Book Blogger Confessions – Where’s the Love?


Book Blogger Confessions is a newish meme hosted by Tiger’s All Consuming Media or For What It’s Worth.   On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they be discuss a topic that effects book bloggers and then give other bloggers a chance to vent, share their opinion or offer a solution.

If you want to participate just grab their button and include it in your post with a link to either Tiger’s All Consuming Media or For What It’s Worth.   They will be providing a linky at the end of their posts so people can "hop" to see all the participants answers.

This week’s 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?

This happens to me a lot.  Either I am feeling meh about a book that everyone else is swooning over, or I am shouting out my love for a book that everyone else seems to hate.  It’s more frustrating for me when I think I’m the one reviewer in love with a book, because then I feel like I am swimming against the current.   I have this overwhelming urge to constantly share how much I loved it in hopes of convincing someone else to read it and love it, too.  I always write reviews for books that I don’t feel are getting enough love.

For those titles that didn’t captive me, I will still write a review expressing my opinions about why it didn’t knock my socks off.  There are just some books that don’t work for me, and while I am disappointed that I wasn’t blown away by the book, I will still share my thoughts about it.  If I totally hate a book, chances are that I won’t finish reading it.  I usually restrict my thoughts on the DNF books to Goodreads – if I haven’t finished, I don’t feel that I can write a balanced review, but I can certainly share what wasn’t working for me.  There are times when I am just not in the mood for that particular book at that particular point in my life, and so it gets set aside for another day. 

One thing that I have stopped doing is reading the latest and greatest hyped title near its release date.  Odds are, there will be 100 other reviews out the week the book is released, and I would rather save it for a time when the hype has died down a little.  It doesn’t matter whether I loved it, hated it, or was indifferent to it, I would rather focus on titles that might slip under the radar, and tackle the highly marketed books a little later in their shelf lives.

How about you?  What do you do when you and the next big thing don’t hit it off?


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5 thoughts on “Book Blogger Confessions – Where’s the Love?

  • March 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Interesting point about you being the one that loves a book that isn’t a big hit.
    I get nervous about that too. When I love a book that’s not too popular I want to shout from the rooftops to read it but then I get nervous that no one will like it and I was one of those people hyping something. lol
    I thinks it’s just best to be honest and let people get a feel for what you like and dislike so that they can tell if a book will work for them based on your review.

  • March 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I also avoid those books that have a lot of hype going for them at the time they are released. I actually read a lot of indie authors and sometimes feel like I don’t review anything on my blog that anyone else has read! 😉

  • March 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    @Bonnie – There are times when I feel the same way! But that’s one of the reasons I read other blogs; to discover new authors and books 🙂

    @Karen – True! And it’s good to remember that what works for one reader doesn’t always work for another.

  • March 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I try and avoid ‘hype’ too – I like to pick books that sound interesting to ME rather than just following along with everyone else. Having said that, I’m also sometimes quite easily influenced by others to take an interest in a book, but it doesn’t always mean I’m going to buy it until I’m 100% convinced I actually DO want to read it.

    And I love finding those little gems and shouting about them from the rooftops!

  • March 20, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I don’t mind if a reviewer is not over the moon about a favorite or is over the moon about a non-fav. As long as they are honest and tell me what they think (without bashing), I prefer that.

    Thanks for sharing your honest opinion!

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