There are moments in my life where I’m just disappointed by humankind. Okay, this might be a bit exaggerated, but people say and do stuff that makes me sad. I’ve always been a passionate reader and it always hurts me when people talk bad about readers. These are some of the things I hear/see often. I decided to give it a shot with GIFS, because I love reading those type of posts.
This makes my heart cry. People who think reading is boring are doing something wrong in my eyes. This is a quote I’ve seen floating around on the internet and I think it’s very accurate: “Everyone is a reader.. Some just haven’t found their favorite book yet.” I think most teenagers are far too busy with other things and that is why they forget about books. I’m so happy that my parents gave me the opportunity to read many books and to visit libraries – and that the love for books only grew to the passion I feel today. Reading makes me feel complete and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without books.
And because many people believe reading is boring, you are often alone in your love for them. I’m the only reader in my house and I sometimes miss the feeling of a book friend. I wish there was someone in real life I could talk to. I want to discuss about favorite parts or things we dislike. I sometimes get my sister or boyfriend to read, but that is very rare. I can talk to him about it and he always listens, but having feedback or a conversation about the depth of a book would be fun. That is why I’m so happy that I’m part of this blog-book-community. It’s possible to talk with SO many people and I feel connected with all of you guys.
We all have our favorite books. The ones that made you feel all these feelings. The books that got a special place in your heart. You want to scream your love from the roof and force everyone to read this book. And then there is the day you read a review from someone who disliked that book. They hate the characters you dearly love, they find the plot boring and they dislike the writing-style. Everything you admire about that book goes to waste for that person. It’s extremely painful for me when this happens and I’m always lost when I come across such a review. I don’t know what to say to them and I don’t understand how it’s possible that they can’t see what I see.
This is a bit similar to the point above, but there are sometimes people who just refuse to read your favorite book(s). That is the moment where I feel violent, because I want to shove my book down their throat. JUST READ AND LOVE IT ALREADY. Pretty please?
It’s funny how some people think of us. What do they expect? That we lock ourselves up in a tower with only books and no social contact? Alright, part of it is pretty accurate (I like to stay in my room surrounded by my books), but I do other things too! I prefer to spend my time to read books, but it’s not like someone is forcing me to pick them up. It’s almost like someone can’t believe it’s my number one thing to do – like I can’t come up with another hobby. I watch movies and TV shows, I go out with my boyfriend, I have fun with friends. It’s not like I am boring because I love books.
This is something I’ve seen around on blogs for a while now and I thought I should include it in my list as well. For example: Eve from Paper Sanctuary has a great discussion post about it. Imagine that you are in a very exciting part. Just when things are starting to look bad, someone enters your room and starts to talk. It’s probably because they haven’t seen your book, but when you give them a hint by pointing to your book and giving them THE look, they keep talking. I seriously don’t get it. Most of the time I continue reading (and therefore, hear nothing of their story) but this has gotten me into troubles before, haha. I wish someone would respect me and ask if they can talk to me, before they start to blabber. Can’t you see I’m in the middle of something?
PS: I do like to see different opinions about books and I can understand that people don't want to read the same books. You can't always like the same things and everyone can have their own opinion. But sometimes it's just hard ;) I respect everyone and their own opinion.
Do you ‘suffer’ from these things as well? Are there more things that makes your life as a reader difficult? I might use your ideas for another edition (with credits of course)