A Reaction: Should We Read What Everyone Else Is Reading?

Note: This started out as a comment I was writing after reading Cait @ Paper Fury‘s post “Should We Read What Everyone Else Is Reading” and the comments afterward.

It was an interesting post about a fascinating quote, namely:

β€œIf you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Haruki Murakami

My comment got REALLY long and kind of unrelated so I decided to turn my comment into a blog post, so here it is.

But first, do go read Cait’s post so that you understand mine! (Hers is a quicky post and very amusing so it won’t be hard to read, I promise).

Okay, have you read it? Good.

On to my reply:

Wow. This is an intense discussion. o.o I have mixed thoughts as well.

Okay, so for ME, I’m actually NOT a book blogger! *gasp* I read books primarily for ME and occasionally someone will ask me to review their book, or I’ll see a book I
wanted to read up for review.

But mostly I don’t read a lot of the modern/mainstream books simply because they don’t come my way/don’t sound interesting. Me and my life/background/thoughts are entirely different than most people out there. Some of these just DON’T APPEAL TO ME even though they are are totally relateable to everyone else out there. And that’s what I’m trying to say here.

The Hunger Games, Divergent… I hate dystopian; it depresses me. I like a little HOPE in my books, please and thank you, and reading about a bunch of people living in the dirt being oppressed by an evil government living in luxury is just… not my idea of fun reading.

Harry Potter? Any and every contemporary YA book of ever? I was homeschooled; I just don’t GET any of the books set in a public school (magical or not) because I don’t understand the classroom politics and groups and cliques and obsessions and backstabbing and jerks and bullies and “popular girls” and “popular guys” and football and sports and things. It’s not a culture I find interesting/relateable, or anything I WANT to read about because it is not me. IT JUST DOES NOT INTEREST ME AND I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY IT INTERESTS OTHER PEOPLE. (I mean, I know WHY but… again, not me.) (And no, it doesn’t help to read books about homeschoolers because, contrary to popular belief, all homeschoolers are actually super different than each other.)

City of Bones? Twilight? I’m just not the biggest fan of paranormal. *shrug*

Cinder? Again, not a fan of dystopian and not very much of sci-fi either.

Percy Jackson? The modern thing again, AND I’ve never been a fan of Greek myths… Dunno why, but I prefer Celtic stuff and King Arthur and fairytales… Greek stuff has always felt… greasy to me. πŸ˜›

I could go on and on with lists of popular books and why the sound of them just doesn’t interest me. That isn’t to say that I wouldn’t enjoy them if I read them — I very well might! I just don’t want to spend all of that time finding out, when I could be reading books I think I’ll want to read.

Time (especially reading time) is precious.

And I don’t see a point in reading a whole lot of books that do not appeal to me, just because they appeal to everyone else.

And that’s my point. I’m so “out there” MYSELF that I don’t find the popular books interesting at all because I’m just different from everyone else.

And I do think a lot of that is BECAUSE I grew up reading different books. I grew up reading old books and fantasy recommended by family members and really close friends (recommendations are good, actually — I’m not saying otherwise!) and random interesting-looking fantasy books that I found second-hand at library sales. I find gems that nobody’s heard of, and yes it’s sad when I don’t have anyone to talk to about it…

But again, I read for ME.

So discussion or bookblogging isn’t a big thing for me, I guess. I read what I want to read, and most of the time that happens to be something not many people have heard about.

Books do shape you. So what I grew up reading has shaped me, and what others grew up reading has shaped them, and I think that’s the point of the quote. If we all read the same books, yes we’ll still be different people because everyone IS unique and we all have our own thoughts — but we’ll still be more similar.

I like to compare it to TV shows.

Nearly everyone I know LOVES Doctor Who. I think that’s because there’s a little bit of something in it for everyone. So it reaches the broadest range of audience — and consequently everyone loves it because they found the part in it to click for them. I enjoy some Doctor Who (fun! The Doctor himself!), but I’m not obsessed with it, simply because I don’t feel like every single episode/part appeals to me. But then you take a lesser-known show, like Leverage, or Hustle, or especially Firefly, and those are much less heard about/talked about, but I love them so much more! I think they’re directed to a certain smaller select audience, and tailored directly for them instead of aiming for EVERYONE, and therefore to the select audience, it’s ten-times better.

