Book Blogger Confessions: I didn’t like it…


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Question for Monday, March 19th: Everyone LOVES that book! Why don't I? How do you handle being the one reviewer who doesn't like a book that's taking the blogosphere by storm? Do you write a review? Pretend you didn't read the book?

This is actually one of the reasons why I usually wait a little while before reading books that have a lot of hype surrounding them. The hype scares me because every book can’t be that great can it? A perfect example is The Time Traveller’s Wife. There was so much hype and everyone and their brother had read it. And then the movie came out and things really picked up. I bought the book and it sat on my bookshelf for I’m thinking about 2 years before I actually read it and I was hugely disappointed. This was the book that made me realize that hype does not mean that I will like a book. With the Time Traveller’s Wife I sort of pretended like I didn’t read it. I didn’t have anything to say about it really. It was just ok for me there was nothing that I especially hated or loved and who wants to write a blah review?

I haven’t really encountered this problem in a while because, like I said, I tend to say away from majorly hyped up books (at least at the time that they are being hyped up) unless they come highly recommended to me by someone I trust who has similar tastes. Playing it safe? Maybe but I don’t have a lot of time these days and don’t want to waste it reading books that I don’t like! I would like to think that if I encountered a book that was taking the book blogging world by storm and I hated it I would write a review to reflect that – after all I do try to be as honest as possible over here.

What about you?


11 Responses to “Book Blogger Confessions: I didn’t like it…”

  • Kristin T. says:

    I tend to not pay too much attention to all the hype surrounding books. For instance, I have not read any of The Hunger Games books. I know everyone who read them loved them, but they just don't call out to me. I did just pick up the series for my husband (who loves the whole dystopian genre) and so far he loved it, but even he thinks it's not going to be something I will like.
    I tend to go for books I know I am going to like. Maybe I am keeping myself from enjoying something new, but there are so many books out there that I want to read that I know I am going to love, that I am ok with missing out on some I'm just not sure about.

  • I don't mind reading books that get a lot of hype while they are getting the hype BUT I do only read them now if they truly interest me anyway. The first 6 months of blogging I would read a book because everyone else was and I wanted to see what was going on or have someting to connect with them about. Now, I'm connected and don't mind not reading every hyped book. lol

    • Bonnie says:

      That is true it is easy to add every book with a pretty cover and a big buzz to your TBR list but it is another thing entirely to but and read those books right away. Not every new book is going to appeal to everyone and I have so little reading time these days that I do try to be a little more selective! ;)

  • Jo says:

    I agree that it's safe to wait until the hype is over until picking up a book.  At work, I'll sometimes be asked if I've read the newest, hottest book — and usually I haven't because I'm just waiting for the buzz to die down (and for the holds list at the library to go down, too).   :)

  • Hyped book play a big part too . I agree with waiting til its over to read and review it. Hype can make or make a book too. If there is too much I don't like it 

    • Bonnie says:

      You are right it really can. Sometimes the hype just feels overdone – like if I want to read it I will, I don’t need it thrown at me from every direction!

  • The hype scares me too, but I'm kind of a sucker for it at the same time. I like being a part of that conversation when it's going on. But on the flip side, it does become a lot easier to be disappointed – which sucks. But you're right – there's not enough  time to read bad books!

    • Bonnie says:

      I will be the first to admit that a pretty cover and a lot of hype definitely puts a book on my radar – I might even run out and buy it right away but for some reaon I just dno’t read them right away. You make a good point through it is so much fun to be able to join in on the conversation when everyone is loving on a new release! :D

  • Karen says:

    That's what I'm doing now. A hyped book may be on my radar to read at some point but I don't feel the pressure to read & love it right away anymore.

    • Bonnie says:

      Definitely, the hype often puts it on my radar but usually isn’t enough to make me drop what I’m reading right now and pick it up.

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