Because I started book blogging, I've been introduced to at least 250 new (or new-to-me) books. I've tried so many new genres and authors. But I'm still a leery reader.
You're probably wondering what I mean by that. I'm often late to the game when it comes to popular series and books. I just read The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy and Throne of Glass. I didn't read The Fault in Our Stars, The Lunar Chronicles, or Divergent until last summer. I get tons of great recommendations from friends and other book bloggers. They're often books that sound really good.
But I usually worry that the books won't live up to the hype, that I won't enjoy them after all. And that's what keeps me from reading a lot of books right away. When friends recommend books that they love, it really scares me. They'll usually follow up, especially if they see I bought the book or checked it out of the library. And I'm scared to disappoint them. What if I thought it was just okay? What if I didn't like it at all? What do I tell them?
I still read the books, obviously. Some are absolutely fabulous (i.e., Grave Mercy, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Scarlet, Pivot Point, Divergent...). Some are definitely good and worth rereading (think Splintered, Throne of Glass, All Our Yesterdays, Six Months Later...). And then there are the books I didn't like. Maybe I just couldn't get into the story. Maybe the main character or premise ended up bothering me. Thankfully, I haven't had too many friends asking about those. But when they do, I'm inwardly like...
So how do you handle recommendations from friends, whose opinions you value? What do you do if you don't like a book that a friend loved?