Things I Won’t Be Discussing on this Blog

I love discussion posts on here. I enjoy reading interesting takes on subjects, I love sharing my opinions (who doesn’t?) and sometimes it’s just a form of catharsis or a means to figuring out how I feel about something.

But there are just some things that I think have been said a thousand times, argued to death (or argued better by others) and some things that aren’t worth giving the word count to. So, without further ado here are some quickfire opinions on topics I won’t dedicate a post to.

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Do ebooks count?

Is anyone still arguing about this? Yes, of course.
The text is LITERALLY the same.

Do audiobooks count?

Double yes, take a book in any medium you like.
(‘Reading’ an audiobook sounds funny to me, but honestly, you do you)

Ebooks

You can’t judge a book by its cover!

Metaphorically? No. Literally? Yes!
Publishers, designers, editors and authors spend time and money deciding on a cover to reach a target market and tell you what kind of book it is.

Are negative reviews valuable?

Reviews are supposed to help you decide whether you want to read a book.
If it’s a bad, problematic or poorly written book, I want to know!

Should you tag authors in reviews?

Only if they’re positive – anything else is just rude.
Also, authors: read negative reviews at your own peril.

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Sara Rubin via Buzzfeed

When do I become a real fan of something?

You are a fan of something as soon as you like it.
No minimum stamps on a loyalty card required.
Whether you would get it tattooed on your forehead or not is another matter.

(Actually I *might* discuss gatekeeping in the future, but the above discussion question stands.)

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Art by Carmen Nogales

Can you read children’s/middle grade/YA as an adult?

A thousand times yes, read whatever you like!

Can you read adult books at a young age?

Yes but your mileage may vary on enjoyment/understanding/appreciation.

Do I *have* to read genres I don’t like?

Don’t rule them out, but once you find something you like there are thousands of books at your disposal and life is too short to read bad books.

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What are the bookish arguments that you’re tired of having? Is there anything from my list that you could discuss for hours? Let me know!

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11 thoughts on “Things I Won’t Be Discussing on this Blog

  1. I would love to read a post about gatekeeping – I actually have run across many like that!

    I take so many of my discussion prompts from the Book Blogger Hop prompts and it occurred to my just yesterday that there’s a LOT of prompts about writing reviews and negative reviews and honestly, yeah the subject is getting tired. I cancelled a post I was going to write because I agree with you – it’s time to talk about something else.

    I am a bit tired of the audiobook/ebook conversation though. I did a post a few months ago and in researching, I learned that there are a LOT of audiobook readers in the community… so… people should stop judging and devouring books is devouring books.

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    1. I’m building up to it haha, I’ve definitely seen gatekeeping less in the bookish world and more in the geeky fandoms that have traditionally been male spaces…which is telling!

      For negative reviews, I think once you’ve been part of the book blogging community for a while you will have come across this subject and there’s not much more to be said about it. (Also it never was that much of a debate for me.)

      Yep! There was a tweet going round last year about what hill people would die on and someone had said that ‘you don’t get points’ for audiobooks and book twitter went mad. Audiobooks have been on the rise for the past 3/4 years so I don’t think it’s worth wasting time and effort arguing about – people like listening to books, we should let them!

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  2. I agree. You should totally discuss gatekeeping in a future post. I’d sure like to read your thoughts on it.

    Also, that e-reader vs. paper book comic strip was quite funny.

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    1. That’s my one rule for writing a negative review: I won’t tag the author. I’m not here to critique their writing, I’m here to let people know why I didn’t like something and why they might not either!

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  3. There…there are actually people who argue that ebooks don’t count as reading? I see the audiobook argument pop up a couple of times per year on twitter, but EBOOKS??? People confuse me sometimes.

    And I need a “life is too short to read bad books” poster up on my wall. 😀

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    1. I’ve seen that less often these days but I do see people praising print books to the point of snobbery where the implication is that ebooks are inferior because THEY don’t enjoy them.

      Haha! Life mantra = life is too short to read bad books.

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