I think there’s a sense in which that quote just means if everyone was ONLY reading Twilight/Hunger Games/Harry Potter, and not branching out at all (which is not true — you all say you read other things and find new gems and we all end up reading things nobody’s read as well) there just would not be a bunch of NEW ideas from DIFFERENT books coming into our heads. It’s not meant to say we all think the same — which is definitely not true, as Cait and others are pointing out — it’s just that if we all only read the same things, where would the recommendations of the random book nobody’s heard of but is awesome come from? And how can different, important, more “out there” ideas find their way to us, if we all only read the generally popular stuff? It’s just… new ideas and new books have to come from somewhere, and if everyone ONLY reads the “mainstream”, “popular” ones, there would be less new thoughts showing up EXCEPT ABOUT THOSE BOOKS. That’s all. πŸ™‚

But really, again, I only read FOR ME, and because I’m not a book blogger, it’s not that big of a deal to me like it is to you guys, I think. And occasionally I do feel a resistance to reading a book if EVERYONE had recommended it because in my experience if everyone loves a book, it’s usually more of a case of what I said about the TV shows (something for everyone, but not everything for me) and so I generally don’t care as much for said book… OR I just have a rebellious tendency because I AM very much about reading what *I* want to read, not what everyone else says I should — because I want to make my own way! A rebel… that’s me. πŸ˜‰

So part of it is stubbornness, part of it is past experience, and part of it is just not being interested in most of the popular books, simply because of personal taste and life experience and cultural background.

BUT don’t get me wrong: I DO LOVE GETTING BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS.

(I feel like this entire post should come with an enormous disclaimer. πŸ˜„ Especially when I say generic things like “everyone”, which I don’t REALLY mean… It’s just general… >.>)

That being said, nobody should read books ONLY because they’re popular and I think everyone should read what they want to, but as was pointed out, there is a reason things become popular, yes, and sometimes it’s useful to read popular things just so you can understand the culture around you.

Like (back to shows) I understand the internet SO much better having seen some Doctor Who and knowing at least a bit about Supernatural, and having seen Sherlock. (Sherlock is awesome, BTW.) There are just some things that are so cultural that one needs to understand them to understand people. Like, I might end up reading the Harry Potter books (that’s a big controversy too because some people hate them but I’m not going into that today) not because everyone says I have to or because they interest me a SUPER amount, but because it’s gotten to the point where enough of my friends have HP as their “core fandom” that I just can’t understand them very well without reading it… Just like most people wouldn’t necessarily understand me without having read (or at least seen) MY “core fandom” which is The Lord of the Rings. And I might read The Hunger Games because I’ve been seeing the movies with my brother, and again it’s a cultural understanding thing. Sometimes it’s not worth holding out against “popular” or against “uninterested” if it means that if you DO read them you will have a deeper friendship with your friends and understand them better. But those popular books aren’t a real high priority right now, because I read for ME. I might read them, eventually… I might not. I have other stuff to read right now because I’m excited about other things, and that’s the point.

I do love it when I read someone’s blog and they mention a book and I’m like I’VE READ THAT! YES!!! But I read slowly enough and there are so many books I DO want to read, that I’m not going to specifically tailor my reading just so that I can read all the books everyone else is reading, just so I can talk about them with everyone.

I’ve run across a very small handful of books that I consider to be “perfect”. The more popular on the list would be The Lord of the Rings, The Penderwicks, and The Horse and His Boy. But a lot of them most people have never heard of. Howl’s Moving Castle, The Gammage Cup, The Ordinary Princess, Prince Valiant (YES!), Searching for Dragons, The Kestrel, The Boggart, The Reluctant Dragon, more recently Broken Glass in the Five Glass Slippers collection, and near the very top a book that’s not even PUBLISHED yet, Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal.

And I have others that are top favorites of mine, but even favorites sometimes have something you didn’t like quite as much, but as far as I-HAVE-LITERALLY-NO-COMPLAINTS-ABOUT-THIS-BOOK those are pretty few and far between and I don’t think one will run across those little gems if one only reads the “popular” books. NOT because popular books aren’t good, but because they’re aimed toward everyone, not the specific smaller group that is you.

But those books I mentioned, I just think of them and I’m happy without any reservation, and I always want to reread them. They’re not necessarily my FAVORITES (okay, so some of them are) but they’re the most perfect books I’ve ever read.

And I do love talking with people about books we’ve both read — it’s the funnest thing in the world! — but it’s even BETTER when I meet someone who has read and liked one of my favorites or one of these “perfect” books because they ARE more rare and less popular, and they’re a part of my heart, and if someone has read and loved one or several of them, I know this person is a kindred soul. πŸ™‚ It wouldn’t be QUITE the same if it was a book I loved that EVERYONE had read and everyone had loved, you know what I mean? In a way, it wouldn’t be as special.

