For some reason a lot of people like to judge others based on their reading habits. Sometimes it’s a critique of how much they read (not enough), how they read (audiobooks) and also what they read (young adult books).
A person’s intelligence isn’t defined by any of the above, especially how many classic novels they have consumed in their lifetime. If they aren’t your cup of tea, don’t read them. Find a genre you love. It’s like with any film. I wouldn’t sit through one I didn’t enjoy. So put the book you’re not enjoying down and find another.
I think that’s why a lot of people don’t read. Growing up I had friends who would say “reading is boring” and they just read whatever was on the school syllabus or at least the SparkNotes guide. Over-analysing a book for a start, can make it mundane. I sometimes wonder if they tried a different genre, read a book aimed at a younger audience or even picked up a short story, magazine or newspaper, would they still claim that the activity was tedious? I don’t think they would. I think there’s something out there for everyone.
Since joining the online book community, I’ve noticed a lot of people also feel the need to enjoy every book that is hyped on Instagram by other readers and they feel guilty for not liking it. But that’s the wonderful thing about humans, none of us are the same so why would we enjoy the same things?
I’m not ashamed to admit, even the most popular books, such as Conversations With Friends (Sally Rooney), You (Caroline Kepnes), and The Raven Cycle (Maggie Stiefvater) haven’t been for me. I get they’re popular but no amount of hype will make me finish any series or book. There are too many books in the world and so little time, I’m not wasting mine.
I would much rather reread a favourite than read something I hate. I love flicking back through the Harry Potter (J K Rowling) or Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) series because I will never fall out of love with those novels.
What I’m trying to say is reading should be fun and if you want to stop a book half way through, then do. If you want to read a children’s book, then do. If you want to listen to audiobooks, please do. It’s your own form of enjoyment, no one else’s, so don’t waste time doing something you will later start to despise.
One of the most wonderful things about reading a book is entering a new world and meeting new characters and that’s something no one should be ashamed of or stop doing just because of other people’s judgements. It makes me sad to think of people forcing themselves to read something because of the stigma.
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