Thursday, November 13, 2014

I'm Being Critical

Basically this is how I've been feeling for the past few months or so: I'm being overly critical of books.

Now, I know as a blogger it's my job to be critical, but I feel like I just haven't connected with a book in a really long time. Like, since Isla long, which I read MONTHS ago. Sure, I've read books I've liked. But more often than not, it seems like when I'm writing up my review and posting links at the end, a book I've given two stars (or less) has been rated about 4 on Goodreads.


In my early days of blogging, I pretty much gave everything a five-star review because I was just like "BOOOOKSSS I LOVE THEM." But I wanted people to trust my opinions, so over the years, I've started thinking a lot about what I say about a book in a review. I'm lucky if I get a four-star review a month.

I don't know if it's me being way too critical of what I'm reading, or if it's truly been the books. I just wanted to put this out there and ask you guys if you have critical stages, where you feel like everything you read makes you side-eye it and want to go back to your trusty favorites.

4 comments:

  1. I definitely have critical stages, but I think that also comes with the baggage we bring when we read any book. It's inevitable; we will always bring our experiences and baggage whenever we pick up a book. That's neither a bad thing or a good thing, in my opinion; it just is was it is. I find that after I read a really phenomenal book, I go through reading slumps where nothing I read for about a month (and sometimes two) just does not match the amazing quality I want it to reach. All reviews are based on opinions. Yeah, it probably wouldn't hurt to mention to your readers why it may not have worked for you. For instance, I wrote a review over Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. Unlike a lot of people, I quite enjoyed it, but I think it was because I read it after The Young Elites, which I found WAAAYYYY darker than I expect (nonetheless good, but too dark for me to really enjoy reading), so I mentioned that in my review, because a lot of people seemed not to care for it. It's not a crime to go through critical stages. I think all bloggers do it, and how long the stage is may just be something life brings and we have to learn how to deal with it.:)

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    1. I feel much better knowing that other bloggers go through the same thing. I always explain why I didn't like a book, and I'm a big fan of saying "I didn't like it, BUT if you like this thing, then this book is for you!"

      I'm hopeful for the book I just picked up, the first chapter started off pretty intense, so I'm looking forward to reading the rest of it!

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  2. I think being critical of books also stems from the fact that we read A LOT. There are a lot more books to compare and base our opinions of. I read 30 books in 2012, while this year I read more than a hundred books. I think it's safe to say that my average rating in 2012 was much higher than years. I doubt the books I read this year were worse on average than the books I read in 2012. It's just that it takes a lot more for a book to stand out now that I've been reading a lot more.

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    1. I didn't think about it that way, but it totally makes sense! I'm sure my average was WAY higher a few years ago, but not necessarily worse books now. Thanks! That helps me feel not so bad about being critical!

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