The lovely Anna (coolgirlsreadtoo) featured this post on her blog for me as I was a guest blogger there, so you may have already read this. I also wanted to post in on my blog too 🙂
There’s always books everyone is talking about and recommending as they are amazing and the best thing since sliced bread. Based on these reviews you pick up a book expecting to be blown away and are actually let down as the book does not meet your expectations. I do not know if this is because I have too high of an expectation of the book because everyone has raved about it or just because my opinion is different. There have been times when I have not admitted to reading a book because I did not like it while everyone else did, and I do not want to be judged (I think I will) if I have a different opinion to everyone else, so I feel pressured into agreeing with them. Plus I do not like saying I did not enjoy a book because the author has put in so much time and effort into writing it.
However a couple of months ago I decided that it is ok to share if I did not like a book, as that is my opinion which I am not forcing on anyone else. Some people may think my opinion is not correct but if we do not share your opinions then maybe that’s how the book may be getting only good reviews rather than balanced reviews. I’m not saying there aren’t amazing books out there, Harry Potter being the best example. I’m also not saying that we should not get excited about books, I’m ridiculous excited about Maria V Snyder writing 3 more books in the Study series. I just think we should all be comfortable with sharing our opinions if we do not like a popular book. I feel sometimes there is too much hype around a book that I want to purposely avoid reading it.
I will be the first to admit I tried to read Looking for Alaska by John Green and gave up within the first 6 or so chapters because I thought the characters were shallow and the book was not holding my attention. I’m sure people disagree with this but it is my personal opinion. I will try to read the book again but at this moment in time this book is a did not finish for me.
Have you ever read a book like this? Do you think there can be too much hype surround books?