Incredibly profound yet fantastically flawed
I wouldn't worry too much about that. Book preference is really personal and, I'd argue, not something we actively "choose." It kind of reminds me of a conversation I just had with my wife the other day. A song came on the radio and she was about to change it and I told her to leave it on, and she was like "Really? You like this song? I'm disappointed." I just laughed and told her that reaction always seemed odd to me because I've never felt that liking a song was a "choice" I made. I either like it or I don't. Being "disappointed" by that is kind of like being disappointed by the fact that I'm short or something - it's not something I really feel like I control or change to make someone else happy. And on top of that, the one element of what you read or listen to that does kind of become choice - when you recognize that you tend to like a certain genre in general and seek out other songs - or, in this case, books - within that genre, you tend to have a pretty focused notion of what you are looking for, right? You like certain bands, or you like certain themes in books you read, etc., so you look for more of that. What this comes down to is just that what you want out of that series is not the same as what your MIL wanted. She found something she really enjoyed in it, and you may even agree that what she liked specifically was a pretty cool part of it, but iut just wasn't enough to overcome the lack of what you were looking for.Yeah, I hear ya. My MIL just gave me book 9 when we were in Florida with them. She said it was so, so good. So now I am in a pickle, know what I mean?
And since this is an MTB forum, I can relate it to that as well - I recall a long while back you mentioned that you were not a fan of Blue Marsh. To me, that's one of my favorite spots anywhere to ride. I find it hard to imagine anyone not liking it there - it's a long ride, mostly isolated, and has some great views and varies between super fast singletrack and a few leg-breaking climbs. But I didn't choose to like those things about a ride. It just is what I like, so I fully understand how some people may not get the same kick out of riding there.