Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers "confess" and vent about topics that are unique to us. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions. Just keep it respectful - no bashing authors or other bloggers!
Hosted by two bloggers, Karen at For What it's Worth and Tiger from All Consuming Media, the Confessions are a great opportunity to have some conversation --- and this Monday's question is: Everyone LOVES that book! Why don't I? How do you handle being the one reviewer who doesn't like a book that's taking the blogosphere by storm? Do you write a review? Pretend you didn't read the book?
It has happened where I pick up a book that everyone is raving about, and when I start reading, I feel like I've somehow missed something. At first, I wonder if there's something wrong with me. And then, I start wondering about all the people who say they like the book ---- do they really like it, or are they going along with everyone else who likes it? It's kinda like when you like a guy ..... and maybe he really likes something that you don't happen to like as much (like a certain sport, or a certain sports team) ... but you say you like it because you like him, and you want him to like you. And don't say this kind of thing hasn't happened, in even a small way, to a lot of us....
Anyway, getting back to the question -- if I really don't like a book, I just don't write a review. That's not to say that every review on my blog is of a book I completely love. I have written reviews of books that I didn't like a whole lot, because I feel like I do my best to write a balanced review. However .... if everyone out there is loving a book, and I read it and don't like it, I just make a note of it .... and then maybe come back to it later. I've had it happen before -- I read a book and don't like it, then come back to it after a few months and totally enjoy it. Maybe at that point, I'll get what everyone had been raving about, and will feel more comfortable writing a review. Reading is a funny thing -- everything else going on in your life when you're reading can totally have a bearing on how you react to a story, or a character, or anything else in a book.
That being said, there are some books that I have tried to come back to, and have tried to like, and just found that I don't like them. These include She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb (which my one cousin raved on and on about), and Catcher in the Rye (which I have now read 4 different times, at different points in my life, and still completely despise every time I read it).
I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else is saying. Happy Monday!
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