Am I becoming a picky reader?
I like to blame the year round book funk of 2015 on authors…why aren’t they giving me what I need to feel satisfied, apart from a few blazing highlights, I found most of 2015 I was stumbling round in the gloom, desperate for reading sustenance. Which, brings me back to my opening question, am I a picky reader? Perhaps it isn’t the authors not giving me what I want, could it instead be me? Am I one of those readers who can never be satisfied? It’s a running joke between me and the UTC girls that I tend to rate books lower than they do. All evidence that my reading slump is down to that overcritical brain of mine.
I sometimes think I have read too much romance. I know I know, I hear you say in disbelieve “Too much, there’s no such thing!” But, when every new book sounds the same as all the other books you have read recently, it begs the question, are you reading too much? Because, lets face it folks, there are only so many permutations of basically the same type of stories that you can read before you start to get bored and I have had at least five years of non-stop romance reading to exhaust myself on the same subject.
But then again, there are those shining examples I was talking about earlier. Those books, quite often from authors that I have been reading for a long time, that test my romance-book-exhaustion theory. I have been reading J.R. Ward and Ilona Andrews from almost the beginning of my romance reading career and yet they are still my favourites. I still contemplate booking holiday (and quite often do) so that I can sit back and immerse myself back in to their worlds. And then, there are still those more recent authors that have managed to catapult themselves on to my auto-buy list. It just seems like I have to pan through a lot of meh and mediocre before I hit gold.
So, am I becoming a picky reader? Or am I just becoming a more discerning one? After years of experience, I like to think that my taste has become more refined, I know what I like and I like to see new things; interesting twists on the tried and tested, I even just like to see great writing. I no longer suffer through bad writing and dull story lines and then carefully write generous reviews. I believe I am honest and in a market full of lower writing standards and unimaginative plots, that tends to lead to a lot of lower ratings.
So, disillusionment begone! Bring on 2016, I am ready for the good stuff.