How was your weekend? Are you read for the new week? Personally, I’m feeling a bit tired since I’ve had a very busy (but very good!) weekend. And I also have a busy week and weekend ahead of me, which doesn’t help my stress levels but that’s where blogging comes in! I always feel better after I’ve written a new post for you or when I’m scrolling through my reader and seeing your posts.
So here I am: writing a post about popular books.
I was looking at my (endless) TBR a couple of days ago and I noticed there are a lot of “popular” or “hyped” books I haven’t read yet. I’m talking books that EVERYONE has read / is reading right now. Here are a few:
What surprised me is that some of these books are on my TBR BECAUSE they’re popular / hyped books, not because I’m actually excited about reading them. After some thinking, I came to the conclusion that I added them to my TBR and felt pressured to read them. I thought I HAD to read and review them or I wouldn’t be a good book blogger. Which is ridiculous.
Or is it… ?
Do you think it matters which books we choose to read and review? Do we have an ‘obligation’ to read popular books?
I think the books we choose to read matter some extent. For example, only reviewing books that are 5+ years old is most likely not going to interest your audience if they’re looking for new books / debut authors.
BUT that doesn’t mean we should read EVERY popular book out there or feel pressured to do so. And we shouldn’t feel bad or guilty for saying “hey, maybe this book just isn’t for me”. Basically, it’s okay to not read what everyone else is reading if it doesn’t interest you. Choosing to not read a hyped book doesn’t make you a bad blogger.
Does this mean I WON’T read any of the previously mentioned books? No, it doesn’t. I might decide to read A Darker Shade of Magic because I want to branch out and try something else (other than contemporary YA). But if I do, it’ll be because I want to, not because I feel like I have to.
Tell me: do you ever feel the same kind of pressure to read popular books? Have you read books that you knew you wouldn’t enjoy but you did anyway because they were popular?