I love talking about romance books. Love. It. I could spend hours talking about books and have done just that at times. Both the good and the bad. It’s one of my most favorite things to do but lately I’ve noticed a difference. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not reading as much as I used to in previous years or if I’m changing and have become more cynical than ever. My family would probably say it’s the latter.
Book gushing. Can there not be so much of it, please? I mean, I understand that the author wants to get the word out on their new book through readers but for me, when it’s constantly “gush gush gush” and “ohmigod, this was the best book EVER!” it tends to make me not want to read the book, especially when it’s said about every book an author has written. Because seriously? Every single book of theirs was that amazing? This is where my cynicism rears its ugly head.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a book, after seeing reviews about it, and at the end I’m left with a “WTF, did we even read the same book?” feeling. So lately, for me, the more a book gets gushed about, the further I push it down the TBR, that is, if I took the time to spend my money on it. I’ve had to block some readers on Facebook because every review that was coming through was one that said “this book/this author was so freaking amazing that you must go buy the book now!” If it was something that was said about one or two books, I’ll give them leeway but to say that about each and every book? It makes me wonder what their motive is.
When I first started following book blogs, Wendy and Rosario, were two of the first blogs I found. I loved the whole process of how they reviewed their books and from their blogs, I found others to follow. In recent months, I’ve cut back on my blog-hopping. Part of it was because one of my daughters was diagnosed with health issues and part of it was because I was in a horrible (let me repeat, Horrible) book slump. Nothing was grabbing me. I found myself playing a lot of games on Facebook and Pogo to pass the time or I’d watch TV and get lost in that. When I wasn’t doing that, I was going through my Keeper bins and rereading/skimming my favorite parts in them.
If the gushing didn’t rub me wrong, there’s now a “secrecy” thing too. Recently a book came out where the author admitted to writing under two different names but wanted her readers to keep mum on it because her publisher/editor wanted to see how her new book, under her new name would do. My first thought to that was did she think readers were idiots? Can we not read the copyright page and see her name there and put two and two together? I’ve browsed at message boards and blogs and in most cases, the readers seem to think this is a “debut” author and it just rubs me wrong because I feel she’s conning the readers. Coming out as a new author when she’s already got a bunch of books out under another name. Why all the secrecy? To be honest, I found this book and bought it before I read the email she sent out to her readers and because of how the email read, this is another book that will probably never see the light of day in my house.
Which just makes me wonder, what will happen when the “secret” is out? Do they even care that they’re going about it the wrong way? Why not just say “Hey, I’ve been Author A for so many years and have decided to become Author B in this new venture I’m taking. Why not take a look and see if you like it?” instead of being so secretive?
Am I being petty here?