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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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Unpopular Bookish Opinions

LOL. This has the potential to be fun…

1. Bigger is not always better.

For the love of all that’s holy, people, learn to edit. I don’t think your 1,000+ page book is awesome just because it’s so long. It’s the content that counts.

2. You don’t have to read in your “appropriate age range.”

Adults can read YA. Kids can read adult books. Read what you like. Yes, parents should discuss adult books with their kids so the kids understand them, but don’t stop a kid from reading just because “they’re not old enough yet.”

3. Reading speed is not an indicator of intelligence.

Speed reading is trained. I will admit that it does take skill, but everyone has a different skill set. Some people have learned to speed read, and enjoy it, and that’s great. Others read more slowly and absorb more that way than they would if they read fast. To each their own.

4. Required Reading should be FUN.

Yes, we should be learning from the assigned reading in school. But if students aren’t enjoying reading, they won’t think about reading for fun later, and that is BAD.

5. Personal reading can be educational.

Some (weird) people are of the opinion that once we are out of school we don’t have to learn anything from the books we read ever again. I do not understand these people.

6. Audiobooks count as reading.

People learn in different ways. Some people learn better by listening than by reading. Some people have physical handicaps which made reading harder than it should be. Audiobooks help increase the accessibility of literature, so I am all in.

7. Reading multiple books at once is not weird.

You can watch multiple TV series at once without getting confused. I can read multiple books at once without getting confused. (Yes, I have actually had to explain this to people.)

8. DNFing is good.

If you aren’t going to enjoy a book, and you can tell, why push yourself to keep reading? Pushing myself to finish something I’m not interested in is the most likely way to get me into a reading slump.

9. Genre fiction is just as “worthwhile” as classic lit.

Some of my fantasy or sci-fi novels, which are looked down on by many academic types, address issues which are just as important as the classics which are usually seen as The Most Important Books. Often they even do a better job of it than the classics.

10. Classics are still important.

Then there’s the opposite camp, which says that classic lit isn’t important anymore because it’s old and out of date. They look at the social issues which aren’t treated the same way now as they were when the books were written, and think the books don’t have anything to teach us now because “we’ve come so far since then.” While I agree that we have made some great changes, there’s still a lot we can learn from the classics, and if nothing else we need to read some of them in order to understand where we are coming from.

Okay, I doubt most of my blog readers will take issue with the “unpopular” opinions I’ve posted here, but still. These are controversial in some circles, at least. Do you have any unpopular bookish opinions? Or do you disagree with any of mine?


32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Unpopular Bookish Opinions

  1. I’ve struggled with “audiobooks count as reading” for sooo long. I don’t know why, but I could never get my head around it. I managed to find a couple of audiobooks I liked recently and all of a sudden I realise just how wrong I was. It still takes attention, like reading a book. It definitely still counts!

    1. For me, the thing that flipped the “audiobooks count as reading” switch was talking to a friend who records audiobooks for a program aimed at helping blind or dyslexic students. I never really equated it to visual vs. auditory learning before that.

  2. I agree with most everything you said actually. And I think we have a lot of the same themes on our list with slightly different spins. I agree classics are important, and I try to read a few every year because of it, I usually just don’t enjoy them as much as my modern reads.

    And audiobooks definitely count as reading I’m just not the kind of person who receives them well.

    But mostly: YES TO EDITING. Omg I have read some really great long books but they are very rare.

    Still learning to DNF when appropriate. Lol

    1. I noticed the similarities when I read your list also. 🙂 And while I try to read classics, I’ve noticed the horrible lack of diversity among them and have been enjoying my modern reads more as a result.

      I do enjoy long books when they’re well-edited. I don’t like letting go of my favorite characters any more than other readers do. I just think that I’m pickier about editing than many people are. 😀

      1. I’ll forgive most self indulgent length as long as I’m enjoying the story. But like I read The Priory of the Orange Tree this year and it was just packed full of so much lore and backstory that I didn’t enjoy at all and I felt like didn’t contribute to moving the plot forward in any meaningful way. But lots of people disagreed with me on that one. Oh well. I get where you’re coming from though!

        1. I think part of it comes from being an Emglish major in school? I read a lot of needless fluff that could have been a better story if it was better edited. And, since it was for class, we’d then have to analyze that fluff, so I tend to get annoyed at it.

    1. YA has fortunately been accepted as okay for adults to read, but Middle Grade is still sadly seen as “lesser” even though it’s not. Also, I remember being a kid and being told (not by my parents) that “oh, you wouldn’t understand that book, you’re too young.” I’m just glad my parents knew that the answer to that was to help me understand the book, not to tell me I couldn’t read it.

  3. DNFing definitely is a good thing. If a book doesn’t speak to you, it only makes sense to go try something that does.

    My TTT.

    1. I find that my reading slumps have decreased a lot now that I am both DNFing and reading multiple books at once (though usually only one of each format, paper, ebook, and audio). Thanks for visiting!

      1. Yes absolutely! Now, if I find myself not enjoying one book, I can delve into another and then go back to the original when I’m feeling it again. It’s definitely helped me with slumps, too.

  4. I never used to read more than one book at a time and now I’ve always got like three on the go, but I wish I’d never picked up the habit. It’s exhausting!

  5. I do agree with just about everything you stated.

    More editing, yes please! Having just dealt with John Gwynne and his book Valor, I think the success of other authors in writing huge books or books with huge casts makes all the other authors think THEY can do it too. No, they can’t and what is more, they shouldn’t.

    And more DNF’ing. There is so much trash out there, people. Stop reading it and let other readers know it is trash!

  6. I agree with all of these. I hate when people say audiobooks or graphic novels don’t count as reading or that once you’re an adult you should only read adult books and not children or YA. I know people who can’t stand DNFing a book, but sometimes you just HAVE to.

    Good list!

    1. Thanks! I think the “graphic novels don’t count” argument annoys me more than the “audiobooks don’t count” one, but they’re doth so annoying! And wrong! 😉

  7. You are right on the money with all of these. Every single one.

    I get especially annoyed with the people who laugh scornfully at romances and romance readers, yet have no problem devouring thrillers or mysteries or horror or scifi or fantasy. (All of which I enjoy, with the exception of horror and the darker thrillers.)

    1. I admit, I have learned that I need to keep the books I’m reading at the same time different enough that I don’t get confused. A while ago I was reading Jane Eyre at the same time I was listening to Emma on audiobook, and that got a little confusing. LOL

    1. Sometimes I look back at required reading and wonder how any of us ever loved to read when that’s what we were assigned. (For me, I loved reading before I started school, so…)

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