Discussion, WHAT DO???

Oops, I Don’t Like A Famous Book WHUT DO???

So I’m starting a new meme. Again. But this one’s totally awesome! (They’re all totally awesome. I didn’t say that.) It’s going to be dedicated to all those bookish problems and their solutions! It’s also all about discussion posts as well, but I wanted to make a separate column for this. Hope you enjoy the WHAT DO??? meme! And today we’re talking about…

Now I know all of you must have had this happen to you once or twice in your life kidding, it’s probably happening on a weekly basis. A lot of books are hyped, and you’re pressured to like them. But you don’t always just flat out like them. Sometimes you… *gasp!* hate them. Or worse – what if you don’t like an acclaimed diversity book?? (I’m not even talking about the unfortunate instance of you possibly liking a book deemed problematic. Let’s not get too depressive here, okay?) So what do you do when you realize you didn’t make the hype train?

Step 1. Keep calm and consume comfort food.

I know you feel embarrassed and worried. Do not berate yourself. You are allowed to have opinions!!! Even if those opinions are different from your friends’, as well as your bookish nemesis!

(Here is a handy picture of a nemesis. Not *quite* bookish, but you know.)

Step 2. Decide against not telling anyone.

Despite feeling off about not liking a hyped book, you shouldn’t just say “oh, maybe I won’t post a review this time”. We still want to know what you thought! It’s not like we’re all supposed to have the same opinion. What would be the point of reviews then?? Perhaps by having a negative one this time, you will point out a few problems that we haven’t noticed before. Refrain from just keeping your ideas to yourself!

Step 3. Take your time with the review.

When this happens, it’s sometimes harder to write the review. (Although personally, I struggle with reviews for 5 star books more often myself! 😅) So, if it does happen, just give yourself space and time to write a review. Don’t be afraid to tell us your opinion, but do take care not to come across sounding mean. (I’ve accidentally done that in the past! I still feel bad about it.)

Step 4. Yes, you still have to push that publish button.

Oh, just do it already!

Step 5. Do not mind the haters.

Chances are, you won’t even have to do this step! Most of the times, the community is really nice about accepting your feelings – even if they’re different. (Unless you disregarded what I said about being mean in Step 3!) But sometimes we have to deal with trolls anyway, especially if we have a bigger audience. So don’t forget you’re allowed to have an opinion! Especially if you’re from a diversity branch and just felt like a hyped book trampled on your identity. Or if you are just big enough a blogger to deal with constant trolls on social media (I’d like to shout out to Paper Fury here because I know she constantly has to deal with this!) No matter what they say, remember that you’ll probably have at least 10 friends who have your back for every troll you encounter. So chin up!

In the bottom, you can link up your review posts for hyped books you hated!

What’s your typical process of writing a review like that? If you’ve had these feels, don’t hesitate to tell me in the comments! I’d love to hear about them.




I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Erica
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I LOVE this!! What a great idea! I have a few hyped books that I ended up disliking…

Margaret Kingsbury
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I also find it more difficult to write 5 star reviews than, say, 2 star reviews, I think because I know specific reasons why I give a book a bad review, whereas with 5 stars, I just love EVERYTHING!, which isn’t very specific! I never received any backlash from a bad star review until I started reviewing pregnancy books. Several pregnancy books I read didn’t use sources and had generic information easily found on Web MD, and some people found offense with those reviews! However, I find that kind of review very helpful, so I will continue to write them!… Read more »
Bethan
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This is a great idea!
But what are some of the popular books you didn’t like?
I’ve linked above to my review of Ready Player One

Grab the Lapels
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I appreciate that you mention the need to post negative book reviews. I feel people who only share their favorite books lose credibility.

