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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?