Over the past few years, especially since blogging, I’ve read more of a variety of books — heck I have a lot of changes in myself as a reader since I began blogging. I’ve shown you my reader history so you know it’s very recent that I started reading a lot of genres and when I started blogging I rarely read YA. It’s amazing and I love how even MORE eclectic by reading habits have become.
When I start these new genres I FALL IN LOVE. I’m smitten, head-over-hells, over the moon. It’s so new and exciting and I find myself love each new genre.
I remember being enchanted by paranormal YA, then discovering the amazing world of contemporary YA and then my mind was blown by dystopian and, along the way, I’ve slowly dipped my toes into fantasy and science fiction — genres I would have never thought I would ever explore. Everything is so new and exciting which is why I’ve been loving my Courting Genres challenges to myself.
But I realized something about myself when I start diving into these new genres when I was scrolling Goodreads. I rate these books really high and think they are amazing. Sometimes they really ARE amazing but sometimes, years later or as a I get more immersed in the genre, I wonder why I thought it was so darn good.
I’ve been thinking a lot about it. When I get into a new genre it’s this new taste and it invigorates my reading taste buds. I think it’s amazing because I simply haven’t had anything like it before and it excites me. But as I become more well read in a particular genre I realize there’s better stuff out there. So I may have been charmed by this fast paced dystopian only to realize that there are WAY better ones out there and the book I actually read was kind of flimsy in comparison. It wasn’t a true 4 stars comparatively to some better ones I’ve now read.
I have a hard time reconciling that as I’ve become more well read in genres — that maybe the rating/review I gave it doesn’t hold up as I know more about the genre and read more in it. Personally, since more than anything my Goodreads is for me, I’ve begun changing the ratings and sometimes adding a note of some of these books that don’t quite measure up against what I’ve read. But I do wonder, as I contemplate changing my rating, what I would have given this book if it was maybe the 12th book I read in a certain genre vs. the second.
I think the other thing I try to reconcile in this is — is it fair that I’m comparing another book to others in the genre? Should I be okay with what I first thought about it? It’s hard because when I want to start recommending in a genre I want to give the best of the best in the genre to hook somebody so I feel it necessary, in a way, to be able to compare books within their genre.
Please, please let’s talk about this because I NEED your thoughts!!
Do you have this problem when you become more well versed in a genre — that the books you thought were really good at first aren’t as good as you really thought ? Do you feel the need to change your rating when you become more well read in a genre and realize some of the early books you read don’t measure up anymore to what you’ve read now? Do you not bother changing the rating/does it not bother you that it might not stack up against what you’ve read since then? Do you have any examples of this happening to you? Do you compare books within their genre when you rate it or do you try to just rate it without thinking of where it falls in the genre?