Books are extremely subjective. We all come to a book differently and take something different away, and that’s as it should be! A book that one person might love, another might hate, and yet another might feel meh about. I’m not disagreeing with Cait, or with any of her brilliant commenters, I’m just putting my own thoughts out there. πŸ™‚

I don’t know if there’s a point to this. I just started typing reactions to Cait’s post and this is what came out, and I decided that 1) it was too long to actually post as a comment and 2) it might be make an interesting read as a blog post!

So. Bookish thoughts.

Deborah out.

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29 thoughts on “A Reaction: Should We Read What Everyone Else Is Reading?

  1. Great post! I agree, it’s definitely too long for a comment… πŸ˜„
    Believe it or not, Cinder’s the only one on your list that I’ve actually read, and I didn’t read it because it was popular (I didn’t even know it was popular…), I read it because the first five chapters were free on Kindle and… well, that’s all it took to get hooked. πŸ˜„ But I totally agree – don’t read what’s popular, read what you like to read. And if that’s a popular book, than good for you. πŸ˜›
    Phew, I was worried that was going to have to be it’s own blog post, too…

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    • Thank you! (Haha, I’ve always been longwinded… XD)
      Ooh, that’s interesting about Cinder… Yep, I’ve heard great stuff about it, it just… doesn’t quite appeal to me. But that’s cool you liked it! πŸ˜€ And EXACTLY! Great way of putting it. πŸ™‚
      Haha, not quite. πŸ˜„

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  2. I agree with you! I’m not a book blogger either, though I occasionally blog about books. And actually, I’ve never read any of those books you mentioned (except for starting LOTR, and I’ve of course read The Horse and His Boy) and I’ve watched Doctor Who. I know, I know, I still call myself a bookworm. But I read books because they look interesting to me, and most of those happen to be indie books that my now-friends have written. So that’s my story. I’m not an active pursuer of mainstream books, especially when I’m wary about the content. Nice post!

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    • Haha! Part of my point is I was talking about the super popular books, and then the super unknown books that are my favorites… so that’s fine! πŸ˜„ (Hurray for LOTR and Horse and His Boy!) Ooh, yes, indie books can be interesting, yes. πŸ™‚ Great point about what looks interesting, and content! Thank you, and thanks for commenting! ^_^

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  3. AHh, that is cool that you wrote a response post. xD Although I feel like I probably didn’t explain myself as clearly as I wanted to in my post D: because my main quibble was that everyone can read one book and think DIFFERENT thoughts about it. Reading what other people are reading isn’t going to make everything think the same. I’m definitely no advocate of everyone MUST READ THE SAME BOOKS nooooo. That would be terrible! I think people should read what they WANT to read.

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    • Haha, yes indeed! πŸ˜„ And no, I think you explained perfectly well! I just… ended up having some vaguely related thoughts I wanted to explore about different things… It really just ended up sparking a lot of book-ish related thoughts and discussion, which is AWESOME, so thank youuuu! πŸ˜€ But yes, I agree with your post too, and it’s very true that one should read what they want! πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading/commenting, and of course for starting this whole thing with your own awesome post! πŸ˜€

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  4. I like your thoughts. *nods* I’m not totally sure how I feel on the subject . . . but I do agree when you say that you read for you. I read for me too, mostly, but I have a super-wide range of tastes, so I do read some of the popular books if they really interest me (or, occasionally, if so many others I know like them that I’m curious what all the hype is about). And then others I don’t read because either they don’t interest me or they sound like they’d make me uncomfortable.

    I do totally agree with the feeling of getting excited because someone’s read one of your favorite books that not a lot of people know about, though. That’s just awesomeness. ❀

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    • Thanks! And it is a bit hard to figure out one’s exact thoughts on nebulous things like this… which is part of what I was trying to work through with this post.

      Exactly! When there are reasons to read them, and also reasons NOT to… great points! πŸ™‚ Also, yes, it can depend if one has a super wide range of taste… which I don’t. πŸ˜„ But that’s also so cool that you DO! πŸ˜€

      AHHH YES. It’s an instant spark of fabulousness when people read your favorite things and you can connect over that! ^_^

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  5. Yes, I think you’re right about that quote. We will definitely all think different things if exposed to the same idea, because we have been through different experiences, have different personalities, have been exposed to different ideas before. But if we all read the same books all the time, we are always exposed to the same ideas, which limits “us” as a society in our diversity.

