[DISCUSSION] Do You Get Tired of Seeing the Same Books Around the Blogosphere?

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I think we all know that feeling. 

It’s the week of a popular author’s latest release or a month before the release of a heavily anticipated book release. You check your Reader, and you may check out a couple of reviews from your closest blogging friends when they pop up. Then you check your Reader the next day, and some more reviews pop up of this book or ARC. You like them, but don’t really read them past skimming them for a couple of seconds. Then the next day, there are EVEN MORE reviews of this book. You skip them, because you’ve read the review of the same book a million times, and there’s only so many times you can say a book is “wonderfully diverse” and “spectacular” and “raw” before you’ve heard it before it just becomes completely numb to you.

So I wanted to ask the question: do you ever get tired of hearing about the same books over and over in the blogosphere? I thought it’d be nice to do a pros and cons for this one so we can see both sides!

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1. You’ll feel like a part of the community. I mean, if we all read most of the same books, you’ll always feel like you’ll belong in the blogging community! You’ll always have someone to talk to about the book, whether you like it or hate it, and you might find new blogging friends that have the same taste in authors, genres, series, stand-alones, etc. And we all want to be a part of the blogging community, right?

2. You might be more inclined to read it. I know there have been lots of times where I was NEVER planning on reading a book because it didn’t interest me in the slightest, but because I saw so many raving reviews for it (and, okay, because the cover is absolutely STUNNING), I went ahead and decided to add it to my TBR. It certainly doesn’t mean I’ll read it, but the fact that I was convinced enough to add it there is pretty good! It shows the community definitely has influence.

3. Our book reviews might be read more. I mean, reviews are usually really poor when pulling in stats, but when you factor in a book being severely underrated or no one knows about it, even LESS people are inclined to click on your review. So, who knows? Maybe if someone recognizes a household name, it might get you more clicks on a review! I know my reviews of The Hate U Give – a hyped debut – and This Savage Song – a V.E. Schwab book – were wildly popular when I published them, but my review of Ubo – which was an e-ARC from a little known publisher and an author I’d never heard of before Netgalley – not so much.

4. You’ll be seeing different opinions. I mean, even if everyone went to go see Infinity War when it comes out (CAN YOU TELL I’M EXCITED?), everyone will come out of the theater having a different opinion about it or remembering a different part of the movie or what their favorite and least favorite parts were. The same thing comes with books. Even if pretty much everyone on this very earth has read Six of Crows, it doesn’t mean that you’ll see people who liked different parts of the book over others, or which parts stood out to them, or which parts they hated, or which characters they loved, or if they even liked the duology at all. It’s always nice to see different opinions on books in the blogosphere!

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1. It gets tiring and annoying. I can definitely attest to this. I know that I can sometimes get so annoyed when it seems like a publishing company has given anybody who owns a blog the same ARC and everyone says it’s SO, SO amazing. Like, yeah. I got that. The first hundred times.

2. You might want to see something new. I mean, this doesn’t even apply just to books, but basically everything else. If you do something so many times or watch movies in the same genre in a row without a break or play the same game over and over, you’ll eventually get tired of it and want something different. Even for books I love, like The Hate U Give, I remember getting so tired of seeing all the five-star reviews for it. So, of course I want to see something new, like a review for a backlist book or a horror novel! Show me something different.

3. You might not want to read it anymore. I know I actually end up doing this a lot. I mentioned earlier that I can be pushed by rave reviews to add a book to my TBR, but I can also push it off just as easily. I feel this way with contemporaries more than any other genre. If I see 84081048 reviews talking about how it’s diverse and has a focus on family and is about a road trip and finding yourself, why should I even read the book when I know it’s going to be so predictable and boring?

