When the expectations are too high ...

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I love reading very positive, praising and enthusiastic reviews on books. I love hype surrounding books because I love celebrating books in general. And even when I don't like the books or I'm not interested in them, I still like that they are hyped. But I always have to make sure that my expectations regarding the books don't get too high. Because it already happened a few times that I expected too much of a book, that I expected wondrous things no book could ever fulfill. Sometimes it's hard to not expect too much, especially when every reader seems to love a book. It's hard to not expect too much because I like being excited about books that I expect to be fantastic. 

When the expectations get too high, reading a good book can be a disappointment because you expected more than good. And that's something I don't want. I want to be happy and enjoy myself when reading a good book. I want to be able to appreciate the good books of the world, not every book you read needs to be great and brilliant. 

But what to do against expectations that are higher than the Mount Everest? I try to remind myself that not every book will be perfect for me, that readers have different tastes in books and that sometimes I'm not in the right mood to enjoy a certain type of book. In my experience it also helps to wait a few weeks or even months to read a book. Because then the too high expectations will get a bit lower again and you are often more inclined to enjoy a book.

I try to start reading a book without expecting too much, because that wouldn't be fair. Every book deserves to be read with an open mind, and not with a long list of things it needs to fulfill to not be a disappointment. Every book deserves a fair chance, regardless of how much hype and praising reviews it already got. So I try my best to not expect too much, and more often than not I achieve my goal.

Do you sometimes expect too much of a book because of praising reviews and hype? What do you do against it?



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  1. There seems to be so many books out there in the blog world that get the same type of reviews and they are always hyped. But then once I read them I kinda wonder what all the fuss was about. I have to admit that I sometimes get sick of looking at the same book covers and reviews because everyone seems to think the same things. There's definitely hyped books out there and I wish the lesser known (brilliant) ones got more recognition! Great post!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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    1. Seeing the same books everywhere is a problem I also know and I agree, I'm sometimes a bit annoyed by it. That's why I make sure to read blogs who review a lot of books they bought instead of just ARCs, the bought books are often different to the ARCs everybody seems to present. That why I always see a variety of books when I visit the book blogs I read.

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  2. There is always going to be hype when it comes to book blogging - some may feel obligated if the book has been sent free of charge - or if they are participating in a blog tour. I have gotten to the point where I don't read reviews of books that I'm scheduled to review myself. That way I'm not biased by what I read. After I've read the book and written my review I will look for others to see how my thoughts compare to theirs. Sometimes they mesh - others I think to myself, 'Did we read the same book?'. But some times the other holds true and I've given a book a 4 or 5 only to see that others gave it a 2 or 3.

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    1. That seems to be a very good concept. That way you can be sure that nothing has influenced you.

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  3. Yes I do. I had that problem with "Fifty Shades of Grey". Everyone around me told me how awesome that book is....well...so my expectations were very, very high but I had to stop reading this book because it was awful for me.

    I try to stay clean from hypes but sometimes the hype comes to you, is everywhere around you and you can't do much about it. I really hate that!

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    1. I'm one of the readers who loved "Fifty Shades of Grey". :)
      Staying away from hype is always a good idea, but sometimes it's not that easy.

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  4. Usually I don't get too influenced by hypes. Most of the time I just read reviews to check if the book deals with issues I don't want to read about and since I usually try to read different reviews (meaning some with good ratings some with not so good ones) I'm mostly able to stay more openminded.

    I do tend to create those too high expectations myself, though. Most of the time it happens when there's a really great synopsis or when a new book is coming out from an author I enjoyed before. Like with "Lola and the Boy Next Door". I was sure that I would absolutely love it since I adored "Anna...", but my too high expectations kind of ruined the book for me. Yes, I would have had some issues with the book, even without reading "Anna" beforehand, but since I was so convinced that "Lola" would be perfect I made it even worse. Unfortunately, I haven't yet found a way of keeping my expectations low with my favorite authors.
    In those cases with a great synopsis I usually try to remind myself that a synopsis consist of only a few short sentences and that the publisher tries to make the book sound as great as possible, so I have to be careful with them. But I do get excited by them on a regular basis... I just can't help myself. On the other hand looking forward to reading a book is really fun as well (although at times frustrating! ;D)

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    1. Exactly the same happened when I was reading Lola, I expected a perfect book and then was disappointed because of my high expectations. I think I need to give this book another chance in a few months.

      Getting excited about upcoming books is something I also love, I just have to make sure to not get too excited. :)

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  5. Oh yes! I hate it when I expect too much of a book cause I'm left wondering if without that I would have enjoyed the book more than I did...
    I'm not really sure what to do about it, but I have to admit I just skim the reviews for the books that are hyped. If I read them too well I might end up expecting amazing worldbuilding or epic romance or something of the sort and when I just know that it's being buzzed about but not exactly why, makes it harder to be disappointed somehow if that makes sense :)

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    1. Your way to handle hyped books sounds really smart, maybe I should also start doing this. Waiting to read more about a book when the hype is gone could really work for me. Thanks for the tip!

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  6. I so agree with you! It is difficult when a book or series is hyped and you think it is just mediocre. For instance, the first Thea Harrison novel. Everyone was lyrical about it, but I found it just OK. The author had a nice world building, it had potential, but I found the characters and dialogue stiff at times, and Pia totally unbelievable in her behaviour some other times. Still, I liked it. And in my opinion, the other books keep getting better and better. And almost no one agrees with me, they keep loving the first book best. Really don't understand that, because of what Pia is? Or the Dragon in it?
    Still, I know what I like and will keep reading the series.

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    1. I had the same issues with the first book by Thea Harrison and didn't go on with reading book #2. Maybe I should give book #2 a chance in the hope that it will also get better for me. I think it's always important to remember that the different tastes we all have make the world so interesting and exciting.

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    2. Yes, finally someone who agrees with me on the first book! Hope when you do read the second one, you will like it better.

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    3. I just added the book to my wish list, maybe I will get next month or the one after. I thought in book #1 that the series had potential but some things didn't work for me. But I'm willing to give it a second chance.

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  7. I try really hard not to have expectations also, like you said. Sometimes it ruins the books for me!

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    1. It's sad when that happens but sometimes it's hard to not get too high expectations.

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  8. I was like that with Shatter Me... Everyone went ON AND ON about how EPIC it was... And for me it was just okay... I've read better!

    Adam was super hot though!

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    1. I also loved reading about Adam.

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