Hey y’all this a topic that I’ve been kicking around for a while but could never really translate it from my brain to the written word. Today I’ve decided to tackle the beast that taunts me.
We’ve all had books recommended to us “That is just the greatest book ever” or “The absolute must read of the year.” But what happens when you read the book and you are so underwhelmed you’re left looking around to see if anyone else agrees with you? What’s worse is you follow the author on all forms of social media and for all intents and purposes they seem like an amazing human that is so loved by other authors and other book lovers that you feel like an ass for your opinion. Leaving you wondering how this amazing and talented person didn’t connect with your book loving soul? OH, and god forbid the recommendee asks you what you thought about the book…. There is no faster way to piss off a book friend then disliking their favorite book! You all of a sudden become the person they must not mention and they’re all but wearing garlic around their neck to avoid you and your book hater heart. The struggle is trule and genuinely real.
This happened to me last year with one of the more popular talked about contemporary romance books of 2016. I was so excited to dive into this book and be transformed by its words like all my other fellow bibliophiles, but by the end of the third chapter I was chanting internally “You can do this Elle, you can finish this book.” I honestly wanted the hours back of my life that I wasted reading that book. I know I sound like a dick but I am unapologetically who I am. I was seriously bored reading the proclaimed must read.
Why were all the reviews so amazing? Where the hell were the others that felt like I did? Why did I feel like an outsider in this community that I love so much? I honestly thought an emotional part of my brain was broken or maybe my give a damn for this certain trope was broken? Maybe others are like me and just refuse to leave a review for a book they had zero connection with at the risk of looking like a huge dick, we would just rather stay silent.
Unfortunately this wasn’t the first time I felt this way, leaving me to wonder what other readers such as myself do. Do you give the author another chance to win you over? Do you just count it a loss and stay silent? Do you actually write the review that others don’t have the courage to do? Seriously where are my fellow readers that don’t always fit in with the crowd and the mainstream must read books?
With all this being said, I have the utmost respect for every single author I’ve ever read for the simple fact that they do put them selves out there for the world to love or hate, taking more courage than I have in my pinky. It’s personally why I’ve never published those “WTF” did I just read moments. I don’t feel like it takes away from my credibility to blog and be honest with my opinions, I just choose not to publish those particular reviews.
Alright my awesome nerds, I cant wait to hear about your opinion on today’s discussion!! Stay beautiful!