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I’m pretty sure if I read Fallen by Lauren Kate today I probably will dislike it. There are so many books that I read before and when I checked my ratings I was totally stunned. My reactions are between “I rated this 5 stars?” to “I actually read this book?!” something along those lines. I think it was because I was really new to the whole reading thing and everything was refreshing and different that I’m easily impressed. I even write that in my about page, telling people I’m easy to impress.

I’m actually thinking why I like this book in the first place?

I’m actually thinking why I liked Fallen in the first place?

Not anymore, I’m not. It looks like I’m not easy to impress anymore. After reading so many books I picked up a habit or two from it. I guess I unconsciously pocketed those tidbits and if I ever encountered that thing again, now in another book it easily stripped off the originality aspect for me. As I said before, I have read many books and I ended up being the outcast, particularly those massively popular books. I mean, I get it and I understand why it was popular… well sometimes, but for someone reason it failed to sway me.

I think reviewing books also contributed to this attitude. It’s not that I’m highly critical, but now it takes a whole lot more to make me praise the book. And when I say ‘a whole lot more’ doesn’t necessarily equate to the technical aspect of the book, but sometimes the pure reason of just enjoying the book weighs more than me analyzing and enumerating the points and faults of the story. I still highly consider the ideas injected in the books. It’s still critical to me and I think will always be but now it will never be enough. I will call compliments if necessary, but lack of enjoyment will bother me, especially if it was a trope that has been done over and over again.

Honestly, I really don’t miss it, being that person that was easier to impress. I actually like that I became this type of reader that regards something more. Looking for that book that I will like despite reading something similar before, or much better reading very diverse stories (not those dime a dozen). And while I said reading is an escape it is also a journey—an experience, and I want it to be different every time I open a book.

How about you, have you second guessed your rating? Were you easier to impress before you became a blogger? Care to share it with me. :D

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2014 / 06 / 19

21 Responses to Maybe the ‘easy to impress’ days are over.

  1. Emily @ Books & Cleverness says:

    I completely agree. I’ve actually noticed this with the Fallen series as well. I read Fallen years ago and gave it a 5-star rating. Looking back I’m asking myself “what was I thinking?!” I have since tried to read book two and I couldn’t even read it. I read about 1 chapter and had enough. That being said I agree – I like the reader I’ve become.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I finished the series and so far the only book I liked was Fallen. As a series, it was a mediocre and it offered nothing new.

  2. Agree agree agree! While I was checking my old reviews in goodreads (which made me cringed like 10 times haha), I observed that I have a lot of 5 star ratings :o Now that I mulled over it, those were the days that I wasn’t a book blogger yet and those were the days that I tend to read whatever my local bookstore has to offer on the teen fiction shelf. I was easily deceived during those time, but now my standards went way way high???? (because of my favorite books). I don’t want to re-rate some books because those were the reminders of my innocent and ‘easily-impress-days’ but if people ask me if I like *insert book title that I now dislike* I’ll just say what I now thought of it now. I liked what I become too as a reader! :)

    Great post, Mitchii!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think most of us experienced the same thing. But like you, I rarely changed my ratings. It’s how I felt when I read it and there was a reason why I liked more before. And yes, it’s great reminder, too.

  3. I’ve gone back and adjusted some of my older ratings. I thought it wasn’t fair to the other books if I kept the high rating. Most of the changes happened for the 4.5 stars, I’ve lowered them to 4 and sometimes 3.5 stars.

    The more books you read, the more you can use to compare with. I think it’s only natural that you become more critical and I don’t mind that :) I still have enough books that impress me, so I don’t care that I now hate books I might have loved before.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Wow, I don’t think I’m for the task of readjusting my rating. It’s nice little reminder of the old days. ;D

      I like that I’ve become a bit critical, it means I’m always in search of something better. xD

  4. Finley Jayne says:

    Oh my gosh yes! This is exactly what I’ve gone through. A couple of years ago I discovered YA and then also adult PNR. I devoured both and read like a crazy person (that year I read over 300 books and most were in these two ‘genres’). Now though, I hardly read either. I’ve discovered that so much of it is repetitive and just not well written. My tastes have evolved, which I think is a good thing :) I shudder to think what I’d rate Twilight now if I re-read it (gave it 5 stars originally, lol).

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh wow, 300? That’s like insane number. I haven’t read 300 books in year and I was told I’m fast reader so girl, hats off!

      Yeah, since we are so exposed,w e found some stories quite repetitive. I still can’t diss Twilight, it’s the series that’s the started it all for me.

  5. Oh, I definitely know that I’ve gotten pickier and harder to please, it’s been like that ever since I started book blogging. Like you said, that was probably because I’d only just started getting into the YA genre (before that, all I ever read was Harry Potter and Percy Jackson — serious!) and hadn’t read anything quite like it, so I was unfamiliar to the usual tropes and practically swooned at everything, haha.

    Now… I rarely give five stars to a book. On my GR profile page, it says that I’ve rated the most books 3 stars, while my five-star ratings are second least. And on my blog, I’ve never reviewed a single five star book before. O_O I’m probably too harsh, lol. But this so much: “I actually like that I became this type of reader that regards something more.” — You’re right, I don’t want to keep reading the same stories over again and experiencing the same things. Now I look for twists in a book that makes it stand out from others in its genre. I look for originality, not only that “feel-good” feeling.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s overwhelming when we all started since everything was new, we were much easier to impress.

      I think I gave a lot of 5 stars this year and honestly, I love the feeling of giving away five stars because it’s a proof the I enjoyed what I read. And it adds more that I enjoyed it now that my standards are different.

  6. SAME HERE, MITCHII. Fallen (until book 3) was one of my first YA reads, so I obviously gobbled it down without really thinking about the book’s contents. Now, I guess I can say I’m a highly critical reader–I take into focus all of the book’s aspects and judge them fairly. I’m finding it so hard to be completely enamored with a book–I haven’t given a 5-star rating this year yet. :( I personally miss those easy-to-please days, but there are also good points about being a critical reader now: I can help people decide which books to read through reviewing! :)

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  8. Celine says:

    Blogging/reading a lot definitely changes a person! I have exactly the same thing with the Fallen books. I loved the first one, read the second and third… And right now I’m scared to read the final book because I think I just won’t enjoy it any more. I never really change my ratings, unless I reread the book. So Fallen is still sporting a healthy 4 star rating on Goodreads from me.

    I don’t really miss being the uncritical reader I used to be. There are still plenty of books that blow me away (:

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I just liked the first book, Fallen, the rest just felt weak in comparison or maybe I’ve grown as a reader and my standards skyrocketed. Actually nice to be this kind of reader, it makes our favorite books really great and memorable.

  9. Chyna Ngie says:

    LOL I used to be easily impressed but after blogging so long…my taste changed. I noticed that I’ve been giving mostly 3-4 stars. I rarely give out 5 stars nowadays. :( Totally unfair to the authors HAHA I read too much. HAHA

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    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’ve been giving out 3 stars left and right; my problem is the books were almost identical in ideas which makes them weak for me.

  10. I’m definitely like you as well! I used to fangirl about every single book. I’m now questioning my “favourites” shelf on Goodreads because so many of them probably shouldn’t be there. ><

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m questioning my early ratings as well but for sentimental reasons I opted not to touch the ratings and left them as it is.

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