Sunday, September 15, 2013

Am I Being Too Harsh On Books? Or Am I Just Harder To Impress?

Earlier this week, I was thinking aloud on Twitter on me not liking books as much as I used to. I seem to be loving less books and hating more books that everybody else enjoys. So what is up with that? Am I being too harsh or have I read so much that I'm just harder to impress?

Quite frankly, I have no idea. I try to go into each book I pick up with a blank slate. With most of the books I read, I have no clue what they're about except for 'contemporary', 'fantasy' or something like 'time travel'. I read the synopsis of a book once, which is when I add it to my Goodreads shelves, but even after I receive the books, I don't read the blurb or synopsis again. So I really kinda go into every book with no idea what I should expect. Sometimes, when a book is hyped terribly, I decide to wait to read it so I'm not setting the bar sky high. But other times, I don't want to wait and dive in head-first. Most of the time, this is when the book lets me down. In this case, I don't think I was fair to the book -- I projected my expectations on a book, which made it fail miserably, while I may have enjoyed it if my expectations hadn't been so high.

I miss the time when I could pick up a book, seemingly any book, and at least enjoy it. However, lately I find myself wanting to break my Kindle, rip out the pages of a book or punch something when I read a book. Maybe I'm just picking the wrong books, who knows. I just know that it's not really a satisfying reading experience when you've hated so many books, you just kind of sit there with your buttcheeks pinched together, hoping you will actually like this book, for once. And lately, I seem to be hitting more misses than hits. And honestly, I'm starting to get frustrated.

I want to go back to being able to enjoy the books I read. Some of the books I read years ago got a 5 star rating whereas if I would read them now, having read what I have, I think they may get a 3-4 rating, tops. But I loved them at the time. I don't want to hate on books. I want them to entertain me, instead of making me want to rip my hair out. I want to love the good books, instead of thinking 'oh this is good. This is a 4 star book'. I want to go back to wanting to rate a book a solid five stars if it was really good instead of waiting until it's so good it feels like I've been shot into the stars where the unicorns fly and they pee rainbows, if you know what I mean.

Have any of you guys ever experienced this? If so, what did you do about it? I think I could use some tips.. :)


  1. A lot of books have been boring me lately. I've noticed that in 2013 in general, it's been a lot harder to impress me. I guess after having read ~400 YA books, that's bound to happen after a while. It's quite sad, but then it makes finding that one five star book even better!

    1. I think you're right.. We've read a lot, seen a lot, so it's hard to be blown away. It's just so bloody depressing.. I've been writing more two star reviews than four star ones and I just don't like it xD

      And yes, on the hunt for five star reads! *continues the search*

  2. I seem to have the opposite problem; I rate books too high! My husband always makes fun of me; when I say I gave a book 4 stars, he says "oh, so you didn't really like it, then." (That's not really true, though. I just like most books I read. But it does make my ratings seem a bit unbalanced.)


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