4. It can feel like an echo chamber. I mean, sometimes we can get caught up way too much in keeping up with the shiniest ARCs and newest releases that we’re all basically reading and reviewing the same books, and though it can be a good thing, it can also have its downsides. I mean, even with The Hate U Give, which I loved, after seeing SO MANY reviews for it, I already knew what everyone else’s would be after it – it was raw and real and important and why #ownvoices is needed and Starr was an amazing main character and the family aspect was great and I loved the female friendship and it was amazing. Which isn’t a bad thing, but, in a way, it starts to sound really manufactured after hearing it over and over. Does that make sense? Hopefully it does.

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Basically, yeah, I can definitely get tired of seeing the same books over and over and OVER again.

I mean, there really isn’t a solution to this. We can’t really force anyone to read backlist books or underrated releases – people are free to read whatever they want, no matter what – but it’s always nice to see something new being reviewed on my Reader, for sure!

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70 thoughts on “[DISCUSSION] Do You Get Tired of Seeing the Same Books Around the Blogosphere?

  1. I get so tired of seeing reviews of the same book, it happens a lot with blog tour posts, street teams for books, and books sent for review by the publisher. I don’t even read blog tour posts.

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  2. Yeah, I’ll read a couple reviews of the same book to get a variety of opinions, but I’m not going to read 20. Sometimes I don’t write reviews of popular books myself for this reason. There’s a good spot for traffic where people have headed of the book but haven’t seen it everywhere already. Or sometimes I’ll do a post about the book that is a discussion or game and not a review.

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  3. That is part of the reason I do First Line Friday and Standalone Sunday: It can get the word out on older and ‘not as popular’ books.

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  4. I agree that it’s tiring to see the same books over and over again, but also just seeing the same post over and over again in general. When the Mid Year Freakout Tag was happening, everyday on my reader I’d see four or five posts of it, and as much as I love tags, there are only so many books that 100 bloggers can name for “Most anticipated release” of “favorite debut” so I stopped reading the posts.

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    • I definitely don’t follow enough people to get tired of a certain post, but that definitely does tie in! Even for anticipated releases, we as bloggers still tend to name the same ones over and over and over again, which is probably why I get bored with “Monthly Anticipated Releases” posts. Most of the time, every single book mentioned if already heard of!

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  5. You read my mind on almost every single point you made!!!! A while ago I had someone ask me if it’s worthwhile to post reviews for older or less known books. My answer was a huge YES! It’s something different when everyone seems to be reading the same thing. I understand that the same book will show up when it’s newly released but it does get repetitive. But I read the reviews (with the exception of blog tours because they always seem to be full of promotion) because I want to see if they highlight differences in opinion and give a broader spectrum to the book if I haven’t read it. Fantastic discussion as always πŸ™‚

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  6. I never follow the hype; I always get bored of book reviews about the same trendy YA novels that everyone on BookTube talks about. I sometimes try to tie in my blog posts to things that are relevant (e.g a review of a book with a new movie adaptation coming out) but generally I read and blog about things that I enjoy primarily. Just because that doesn’t necessarily follow the trends doesn’t worry me that much 😊

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  7. Ususally, I’m super late to reading hyped books so when I DO post a review on them, I’m quite unique in that era of time so I still get good Stats. I remember when THUG came out and I WAS KIND OF DROWNING. Everything was THUG THUG READ IT NOW and I kind of momentarily fainted. I still read it and it was awesome and I definitely felt when writing my GR review, it was so ordinary and I didn’t say much because everything had already been said?! And that’s annoying.

    Though I do have a tendency to JUST read hyped-books these days?! There are so many and they’re usually SO good, so why not? I find nearly every book I read is popular now and that helps me feel like I’m doing a good job, plus I’m more successful.Not saying I don’t give other books a chance like I just finished a self-published book and I liked it. But I feel when you read hyped books and mention it, you spark up so much discussion. if you read an unknown book, everyone ignores you.

