Because, honestly, who am I to tell you what to read? We all have different likes and dislikes, so why should our tastes in books be any different?
I’m sometimes terrified when people say “I really wanted to read this, but thanks to your review I think I won’t waste my time”. It kills me. I feel like the whole world is on my shoulders because I discouraged you to read a book. Sure, it was a bad read for me, but what if it’s your next favourite book? I can barely make decisions for myself, let alone make a decision for someone else!
The other day, I recommended a book to Jennifer. This book is a five star read for me, and currently shelved as “favorites” on my Goodreads profile. Jennifer proceeded to read it, and she said she wasn’t that impressed… I felt mortified! I felt like I had basically made her waste her time. This is what I live in constant fear of.
What I guess I’m trying to say here is: don’t just rely on one person’s opinion. Try out a sample of the book, read tons of reviews, talk to people who’ve read the book, basically do everything you can to make an informed decision. It sounds like a lot of work, but I just don’t want your decision to be solely because of my review! I live in constant fear that someone is going to tell me: “because of you, I bought this book and HATED it. I’ll never visit your site again!”. Yeah, I’m being overdramatic, I know.
In hindsight, I actually do take blogger’s opinions in consideration when I want to buy or borrow a book, but in my case I read tons and tons of reviews before actually making a decision (which is why I take so long to buy books at bookstores…).
Have you ever made a recommendation and gotten a negative response? Let me know in the comments below!