So I know I’ve been MIA for a while. A looooong while. But that’s only partly my fault. It took me until now to finally have access to this blog again, so now I can pretend I never took my unintended hiatus.
That also means I can start talking about all the books I’ve read in 2020 (which is only 6 so far, but still). Before I dive right into that, I want to talk about book opinions.
I was recently scrolling through my Goodreads, putting all my unread books on it, and looking at the ratings of those that I’ve already read. I don’t like to see the reviews of books before I read them so I actively avoided those. But that’s when I started to laugh at myself.
Some people HAVE to know what a book is rated before they buy it. They don’t want to waste their time on something that many people disliked because they’ll probably hate it anyway. I don’t really care. I want to read any book as long as it sounds interesting to me. I don’t want to be swayed by others. While sometimes I’ll read reviews and realize something I don’t like about it after the fact, I still don’t want to know that before going in. I want the full experience. Especially since I read a lot of fantasy and weird fiction, the opinions are rather polarizing.
Back to my point though, I was scrolling through my Goodreads, looking through the books that don’t have the highest ratings that I loved or vice versa.
For example, Landline by Rainbow Rowell has a 3.55 rating, but yet I gave it a 5. I remember actively loving this book so much so that I forced all my friends to read it. To this day it is one of two romance books that I have ever liked. It felt real to me, and honestly, I’m surprised at the low rating.
Along those same lines, is The Metamorphosis, which doesn’t have a BAD rating by any means. But at the time I read it, I gave it 5 stars, and it only has a 3.81 on Goodreads. I’m not offended, but I am surprised. It is such a beloved short story, and honestly, I thought it was so entertaining despite it being a classic. AND I love how many different interpretations there are (my favorite being the contemporary dances to it). But if I had seen the rating of this before I had read it, chances are I wouldn’t have because a 3.81 would make me want to avoid it.
Animal Farm is another similar one, with me giving it 5 stars, and Goodreads giving it a 3.93. Or Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close at a whopping 3.98
And then on the opposite side of things, there are books I did NOT like at all, that everybody else LOVES. Prodigy, the second book in the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu has a 4.27 on Goodreads, but I gave it a 3 star. That was even me being generous. At the time I read it I never rated anything below 3.5 stars because I felt that the fact I had finished it made it deserve at least that. But this one I couldn’t even give it that. If I had read it now, it probably would have gotten lower (especially since I ended up getting rid of the entire trilogy without even finishing it).
After looking through everything I read and how I rated it, I have a higher love for differing opinions and for not looking at other people’s opinions so I can form my own. What are some books that you have a different opinion on?