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