    I’m not even sure if that made any sense. πŸ˜›

    But I’m kind of like you. I usually read what I want to read and sometimes I don’t like what’s popular, other times I do. I like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Percy Jackson, and the Lunar Chronicles. But then I also like dystopian, Greek myth, and anything fairy tale based (seriously though Cinder is pretty good, I was surprised). So those books are about concepts I already like.

    I’ll review books, but I read solely for me. If I don’t like it, I won’t finish it. Unless, a good friend insists upon insists that I have to read a particular book, then I’ll finish it so that I can tell them what I think.

    Of course, though, I adore talking books with anyone who’s read the same ones I have! And I love getting recommendations from people.

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    • Exactly! You put it in words better than I could… and more succinctly. πŸ˜„

      That is cool that you like those books! And also more understandable because you already LIKE those things… so it makes sense! And that’s what I’m saying. It’s not necessarily because of popularity, but because of interest… and if it doesn’t interest me, well . . .

      I occasionally review books as well, but YES to reading for oneself! Haha, you are a step ahead of me, because even if I don’t LIKE a book I’ll generally finish it regardless. πŸ˜„ I mayyy need to work toward becoming more like you… πŸ˜‰ And yes, good friends, whose opinions you trust and you want to discuss it with, is a good incentive too. πŸ™‚

      Talking about books IS so fun! And yes to recommendations! πŸ˜€

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! ^_^

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  6. Great post! If a “popular” book sounds interesting enough to me, then I’ll pick it up and read it. Or like you mentioned, if everyone I know on the green earth has read/watched something and loved it, chances are I’ll check it out so I can understand the conversation. πŸ˜› And Horse and His Boy is one of my favorite books ever. πŸ™‚

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  7. Howl’s Moving Castle! Searching for Dragons! The Gammage Cup (which I do believe you recommended to me and I liked quite a lot) and The Ordinary Princess! EEEEEEP!

    I mightily enjoyed your bookish-thoughts. I agree with them wholeheartedly. I do have a slightly different perspective, of course. I do read a lot of the “popular” books, and for the most part, I am disappointed in them (can I just tangent for a moment and say how HUGE of a disappointment Eragon was?!?!? HUGE. SO DISAPPOINTING AND BORING AND…. sigh). But I WAS a high school English teacher, and later on I worked with the high school youth group at our church, and I felt that it was important (to some extent) to keep up with what my students would be reading. Add to that, I’m actually a really fast reader, and it’s not that big of a time commitment.(I’m quite disillusioned by the modern dystopian fiction… nobody does it as well as The Giver, and I’m done reading the new stuff… because BLECH. Blech blech blech).

    However, there have been some nice surprises. Harry Potter is very well-written, fun, and far more about friendship and courage and doing the right thing even though it’s hard than it is about anything else. Percy Jackson is a fun series (though the author lost my respect recently and I won’t be reading anything more of his because of it) but I actually enjoy mythology rather a lot, and read the books and liked them BEFORE they got popular!

    But the books I love the most do tend to be the ones nobody’s ever heard of or the less popular books by popular authors. Albert Payson Terhune’s books about his collies, for example. The Prydain Chronicles. Most things by Stephen R. Lawhead (but specifically his Song of Albion, Pendragon Cycle, and Raven King trilogy). The Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn, He Whistles for the Cricket by Gwen Walker, The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner, Magic Kingdom of Landover Series by Terry Brooks, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (as a couple of examples of less popular books by popular authors). Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. And I could go on and on and on, because BOOOOOKS. Read ALL THE BOOKS!!!!!!

    All that to say, thanks for the mental exercise this morning. πŸ™‚ Your blog post is very thought-provoking and discussable, and I like it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    • And then there are all the lovely indie authors I’ve gotten to know recently, and some of them are really, really good authors and not well-known enough! A few of my favorites have been Sew, It’s A Quest by Kendra Ardnek (I have the second book in that series and can’t wait to read it), Haphazardly Implausible by Jack Lewis Baillot (I NEED to get my hands on more of her books because I loves them to pieces), and The Chronotrace Sequence by DJ Edwardson. I’m really becoming a fan of certain indie authors… and I wish they’d come out of obscurity because I like discussing books with people who’ve read the same things (not that we all need to read the same books, of course, or think the same things about them… but it is so much fun when one finds a kindred spirit who has read a lot of the same things (and a lot of different things so we can recommend MORE books to each other)… see now what you did? You got me talking about books, and now I probably need to go write a blog post about them because MY comments are getting way tooooooo long!!! haha πŸ™‚