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    • Haha, same! I either read a hyped book months later or years later! πŸ˜‚ Yeah, I thankfully read it a couple days after it came out, or I probably would’ve been tired of it after all the reviews I read! And that’s so true! I feel like I suck at words in general, so when everyone’s already said all the words, I’m like, “Well…it was good.” πŸ˜‚

      That’s true! I think it’s just a blogger thing, because I feel I read more hyped books since I became a blogger! And that’s quite true! You definitely don’t get as many views if you talk about a book that no one knows about, which sort of backfires on the entire point of trying to get lesser known books to be popular!

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  8. I get super tired of seeing the same reviews when EVERYONE I follow is reading it and I haven’t/don’t want to, because then I just feel left out. Although, when the books sound good and everyone is talking about them, those are the ones I’m most likely to add to my TBR, so I guess it’s good from an author standpoint

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    • Ooh, I do sort of feel left out! But I guess that’s just because I don’t want to listen to people talking about it when I don’t care about the book. πŸ˜‚ Yeah, I guess it’s better for some authors than others! I know there are some authors who have gotten popular by that way of hype, but lots of authors get left behind as well!

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      • Yeah, definitely! I think it’s intriguing how certain authors used to small only a couple years back, but cult followings made them huge! Like Adam Silvera and his debut book, or Maggie Steifvater and V.E. Scwab getting these super huge fandoms even though it took a couple of books to get there. It definitely happens! πŸ˜„

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  9. I wouldn’t say I get tired of seeing a book πŸ™‚ that’s sort of the point, isn’t it? To make it go so viral that everyone wants it (if it’s particularly successful). I will submit on only starting to want They Both Die At The End and requesting it only when I saw it N+1 times on my feed πŸ˜€

    I actually don’t find it annoying somehow. Cause even when I have seen that book millions of times, I will read the review and be happy I found it – cause now I have something to say in the comment and to connect. If the blogger only reads books I’ve never read, it’s automatically hard for me to connect to them. But if they’ve read The Hate U Give, for example – that I’ve never read but seen around a lot – I’ve already got a common topic πŸ™‚

    But your opinion is totally valid and I know what you mean! I know I could also feel like that, but I guess I choose not to πŸ™‚ because it gives me another point of connection with someone. So it becomes about the blogger rather than the book, if that makes sense πŸ˜€

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    • I guess? But then I also have the opposite effect of, “Okay, I’ve now heard of it and seen it a million times; I will never read this book.” I’m one of those people who can hear it once, and I don’t need to see it over and over again to WANT it, but publishers are clearly different. πŸ˜‚

      I don’t like reading reviews much, so I don’t have that type of connection with other bloggers, I guess? I guess I’m more likely to connect with bloggers when they talk about something personal (I love learning facts about other people!) or if they talk about their favorites or least favorites, whether it’s ships or series or quotes or characters. Clearly, I just like to get to know the person, which means I learned something new about myself??? 😝

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      • Yeah, I guess we all read differently 😊 you are right about the ‘never buying’ though. I think it just takes me longer to read so many reviews that I’ll start rolling my eyes and lose any wish to buy it. But there is definitely a threshold for me too πŸ™ƒ

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  11. Oh lord YES! The hype becomes very stale when everyone and their mom is raving about the same book. This seems to really only happen in the YA community for some reason. When I first found the book blogging community, I would often give in to the hype and put the book on my TBR. Now that I’ve immersed myself in the community for several months now, I’ve been giving in to the hype less and less. I’ve grown thicker skin I suppose haha which I’m not entirely sure is a good thing?

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  12. I definitely get so tired of seeing the same books raves about and discussed and reviewed. I can only read so much praise (or lack there of) for a book before I get bored. I think the series that comes to the forefront of my mind (and likely everyone else’s) is ACOTAR. I especially see SO many posts for it on bookstagram and it’s like, we get it!! Rhysand is your book boyfriend! Lol I even still want to read that series, but I’m purposely waiting for the hype to die down a bit. I do wish that the blogosphere was more open to talking about lesser-known books, but luckily most people read a variety of genres so things never get too boring. Awesome post! ❀️

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    • Ah, I love the ACOTAR series (THE IRONY!)! πŸ˜‚ But that makes sense to me! It can relate to not only reviews but also recommendations or fave series and ships, etc. Like, I notice we also mention the same books in those types of lists, in our memes, even in our most anticipated releases, so we’re basically hearing about the same books ALL THE TIME. It’s really weird when I think about it, but I guess outside influence plays a part as well, too? Who knows; maybe in thinking too deep. πŸ˜‚

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  13. If it’s a book I’ve read I’m usually happy to see lots of reviews on my feed because I love reading others thoughts. I don’t know many people in real life with the same reading tastes so it’s great to chat to others.

