I was in the Media Center browsing, seeing as my English class sets aside time in class for independent reading, and I didn't have a book. I remembered reading a review here on the Fremd Ning saying good things about a book called Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen.
Interested, I checked it out. Before I even started the first page, I loved the book. All I needed to know was that other people liked it and it's about gymnastics. I had already formed a complete opinion. In my head, this would be a great read, and I wouldn't be able to put it down. So when I actually started reading with that mindset, I was able to enjoy it more thoroughly.
But not every encounter with a new book can go so well. There are tons of factors that affect the reader's attitude that can make them like or hate their next read. Like when I read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.
My English class was moving on to our next assigned book. Almost everyone I spoke to said it was terrible, that nothing even happened for long expanses of time. Hearing this, I was dreading reading it. Every part of me was committed to getting through the novel as quickly as possible and get it over with. With this plan in mind, I finally decided to read around 2 chapters. As much as I thought I'd hate it, I actually kind of liked it. After hearing people say Ethan Frome was the worst thing they'd ever read, I was surprised to find that it was pretty good.
Basically what I'm trying to say is that I often think I know what a book is like before I pick it up by listening to what other people say about it. This ends with me either loving a book from the start, or hating a perfectly good novel. Because of this, I usually end up missing out on great books. What is it that makes you want to read something? A good review? A recommendation from a friend? Or what makes you think a book will be awful? If it's assigned? Listening to all of your friends complain nonstop about it? Respond in the comment section!