Do you ever wonder if the order in which you read books affects how you judge each one? I mean, given a bunch of standalone books, you’re bound to have some hits or misses with that group. What if you read a really good book to start yourself off? Does that end up “setting the bar” for the rest of the books in that group?
Allow me to explain what happened with me. After a rather long lull of not reading many Young Adult novels, I picked up a few to help me restart this blog. The first one I read from my pile was The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, and I really enjoyed it! I thought it was well-written, had a relatable protagonist, and surprised me with how it handled the “love at first sight” trope. I gave that book five stars. My review is here.
Okay, I read a good YA book and had more YA books to follow. I looked at them with both excitement and dread. Excitement because “Yay! New books to read!” but dread because “What if they don’t live up to my expectations now that I just finished a good book?”
The previous book is still fresh in my mind. Do I end up, whether intentionally or not, comparing the next book to it? If I read the next book and I don’t enjoy it, is it because I legitimately did not enjoy it or because I ended up setting some bar for it because of the previous book? Alternatively, if I had just read a book that I did NOT enjoy, will I be less harsh on the next book?
Wow, this sounded a lot less confusing in my head. Hopefully you lovely readers understood me. So let’s get to the question!
When you’re reading one book after another, do you end up comparing the next book to the previous book? Do you think that your perception of the next book was affected by how much you enjoyed the first one?
Let me know in the comments!