'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
For this I can link back to some of the posts I’ve made for my ‘Hard life of a reader’ series. People can be so judgmental when it comes to readers, but do you hear us ever say: “why do you watch television? Why do you listen to music? Why do you play games?” It’s almost the same as asking someone why he breaths or blinks with his eyes: it’s just something we do. Something we need to do, because reading is a way of life.
I never thought reading was something I’d have to defend to other people, like it’s some weird mental disease. I READ BECAUSE I LOVE IT. I’m not some kind of freak, I’m not lonely or in desperate need of company. And yes, I do other things too, but at the end of my day I love to return to my books. In fact, reading has opened this amazing world where I’ve learned people that are now an important part of my life. I’m able to connect with all these bookworms all over the world, how does that makes us any different or strange? What is embarrassing about that? (Although I must admit that I've been self conscious about being a reader when I was younger. I was already getting bullied, so this was not something I screamed from the roof tops. Now, I couldn't care less.)
So, back to the real topic: You should NEVER feel embarrassed for the books you read and love. Whether you are a fan of comics, YA, NA, adult books or even books for children of 1 year-old. There shouldn't be a label what you can and can't read. If you do something you love, you should feel happy. You should be able to talk about it and be proud of the things you like. Don’t change yourself just because people love to judge you: they will do it anyway. Keep your head up and let them talk. Don’t let anyone EVER make you feel ashamed for reading those books.
How about you? Are you ever embarrassed for the books you read or the fact that you are a reader?