Sometimes we think we’ll love a book to bits and pieces, but then we don’t… Whenever this happens to me, I can’t help but think:
Did I legitimately not like this book? Or did other factors cause me to not like it?
Sometimes a book just doesn’t click with me, and that’s fine. But sometimes I wonder if I would have enjoyed that same book under totally different circumstances. For example:
- Sometimes I’m just in a bad mood. If I read a book when I’m in a bad mood am I less likely to fall in love with it? Could this cause me to dislike it? Whereas if I read it when I was in a good mood, maybe I would have loved it?
- I’m not up for that genre. Maybe I tried reading a dystopian book when I really wanted to read contemporary. If I had waited until I was actually in the mood for dystopian, would I have given it 4 stars instead of 2?
- I don’t really feel like reading but I force myself to read because I’m falling behind on review books. If I force myself to read under these circumstances, am I less likely to enjoy the book?
Sometimes it’s hard for me to figure out if I legitimately didn’t like a book or if those other factors caused me to not like it.. but if I had read it under more normal circumstances, maybe I would have loved it?