Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of the post.

Hello Readers!

I’m going to be honest with you: going into this post I wasn’t sure of any unpopular bookish opinions. Yes, admittedly I had to Google this! I stumbled upon some YouTube videos, and after watching them, I get it. And I have my own opinions that I am going to share with you today!

In no particular order, my top (not ten) unpopular opinions are:

Classics:

I’ve read many classic novels (mostly while in high school) and nine times out of ten I absolutely hated them. I read them, and didn’t get much from them. I couldn’t related to most of them that I read. As a reader I have always thought that it would be better if I was assigned a mix of those classic novels and modern books that I generally feel readers can more easily relate to. I can’t imagine that I am the only one who feels this way.

Hardcover vs. Paperback:

Even though paperbacks are lighter to carry, I definitely prefer a hardcover. Yes, I actually prefer to lug a heavy hardcover book around rather than a paperback. Why? Because paperbacks are easier to damage. And I hate a damaged cover!

I will NEVER read the Throne of Glass Series:

I am not a fantasy reader at all. And even though I know there are many other fantasy books out there that I probably will never read, I feel that this series, as great as it may be, is so over-hyped that that fact has taken any excitement out of the books for me.

John Ambrose McLaren vs. Peter Kovinsky:

I know many people who’ve read and loved Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. I am one of those people. But when I talk to readers who love these books I’ve realized you’re either Team JAM or Team Peter K. Well, I am 100% on Team Peter K. I feel that that is an unpopular opinion.

Harry Potter is Not For Me:

This is an unpopular opinion I had for quite a long time. Many moons ago, before I had actually read the series, I swore up and down that I would never read the Harry Potter series because it was too long of an investment, it wasn’t a “me” kind of book, but mostly because I felt that because I didn’t necessarily grow up with Harry I wouldn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. I read the entire series last year, and absolutely LOVED it. I’m glad I proved myself wrong!

Audiobooks count as reading:

I will argue this until the day I die. If you listen to an audiobook it 100% counts as reading a book. Just because the person listening isn’t holding a physical book (or e-reader) in his/her hands doesn’t mean that his/her brain isn’t working and processing what they are hearing as his/her brain would physically reading a book. When listening to an audiobook your brain still has to compute and process the words it’s taken in.

Besides this, as a reader, you still have to visualize and imagine the story as it unfolds, they will still experience the book on their own terms even though someone is reading a story aloud to them.

And finally, because I feel this is an opinion that I can go on and on about, I feel that a person who listens to a story being read aloud to them will still learn. If you don’t agree with this, let me ask this question: do you feel children who are read to (by their parents, or even their favorite local librarian) aren’t learning because they physically aren’t reading the books themselves?

Audiobooks count as reading!

Books should look like they’ve been read, especially if you love those books:

While I agree with this to an extent, personally I draw a line at dog-earring, marking, and cracking the spines of those love books. You don’t have to damage a book to show you love it.

So there you have it dear readers! Those are my unpopular opinions. So, what are your unpopular bookish opinions? Please share in the comments!

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