Hey, everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of The Hardcover Lover Confessions. For those of you who don't know, The Hardcover Lover Confessions is my take on a discussion post, which you probably don't see too often around here... Don't worry... I'm working on changing that.
Anyway, in these Hardcover Lover Confessions posts, you will find my thoughts on certain subject that affect the book community. I feel like these posts are a way for you, my readers, to get to know me better, and in return, I hope that I get to know you better through your comments.
Hardcover Lover Confession on Feeling Like a Black Sheep
I'm sure I'm not the only one to feel this way, but sometimes, it just seems like everybody in the book community is reading a certain book or an author that you just don't have any interest in whatsoever. Am I right? It can be frustrating, especially when everywhere you go on the Internet (blogs, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) is filled with posts, Tweets, and images dedicated to the one thing that you're not interested in. Lately, I've been feeling that way because there are some huge books being released, and while I mean no offense to the authors or the fans, I'm just not interested in them, and it makes me feel like I just don't belong.
Days like these are usually days when I stay away from all forms of social media connected to my book blog just so I can feel a little bit more normal. Instead of scrolling through Twitter for the hour or so that I usually do, I might just sit back and read or binge watch a show. I know it will save me from feeling left out of the crowd and from seeing any drama that might occur due to the huge release or releases.
But the thing is... I feel like I (and others) shouldn't have to feel this way. I just wish that I could spend the day talking about other books with my friends while the ones who are excited have their chance and their moment to revel in the feeling of anticipation breaking and getting to see something they've wanted so badly out in the world.
So my question is... Can we have it both ways? Can we come together as a community to celebrate highly anticipated releases but still find a way to talk about other books that we've learned to love over the years or other book that aren't so anticipated being released? I think we can. I've seen the book community come together in times of excitement and in times of frustration. I believe that more of us can find ways to talk about other books while still letting new releases shine. But until I feel comfortable treading water, I think I'll be here... reading, watching, and coming up with more posts for you to see on The Hardcover Lover.
I've confessed that days like today leave me feeling frustrated just because of the lack of interest in a certain book, author, etc. But I want to know if you've ever felt this way over the release of a book, novella, movie adaptation, or anything book related. So if you've ever felt like a black sheep or like you couldn't enjoy the book community, share your story! No, I don't want you to bash an author or a book, but I want to know what you did to make yourself feel a little more included on a day when you felt like you weren't.