I, for one, have about 600 plus books on Goodreads. Most are marked as to-read, and it will keep on growing. The Hype Monster has indeed taken over my to-read pile. Sometimes I have to give into the hype. Because it's worse being left out, not knowing what everyone is talking about. I like being kept up-to-date. I love obsessing over a book and it’s only better when friends join in.
When you fall prey to this powerful beast, you never know what you’ve gotten yourself into. Maybe you'll hate it more than you thought you would. Maybe you'll be disappointed after such high expectations. Or maybe you'll love it. Maybe you'll find a new author to stalk. Book lovers know what other book lovers want to read. They’re usually right most of the time, for a considerable amount of people. Recommendations can make or break you.
It takes a lot of time and perseverance to sort through all the recommendations for the truly good books. We’re all looking for a memorable one that will keep us thinking long after we finish. Sadly, it seems that every time I finish a great book, more have already been released during the week. It’s an unwinnable game of catch-up. My wallet is losing the game too. Books are my personal luxury. I can’t seem to stop myself from wanting all of the books. It’s why I could never go on a book-buying ban. For those you who have resisted buying books, I admire you greatly.
I can never decide what book to pick. Reading one book at a time just isn’t possible anymore. Everyone says this book has a great plot. Everyone says that one has a ridiculously swoony boy. You haven’t read so and so yet? But the ending is to die for! All these opinions are tearing me apart.
Tell me, are book recommendations and the hype for the latest hype overwhelming you? Do you, as a reader, trust the popular opinion of a book? Does a lot of hype turn you off from reading a book?
The elusive Linda-saurus: (book_ninja)
Mover and shaker by day, book-ninja by night. Only native to Florida. Afraid of small children but has an affinity to the elderly. Beware of her sarcastic humor.