WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD BOOKS GONE?
Wait! Don’t go getting all upset on me. Well, maybe you still won’t agree with me by the end of this post but let me make this clear. I’m not trying to say everything is crap and although there is some generalization going on in this post, I do think there are still gems out there and good writing.
Now, that being said, here’s my BIG problem. I’ve been dragging around this lump of disappointment around all year. It started even earlier than that but lets just talk about 2016 and the past few months in particular. Every release day it seems I end up having the same conversation with several friends.
Me: It’s Release Day! What are you getting or what did you read that you loved and would recommend?
Most of my friends: Ummmm ….. Nothing.
Most of my friends: There is this one book that’s good. I don’t think anything else is really calling my name.
This conversation gets worst and worst every week. As a reviewer, I’ve also seen the amount of books that come out each week/month that draw my interest are less and less! To the point I am venturing outside of my “normal” in terms of blurbs/authors/genres just because there’s nothing else that appeals to me.
I know I’m not completely alone feeling this way because, like I said before, every one of my good book friends feels the same. But how about you?
I’ve been disillusioned with trying out what I like to call “the shiny books” where I get lured in by a hot cover or a good blurb only to be sadly disappointed with a mediocre book and a plot that’s been done many times and this one didn’t bring anything new or exciting to the table. It’s like one idea sells well and then 50 new books with the same idea come up quickly after it. I don’t even want new necessarily, but I want a story that holds my attention! I’ve tried a lot of the “in” authors or tropes and I keep coming out with the feeling that this just isn’t for me.
So after carrying that disappointment around, I’ve started to give up on reading certain things and what I’m left with is the sad reality that there aren’t that many books that come out each month that I get excited about. The list gets smaller and smaller and these past few months and the next few that list is actually pathetic.
Where have all the good books gone? What happened to those beautiful worlds I want to get lost in? The novels and characters that got to my heart, moved me, got me thinking and made me feel? Is there a shift in the audience authors are writing for and is that what’s causing this? Maybe I’m just not it, then. Why aren’t publishing houses buying more paranormal books? The genre is slowly dying out and the decision of not publishing something because it doesn’t sell as good is actually what causes the decline because… there’s nothing good to buy if you don’t publish it!
Again, I know there are still good books out there. But when my anticipated books for the month goes from 20 to 3 I have to question what’s going on and if I’m in the minority feeling this. Maybe some readers have lower expectations in books than me. But a lot of things just aren’t to my standards anymore. Is that where I’m going wrong?
Looking back at my reads of 2016, I can’t even find that many books that I’m completely in love with. And that, more than anything, makes me sad.
With the ease of indie publishing, we have more book releases out each week than ever before and I really want to know the key to sorting through those piles and finding the books that will bring me joy in reading again. Maybe the key is that I need to start seriously cleaning up my TBR and just read those highly recommended books and series of the past that I still haven’t gotten around to reading because to me, the new stuff just isn’t cutting it (and yes, I’m generalizing, some I still enjoy).
But I’ve rambled on enough. I would love to hear what your thoughts are on this! Do you think there’s been a shift in how authors write? Maybe the audience they target, or even the style of writing of an author you used to follow and love and how it’s changed recently (yeah, that’s happened to me and I’ve DNF a few of the latest books by authors I used to love). Am I alone feeling this way? How do you cope with this?
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