This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is unpopular bookish opinions. I like to be popular so these are hard for me to share!
However, being real is also a thing with me, and I want for people to know how I truly feel about certain book-related issues. So, I decided not to just list generally unpopular bookish opinions but, rather, MY unpopular bookish opinions.
They are sometimes tough to discuss, but these are the kinds of subjects that spur on intelligent bookish conversation. So, please let me know your thoughts (agree or disagree) in the comments!
Note: These are opinions that I hold. If you feel differently, that is GREAT! I firmly believe we all have our own way of doing things and there is no right or wrong way to be.
- I stop reading a book if I don’t like it. Period. I did a whole post on this.
- I sometimes like the movie better than the book. This used to be a cardinal sin of the bookish world, but with the amazing movie makers we have in the world in modern days, I think it is becoming more common.
- I don’t always love most classics. That does not mean that I do not read them, appreciate them or feel they are important to read.
- I will NOT be motivated to pick a book if someone tells me it will make me cry. Now, that does not mean I don’t ever cry when reading certain books or that I don’t like all books that make me cry. But, I truly don’t understand why one would DESIRE to be made sad. I just don’t get it. (I feel I am largely in the minority on this for sure.)
- Reading with my kids sucks sometimes. I always dreamed about reading with my kids and what it would be like. I had high expectations, and as I have learned in my 42 years, high expectations often set one up for failure. Reading with my kids can be wonderful, and I will never give it up or stop striving for those amazing moments (they do happen). But sometimes when I am reading with my kids, they are squirmy, whiny and not enjoying a book that I absolutely adore, and it just freaking sucks.
- I like to be entertained when I read. Not every time, but a good bit of the time I reach for a book to escape from the real world. So, I don’t often want to read something that will immerse me in the horrible or scary parts of the world. That does not mean I don’t stay up on current events or try and affect my world outside my little bubble. It just means that reading for me is more for fun. Many in the bookish world are very focused on the most impactful or important books, and I am in awe of them. That is just (usually) not me.
- If I don’t like a book, I tell people. I am struggling a bit with this right now because in practice, I hate it. Ever since I started in the book blogging world, I have been worried about negative reviews and how to handle them. I have noticed that some people don’t post negative reviews, and I don’t have a problem with that at all. But I think there should be some mechanism to (kindly) give a negative review of a book. Otherwise, how will people know? I feel that if I don’t like a book and if I can lay out the reasons in a constructive way, someone still might look at my review and think that while that book was not for me, it might still be for them. So, a negative review still has value in connecting people with books, and in the end, isn’t that the goal?
- I read books in all formats and mediums. Be it ebook, audio book or real book, I do not discriminate and until I entered the book blogging world, I never even knew this was controversial. Isn’t it all reading? To me, it is.