As book lovers, we all have lots of books that we're just dying to read. But what happens when you shout out your excitement for a particular book on social media and someone says that didn't like it?
This has happened to me various times and I absolutely hate it! Like why would you say that? I'm here all excited about the books and then I get told by someone that they didn't like it. The way I work as reader is that if I see lots of positive reviews on Goodreads, I feel excited going into the book. But if I see more people giving it mixed reviews, I get nervous and will most likely set it asidefor other books I'm more excited to read.
The same can be said when I get told by someone that they didn't enjoy the book. It makes me nervous and anxious and I hate feeling like that. That's why I don't always go on Goodreads all the time because I like going into a book without knowing much about it.
It's one of the things I love about arcs. Not many people have read the book and so there is less of a chance that people don't know a lot about it. And there won't be anyone to bring down my reading mode for the book. And the best of all, there won't be spoilers!
Maybe not everyone really cares about other people's opinions but I certainly do. I wish I wasn't like that but I am. And when I see that a book has mixed reviews, I get nervous about buying it and trying to read it.
I don't think these people I've encountered realize this. And so I don't blame them for it. But they may not know that what they say can affect someone's mood on books. Because maybe I'm not the only one who feels like this.
For example, I saw about three people DNF The Witch Hunter and others gave it low ratings. That alone made me sort of nervous to start it. And I ended up not liking it as well. But these opinions were indirected because they posted in on Twitter and I also wandered on Goodreads. So sometimes it's just my fault for being on the internet, where anyone can be spoiling books.
The internet is just such a dangerous place for book lovers like me. It's just full of unwanted book opinions or spoilers.