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I Hated This Book & Other Reluctant Confessions

I have always felt that I owe it to my readers to be honest about the books I read. It’s the reason I started this blog in the first place.

I have absolutely no problem sharing my opinions on a book’s flaws and informing readers what books they should avoid altogether. Yet, there are words I’ve never spoken.

And, they are: “I hated this book.” They’re so harsh and unforgiving. There’s no room for excuses or explanations.

This idea got me thinking about recent bookish confessions and a few I may have left out…

I Hated This Book & Other Reluctant Confessions

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I Hated This Book

It’s true. I’ve hated books before. I’m reluctant to admit it, but I have definitely said this out loud and openly to other people when the book’s come up.

I’m shy about admitting this because I’m not a mean girl (just stop trying to make fetch happen, ok?!). I “see” and interact with YA authors on Twitter, and I can’t imagine reading a reader’s mega brutal review. I know it’s something that comes with being an author, but DANG. That’s gotta hurt.

Indie Books Scare Me A Little

When I see some of the book descriptions of indie books (sometimes filled with typos), it makes me want to avoid the whole thing. BUT, I know that indie authors are trying to make a living too. I mean, look at Amanda Hocking. She made fetch self-publishing happen.

I think it comes down to the fact that no one is “endorsing” the book, like a publisher, so I’m left to rely on Amazon reviews alone. And since there’s been recent awareness about the prevalence of fake reviews, I don’t know who to trust other than my blog friends, ie YOU.

Always the Last One to Know

So many killer books come out every month, and I just can’t keep up. I average reading about a book a week, which is fairly slow in the blogging world. Even then, I seem to hear about new releases and actually read them later than most people. I hate that!

Even so, it’s tough to remember what books are coming out when and reading them before “scheduling” them in my blogging routine.

Struggle with Finding Balance

I have a full-time job (that also involves blogging!) and make time every week to spend time with friends and family. Plus I have this blog and, you know, actually reading books.

It’s such a hard balance keeping everything nice and tidy in my life. I often feel like I’m neglecting one thing or another. I don’t like to admit that I don’t have it all together, but I’d rather be honest.

Keeping up with this blog is hard work. Plus, I put tons of pressure on myself to make my blog stand out and be original. But, I’ve been telling myself, it’s ok if I dont’ blog every day. And, it’s ok if I read slowly. This is supposed to be for FUN, and if it stops being fun what am I really doing it for?

Have you also said “I hated this book” or do you have another reluctant confession?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • I have a hard time admitting I couldn’t finish a book. I recently DNF three books. So hard for me to admit.

  • It’s easy to get caught up and remember that blogging IS supposed to be fun; I run into that a lot too. I keep saying I have no idea how people who have families manage blogging, reading, and working… I feel like I can’t keep up either, and I don’t have kids to worry about.

    I don’t think I’ve ever said I hated a book, but I have said I don’t like one.

    Indie books used to scare me too, but since working with some fantastic indie authors, I have hopes of becoming one myself someday, and continuing to find great indie authors.

    • That’s a good point- I don’t even have kids and I think to myself, “I don’t have enough time for this.” Also, you’ve given me hope about the indie authors! I definitely want to give their books a chance!

      • The trick is to work with the right ones. Yeah, there are horror stories, and those almost stopped me from getting involved too, but I have had nothing but good experiences. Try seeing which names get mentioned a lot on blogs, and branch out from there.

  • A book a week is slow in the blogging world? Oh damn, I need to read a heck of a lot faster!

  • A book a week is slow in the blogging world? Oh damn, I need to read a heck of a lot faster!

    • Hahahaha! No – be proud of your “slow” pace. I think there are just outliers, like people who read 2 to 3 books a week. I wish I could be jealous but I’m mainly just impressed.

  • A book a week is slow in the blogging world? Oh damn, I need to read a heck of a lot faster!

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  • You speak SO much truth!

    As someone who also reads only about a book a week, I am constantly behind my TBR! I have to pick and choose what books I want to read before their release date while still getting old classics in the between.

    And you KNOW I have a heard time with that balance game! 🙂

    • It really is hard to choose which book to read next for us slow-ies. lol And, Lisa, seriously, I’m so glad you’re BACK!

  • I always end up hating something everyone else loved. Example: The Time Traveler’s Wife.