When the book is disappointing

We all know that feeling. When you pick up a book you’ve been excited about for awhile, could be for weeks or even years. You settle in and you finally read it and when you’re done (assuming you even finished it) you’re left feeling either angry or underwhelmed. A real WTF moment if you will (For me personally it’s usually, wah di BBC?!? No, not the news organization, the other one).

While I’ve read some great books since the beginning of the year, they haven’t all been winners and this month I had one especially that just irked me. Let me walk you through this.

  • Sunday – Chooses book for the upcoming week.
  • Monday – Starts reading it.
  • Tuesday – Feeling like it’s kinda hard to get into but it’s early days.
  • Wednesday – Still not getting into it but I’ve heard it’s good so I’ll keep going.
  • Thursday – This is going to pickup sometime soon right?
  • Friday – Ugh, at this point I’m just going to finish it because it’ll drive me nuts if I don’t.
  • Saturday – I’m tired and my eyes are bloodshot because I stayed up way into the morning hours to finish this book. I’m annoyed beyond all reason because I didn’t have anyone to vent my frustrations to at two AM. I need a book boyfriend who is available to talk to me at all hours of the day.
  • Later on Saturday – Venting about this book to people I know who have read it and who are awake. Yay bitch sessions. Sometimes I’ll just vent to anyone who will listen.
  • Sunday – I’m still slightly annoyed and kinda hurt. I really wanted to like this book. I might still be processing.
  • Sunday night – Let’s pick a new one maybe and hope for the best.

That was one scenario. I had another one recently that played out like this:

  • Sunday – Chooses book for the upcoming week.
  • Monday – Starts reading it.
  • Still Monday but two hours later – The book is finished. Wah di BBC?!? Where is the rest of it? Dutty hiss teet. I message my friend who has read it and we discuss this book and its shortcomings longer than it took me to read it. I am thankful that I didn’t pay for this book because ooh if I had…

Now I know that I can be a bit of a drama queen, people have been telling me this since I was 5 years old and I’m 31 now so I’m pretty sure that isn’t changing. I don’t think I’m being overly dramatic though. It’s the principle (okay yeh, dramatic). If I take my hard earned money and buy a book, pay for shipping and handling and then pay for it again to clear customs and taxes etc. when it reaches me in Jamaica and then I end up not even liking it? Well, I think I’m allowed to be as annoyed as I please.

Damn right

Then there’s the case where you’ve had the book for a long time and you’ve been meaning to read it, you even feel guilty for waiting so long. Your friends have read it and they shout its praises from the rooftops and then you finally read it and…meh. Really yow? Do you not know me? Why did you think I would like this?

Me to my friends who encouraged me to read that book

The worst I think is when you buy the hyped book. You know which one I’m talking about. The one where when you pull up your social media, you see the same book being praised as, “amazing, life-changing, best book of 2019, this book gave me life, I’ll never be same again!” Yada yada yada on at least ten consecutive posts. Naturally, because you know, the internet, I want it and I must have it. I get it and womp womp, it was completely over hyped. I can’t even get mad at anyone because I did it to myself. When will I learn? Probably never because I’m a sucker for advertising.

So what does one do when the book just didn’t deliver the goods? I don’t know about you but my go to’s are usually:

  • Throw it (literally). I’ve been known to throw a book or two at the wall. I saw where a girl last year threw hers at her ceiling and it landed on her ceiling fan and it stayed there and just kept spinning. That was hilarious. I don’t throw it too hard though, I don’t want to damage it.
  • Vent to anyone who will listen. I find it helps if the person has also read the book so we can bitch about it together.
  • Read reviews from other people who have read it. If the reviews are glowing then I have to know why they think that because maybe I missed something. Either that or I wonder how much they were paid for that review. Not to be shady but you know exactly what I’m talking about. The ones where if you met them in person you’d tell the person to remove their lips from the author’s ass and take a breath (wow I’m feeling sassy today lol). If the reviews are similar to mine, it makes me feel like I’m not alone in my thoughts.
  • After all of the above, I add the book to my donate/sell/giveaway pile. Why keep a book I know I am never going to read again? Also, just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean someone else wont.
  • Pick up another book and get back in the game. There are waaay to many books out there to be stressing about just one.

‘Til next time 🙂


6 thoughts on “When the book is disappointing

  1. Sassy! Once upon a time I used to struggle through books I didn’t like, just to get it over with (high school through college). Med school severely cut down my leisure reading time though so these days I’m far more likely to just stop and read something else!

    Like

  2. Now am here wondering is why books riled you up so.
    I get what you mean though. When books disappoint me like that I vent to people and look up reviews of people who felt the same.

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