    If it’s a book I really want to read but haven’t I tend to skim the review for fear of spoilers or even hints. I like to go into a book relatively blind so I’m mostly looking at the rating. Lots of 5 stars, yep definitely want to read. If it’s getting mixed ratings I start reading the reviews to try and work out what’s going on with it (and it’s very useful if there’s a broad range).

    If it’s a book not on my radar I don’t tend to read the reviews (I have a big enough tbr) unless it gets 5 stars or 1 star (love ranty reviews).

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    • That definitely makes sense! I think it depends on the book for me – I’m more likely to check it out if it’s a book that not many people have read that I loved! If it were a review for a Harry Potter book, I’d probably skip though because I’ve heard everything I needed to know about that book. πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, I like to go into books blind as well, and without influence. Nowadays, I usually know if it’s being received positively, so I usually just ignore it because I’d rather just wait and read it myself.

      And, yeah, same; I need to take A LOT off before I add any lol. πŸ˜‚

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  14. I’m way guilty of following the hype, so I guess my reviews might get tangled up in that group. However, I think hype exists around a book for a reason–lots of people rave about a book because lots of people like it. I do wish there was more variety in the reviews posted though πŸ™‚

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  15. The hype usually makes me really excited for a book, but there are some moments where I just get really tired of seeing reviews of them. Like you said, we KNOW that the book is going to be good (or bad) and then it just gets repetitive and annoying. Great discussion!

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  16. I don’t think I’ve ever really gotten tired of seeing reviews for the same book over and over. I think the main reason is no matter how many reviews you read you’re never going to be reading the same review you know? Even if three bloggers give a book five stars they’re all going to have different reasons, or make different points as to why they rated it so highly. I guess as well it does introduce me to books I may not have discovered otherwise. It’s what happened with My Lady Jane, I saw loads of reviews and it’s only after seeing them that I became interested in the book myself.
    Still I get where you’re coming from with the cons to seeing the same books in the blogosphere, with hyped books sometimes there’s only so much you can see before you get a little bored.
    Great post Mikaela! πŸ˜€

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    • Hm, I think that’s true and not true! I don’t read reviews much anymore, but when I do or if I skim them, I feel like they usually hit the same points as many others. Like, if I read a review of Six of Crows, I’ll already predict that they loved it because of the action and characters, which I’ve heard from pretty much anyone else who’s read it (and me, because that’s why I love the book lol). Which isn’t a bad thing, but I just don’t think our opinions on the same book are really THAT diverse, especially since there’s only so many elements in a book. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book based off its reviews, but that’s just me being so inundated in the bookish world that nine times out of ten I was planning to read the book anyway. πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, I get excited when a backlist book is introduced to me in a genre I love! I discovered a new YA thriller I’d never heard of before, and it was so exciting – it just happens so few times, though, which sucks. 😝

      Thank you! πŸ˜„

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      • Well, it is just my opinion. I don’t really read that many reviews for the same books. Sometimes I’ll go back and read reviews for a book I read ages ago but by then I’ve forgot a lot of the other reviews I may have read before so they don’t feel the same you know? I guess like you said there are only so many elements of the book we can talk about in our reviews. πŸ™‚
        That’s all right! πŸ˜€

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  17. I do get tired of seeing the same books reviewed over and over again, but for me I think it depends on what the book is. For example if it’s a book I’ve already read a couple of reviews for but have no interest in reading, then it does get exhausting seeing it everywhere, but if it’s something I’ve read and loved, then I’m happy to read a review and talk about it! For a hyped book on my TBR, I’ll generally just read one or two reviews and then leave it because after a while it ends up feeling like I’ve already read the book having heard so much about it.

