I thought about calling this Unpopular Bookish Opinions but I decided not to, because who gets to decide whats popular! So instead, here’s just some opinions I have on bookish things.
- I like e-readers.
I wrote a whole piece in defense of e-readers (which you can find here) but I just really do like them. I love how many books they can hold and how light they are. It’s been especially useful when flying or traveling in general. I find myself bringing less physical books on vacations/trips now.
- I don’t like series lasting longer than a trilogy.
I have the shortest attention span. Like super short. A lot of times, after the third book, I’m just tired of being in that world. I don’t know what it is or how to change it. It’s interesting and as I look back, I can usually handle a longer series if I read them as they come out. I remember reading A Series of Unfortunate Events as it happened and I loved it. But after the last one came out, I tried to do a complete reread of them all before reading the last one, and I couldn’t make it past the fourth. I think a part of it may be that there’s so many interesting worlds and characters out there, and I want to read them all so after three books I feel like I’ve spent my time with them. Who knows if this will ever change but, we’ll see.
- I love romance books.
I am in love with romance. I know some people knock romance books, but I can’t get enough of them. While the happily ever after may be cliché, it’s exactly what I need. I spend my days running a rape crisis program, and while I do spend some time reading about social justice and hard issues, sometimes I just need to come home and read something where nothing goes wrong. I need to know sometimes that when I pick up a book I don’t have to worry about triggers or trauma. Sometimes I just wanna know that main character finds the one and lands the job and gets it all. I need to know that there is still light in the darkness.
- I don’t organize my bookshelf.
This is because of two reasons. One is that most of my books are unread. So, I just throw them haphazardly on the bookshelves until I want to read them. However, I do have a bookcase for my nonfiction, a bookcase for my fiction, and a bookcase for the queer books. The other reason is that I keep so few books that they don’t really need to be organized. It’s easy to find them because they hardly take up two shelves.
- I’m bored with heterosexual stories.
I’m just tired of them. I want something different. Give me two men in love. Give me two women finding out they’re meant to be. Give me a character who identifies as bisexual or pansexual. Give me a character who identifies as transgender or gender non-conforming. I just need diversity. Something new. Something different. Something fresh.
So those are just some of my opinions about bookish things. What are some of yours?