Question: Is There Something Wrong With You?

Posted April 25, 2012 by Carmel in / 26 Comments

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Is there something wrong with you if you don’t like a book that’s receiving rave reviews and seems to be on every other book bloggers’ must read list?

Book buzz is a tricky thing; sometimes a book is over-hyped because the author has a killer marketing campaign and everyone in the book blogger community gets caught up in the storm. As a result, reviewers almost feel obligated to write a 5 star review. I admit to being sucked-in by this phenomena as well but that happened more often back when I first starting the blog. Now that I’m more established and have found my “voice” I don’t mind being the only nay say-er in the crowd. The first time that I read Moon Called by Patricia Briggs I didn’t like it and I never made it to book two. Weird, I know. Years later I gave it a second try and absolutely loved it.

Also, an interesting side-note, the majority of my negative reviews actually receive more hits and generate more comments than my positive ones. So don’t be afraid to go against the grain; the result will probably surprise you.

You like what you like and you can’t like everything; whether you’re influenced by others, your mood or the book’s marketing campaign is irrelevant. So, no, I don’t there’s there’s anything wrong with you or with me.

What about you?

Is There Something Wrong With You?

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26 responses to “Question: Is There Something Wrong With You?

  1. I also have this kind of problem. There are books that almost everybody seems to love and I’m just sitting here and is “What is this? I don’t like it!” However, I overcame it already. I review books based on what are their strengths and weaknesses and how it affect each other. And yes, you’re correct. Nega-reviews seems to get more attention. XD!

    Ivan
    Rumpelstiltskin and Co.

  2. Yeah, I totally agree. I just reviewed a book that currently has a 4+ rating on Goodreads with a 1. I hated it and very few agreed, but sometimes books don’t work for you ever or simply at that time!

    Great answer!

  3. I have both loved and hated books that received a 5 rating. Reading is so subjective, I try to stick to genres and things I like, and I now avoid reading reviews of books I am going to be reading. It took me until this year to read Hunger Games..LOL. I should also say I have loved books that people DNF’d or gave a 2+ rating too.

  4. This definitely happened to me with Incarnate and Under the Never Sky. They were pretty solid books but it just didn’t get to me. And I do believe that hype could both affect the book on each side of the coin. More anticipation means more expectation. I really applaud those books that live up to its – or even exceed its hype.

  5. happens to me with PNR books. I seem to have a different standard for them . Recently I gave a very popular one 2 stars and everyone else was 4/5. The writing/story was bad and weak, I am baffled. But sometimes people are biased when judging their favorite authors and that is to be expected. If you are going to use ratings to decide if a book is for you then you need to check out multiple reviews and get a better picture of the book πŸ™‚

  6. As a writer, I appreciate good reviews of course, but I understand when someone just isn’t “grabbed” by one of my books. Reading a novel is an emotional journey and a highly individual one — there’s no way a person can like everything regardless of how popular it might be. This works in reverse too. I’ve loved some books that a lot of other folks hated — the story spoke to me. Thanks for asking a great question.

  7. I actually had this feeling recently when I read and reviewed Divergent by Veronica Roth. I just didn’t really like it, even though it seemed like everyone around me was in love with it! I still wrote my honest opinion of WHY I didn’t like it, but I also pointed out the things I did like it.

    As for the popularity of negative reviews. I’ve actually added books to my to-read list because of a negative review! Maybe I’ll like them, maybe I won’t, but I think negative reviews can be quite helpful if they’re not just mean rants.

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

  8. Not every book is everybody’s cup of tea. As readers, we need to feel okay with liking/not liking books. It’s all just for fun, anyway. As long as we are all reading, we are all okay. πŸ™‚

  9. Never be afraid to tell your true feelings. Be kind, but be truthful. If you don’t like a book say it. You may be the only one, but it’s important to tell the truth. Don’t blindly go with what’s popular because everyone else is saying it.

  10. I don’t feel bad, but one thing I know is that I’m a lot easier to please than most people if I stick to the genres I like. My experiences are a little different, I had listened to books that everyone has loved, but the narrator didn’t work or ruined it, in most cases, I wont pick up the paper copy to find out if it was a better read, so I always blame the narrator (bad.. I know)
    I know I probably shouldn’t even been answering this question, but I had to put my 2 cents.

  11. Thank you for sharing. I don’t do reviews, but I do read them. I have tried books that others have disliked and I have loved and vice versa. I like to read reviews just to see what others think of the books really, but it does not determine whether I will or will not read it. πŸ™‚