The pressure to read “popular books”

When I first got into blogging I would be reading reviews and monthly wrap ups where I would constantly see new published books being named and they would keep popping up. This then made me feel pressured to read the books that I had seen a lot and books that had a lot of hype. As a result, I wouldn`t read the books I originally want to read and my TBR pile would just pile up.

Overall I think this is a huge problem for me and many other readers because we all feel we should read books that everyone is talking about and we shouldn`t read underrated books. In a way this makes me sad because I feel like I am neglecting books that I would love if I gave them a chance. However I want to read the new books that have a lot of hype because I want to see what all the hype was about.

On the other hand this then contradicts that whole purpose of blogging- we need to spread the love of books and recommend books. Maybe this is just me, but I think that it is maybe time for me a shift away from only reading YA and read different genres that will enable me to see what I actually like in a book.

Sometimes book are just over hyped and so I feel very pressured to read that book otherwise I will be really missing out. When I haven`t read a well loved book people then tell me to read the book and they will keep bugging me until I have. In my opinion I think it might be time that we shouldn`t over hype a book. Instead we should explain why we like a book so that people won`t feel pressured to read a particular book and people will be able to understand why you liked a book.

This is just my opinion and I hope you enjoyed this post and tell me what are your feelings. Have you ever felt pressured to read a book?


6 thoughts on “The pressure to read “popular books”

  1. I understand what you mean. I always feel like I should read certain books because of how much hype they got. But at the same time, some of the books I loved most I wouldn’t have found were it not for the amount of hype they had, so I’m sort of grateful for it. I do worry though sometimes that when I upload reviews for books that aren’t as well known, less people will read my review because they haven’t heard of it before.

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  2. I totally get what you mean! I always try and read the current hyped book because I get fomo otherwise! I NEED to know what’s so exciting about this new book! But then I almost never read self-published books, or like trashy romances anymore which I used to read all the time! I don’t know if I’ll change from following the hype but I am aware that I’m not really making my own taste in books and just following everyone elses!

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  3. I feel like I’m going through this now! I have such a large TBR pile because there are so many great books that other people have raved about, and I feel like I never get to read the books that I originally had. For instance, I’m seeing Red Queen and Glass Sword everywhere I look nowadays (Instagram, Twitter, blog posts), and I can’t help but go to the bookstore and stare them down before convincing myself to not get them because I already have tons of books at home waiting to be read.

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