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?
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…