Good, Not Great: Ashley’s Attempt at an Explanation

THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE MEAN IN ANY WAY. I AM JUST EXPRESSING SOMETHING THAT I AM EXPERIENCING IN MY READING LIFE AS OF LATE. NO OFFENSE IS MEANT AND IF IT SEEMS LIKE I AM BEING OFFENSIVE, IT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE AS SUCH.


It has been said that talking something out can help you clarify. I’m going to give it a try.

Well typing, but I digress.

I would love to give you a happy book review or some post that I thought would be great, but I am just really not feeling up to doing that at the moment. I am in, as JessetheReader would say, a reading “funk” and I would like to try and explain to you, and try to figure out myself, as to why that is because it is very strange to me.

Indulge me in this little ramble.

Two years ago, 2014,  when I catapulted back into the reading world-and I mean catapulted- I read everything and anything I could get my hands on. I never once thought of not finishing a book because it just wasn’t doing it for me and I read every book straight through to the end. In about six months, I read around 200 books. Not kidding.

Flashforward to 2015. I set the Goodreads goal to 100 books, as you do. I completed that challenge in about six to seven months. After doing so, I started to realize that my reading tastes had started to change and that some of the books that I had rated five stars in 2014 were not five star books at all. They were simply books that made me like them even the tinest bit and I changed a lot of ratings and started judging books closer than I had, leading to the occasional DNF.

But 2015 was full of wonderful releases, at least for me, and this…let me call it a complex, didn’t exist or even come to my attention in my brain. But as 2016 has gone on, I have grown more and more aware of what I am calling the “Good, Not Great” complex.

Now, I don’t know if its me and my reading tastes, or if the 2016 releases that I’m choosing   to read are just not that wonderful in content, but I’m finding that I’m having to put a lot of thought into the reasons why a book would go on my favorites shelf for the year, ripping into different parts instead of just having it on because I loved it and connected to it.

Let me put an example to this. There have been the great books of the year for me, A Court of Mist and Fury and Lady Midnight to name two, which I loved and connected with fully and absolutely.But those great books, especially this year, have been tremondously outnumbered to the books that are just good. Five star compared to Three or Four star if  you will. I have found myself, more often than not, picking apart a book to rate it because it just didn’t do enough for me to love it like I did ACOMAF. And I’m still putting it on m favorites list because there may be beautiful writing but the story as a whole didn’t have that extra something that it needed to be great for me.

While this is most probably at fault to myself and my reading tastes  and behaviors and not the books themeselves, for the most part, I thought this would be interesting to address since it keeps happening more and more for me and more books are becoming DNFs than I would like. I am also wondering if any one else is feeling the same way about the releases this year,or am I just the lone weird one…

Thanks for listening to my “reading funk” dilemma and I hope it made sense and you could relate.

Thank again and happy reading!

Ashley (:

 

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