Laura Thomas
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Great topic. And it’s so nice to know someone else feels and acts the same way I do about this dilemma! I’d link up a post but I’m still stuck on writing the reviews. LOL

Mallory
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I love this idea, as I DNF’d both famous books I tried to read in August (The Remnant Chronicles and The Winner’s Curse series). Usually, I don’t make it far enough into the book to write a review, but then I spend HOURS researching the next book I’m going to read so I don’t make the same mistake again (would this be step #6?). No fun reading two disappointing books in a row! 🙂

Bethan
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I haven’t reviewed a book a couldn’t finish yet, but it’s happened a few times in my book club and I always argue that if you couldn’t finish a book that in itself is a critique of the book! But I heard someone else in the blogosphere voice a similar opinion to yours, that if you DNF’d it then you don’t have a complete opinion ? Is this like book blogger etiquette or something?

Mallory
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I agree! I think it says something if you can’t finish a book!!!! I’ve been especially nervous to review YA books if I don’t like them because I hear that the backlash can be vicious (ewww!) And I’m soo confused on book blogger etiquette, so if you have advice PLEASE pass it on ;). (It looks like you blog about dragons, so I’ll clearly listen to anything you say)

Cait @ Paper Fury
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Aww haha, thank you for the shoutout. It is absolutely crap that a lot of us have been kind of conditioned be SCARED of having opposite opinions to the crowd. I mean whyyyyyy. What’s the big deal about having a different opinion?! I was absolutely abused on twitter about hating A Well of Ascension, and it still boggles my mind because the book is like completely white/straight + extremely sexist + religious preachy … and yet a whole lot of diverse-blogger-advocates were being absolute trolls at me. (I wouldn’t even repeat what they called me and the threads they started… Read more »
Bethan
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That’s awful that happened to you! I happened to like that book but we’re all different! There wouldn’t be so many different and various genres if we were all the same!!

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
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Fun meme! Love the haters video 😉 I could probably fill the link up with hyped books I didn’t like The problem is I usually don’t finish books I don’t like so I don’t usually have reviews 🙂 but let me see… I’ll be right back.

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
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ok I’m back. I think I found one. EVERYONE in this universe loved this book but me: Milk and Honey. 🙂 linked!

Emma
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Great idea. There are more than a few books I just haven’t got but others have. One is my boss’ favourite book and whilst we normally agree on reading I cannot get away with it at all.

Reading With Lori
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AWW YOU ARE SO CUTE YES I NEDD THIS PUSH SOMETIMES I can totally relate to this post and the funny gifs along with it!

Reading With Lori
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To write a typical review like that I usually take longer to publish than others. I like to be honest, but people can take it as negative or attacking them but it’s not what I’m trying to do. Just honesty‍♀️✨

Karen Blue
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I love this idea Avalinah! I had to post two because I have been out of the majority for a few very popular books. I should probably mention here that I DNFed quite a few that other people raved about (Nevernight, Frannie and Tru, and The Game of Love and Death just to name a few). I like the idea of honest opinions, so sometimes it won’t match what other people think. I also think that some people feel a lot of pressure to review with the majority like rate up or down to match what most other bloggers rate.… Read more »
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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Unpopular opinions happen. I review everything and am not afraid to leave a bad review. It is kind of funny that some of my most popular reviews on goodreads are the negative one. I get a lot of comments from other people that share the same thoughts. I agree completely that reviews should go ahead and say what they think of a book even if it is the popular thought.

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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What a great idea to include a link-up in this post. We’ve all got one or two hyped books that we just didn’t like. My latest was The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (and, yep, it was a diverse book. Sorry, folks!).

carol
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Great idea!
Step 1 is just good advice in general. I don’t read very many hyped books in all honesty. Two that were semi-hyped at the time and I didn’t like were In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Hmm, odd that they both have “dark” in the title.

bermudaonion (Kathy)
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This was so me with The Hunger Games!

Poulami @ Daydreaming Books
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This is sooo true! When I was pretty new to blogging, I was really afraid that people were not going to like if I had an unpopular opinion but this community proved me wrong. Usually, when this happens, I state the facts due to which I disliked the book in the first place and every one of us has a different opinion, not all of us will end up enjoying the same book.
Loved this post! <3

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
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ok I’m back again because I realized I have a good one! “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things” Tons of great reviews and I’m like WTH??? This is downright romanticizing pedophilia!!!