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      • AAAAHH YAY FOR LOVING THOSE AWESOME BOOKS! πŸ˜€ (See, I knew you were an awesome person! πŸ˜‰ )

        I’m glad! And yes, that’s a very good reason for reading some of the more popular stuff, to keep up with what your students would read. GREAT point! But yes, some things can be disappointing… I’ve heard that about Eragon, even if I haven’t read it. Well, at least you read fast — that’s a plus! πŸ˜‰

        PRYDAIN! LAWHEAD! (Okay, so I need to read more by him, but stiiill.) I’ve enjoyed the Star Wars books I’ve read by Timothy Zahn! Ooh, yes, I need to read Megan Whalen Turner’s books… I have the first one. πŸ˜€ And I’m working through Goldstone Wood! Haha, yes, I love going on and on about books, and hearing others go on and on as well, because YES ALL THE BOOOOOKS!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        Aww, you’re welcome! ^_^ Thanks for reading and sharing your own thoughts! πŸ™‚

        Yes, indie authors as well… I do need to read the Bookania books (I have the first three! …But I’ve only read The Ankulen by Kendra yet.) I do have Haphazardly Implausible and need to read it too! o.o Yeah, that is a struggle, wishing certain indie authors were more noticed and… yes, I agree with all of that you said! Haha, I just LOVE it when posts get me thinking about books and other pleasant things and it’s just fabulous! πŸ˜€ BOOK DISCUSSIONS HUZZAH! πŸ™‚

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  8. Gosh, you just made my day by putting Broken Glass on your list of books you consider perfect. πŸ˜€
    I totally get what you’re saying. I read books that look interesting to me. And most popular books don’t…
    By the way, Cinder is very good. I dislike dystopians for the same reasons as you, but the sci-fi world in Cinder is not hopeless. It’s actually a normal, functioning society. But if sci-fi is not your thing I totally understand not reading the series. It is very sci-fi.

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    • AAAHHH IT IS SO PERFECT!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH. ❀ *huggles it* It's actually one of the things that prompted my exploration into figuring out which books I'd read were perfect… πŸ˜€
      Exactly! Glad you understand and feel the same way! ^_^
      Okay, thanks for the tip! πŸ™‚ I'm… not all that much into sci-fi… but if it IS more sci-fi and less dystopian it miiight not be so bad… Still, I'm more of a fantasy gal. πŸ˜‰

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  9. THE KESTREL???? No one I know has even READ that book, and it’s one of my all time favorites. *Internet high five headed your way*, with the exceptions of Broken Glass and Paper Crowns, I’ve actually read all of those books you listed, and they’re some of my other favorites. Jenelle^above listed off more of my favs (the THIEF!)

    And yes, I was quite homeschooled too, so I get the school stories thing! Most of them don’t resonate (doubly so, now that I’m in my mid twenties!), but Harry Potter was a recent read that I really enjoyed.

    As for the other “popular books” that you mentioned, I’ve read the first one of most of those series. It has definitely helped me as a bookseller, but I don’t count any of them (except The Lunar Chronicles) as favorites. I actually like dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels (and sci-fi) – but Divergent and HG are just popular YA versions of those genres, not standouts (for me).

    So for me, reading popular books often helps me with my job – helping me converse with and relate to more readers (powerful tools for introverts here), but I rarely enjoy them as much as lesser known books. And I don’t feel any pressure to read them, so I don’t pick up any popular book because it’s popular. However, telling me I SHOULD read a book because it’s popular is a great way to get me to ignore it!

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    • AAAHHH YOU’VE READ THE KESTREL TOO?? Let me hug you! *recieves internet high five and returns with an internet hug* I just adore all of Lloyd Alexander’s stuff, and The Kestrel was just… AACK. I was just jittery with how good it was when I finished! *flailing* I sooo need to reread those books!

      OH MY GOODNESS REALLY??? You’ve read like all of those??? *flails around* MY DAY IS MADE. *takes a moment from replying to this to go follow you everywhere on the internet* Okay you are my new favorite person. πŸ˜„

      Ha, glad you understand the homeschooled thing. πŸ˜„ And I would say it’s fair that having read some of those would help for a bookseller, so yes!

