My opinions are shifting, tenuous little things, that are always, always, always changing.
I can like something one day. And not like it the other day. I fall in and out of obsessions just like every other teenager — or hey, person — and my opinions with them. I should also like to point out that I am a terrible opinionated person. And okay, okay, I try to temper them online (because hey, once you post it online, it’s there forever) but that doesn’t mean my opinions don’t change. They do. And frequently.
(One thing that WILL always remain constant is my love for fantasy. And dragons.)
I’m often mystified when I don’t like hyped books. THESE BOOKS ARE POPULAR FOR A REASON, RIGHT? And there are a few ways to look at that.
- The book just wasn’t for me. There are books like that. It’s literally IMPOSSIBLE to love every book you read.
- I wasn’t in the right mood/headspace for that novel. Sometimes I just feel like reading a fantasy, or a romance, or a science fiction.
- It was hyped up too much — and fell flat of my expectations. Which are usually waaaaaay to high.
Very early last year I DNF’ed The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.
And that was highly usual for me, too. I read everything, and I finish everything. What if it got better? What if I’m missing out on something truly amazing? And, after gentle pushes from the blogging community, I decided to give The Bone Season another chance, and, now that I’m halfway through, I’m really, really, glad I did.
I’m halfway through it — and I’m loving it SO much more than I did the last time. It’s wonderfully written. Complex, intriguing worldbuilding. Curious, thought-provoking characters.
I don’t even know why I DNF’ed The Bone Season first time around, although I strongly believe it was a combination of 2 and three. All I needed was some time, and a fresher perspective.