Monday, August 20

Book Blogger Confessions: Book Opinions


Have you ever loved a book that you know is not a great literary gem? Maybe it's filled with spelling errors, tired cliches, and is utterly cheestastic but you loved it anyway.
How do you handle that as a blogger who is used to critical thinking and analysis? Do you pretend you never read the book - never to be reviewed or added to your Goodreads shelf :-)?

Do you write a review but maybe apologize and make excuses as to why you enjoyed it or are you bold and proud of any book you enjoyed?

Conversely - have you read a classic, that is considered a literary gem but you just didn't get it? Are you embarrassed to admit that or do you review it anyway?

Never in my wildest dream would I ever think of myself as capable of "critical thinking and analysis."  Who me? No you must be mistaken. I am a very ordinary person who likes to read and then talk about my feelings about what I read. Mostly I talk about the characters or how the book ends. I don't have critical thinking and analysis in my repertoire, that or a quirky personality. Which is why publishers aren't damaging my mailman's back. So I haven't ever come across the scenario of liking something others don't. There is Twilight but that was before the movies ruined everything.

When it comes to classics, I am usually blind to their merits. I just don't get it. Why do people like to read these long boring drawn out miserable stories? Granted I haven't read them all, hardly any in fact. I do enjoy a clean historical romance, Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte. I haven't had the opportunity to review any classics since I have been absolutely flooded with YA books to read.

But I will say there is one set of books I don't bother to review. Perhaps I am afraid of what others will think. Or maybe it is because I would give most of their category horrible ratings. I read a TON of children's picture books. Every night I read to my child and I never bother to add them all to my goodreads or even review them. I don't imagine anyone would care what I think. Not only that but there is a real sad lack of quality stories. Whatever happened to the good books I remember reading as a child?

Anyway, thanks for the topic.