Somebody said this to me the other day. It was along the lines of “oh you’re so lucky, I am far too busy to do something as time consuming as reading”. I resisted the urge to roll my eyes, coz I don’t have copious amounts of time to read–I make time to read. I read on the train, in doctors’ waiting rooms, in the bath, I listen to audiobooks in my car. In the evening, I generally choose a few chapters of my current read over the latest Netflix phenomenon. Reading is my thing–it’s my favourite hobby.
That got me thinking about other things that annoy me (I promise you, I’m not a complain-y person, although of course, this blogpost might make you think otherwise). But there are certain things that wind me up a little. Here’s a small list:
- “You read middle grade/YA, why? Aren’t they really…simplistic?”
- “But why do you have bookshelves, why don’t you just get a kindle?”
- “Libraries are useless. I never ever use them.”
- “Oh, you like fantasy? You must have read [INSERT POPULAR FANTASY AUTHOR HERE].” *I shake my head* “Oh, so you’re not a proper fantasy reader then.”
Middle Grade is the age-category of my heart, which probably sounds like a really weird thing to say. MG is *generally* full of such hope and love, and it hits a special place in my heart. That’s why I read, and write it. Middle Grade, and Young Adult books can be just as complex and challenging and hard hitting as adult books–they just approach it from a different angle.
I have a kindle. I LOVE my kindle. But I also love my bookshelves. Plus, some covers are just too darn beautiful to be confined to e-book format.
*DEEP BREATH* Libraries are the best, and even if you don’t use them personally, their worth is incomparable. They often service the most vulnerable in the community, and not only provide those people with access to books and magazines, but many have computers, and as such are INVALUABLE. I have used libraries my entire life. They were my solace during school, and now I volunteer at my local occasionally. It’s so rewarding, and we need libraries, so badly.
Yeah, I’m probably not going to read any more Game of Thrones books. That doesn’t mean I’m faking my love of fantasy, it just suggests that my tastes are different to yours. Which is a good thing, coz different books impact people in a myriad of ways.
So yes, this was my sorta irritated blog post about things that annoy me. I promise I’ll be back to my usual sunshine-y self in the next post!