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    • That definitely makes sense! I know there are some hyped books that in just never going to read, but it feels like the world is trying to convince me. πŸ˜‚ I agree with that! I usually don’t have much energy to comment in a review of a book I love, but I do love talking about it just in general. And, yeah, I get that! I don’t read reviews much anymore because I like going in with zero influence, but that’s a me thing! 😝

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  18. I actually really like the repetition of books on bookstagram! Mostly because people will write their opinions with their post and its so helpful to see what people liked and didn’t like and it helps me decide if I want to pick it up. Although there are some books that I’m just not interested in and am already sick of seeing haha So basically, I agree with all your sentiments πŸ˜‰

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    • I haven’t been on bookstagram in months! But yeah, I think I mind it less in bookstagram just because I like it for pretty pictures and seeing shiny ARCs over reading reviews! I usually pay attention more to bloggers for that! And haha, same; when I’m not interested in a book but see it everywhere, it makes me want to scream. πŸ˜‚

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  19. I definitely get tired of seeing the same books/authors EVERYWHERE. It is good to see new recommendations that many people like but it can start to feel like smaller authors are getting forgotten when everyone is only talking about the bigger authors. (This might only be me but) It also starts to feel a little disingenuous when EVERYONE likes a book. I used to ALWAYS watch booktube and keep up with all the popular books but it started feeling a little meh and fake when everyone thought every book was “the best thing ever” then I read it and it was just kinda okay…

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    • That’s definitely true! I know I have some favorite books where not many people have read them, and I feel like I’m screaming into the void because I’m in a fandom of one. πŸ˜‚ And it’s definitely not you! It might sound cynical when I say this, but when I hear how good a book is that I’m not planning on reading, I do get excited when I read a one star review of it, just to know that not everyone feels the same way!

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      • Less popular books are both the worst and the best! I love finding smaller authors and reading their books and I’m more likely to be able to connect with them online but then i want everyone to read their books and no one knows about their books

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  20. I’m not a book blogger but I love books so the majority of the blogs that I followed are book bloggers and it does get tiring seeing the majority only talked about the hyped books. One of the reasons I still couldn’t read ACOWAR is because the abundance of how awesome the book is on my feed lol.

    But on the side note, the unpopular ones are just not popular so it wouldn’t generate much response and views.

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    • Yeah, I haven’t finished ACOWAR yet (and haven’t been spoiled by it somehow lol), and yeah, sometimes when I’m just not ready to read something yet, I don’t need to read a million reviews of it. Like, for instance, I’m avoiding reading sequels in series, so I don’t need to read reviews of it! πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, it definitely backfires that they’re not as popular, but it’s definitely something that’s out of your hands! πŸ˜„

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  21. FYI: Not everyone on a blog tour is a bird of the same feather. Meaning, I write my honest impressions about a book – whether I’m on a blog tour, reviewing a book for review or borrow it from my library or own a copy myself. I do wish the stigma against blog tours woudl end – I keep finding posts and/or comments which bash blog tours – when in reality, for a lot of us, it has helped us become exposed to Self Published Authors, Indie Publishers & Press and a lot of authors in Major Trade we might not have otherwise have found without hosting a blog tour. Also, I don’t like the whole viewpoint “if they are on a blog tour they’re doing this” mindset. We’re all uniquely different and I put a lot of heart and work into how I write my reviews – irregardless of how I received a book – so technically, I disagree with some of the commentary on here.

