. They’re not for me, I know they’re not for me, so I avoid them at all costs. In the meantime, Harper has added to the EW description that The Orphan Queen is actually a sampler, by the way. But yeah. Samplers. Why don’t I like them?
I don’t like samplers because to me they are completely useless. I know some people like them to check out the writing style or to “wet their appetites” for the actual book, but I just can’t do that. If I read something, I want to be able to read it in full. I either read a whole book or I don’t read at all. My problem with samplers is that they do make me want to read the book. But usually samplers are available a lot sooner than the actual book, so if I read the sampler two things happen:
1) I’m excited for the book and everything! Unfortunately, it’s not out yet. Meaning that this unfinished story keeps bugging me and I can’t do anything about it. I won’t be able to read anything for a week or so because my head is still with that other, unfinished story.
2) When the book is finally released, I’ve forgotten what exactly happened in the sampler. So now if I read the book, I’ll have to read that whole part once again, which feels like a waste of time and annoys me because I won’t have forgotten everything, but I don’t remember enough to skip the part that was in the sampler and get on with the story.
So, samplers. They’re just not for me, I’m afraid!
What about you? Do samplers work for you?
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