“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood.
I’ve only been blogging for a little over a month, but I’m already feeling though my reading list is whittled down to books I’ve seen on other people’s blogs. Naturally, that means I primarily read very hyped books. It’s easy to see the trickle down effect: publishers send out their most promising releases to big name bloggers, whose excitement is so infectious it has me piling the shopping cart with orders. While this is absolutely awesome as I’ve discovered so many titles I love this way, it also make me want to take a step back and ask: should I try and give other books a chance? I’ll weigh the pro’s and cons of reading these popular titles below.
The awesome reasons why I can’t help but add them to my Kindle.
- Large Fandoms: There’s little else more pitiable than finishing a book you love and discover there’s no one else to share the joys with. Look at Cassie Clare’s legion of fans, or all the beautiful tumblr posts dedicated to Sarah J Maas – I always look on with envy wishing I could love those books more so I could join in. The great thing about popular books is the sheer amount of people who you can fangirl with, all at a tweet away!
- Blog Commenting/Social Aspect: I love browsing other people’s blogs and commenting, but I admit I find it hard to say anything meaningful about their post if I haven’t read the book before. In fact, I admit I don’t read reviews of books I haven’t read very closely, in fear of being spoiled. With popular books, as everyone is reviewing them, you know you’ll have things to say about a lot of blog posts.
- SEOs: As a fledging blog, any search engine hits on the website makes me giddy and happy. My most popular blog posts views-wise have been massive hits: Throne of Glass, Red Queen, The Wrath and The Dawn, AEITA etc… Keeping that in mind, I am a bit more biased to reviewing these books – so sue me.
- Buyer’s Confidence: Sure, there are some popular books I didn’t care for (Throne of Glass comes to mind *hides*) But by and large, I tend to agree with the adoring public. With books with great exposure, I always know what I’m getting into, and I have read so many wonderful titles this year by just hearing word of mouth e.g. Uprooted, Red Rising.
The reasons why I feel I should attempt to branch out.
- People over Sheeple: It’s sort of hilarious watching 10 reviews of the same book pop up on your feed all at once, I know that part of that is because of ARC review due dates and such. Nonetheless, when a popular book is first released, I confess I have difficulties discerning between different blog posts as we usually love and dislike similar things. Making a unique comment for each of these posts? A nightmare for my gray and sparkless brain.
- All Those Under Appreciated Titles: I weep for all those books I will never learn about because of the inordinate spotlight given to their peers. I am lazy, I like to just take a peek at twitter or GR lists to find my next reads, but as recs are usually limited to books many people read – there are so many underappreciated fandoms. Basically, I need to get out of my comfort zone and actively search for books *le gasp*
- Books Not Living Up To The Hype: Woes is this terrible disappointment, see Throne of Glass again (I will be forever bitter about this one, why do you lie to me, beautiful cover?). I usually pick out books I normally would not read due to the surrounding hype – usually with disastrous results. I should really learn *sniff*
What do you guys think? Has blogging changed your reading habit? What was the last under-hyped books you read and loved?