      GREAT thoughts, thanks so much for sharing! ^_^

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      • This cracked me up because I did the same thing (followed you everywhere on the internet). Readers of the Kestrel are just too rare to ignore!
        I grew up with Lloyd Alexander, and I feel like The Kestrel is one of the best fantasy/not-historical fiction books on “war and kids and kids in war” that is out there. Theo still makes my heart hurt (not that it’s a bad thing).

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        • OOOH, I didn’t realize The Kestrel was part of the Westmark Trilogy (it’s been possibly 15ish years since I read them)!!! I love Lloyd Alexander πŸ™‚ recently I discovered his “The Iron Ring” as well and loved it as much as everything else of his.

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          • OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE THE IRON RING. It almost made it to my “perfect” list but it’s still one of my faaavorites! ^_^ Yep, it’s been awhile since I read the Westmark Trilogy… BUT I MUST. THE KESTRELLLL. ❀

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  10. Can I just hug this post and never let it go? YES. JUST YES.
    Our brains, Celti! See, I’ve literally been deeply thinking about basically this very subject for the past few weeks. I think really what spurred it on was our Hunger Games discussion. That kind of forced my brain to realize something that could have saved me a whole lot of years of torture if I had learned it sooner, and that’s simply this: Read what you want to read.

    Just like you said, reading is for US. My reading time is mine alone. I’m not really a book blogger, I have no obligations toward books (save for the occasional one), I CHOOSE to spend my time reading because I find it FUN.

    Ever since I was a tiny thing I felt ashamed because I’ve never read (or want to read) many of the classics. I felt like a failure as a book lover for only wanting to read all my fun little books. It only took me oh, 15 or 20 years here to realize THAT’S OKAY. I’m not a failure as a book lover! Not all people who love books are required to read Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, etc., etc. Read what you love because you love to read.

    Like you’re saying, we all have different tastes, and that’s GOOD. What sort of horrid world would we live in if there was only ONE type of books out there? And only one type of people? Ew. Talk about boring! All our different tastes and personalities and styles are what make this world amazing. Yes, we have different ideas about things, and that’s absolutely fantastic! We don’t HAVE to read the same things if we don’t want to.

    I love obscure books, but I also adore a TON of insanely popular books. But not because they’re popular. I chose to pick up The Hunger Games because I saw the trailer for the first movie and it appealed to me. That was the only reason. Not because it was popular, but because I thought it sounded cool.
    When I first read The Hobbit I didn’t even know it was a very well known book. I just wanted to read it, that was that. And it changed my world.

    And I don’t even know what I’m trying to say here. This is becoming a blog post of its own… And, really, I’m just repeating everything you said. You put it perfectly.

    Reading is for us, and us alone. You shouldn’t pick up a book because of any reason other than that it interest you and you WANT to read it. If only I had learned that years ago. But hey, better late than never!

    THANK YOU for writing this and putting exactly what I’ve been thinking about right into words! Seriously, our brains are in sync. You can just put our thoughts into eloquent words. πŸ˜‰

    (Also, the wonderful thing about you and me is we both adore the same happy, not as broadly read books and at least have each other to discuss them with. Howl’s Moving Castle anyone??)

    Okay, I’m done. I promise!

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    • Braintwins! πŸ˜€ Hurray for realizing we don’t need to read things except for us! (Now watch me feel guilted into reading all this stuff I don’t want to, anyway, because I’m notorious for “learning” things and never acting on them. XD) But YES, one doesn’t have to read Dickens, Austen, etc., but what we WANT to, and you’re so right about different tastes and all of that! YES! You’re putting all of this so well!

      I also find that awesome that you got into HG and The Hobbit because they just looked cool and you didn’t know they were big. πŸ˜€ AWESOME. And see? That’s what I’m talking about — this was because you wanted to! Which is cool. *nod nod*

      Aww, you are so welcome and thank YOU for sharing your own thoughts! I love our braintwinness. πŸ˜„ And nooo, you are the more eloquent one. o.o I babbled on for an entire post about something that you summed up in a few paragraphs. πŸ˜„ (BUT YES DISCUSSING HOWL ETC. YES YES YES. IT’S WONDERFUL TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. ❀ )

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  12. I like your message, I think a lot of times we do actually end up thinking that the popular opinion is the right opinion, but like you, I haven’t liked Doctor Who but Leverage and Firefly are among my favorite shows! I’m afraid I can’t agree with most of your book choices, but I’m still glad you defended the subjective idea of reading what you want. Great post! πŸ™‚

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