Do you read what everyone else is reading?
I will say it loud! I will say it proud! I DO. I’m not actually ashamed of this. Maybe I run with the crowd and follow the trends and keep up with the crazes…but — if you mention a YA book, there’s a high percentage I will have either a) heard of it, b) read it, or c) recognise the author.
It makes for easy conversations about any book with anyone.
But, with everyone reading the same books, posts can feel repetitive.
I usually read blogs at nighttime. I’ll answer comments, peruse my bloglovin’ feed, and visit blogs of everyone who’s commented on mine.
About 70% of my bloglovin’ feed is memes or reviews. I have no problem with that! But…the reviews? There’s a lot of reviews to read. (I have to confess, I…um…I would much rather read a discussion than a review.) So how do I pick which reviews to read?
I usually choose by:
a) Have I read the book? Then I can discuss it with you! And…you know…contribute something USEFUL to the conversation.
b) Is it on my To-Be-Read pile?
c) Do I recognise the author?
d) That cover is freaking fantastic let me read all about this book. I am wonderfully shallow like that.
Although if I’m super excited about a book I do not read reviews on it. Like Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater? You might have noticed I don’t even peek at the posts. Not because I think anyone writes spoilery reviews! It’s just I’m so freakishly excited I want to go in 100% blind!
I’m more likely to read a review of a book I recognise
|Me. Looking at reviews.|
Why? I recognise them! If I’ve read it, I can contribute to the conversation! I can compare thoughts with you! Or if I haven’t read it…I can hype myself up about it! (Hypes can be dangerous, but pfft, I live on the dangerous and dark side. There’s chocolate over here.)
I got overloaded and barely even reviewed those books myself because I was so tired of seeing reviews. (I figured everyone else would be too.)
What’s a blogger to do?!
Do you read obscure books (well, at least not all the bestsellers) and have unique reviews on your blog? And then…not know what anyone else is talking about.
Do you read all the popular books and then just a speck in the crowd of opinions about said book?
People love saying “be an individual!” and “don’t be mainstream!” and “eat chocolate!” Which is all fabulous advice, particularly the last one.
For me personally? I actually want to read what everyone else is reading. I want to be in on the conversation. I want to say, “Hey, yeah! I read that super popular book and I love it too!”
I don’t understand when people purely don’t read a book because it’s mainstream. It doesn’t seem fair on the book! I think the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and all of John Green’s books are amazing! I LOVE THEM. Are they worth the intense hype? Well…they’re not the best things I’ve read. But they’re good and delicious and deserve to be famous.
For me, blogging is about talking. And if I read a wide variety of obscure and mainstream books, I’m very likely to be able to converse with you about books we have in common. (Plus I really reeeally want to open all the spoiler tags in reviews. It’s SO hard not to click on them.)
Cait is freakishly excited because her new wordpress theme is coming to life. CAN WE FLAIL NOW? Just in case you didn’t hear/forgot/want-to-hear-her-say-it-again…Notebook Sisters is going to be changing to Paper Fury very soon. Possibly last week of November/early December. She has a glorious party planned. Currently, Cait is reading The Iron Trials and disliking it and listening to and audio of If I Stay and loving it. Mainstream reads? Yes, they are. And she is not ashamed.