One thing that has turned me off from reading potentially good books are negative reviews. There are a few I wouldn’t have picked up if it weren’t for the insistence of my friends or teachers. Quite frankly, I’m a bit ashamed of myself. What happened to one of the most quoted of quotes: ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’? And that too in its most literal sense. I’ve thought about it and decided to read those one and two starred reviews on Goodreads.
People, well most of them, have very good reasons for rating them the way the have and all of them personal. So why should I let someone else’s views stop me from reading despite that their take make sense? By reading negative reviews I will try to understand why the reviewer thought about it like that. I believe that that some of those very reviews might pique my interest instead of sending me packing, it happened once before.
It’s all about keeping an open mind. In that light, books can be like people, stories to be told only if you’re willing to listen. Heck, sometimes you don’t have a choice! So it’s essential not to make the mistake and misjudge – person or book.
The unread book it an unknown, a possibility to exercise my mind, to expand it, shape my existing beliefs and change the ones I have or strengthen them. This is very important stuff I’m talking about here. Books are life changers whether we know it or not, altering us in the most minute ways that will make us who we are and I’m not going to let a cynic or somebody’s grumpy disposition miss me the chance to take that leap into a fresh set of pages and make my destiny.
What about you? Have you been turned away because of negative criticism no matter how justified? Have you risen above them and detached yourself from another’s perspective?