Before I started book blogging, I wasn’t really exposed to that much hype surrounding new releases. Sure, there were books like The Hunger Games that seemed to reinvent YA fiction, but if it wasn’t a New York Times bestseller that my library ordered in, I wasn’t likely to know that it existed.
Now, however, my wishlist is overflowing with titles that have been praised by book bloggers and authors alike. Having access to heaps of praise and positive opinions surrounding a work can be both a blessing and a curse: on one hand, it has led to the discovery of titles that I absolutely adore and likely wouldn’t have picked up otherwise (like Angelfall and Eleanor & Park). On the other hand, after waiting months for a book to be released and getting progressively more excited as the time passes, it’s incredibly disappointing when the book doesn’t live up to your expectations — especially when trusted reviewers have read and enjoyed it.
When reading a book that everyone seems to love, I always find myself looking for the parts of the story that are going to amaze me, instead of becoming immersed in the story and allowing it to amaze me on its own. And, as a result, I often end up feeling whelmed by it.
I’m not going to completely avoid the books that the book blogging community adores, but I’m going to try to avoid reading too many overwhelmingly positive reviews prior to opening the book myself so that I don’t go into it with too many preconceived notions. Hopefully that will help me have more realistic expectations and give me a better reading experience!
Your turn: have you fallen victim to the hype monster? How do you manage your expectations in the face of such high praise?