She was seven and lying in a meadow watching the stars when the 20-something pedophile crashed with his motorcycle and he saw her and “she looked so pretty, like an angel” and just like that “love story between two unlikely people” was written and got many awesome reviews. and I’m like NO WAY!

Rachel @ Chocolate and Chapters
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Ugh, YES. I have definitely struggled with this. I’ll admit, I have avoiding writing reviews sometimes when it’s a book that I see people posting about like crazy and it’s super hyped… Sometimes I do, and try to stay really nice and understanding, but you know. I shouldn’t have to apologize or be meek in my opinions, but I don’t want people taking it personally either. And I totally agree, it’s sometimes harder to write reviews for 5 star books! Out of my favorite books, I’ve probably written reviews on about a quarter of them. Which is just crazy! I’ve… Read more »
Yvonne@FictionBooks
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Hi Evelina, In some ways I think it would be much better if a rating system alone would suffice in raising the profile of a book, to the satisfaction of author, publisher and promoter; rather than having the obligation of writing a review as the only way to make your thoughts count. A review of any description is after all, purely subjective, as opinions are completely personal and no two people will have identical likes and dislikes about a story line or cast of characters. I get more annoyed about bad spelling, punctuation, continuity and grammar than one or two… Read more »
Ellen Pilch
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Great post and I love the clip of The Nanny, I loved that show. I tend to not like most popular books

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Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight
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This is fabulous! It’s so true, it can be rough when everyone and their mom seems to be gushing over a book and you’re just.. meh. Or even worse, absolutely hate the thing! I feel like I *have* sounded mean in negative reviews too- not that I meant to, but snark never really sounds super nice, I guess? I mean, I never ever say anything about the author, of course! But sometimes… harsher words are necessary. I cannot stand the trolls and haters though! What IS that!? You are so right too, Cait deals with wayyy more than her fair… Read more »
Jamie
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This has been me the last few months and I feel so baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad. There was a debut diverse book I read recently that I couldn’t in good conscience give it more than a 1 star because I genuinely was bored to tears and miserable reading it – but I pushed through because I really wanted to give it a chance and to write a proper review for the publisher that gave me the ARC. While I have the review scheduled for around release date as I do with all ARC reviews, I’m not going to lie, I’m anxious about it,… Read more »
Brian Joseph
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Very amusing and creative post as always Avalinah.

This meme is also a neat idea. Many books are way over hyped. Plus everyone has different tastes. Folks should not be afraid to express opinions, even if they are not positive.

Amanda @Cover2CoverMom
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I’d like to throw it out there that I did not like Red Queen OR The Selection series…. there, I said it 🙂

Amanda @Cover2CoverMom
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PS. This is a brilliant idea. Kuddos my friend!

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Hahaha. I love that you posted this BEFORE your review of Rushdie’s new book. You are my favorite. And BEFORE your review of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. You are the best. This is a cool post series idea. Do you expect that others will also take up the mantle of these series in a meme-like fashion? As in, do you hope that others continue these posts? Or is this more intended like my Building Better Book Clubs series? Just clarifying! I totally get you on this. Actually, this really closely mimics my philosophy on why I publish… Read more »
Sophie Eloy
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Hahaha this is all so true! I wrote something similar about how to write a review and what happened if you did not like it. You are spot on 😉

Jennilyn V.
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AMEN to all what you said. Before, I am honestly not keen on posting reviews for hyped up books if my opinions are against that of the general public. I guess, I am afraid I might get some lashback especially from rabid fans of the book. But now, I am learning to swim against the tides, so to speak and have been voicing my opinions more in Goodreads and in my blog. So far, I haven’t been receiving any negative comments because unlike Cait of Paper Fury, I am relatively a “smol” blog. I love these meme that you have.… Read more »
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Dan
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Every book good or bad has its own fans and of “enemies” so don’t worry, it is normal to feel like that.
In another day you may find the book interesting.

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