Just for fun, I’m creating four posts about “bookworms” in September:
“Top 5 Ways to Catch a Bookworm”
“Top 5 Bookworm Problems“
“Top 5 Reasons to be With a Bookworm”
“Top 5 Things I Would Never Tell a Bookworm’ (today’s post)
Top 5 Things I Would Never Tell a Bookworm
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I Would Never Tell a Bookworm What S/he Should or Should Not Read.
I follow some readers on social media who ONLY read one ONE genre: romance or thrillers or romcom or mysteries or nonfiction. Although I mainly read histfic, I would never criticize readers for reading in their preferred genre. However, I do think there are mashups that might warrant a second look. For example, The Nature of Fragile Things is a mashup of histfic, thriller, and mystery. Kate Quinn also includes a side of thriller in many of her histfic books (such as The Huntress and The Rose Code). Bottom line, I think that finding and sticking with a genre that works for you leads to a satisfying reading life. However, I do encourage exploration!
I Would Never Tell a Bookworm that Audio Books Are Not Really Reading.
If you are accessing a story (characters, plot, and themes), you are reading! Just as I wouldn’t tell a blind person who is reading in Braille that he/she isn’t really reading, I wouldn’t tell an audio book listener that she/he is not really reading. It’s amazing to me that this is a controversy on social media!
I Would Never Tell a Bookworm How To Save a Place.
If you own a book, you can dogear it if you want! There are no dogear police! When I used to read physical books, I was known to use anything for a bookmark! I’ve used my phone, a napkin, a scrap of paper, an emery board, a french fry, a catsup packet (unopened!), mail, a wrapped stick of gum, a business card, a leaf, a dogear…..rarely did I ever have a legitimate bookmark within reach. What’s the strangest thing you’ve used as a bookmark? Do you dogear your own books?
I Would Never Tell a Bookworm a Major Spoiler.
Ohhhhh! This is a hard one for at least two reasons. I become overly excited and tend to overshare when I talk about books (oops!). 2. Some reviewers will not give trigger warnings because they consider them spoilers. (There is a great deal of controversy in the book review community on this topic) Likewise, some readers don’t want to read trigger warnings for fear they may read a spoiler. In the interest of mental health, I have decided to error on the side of providing trigger warnings and other content considerations in my reviews. I try to preface trigger warnings with a spoiler warning. If you are a reviewer, where do you stand on this issue? You might enjoy reading this post on the controversy.
I Would Never Tell a Bookworm (through a review on social media) that a book is trash.
No Two People Read the Same Book! I might dislike a book you love and vice versa. I WILL give honest reviews that note what I did like, mention certain weaknesses (in a kind and balanced way), and perhaps provide a link to another reviewer who loved it more. I WILL provide content considerations and trigger warnings (even at the risk of giving spoilers). However, I don’t believe in “yucking on someone’s yum” or trashing an author or his/her hard work. Reading is a personal experience and just because a book is not to my taste, doesn’t mean it isn’t to your taste. Please be kind and respectful.
QOTD: What is one thing you would never tell a bookworm?
Happy Reading Bookworms!
“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes
“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, teach us about our world, and help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text
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