For as long as I can remember, I have identified myself as a reader. I love reading all kinds of books from romance to mystery to creative nonfiction. Hearing that other people also love reading gets me super excited. I love talking books with friends and family, and it means even more to me when I can recommend something that I think they’ll love. My problem is when people shame other readers for what they are reading.
I follow lots of authors, book bloggers and readers on social media, and for the most part I love seeing what others are reading and recommending. Sometimes, I’ll see posts like “What are you reading right now?” and in the comments is where I’ll see people shaming other people for what they read. Usually someone will comment they are reading a Harlequin romance novel, or a mass-produced mystery, and comments will follow saying “That’s not a real book,” or “Those books don’t count.”
My stance has always been, I think it’s great that you’re reading anything, so why would I care what you’re reading? Often times I’ll see people looking down on books that aren’t considered literary or substantial. They’ll use words like “fluffy” or “chick lit” or “beach read.” It’s usually directed as mass produced authors like Nora Roberts or James Patterson, or authors that are generally targeted towards women like Jane Green or Meg Cabot. What I would like to know, is how my reading a Nora Roberts trilogy affects you and your reading life? As with all things in life, shouldn’t we operate under the rule, if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all?
I’m shocked at how many people I see on social media bully fellow readers for their reading content. Don’t look down on others because they’re reading something you deem beneath you. You can read your Crime and Punishment and keep your nasty comments to yourself. In this day of social media overload and cyber bullying, I’m not surprised, but I wish it would stop.
xoxo, A Frustrated Reader