Book Blogger Confessions: 3/19/2012

It's time for another Book Blogger Confession hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth and Tiger at All-Consuming Meda.

Question: 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?

I always hate when people recommend a book to me, or I hear a lot of hype over a book, but it doesn't always work with me. Case and point: Twilight. My IRL friends know how much I dislike these books. No reviews are not on my blog because I read them before I started my blog, and I don't know if I actually put in the effort to read them again when I know I'm going to give them a negative review. It seems like a waste of time. I know these books are popular though and that's fine. I have friends who did very much enjoy these books. I didn't. Sorry. There are also books like Divergent and Shatter Me that got crazy good reviews. I've read both books. I've enjoyed both books. I didn't like them quite as much as everyone else though. I believe I gave them both 4 howls on my blog, so yes I did like them a lot. Yes I will read their sequels. I was a little disappointed (not sure if I was disappointed in the books or myself) because it didn't quite hit the mark I was looking for. Another book I've seen decent reviews for, but I didn't like was Dust City. I was confused through a lot of the book and the ending fell flat. Again, no review because I read it at a time when I was unable to put up posts. I let my friend borrow it because she thought it would be a good read. She couldn't finish it. I've seen a couple blogger reviews and they liked it. They thought it was unique (which it is). I just didn't get into it. Wings by Aprilynne Pike is another example. I like fey books. I'm always up for reading a new book about them. I even looked past the blurb from Stephanie Meyer because I was so sure I would like this book. No. I didn't like any of the characters except for Tamani (sp?), and the story was rather dull for me. I've seen negative reviews of Wings, but better reviews of the others so I might try this series again. I'm not sure. Final example: House of Night series. I've read Marked, and it was...okay? That's the best way I could describe it. It had a decent start. I guess what ruined it was I started to read the summaries of the later books to see where it was going and my first thought was, "Zoey becomes a bit of a slut." She had 3 different guys she was bouncing from? I'm alright with love triangles, but there gets to be a point when you get sick of them. And HoN was that series that made me gag because of it. This being said, I liked what the Cast women did adding Wiccan rituals with vampire lore, and I've been slowly collecting these books in case I want to read them again. So no I haven't completely written them off. Again, thank bloggers for that. I've seen better reviews of the later books than I did of the first couple so I was encouraged to give this series another look. I think that's all I've got to say on this topic.


Karen said…
I find that I don't necessarily dislike the popular books but I'm just not in OMG best book ever territory and for some reason that's negative lol
Anna and the French Kiss was that type of book. I thought it was fresh and really cute/well written but it didn't even come close to best contempt romance for me like everyone else.
But that's fine - there are enough books for all of us!
Sandy said…
My IRL friend LOVES the HoN series but after the fourth book I couldn't make myself continue I just couldn't. I am surprised I got that far but they are short books and pretty quick reads just not my cup of tea.