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Most (not all!) of the time, when I see low ratings or negative reviews for a book I want to read, I don’t take it off my TBR. Sure, I’d lower my expectations down a notch, but these low ratings won’t cause me to diss a book completely.
I don’t know about you guys, but some negative reviews actually make me WANT to read a book even MORE than I did before reading them. Why?
- I want to rant with you guys! Seriously, I love loving books, but I also love being frustrated with books. Any feels a book will give me, even bad ones, I will take. (Am I weird? I’m not making any sense, huh?)
- I want to know if the book will make me want to tear my hair off my head. What makes it so bad? I’m curious.
- Maybe I’ll enjoy the book! I am a weird reader.
We all have different interpretations of different books. One person can think a book handled something badly, but another person could think that it’s handled REALISTICALLY. It’s all in a matter of perspective, really. I mean, take a look at Boomerang by Noelle August. I just wanted
to rip everyone’s heads off everyone to shut up, while a lot of other people said that it was a fun book.
So when do I decide NOT TO READ a book? When reviewers state that there are elements I can’t stand, (Ex. Cheating (by the main character/s), toxic relationships, etc.) a book would go on my mental “maybe-not” list. Other than that, I’m open to almost anything!
I know some people who only read books that friends or trusted reviewers rated highly or praised, and there’s definitely nothing wrong with that! I totally get why you’d want to be SURE that you’d love a book. This is just the way I see things. Like I said, we all have different perspectives.
Do you like reading books with a lot of negative reviews?
Aimee loves books. And chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Reading books while eating chocolates! Yes, that would be absolutely lovely.