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Why my reads are no longer 5 stars?
In the recent times, I find myself no longer gushing about books. Don’t get me wrong. I love reading, and it is the one passion that has not allowed me to give in to depression. But in the recent times, I find myself being more critical about the books. Very rarely would I allow myself to let go of small errors.
My rating has always been based on how the book made me feel. But nowadays I find myself not rating more than 3.5 or 4 stars. I am not sure if the writing quality has gone down, or am I reading too many of the same plot arcs? Or is it the overall global sadness that seems to have taken over some of us who have seen deep sorrows in the pandemic?
What I want from my reads now
I never thought a world crisis would affect me to this extent. I wouldn’t qualify myself as an empath, but I think when humanity goes through the greatest number of strikes against it, something in me switches off. To distract me from my thoughts, I need the books to be powerful and sing pure in the genre it purports to be.
If the author promises me a thriller, then they better give me those thrilling moments wherein my heart races and I feel alive. If it is supposed to be a romance, then it should make my heart go gooey. And so on and so forth.
When I started blogging, I used to be fiery, authentic in my reviews. What was good was really awesome, and what was bad was the pits. But then I started doing blog tours and met up with some authors, I realized the hardwork that went in writing a book. My book is still in the outline process, haven’t had the time to sit down and formulate the words. So I understand the dedication and time needed to write a book.
But the basic point is reviews are for other readers. Not for the author, not for the publishing houses. But it is a sword that we keep hopping on. If the reviews are not written diplomatically, then we bloggers don’t get the books in the future. Same condition is held by the book tour organizers. All of them might have their own reasons. And so do I.
To me, it feels the authors and publishers have forgotten to take the reviews as a learning lesson to know where they have gone wrong or right. Instead they use it as a tool to deny or accept readers. I have had to face many such problems in the past.
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The pandemic occurred, and such things no longer mattered. Humans did. Human lives did.
Now I read books that I want to read. Most of them are either mine or via Kindle Unlimited or borrowed from a friend of mine. Those who know me on instagram, then these borrowed ones are usually stolen. But that is a story for another time. Keep this secret down and low, my friend still comes in search of me and her books. I do get books from NetGalley. But I don’t obsessively request them anymore.
I bought many books based on reviews written for book tours. And I was massively fooled. Money is scarce for some of us who have gone through the financial crisis brought on by the pandemic.
So, I think I am going back to my roots of not being so diplomatic, even if it offends some. My reviews are going to be for readers who spend their hard earned money to buy the books. My stars will no longer shine in the level 5 stratosphere all the time, unless the book is fantabulous and invokes in me all my emotions, but stay in the normal 3 or 4 level. To authors who send me a request to read your books, do so only if you want to read the truth of how your writing made me feel.
Carpe diem. Seize the day. Live the moment. Read books that make me feel good. Don’t waste time on books where the writing does not capture me from the first chapter. Life is too short. I lost too many in the two years. Too many repercussions of not being well. Now I need to read books that help me heal from the inside out and transport me to a new world for a few hours.
I may appear to have rambled here, but brain synapses do occur so fast. Mine did, and I went with the flow.
Has your reading changed like mine did? Do you DNF?
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