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Let’s Discuss: What Turns the Tide Against Reading a Book?

The ugly truth of reading books – sometimes you just don’t want to read a book anymore!

Let’s Discuss: What Turns the Tide Against Reading a Book?

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After writing the Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read post, I really started to examine what factors go into deciding to forgo reading certain books.

Am I reading too much into this (see what I did there)? Probably. But, to be fair, I’m a book nerd and failing to ponder all intricacies of book reading would be abominable. (Fancy word alert!)

For you: what can turn the tide against reading a book? Bad reviews? Lost interest?

I’ve narrowed down why my heart is so fickle to three main factors:

1. It’s been too long – It might be a sequel that’s taken 2 years to come out (Shadow Scale and The Retribution of Mara Dyer, I’m looking at YOU), or a book that’s been on the TBR forever.

The fervor and excitement I had to read it fades, and I just stop caring. It’s brutal but true.

2. Terrible reviews from trusted friends or bloggers – I usually take mass Amazon and Goodreads reviews with a grain of salt. I don’t know your book taste, madam, so I don’t trust you! But, if some of my favorite bloggers or reading buddies totally bash a book I’ve been wanting to read, I take a step back and re-evaluate.

It sounds dramatic, but with review copies piling up my house, I have to be mindful of what I chose to read because it means I’m not reading something else. I have been saved many a time from some very sad books.

3. My tastes have changed – I honestly look back at my best books of 2011 list and cringe. CRINGE. Because my YA taste level back then was weak. I would keep a good handful of books on the list, but many others I would boot in a second.

I think it’s reading so much in one genre, but you begin to develop a nuanced sense of preference and quality. It’s obviously individual, but what I once thought was great, I now consider mediocre. It’s really only because I’ve read SO MANY BOOKS, and I can sort out the best of best way better now.

As I write this, I need to clean out my 500+ TBR list

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.
  • Sugar & Snark

    I agree!
    Added to my list is bad author behavior.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Oh, that’s a good one! And it’s sad it happens so often…

  • http://www.andreabuginsky.com/ Andrea Buginsky

    For me, the book may have been sitting on my shelf too long, there are newer books I’m anxious to read, I got caught up in promised reviews, and I need a break from the genre.

  • Sally @ BarksandBaking

    I completely agree with #3. The more I read, the easier I find I am underwhelmed by new books, which is probably worse for people who stick pretty closely to one genre, whereas I hop around a lot. Finding really excellent YA books, in particular, has been hard for me lately though. I understand that coming up with something completely original is very hard, but all the formulaic plots are just boring!