So when you’re trying to decide whether or not to buy a book do you find yourself exclusively reading the bad reviews it’s gotten? If you’re guilty and you know it clap your hands! *slow claps it out louder than everybody else*
I do this ALL THE FUCKING TIME! Every time I come across a book I think I’d enjoy reading, the very first thing I do is sit down and do some extensive research into all the bad reviews it’s gotten. And even if it’s just one single one – I will WILL find it and I WILL let that one bad review influence my decision. Big time!
I don’t even know why I do this. I’ve read a lot of books that have gotten horrible reviews and I loved them. And still when it’s that time of the month and my credit card is screaming at me to go buy some shit (which let’s be real usually is books), I delve into the depth of goodreads and dig up all the really despicable reviews of the books on my “buy me now” list. And then it’s an endless medley of “Wow that premise sounds so great” – “What?! Oh god nope thanks, I’m gonna hate that.” – “Oh but it has badass chicks in it!” – “Seriously? Fuck no!” – “Lesbians you say? Well then I couldn’t care less about how bad it is! Give it to me!”
Okay that last one is pretty much the defining factor in all my life choices, but you get the general gist right? I find myself agreeing with every bad thing that’s been written about a book before I’ve even read it and I then get scared that since that one person on the internet, who probably has a completely different taste in books than me and whose name I don’t even know, despises this book, I naturally will hate it too.
It’s a really bad habit on my part and I’m trying not to get sucked into the void of ranting and venting, because I think that I’m missing out on some excellent books by letting myself be influenced by one bad review.
How about you? How do you decide what book (or rather books, because we all know we’re not gonna buy just one book…) to get next?
I hope you’re having a wonderful Monday, lovely humans!