Everyone is entitled to their opinions, especially when it comes to books.
Sometimes, maybe even most of the time, I’m hesitant to read a popular novel. For a few main reasons.
I don’t want people to hype up a book for me only for it to disappoint because of high expectations.
I also feel odd when I’m in the minority. Either I love a book that people generally don’t like or I dislike a novel everyone seems to adore. In that case, I tend to feel like I’m missing something. As if I didn’t get the essence of the story.
It’s easy to look at reviews or seek out other readers’ opinions nowadays. Thanks Internet.
It’s also easy to form a bias before reading something because of what someone else says. That’s why I typically avoid reading book reviews before I begin. I don’t mind looking at reviews after I’ve finished a novel.
Often times I find others are able to say what I want to say more eloquently than I ever could. Or better yet, reviewers are able to specify an issue or ten they had with a book that I did too.
When I decide whether or not I want to buy a particular book, I don’t usually read reviews. I’ll read the synopsis or summary. Maybe the back cover or the first page.
I want to form my own opinion without the influence of anyone else, even if I trust him or her.
Going back to popular books, there are a number of reasons why I haven’t read Harry Potter. And some days I wonder if I ever will. The whole being let down is part of it. As well as the prospect I may not love this series as much as my friends.
I’m a huge believer that timing matters. When exactly you read a certain book can change your entire perception of it. I know there are books I appreciate better now than when I read them five, six years ago. Even five, six months make a huge difference.
Same goes for books I’ve read recently. I feel I would have enjoyed them more had I read some earlier in my life like in elementary or high school.
Regardless, reading really is remarkable. So don’t let anything or anyone stop you from enjoying a good book at any time in your life.