Here’s why I ask:
Although I don’t read them as often anymore, I have a not so secret love for horror and thriller books and lately I’ve been craving a read that will make me lock the doors and jump at every little noise. I’ve come across a few books where other bloggers have essentially said that they will have you scared and sucking your thumb for comfort. Naturally, I jump at the chance to read them…only to be left disappointed and definitely not frightened.
An example of this is with Ten by Gretchen McNeil. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book and worth the read BUT, as I said in my review, it didn’t have me shaking in my boots. Maybe Ten isn’t the best example considering it’s in the young adult genre but there have also been books in the adult genre with the same outcome, a not so scared Jen.
Am I looking for advice in the wrong places? Trusting the reviews of bloggers that may not have similar reading interests after all? OR am I just desensitized after years of reading countless books with serial killers, paranormal creatures, and other big bads? I can’t help but wonder if I would have been more frightened while reading Ten, and other books, if I hadn’t read those other countless books.
What do you think, do we become desensitized after reading a lot of books in the same genre?