So, the other day I saw two women, who I personally know and respect, talking about a book online. They both said that they thought the book was dumb and that they didn’t like the writing style. Now, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but here was the problem for me…I loved the book they were talking about. I enjoyed the writing style and thought that it had several great points.
I went into a bit of a personal crisis spiral. What did this say about me? The book they were talking about happened to be in the Christian Living genre, so I also started to question my faith. If I liked this book that another of my Christian friends thought was one of the dumbest books she had ever read, did that mean I was a bad Christian? Did it mean that I was dumb for liking this “dumb book”? What would other people think if they knew I enjoyed the book? (As you can see, I became a bit of a mess.) I legitimately started to wonder if I should change my star rating (which was 5 stars, by the way).
After some digging, I realized that not all of my friends hated this book. Only a select few did, but they were certainly the most vocal. I also realized that they wanted something different from the book than I did. This made me feel better about my own experience reading this book, and about the rating that I gave for it. But, it took me seeing that I wasn’t alone to feel okay about my original thoughts on the book…and that’s not okay.
This is just one example. But this has happened to me before, even with fiction. Especially here in the book blogging world, where everyone has a different opinion, it can make me a bit self-conscious to voice my own thoughts on a book if they differ from the rest of the crowd.
Does anyone else freak out about this? Is it just me? Do other people’s opinions on books sway your own? I would love to hear your thoughts!
Love and happy reading,