Growing up, we are told that people can change.
Hesitant on reviving that friendship because of some bad blood between you two? That friend might have changed, so you should definitely catch up with them a little. Depends on what you did to me.
Ex wants a second chance with you? I mean, they might have changed, so your feelings might rekindle. Um, how about no thank you. This is not a novel where a second chance is a guaranteed happily ever after.
Reading books is like meeting people.
We open the book and enter a new world where we meet new people
who get killed later because authors love to break our hearts we fall in love with. We go with them on their journey and watch them grow and it makes our hearts swell with happiness.
But our reading tastes change as we grow older.
What we enjoyed as a high school student might not be enjoyed as much in college or beyond. But it is totally okay to change your reading tastes! It’s also okay if your reading tastes don’t change.
What about book blogging?
No blogger will say writing a book review is easy. The review has to be as spotless as possible and completely free of grammar and spelling errors, it has to flow well, it has to be our honest thoughts and opinions… the list is endless. We have to make sure we try to cover all the details: plot, character, writing, etc.
And then there are the what-ifs: what if this book feels meh? What if you can’t put your thoughts to words? What if you feel out of your writing zone? What if it sounds like you’re not yourself?
What a complex situation we signed ourselves for. So many little details and things to worry over and there are people who say blogging is the easiest thing in the universe.
(It’s not easy! We still love it though.)
Reviewing has made me really think about my reading choices and patterns.
Back before I started blogging, I read for fun. I loved every book I got my hands on and had the chance to read. I read books for the pure enjoyment of reading the book and nothing else unless the book was required by my school, in which so case it would be a toss-up. (I hated classics.)
But then I started dipping my toes into reviewing.
I couldn’t really read the book for the pure intents and purposes of enjoying it. Actually, let me rephrase that. I could hope the book was enjoyable, but it wouldn’t necessarily be the case.
I had to look at the small details – the plot, characters, writing, etc. – and write about my thoughts and observations about those things while reading. For every book I choose to read and review, I basically pick them apart and analyze why I liked/disliked the book.
I read more reviews than I ever have before.
I never actually read a review before I started blogging – heck, I don’t even think I knew reviews existed for books until I actively started looking for them. 🙈
Now I carefully consider each book before I even put it on my TBR or read it instead of grabbing it because it seemed interesting and not paying attention to anything but the plot. I’m not just reading the synopsis, but I’m also reading the reviews of those who have had similar reading tastes in the past. Did they enjoy it? Why did they enjoy it? Why did they hate it? What didn’t they like?
Sometimes it may even suck the fun out of reading.
There are times where some might wonder why they started reading and reviewing in the first place. When you’re active in the community, you hear about all the things. Wouldn’t you sometimes rather just sit down like before and not have to worry about creating content and shouting your thoughts out in the world?
Yes? Me too. Welcome to blogging slumps, home of not wanting to create content even though you might want to because you love everyone in the community.