I don't know if I'm alone in this, but there are times when I'll see a book and it just doesn't appeal to me (e.g. haven't liked authors previous books, or the summary is bad, or it sounds boring, etc.) and yet I end up adding it to my To Read list anyway because I keep seeing other people say it's good.
I mean still don't genuinely want to read the book... but I probably will anyway for no other reason than other people keep saying it's good and I want to see what all the fuss is about.
That's what these books are. I read the summaries, had no desire to read them. And then someone recommended them. Then someone else recommended them. And then someone else... To the point where I was just like, "FINE! I'll read the damn book!"
1. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Why: The summary just did nothing for me. It lost me at the mention of dead boyfriend (zero desire to read those stories). Then it talked about her shutting out the world and how she'd pursue her long time crush but then another guy enters the picture and just... Not one thing about it appealed to me, because we're usually stuck with a character pining after the wrong guy for many a chapter when we know predictably who she'll end up with and it's frustrating. So yeah, did not want. But then, everyone is saying how amazing it is, so now -- sort of want?
2. Outlander by Diana GabaldonWhy: I have reasons for not wanting to read books by the author, but beyond that, I tend to avoid books set in Scotland as much as I can (unless they're by Scottish authors, but even then...). Authors trying to phonetically write our accents angers me so much, and it's weird reading romance novels that fetishize Scottish men. Plus, the book is ridiculously long, probably way longer and more wordy than necessary. But, the show is good and everyone keeps recommending the books. I don't want to read it, but yeah...
3. Bloody Jack by L.A. MeyerWhy: This is another one where the dreaded phonetically written accents pet peeve rears its ugly head again (why? why? WHY? I don't get why any author would ever think it's a good idea, it's just beyond irritating). I'm not sure if there were other things that gave me an aversion to reading this beyond that, but I'm not sure I've seen a bad review of it. Actually, the reviews tend to be glowing.
4. Where She Went by Gayle FormanWhy: Everyone gushed about the first book, saying it was fantastic, but I found it dull at worst, average at best (movie was better). So it's a mixture of my own opinions of the first book and distrust of the praise this one received...and yet, people say it's better than the first book...so if the first book was average to me, maybe this one will be good? Maybe? Possibly?
5. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy TooleWhy: This isn't a book I'd choose for myself, it doesn't sound interesting to me and I'm not sure why. But one of my best friends wanted me to read it, because it's his favourite book. And then I saw a 4 star review of it by someone on my goodreads.
6. Rebecca by Daphne du MaurierWhy: I don't even know, I just don't want to read it. But I've seen so many good reviews, some of which are from people whose judgement I trust, and I want to know what the fuss is about.
7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John MandelWhy: Just didn't appeal to me, I didn't like the Hollywood aspect, or the post-apocalyptic quality the summary seemed to describe (I'm so burned out with that and the dystopia genre)...and yet it has both of those things and combines them with two other things I'm not into -- alternating POV's and jumping between the past and present. But the reviews are so, so good. Gah!
8. Equal Rites by Terry PratchettWhy: I don't know why, but I've just never seen any of his books and felt the desire to read it. But he passed away not too long ago, and people kept recommending his books and I guess I wanted to see if it was because they felt like they should or because his books really are that good. This was one I saw recommended a few times, it's not one I'd choose to read on my own, but I'll probably read it at some point.
9. Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynn JonesWhy: Basically the same thing as above... only I've seen the movie too and it didn't make me want to read the book, so there's that added layer of reluctance. I own the book though, I've had it for a few years...still not read it. But I will. Probably. Just to see if I agree with the praise.
10. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie KuenhertWhy: Books about drug use are on the list of books I avoid (books that happen to have drug use in them? fair enough, but books about it that seem like they might be "issue books"? no). But I've heard only good things about it, so I finally got it. Still going into it reluctantly and with low expectations, and slightly annoyed that I caved.
Am I alone in this? The whole reading books I don't want to read thing, purely because of good reviews?