A Day in the Life of a Book Blogger

{Book Chat} Books That Get All The Hype…

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I always feel like the odd man out when I end up not liking a book that everyone loves. I think this is why I always hesitate to pick up a book that gets a lot of hype. I want to love all the books, but lets just be realistic. That’s not going to happen.

When I finally give in and read the hyped up book and I end up loving it I feel great. I then proceed to push the book on just about anyone I know, like I did with Illuminae for instance. Then I get all…

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However, when I end up not loving a book everyone else does I end up feeling like maybe we read different books. It sucks, because then I end up feeling misled by all the raving reviews. It’s frustrating and CONFUSING AS HELL when this happens.

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My thought process when I run into this usually goes like this: I wonder if I missed something while I was reading. Were all the raving reviews about said book truly honest? I can’t possibly be the only person that doesn’t like said book. WHAT DID I MISS?!!!!

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It’s usually around this point that I get a bit slumpy and lose a bit of my reading momentum. I don’t want to pickup another book until I figure where I went wrong while reading the book in question. Sometimes, I even force myself to read it again. If I still don’t like it after that then I pretty much come to the conclusion that I didn’t get any of the punch that other people were drinking during their read. Which seems highly unfair, don’t you think?

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It’s entirely possible that everyone that raved about the book totally loved it. I know this. However, I also think that all the personal attacks towards bloggers that post a review that says the book is less than stellar has a lot to do with this. I don’t get it personally. Reading is a personal experience. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about a book. When it’s such a polar opposite though, that’s when I’m like “Okay wait a minute here, something doesn’t feel right.” Who knows, maybe I’m the only one that thinks this way.

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Let’s chat down in the comments and let me know what you think? If you are a blogger, do you hesitate to post reviews about books you do not enjoy? How do you feel about books that get all the hype?

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