Hey everyone! Today I wanted to discuss why I really, really don’t like 3 star books. In fact, even though I enjoy one or two star books less, I would rather read those then 3 star books. I know: you’re wondering, why?
Well let me tell you.
3 star books are disappointments.
Usually, books I rate 3-3.75 stars were books I expected to like much more, so I had hyped them up in my head. And while I do enjoy them, at the end I don’t think they’re worth reading. Which is terrible. While with one/two star books I can hate the books with a passion, the three star books I can’t. They’re just…there. I can’t rant about them, I can’t talk about how terrible they were, I can’t do anything.
It’s like, as a blogger, they have no use and just take up my time.
See, the thing about me is that I am a PASSIONATE reader. I read books with a passion. I love books with a passion. I hate books with a passion. I blog with a passion.
So when a book, usually a three star one, leaves me feeling unsatisfied but not really annoyed enough to rant…I don’t like it. I’d rather I hated it more so I could have ranted about how much I disliked it.
Another thing I hate about these books is that usually, while reading it, I can’t find any real problems with the book. I can’t put my finger on WHAT makes it so that I don’t enjoy it. I just know that it didn’t pull me in like it was supposed to, and it frustrates me. I can’t be like, “the characters were flat, the plot was boring”, etc. Because I DON’T KNOW MYSELF. It makes me feel meh but I don’t know why and it sucks.
That’s why, usually in my three star reviews, I tend to gloss over details because I’m not exactly sure what annoyed me. Or maybe it didn’t even annoy me and that’s the problem: there’s a problem, but it’s not so big so I can’t spot it. IT DRIVES ME NUTS. In the end, all I can say is, I expected much more and it didn’t live up to the hype.
Which I guess means it basically has to do with my previous expectations and not something actually wrong with the book. But there’s nothing I can actually do about that because I like making myself excited about reading something.
And finally, since I rate books on enjoyment and if they leave an impact on me, usually the three star ones leave me with neither.
I neither enjoy it so much to rate it 4 stars or higher, but it also leaves no impact on me, whether that be good or bad. The three star books usually are pointless for my reading experience.
Anyways, I know this was really random, but I hope you guys enjoyed! Now I want to give some books that I rated 3/3.5 stars that left me disappointed:
- The Crown by Kiera Cass
- Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins
- The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Of course there are MANY more, but those are some prominent ones that I remember right now.
Do you guys agree with me about this topic? Let me know!
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