What a wild day. I'm finally getting around to the hop hosted byCrazy for Books, a great way to meet other book bloggers and find some new books to read.
This weeks blog hop question, submitted by Marce from Tea Time with Marce is:
"What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere did you NOT enjoy and how did you feel about posting your review?"
As a policy, I've pretty much decided not to post reviews of books I didn't like. Not all my reviews are overwhelmingly positive. If there is something about a book I didn't like, I'll say why, but generally the books I review are ones that, on balance, I enjoyed. This is largely because I realize how subjective book appreciation is -- there are some books that I might not enjoy just because I'm reading them when I'm having a bad week. OR, I might particularly enjoy a light romantic comedy just because I'm having a bad week. I realize I'm entitled to my own opinion-- I'm allowed to dislike a book. But there are so many books I do like, I'd rather talk about them.
However, in the spirit of the hop, I'll admit to not enjoying, on balance, one very popular hyped book. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I thought it was an interesting premise and a quick read. I didn't have problems with repetition-- to me, each day differed enough from the previous to show a different facet of the protag's evolution. I thought it was very well written. What got to me was the shallowness of the characters. Their thoughts, their problems, their friendships...everything about them made me think...bleh. Not just the protag and her friends, but pretty much everyone in the book. I was interested in the story, but couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the people. But maybe they just seemed shallow because they were all being seen through the protag's eyes? At any rate, I'll have to give Delirium a try, because Oliver is a wonderful writer.