19 March 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #6

Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Books and For What It's Worth - every second Monday book bloggers can spill the beans on some juicy book blogging questions!

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?

If you're a follower of my blog, you'll know my tastes are kinda, well, eclectic.  Zombies, YA contemporary romance, non-fiction, historical fiction.  I'll read nearly anything, and because of that I quite often don't hear about, or get the chance to read THOSE books that everyone else is reading.  And when I do, I quite often don't understand the hype.

By nature I'm a sarcastic (no, really!), cynical person and that means that sometimes that 'cute, sweet' book that everyone else has fallen in love with, that male lead character that spans a plethora of fan sites, and  choosing their 'team' in a love triangle just doesn't enthrall me.  In fact, it's more likely to spawn a whole bunch of eye rolling and snarky comments.

If I don't like the sound of a book, I'm unlikely to even read it.  I have waaaaaaaaaayyyyyy too many books already without pushing myself to read something that I'm going to go into with a negative attitude and probably not enjoy.

Having said that, I've read a few books that are exceedingly popular and thought I would also like, and I haven't really understood why everyone is falling madly, crazily in love with it.  I'm not going to name and shame, sorry ;-)

But I'm not ashamed, or scared, to admit that I don't like something that everyone else is gushing uncontrollably over.  I know that by criticizing a popular book I'm potentially opening myself up to some negative comments and I'm OK with that because I know what I like and what I don't like.

One of the reasons I started book blogging, and the reason I follow so many blogs myself is that I love the variety of reviews available - I want to have well-rounded information on a book before I decide if I want to read it or not, so I also really appreciate the honesty of other bloggers.  And if they don't like a book I loved, I'm not going to take them out the back and give them a good slapping!


  1. I like a variety of reviews and genres, too. If there's a book I'm on the fence about, I will wade through reviews, good and bad, to try to figure out if I will like it. Sometimes, an overload of good reviews will actually turn me off of a title. Not everyone is going to love every book!

  2. We need all types of reviews. Like Manga I read both positive & negative before I decide.

    I'm usually swimming against the tide when it comes to popular books and couples/boys. I'm not really a fangirl by nature and so all of that hype usually turns me off.



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