Happy Tuesday, friends! 👋🏻
One of my goals for this year is to really make the effort to clean up my bookshelves. I have so many books that I have either lost interest in and will never read, or have read and didn’t like. I only want to keep books that I do have an interest in or will likely read again so that I can keep my shelves looking nice and neat. Because right now, my poor shelves are suffering with how cluttered they are.
I tend to have two reasons as to why I remove a book from my TBR without reading it: I’m just not interested in the book anymore, or the author and their book are irredeemably problematic. I know that everyone talks about “separating the art from the artist” but if the author integrates their awful views into their book, I’m not going to give them my money or my support.
Opinions are fun because we all have them. But then again the fact that we all have them can make them not fun. I personally like hearing what other people think about books because I can either rave about a book if someone agrees with me or I can have a healthy discussion if they disagree with me. Emphasis on ‘healthy’ because I’m not about arguing with people over something that doesn’t matter, like whether they like my favourite things or not.
This tag was created by TheBookArcher over on YouTube! And I’m not tagging anyone directly, so take that as an open invitation to do this and say I tagged you 😀
Even though I did do a fair bit of reading when I was little, there are a lot of children’s “classics” that I haven’t read. That might be because I wasn’t that interested in them, they weren’t widely available in the UK, or I just didn’t know that they existed. It happens sometimes.
I could go ahead and seek out those books I missed out on and read them as an adult, but there is a big problem in that: I’m an adult who doesn’t have children and doesn’t plan to have children. There are children’s books out there that are still enjoyable to adults but I prefer to read things that are more suited to my reading age. Mostly.
There is this rule in the bookish community that I will always think is bogus and should be broken if you want to break it, and that is that you must always read the book before you watch the movie. I personally think that this is a silly rule because you can consume media in any way that you want to and there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do it (unless you’re stealing, then that’s definitely wrong).
There are many reasons why we watch movies based on books without having read the book like we didn’t know it was based on a book until later, we were too young to read the book when we first watched the movie (which is what happened when I first watched The Princess Diaries), or we may have absolutely no interest in reading the book at all. Which may be sacrilegious to some people, but is perfectly understandable to me. It is not a crime to not want to read the book that a movie is based on. How many people have read the book that Mean Girls is based on? Probably not that many because it’s based on a self-help guide.
When you’ve read over 400 books in your life, it’s pretty easy to forget books that you loved, especially if you don’t consider them to be your ultimate favourites. Thanks to my horrific memory – both short and long term – I tend to only talk about books that have either stuck with me for a very long time or I only just read and still have on my mind.
The books that I’m talking about in today’s post are books that I do love, but I just don’t really talk about for many reasons: they’re either books I read a long time ago, or they’re classics, or they’re just not favourites so they’re never really on my mind.