Warning: Some of these thoughts may not be popular. But there is this unfortunate thing going around, of people feeling that it’s not all right to be different from the mainstream. So, I am here to proclaim, without shame, that I do not agree with some of the most agreed-on views in the book blogging world.
There are several books on the bestsellers list that “everyone” loves, and I simply did not like. There’s also nothing wrong with this. It’s just a matter of opinion, and we’re all allowed to determine what our criteria is for a “good book.” And we shouldn’t feel embarrassed — or even worse, be taunted online — if our ideas don’t line up with someone else’s.
I can skip tags, challenges, and memes, and still have a successful blog. This really goes hand in hand with the fact I needed time to blog without blogging taking up so much time. For anyone who’s ever attempted any of the above, you know that it’s time consuming. When you have a family, and there are other things than the next post demanding your attention, we really need to start feeling less that we “have to” complete one of the above, or “nobody” will read our content. That’s just not true.
So I’m not reviewing that new YA release that 90% of the community is — big deal. Since you’ve all read about the latest in that series/genre/fandom already, won’t you be happy to read something different on my site?
I may decide not to do ARCs, after all. ARCs can equal stress. The more I look into it, the more I think it’s not for me. Again, there’s the significant and very real time issue. Also, there’s the quite true concern that I read for enjoyment, and to learn, and have the feels I want to. What if I can’t finish ARCs because they just aren’t turning out how I’d hoped, but I need to write the review, and I don’t want the author/publisher to hate me, and… This could very well lead to head explosion. Nah, no thanks.
Some social media sites are not for me. I tried being on Pinterest, and just didn’t care, or didn’t get it, or something. There are people on Instagram I’d like to follow, because their photos are lovely amazingness, but the site informs me I have not done this or that to complete setting up my account. I’ve tried to correct this about a dozen times. Still the same error message pops up. Huh?? Whatever, then. I’m going to stop sweating it.
Subscription boxes might be nice, but I just can’t afford them. So, as much as I’d like to have at least one, I think I’ll be giving up my plan to subscribe to a selected service this year. Also, storage space is at a distinct premium in my house, and there simply isn’t the room for anything new that we won’t be immediately using.
It’s okay to get rid of books. If you didn’t like it, or you just can’t see yourself reading it again, trust me, it’s really all right. Those secondhand sales at the public library or charity shops always welcome boxes of books that are guaranteed sellers. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, remember. And just because you didn’t like it doesn’t mean someone else won’t love the mangoes out of it, and then you have successfully made someone’s day by donating your unwanteds. Think of it like that.