    Honestly – do you realise not all of use pre-made html codes? I do the layout on my blog posts – I do use Ashley’s UBB plug-in but I set the perimeters for how everything is presented on my blog. I wasn’t going to say anything but I wish bloggers would recognise some of us signed on for blog tours to get a wider appreciation for what is being published and to get to know new authors we hadn’t yet come across. Whilst reading through genres and literary styles which have truly enriched our reading lives. *le sigh*

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    • I didn’t talk about blog tours at all in my original post, so I guess you’re just basing this off a comment I was replying to in the comments section. But, if you do blog tours, more power to you! I don’t read or like them, and I’m not the book blogging queen, so my opinion is irrelevant. But from most of the ones I end up stumbling upon or skimming, it’s basically just showcasing a popular YA book and then doing an interview or sharing a paragraph/excerpt of the book or making an outfit that correlates with a scene or cover – which is really just a neutral post that doesn’t talk about your opinions. And those blogs do that for every single post. They can do whatever they want – I just don’t follow those book blogs. But, again, not the book blogging queen – so my opinion doesn’t really matter to those who love them, and shouldn’t. πŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

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  22. Brilliant post! I’d like to add to the debate by saying I get really sick of seeing the same ARC, sent to about seven million bloggers for an “honest” review who all conveniently say exactly the same thing about how brilliant it is πŸ˜…

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  23. I think I am partially to blame for this, though. I have noticed that some blogger run in packs. They are friends and tend to review the same books and are active on each others blogs. So when I look in comments to find other YA bloggers to follow, I bring that upon myself. I have found that I find more unusual books via following people on GoodReads, and I sort of like giving love to those hidden gems.

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    • I think we all are! πŸ˜… I mean, I talk about the same books, too, so I’m a culprit of my own discussion. πŸ˜‚ But it’s true! It’s a combination of that and the fact that when we do memes or give it recommendations, we also talk about the same books as well. Oh, yeah, when I was on Goodreads, I also used to find more underrated books! I guess it was because it was a larger community?

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  24. I FEEL THIS SO MUCH! Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to see certain important books get lots of love, but yep definitely get tired of it as well. I read a few reviews and after that I’m kinda done (unless a blogger whose reviews I love publishes one because their reviews are always interesting or because the title implies that they have a new view I haven’t read about yet) because it feels like no one has anything new to add, which is sad but?? Usually kinda true? Once the hype’s over I’m more tempted again to read a review for it, but that really depends on how done I am with all the reviews for this book haha.

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    • Yeah, that’s definitely true! There are some authors where I’m glad that they got hyped up or I would’ve never discovered them, but it does get old sometimes! And that’s definitely a good point! I do think after a while, especially if it’s a well-loved book, that basically the same thing is being said over and over again, and I don’t need to read every single review to get that! πŸ˜„

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  25. I think I’ve gotten kind of used to seeing everyone only talk about a certain book for awhile and build the hype around it then move onto the next amazing new release. Like you said, people feel part of a community when they’re all discussing the same thing. I usually like hyped books but now I’m more careful to manage my expectations because there are always those books which turn out to be unexpectedly disappointing despite all the rave reviews you see everywhere. I think it would also be cool to see more unpopular opinions for popular books in the blogosphere because bad reviews (or just reviews that also acknowledge the disappointing aspects of books) help me decide whether to read a book or not.

    Rachana @ Spun

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    • Yeah, same; it’s only been half a year of me blogging and I’ve gotten used to it, though I do get tired of it once in a while. 😝 Yeah, I’m half and half with hyped books; some I’ve hated and some I’ve loved and have become favorites! I agree! I loved talking about my least favorite series and doing the unpopular opinion tag and the worst books of the year! It’s very interesting to see what other people would think! πŸ˜„

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    • Yeah, same! I don’t read reviews at all that much, but I still see the same books pop up in memes, in recommendations, in tags, etc., so it doesn’t really matter if I never read reviews, I can still see the same authors and books mentioned over and over again.

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  26. Yeah, I definitely get sick of it haha. But I get it. People want to read the hyped books so they’re EVERYWHERE but it would be nice to not see the same one 50 times in one day. lol

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