I do that also, Raven, - read books sometimes to find out why everyone raves about them, --infact, even when I don't really care for the book from the getgo, I'll still continue to read thru to the end, as "must" see if the book improves as it goes along, (when everyone has praised it so highly) --or to find out if I really didn't like it at all, even when I'd read the entire book :)
That was how it was with the first book in the Mitford series by Jan Karon. Just could not see what everyone was raving about! But kept on reading, as found it hard to believe that I didn't care much for it, after all the praise. I got so annoyed at Father Tim for not being able to make up his mind, re the romance.
But I did begin to like the book, and read most of the series one after the other, and really loved them. So am glad I persisted, but it took a long time for me to get into that first book in the series.
in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada