I love checking out blogs and reviews for new books. Or old books that I’ve never read. I do tend to pay a little more attention to the books that get rave reviews from many different people. Books that have either stood the test of time and remained popular or the newest, hottest thing that I keep seeing/hearing talk about drawn my attention.
I mean, if all those people loved them, surely I will too. Right?
Unfortunately, that’s not right.
So many times I’ve picked up a book that everyone and their poodle loves and I just can’t stand it. I don’t do this on purpose. I want to like the popular books. I want to be able to gush about them to all the other fans and be eagerly awaiting the sequel. I want to love the book just like everyone else, but I wind up not.
This isn’t the Hype Monster, but it is related to it. You see, I don’t go into these books hyped up. Sure, I expect to like them, but I expect to like every book I read otherwise I wouldn’t read it.
I expect all my books to be at least a three star read before I start the book, and if I’ve read more by the author, that is adjusted appropriately. Like if I’ve rated all the author’s previous work four or five stars, I expect the new book of theirs to be a four or five star read.
I don’t tend to buy into hype anymore, but when a review is describing a book that sounds perfect for me, I expect to enjoy it. I don’t expect my enjoyment to be almost directly linked to how much other people enjoyed it. (At least, I didn’t. I’m starting to now.)
I simply don’t seem to like the same things that so many other people do. I’ll look at the ratings for a series and my least favorite book will oftentimes get the highest average rating on Goodreads. Or a book I loved will get a low rating.
I don’t even plan things like this. I mean, it would be one thing if I was trying to be one of those people that hates on the popular stuff. But I’m not. I want to like the popular stuff. I want to be able to join the legions of fans and adore this super popular thing.
But I just can’t. And, sometimes that’s beyond frustrating. I mean, the books I do end up loving? Yeah, good luck finding anyone else to fan over and then I’m left out there hoping that enough people liked the book/s for the author to continue writing them.