Reader/Writer Confessions: Judging a Book . . . From its First Chapter

Yay, nay? Harsh maybe, but it’s something I do . . . I admit it. If I don’t like something — the author’s writing style, the main character, just whatever — then I’m going to judge it. Sometimes it goes even worse, and I judge books before I even start reading them. I’ve already talked about judging a book by its cover, but judging a book by its first chapter probably isn’t a great idea either. Having preconceived ideas about books isn’t good, because it might end up altering the way that you rate and review a book.

Me when I read the first chapter of a book I don’t like:

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And then sometimes the book surprises you, going against what your first thought, and you tell yourself, Hey, maybe I shouldn’t have judged so quickly!:

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But then there are those books where you’re like, I should have stopped after that first chapter…:

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So that pretty much sums up what my reading process is like when I judge books too early. And I know I really shouldn’t judge a book after I’ve only read the first or so chapter, but sometimes I just can’t help it!

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2 thoughts on “Reader/Writer Confessions: Judging a Book . . . From its First Chapter

  1. I just read Take Back the Skies, which I…um…*looks guilty* judged off the first SENTENCE. And my judging was 100% right. :| Bleh, that was a jolly waste of time. I try not to judge a book off cover or first chapter, buuuut, it definitely happens.

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