Does Reading More Make You Harder to Please?

14 July, 2015 / 4 Comments


Lately I’ve been wondering if the more I read, the less impressed I am by books.  Do you know what I mean?

As I’ve discussed previously, it has been a ridiculously long time since I’ve rated a book 5 stars.  Now, is that because I really just haven’t found a really great book in over a year, or is it some other reason?  Is it maybe that I’ve read so many books that I’m harder to please?  I think it’s possible that I get harder on books the more I read because I have more and more books to compare my current book to.  However, I have rated very few books 5 stars, so I actually haven’t read that many books that I absolutely love.  So, what’s the deal?

Maybe because books start becoming less unique?  The more stories you read, the less unique others become – because all books are inspired by other books.  It’s very difficult to stand out in a world that is already so full of stories.  It’s impossible to be 100% unique.  Ideas are inspired by other ideas.

I really, really miss that feeling of love when reading a 5-star book, you know?  The way the book just won’t let go of you, you can’t put it down, you can’t stop thinking about it.  I want to read a great book again and it seems impossible at this point.  Sometimes I feel like I will never fall in love with a book again!  This is a total downer and makes me unmotivated to read.  Which brings me back to feeling like it has to be me.  Like I have changed as a reader and expect too much or have just read too many books and am harder to please because of it.

Share your story: Do we become harder on books the more we read?  Are avid readers more difficult to satisfy?  Do you ever feel this way?  Or do you think I’m just in some kind of reading slump and will eventually again read a book I find worthy of 5 stars?

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4 Responses to “Does Reading More Make You Harder to Please?”

  1. I feel like I’ve also gotten more critical as I read and review more books, but for me this hasn’t been a bad thing. I think I’m better able to explain why I like or dislike a book and I’m better able to distinguish a fantastic book from a good book. That’s only true because I don’t feel like this has meant I’m reading less good books. I’m just rating and reviewing them differently.

  2. Yes, at least, I think I’ve become picky lately, but this year, I’ve just tried to go with the flow you know? If I’ve fallen for something and had no issues whatsoever, then I just give it the 5 stars you know, even if it’s not complete and utter head over heels love, you know? I do think we get pickier though, because we’ve read more of the same things and expect so much better.. Great post! 🙂

  3. I definitely feel like the more I read, the less impressed I get with books. I started reading when I was 16 and I loved my books so much! But when I re-read them now to get that same feeling again, I’ll find faults in them that I couldn’t see before.

    I’ve also just recently given out my first five-star rating of the year, so I completely understand what you’re going through right now. I felt like I was missing out, like I really wanted to grab on to that one book that made me go YESSS, but everything kind of felt “meh”. I picked up a book in a genre that I normally don’t read as much — the Martian by Andy Weir. It was funny and fresh and I loved it to bits. 🙂

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