Judging people by what they read

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“When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
― Earl Nightingale

Overall I think it’s safe to say that the books we read define us on some level. They say something about us. You build a relationship with the book, the story, the world, the characters.

So, therefore people judge you for it: You read what?!

A while back Slate released an article, it started like this:

“Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.”

I almost fell off my unicorn.

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Was my first reaction when I stumbled upon this. What? Excuse me but what? Ms Graham actually used words like „trashy stuff“ in her article. Basically she is saying that we, the adults, the wise and the ones who know better, should only be reading literary fiction.

So…no Harry Potter, no Roald Dahl, no Le petit prince, no Lewis (and so on) for you.

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” 
― William ShakespeareAs You Like It

But I’m not here to talk about the article. I just wanted to give you an example.

Isn’t this getting old?
Not just bashing Young Adult Literature but Science Fiction, Fantasy, Chick Lit and the list goes on.

Terry Pratchett once said “Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
And I wholeheartedly agree.

Do they need the boost of judging so they can pat themselves on the back and say how sophisticated they are?

Let’s look at this from a different angle. What makes an adult book an adult book? Marketing and Advertisement. Someone decided to aim the product, in this case the book towards an intended audience, a target audience. That doesn’t mean that the content is „trashy“ or simple or anything.

Yes a lot Young Adult books are…let’s say problematic but guess what? So are adult books. So are „insert any genre here“ books. There’s “good stuff” and “bad stuff”, and yes sometimes “trashy stuff”, everywhere. Everywhere. In every genre.

That’s were you as a reader come in. You get to decide which books you love, which characters you connect with, which stories touched your soul, which adventure enthralled you. You. And noone can take that away from you. And noone should be judging you for it.

The beauty of exchanging reading experiences is the diversity. The more books we read the better, the more different kind of books we read the better.

There is nothing bad about loving a certain kind of book. What matters is if you connected with the book. If you enjoyed the story. If you loved the characters, the writing style.

I’m not saying don’t express your opinion. Like I said, we all have our own preferences. And that’s good, that’s awesome. That means a book you hated another one might love. Discuss it, talk about it.

Communication, people! 

So instead of judging other people, open your reading horizon. Read a book you wouldn’t normally have. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your next favorite.

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Read. Rate. Read. Rate.

Book Dicussions

This blog post is a response to Susie’s video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5QInA0NPp4 and Ariel’s video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4rYwxLfM-w. Thanks guys for those two great discussion videos! 

When I started rating books it was really difficult for me.  For instance I didn’t really feel qualified enough. Sure I had read a lot of books, but what did I know? I decided to rate my books with the five star system. I really liked it and I thought it worked really well.
Another difficulty was the difference between liking a book and not liking a book, while seeing what other people liked in the book. I still have my difficulties when it comes to that. What should I rate a book that I appreciate but didn’t like? Every author puts a lot of work and thought and love in his or her book. But unfortunately we can’t love all the books we read.
In the end I always rate my books according to a certain feeling that I have.  So the best thing is to be honest with yourself. You might love a book everyone else hates or vice versa. And that’s okay because it’s okay to have an opinion.  Just be yourself and stand up for your opinion.

Here is a rough sketch of what the stars mean to me:

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1 Star- Didn’t like it. The book wasn’t for me. The characters didn’t develop at all. The world building and the plot had a lot of holes. Wasn’t a big fan of the writing style.
For Example: The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver

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2 Stars- Story wasn’t for me. Meh. Nothing special (for me).
For Example: XVI by Julia Karr

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3 Stars- It was okay. It didn’t really capture me. Something was missing, didn’t quite meet my expectations.
For Example: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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4 Stars- Very enjoyable. Really liked it. Met my expectations.
For example: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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5 Stars- Mindblowing. Amazing. Unique and special. Loved it.
For example: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Happy rating guys ^__^

Introduction and Top 5 books of 2012

Top of the Top

Yes. I have a blog. Finally.
I’m still trying to figure out the details, so bear with me :)

For my first blog entry I thought I would do my Top 5 books of 2012. I read 60 books in 2012, so it was very hard to narrow them down to my top 5.

Let’s do this!

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I got this as a gift. It is an adaption of Edgar Allan Poe’s story The Masque of the Red Death. After reading the first 5-10 pages I was really confused. It seemed to confusing, too dark, too depressing. I didn’t think that I would end up loving it. It was so special, I loved the atmosphere in this book. It was rich, elegant, mysterious, haunting. Very extravagant. The characters were very unique, they had so many layers and didn’t fit into any category.

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I adored this book. To be precise I loved the two protagonists. They were so intelligent, strong and kick-ass. I loved the fast paced writing style. Great storyline. Excellent. Outstanding.

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I adore John Green. I love his writing style and the witty, special characters he creates. The Fault in Our Stars blew my mind. Although the theme of the book was pretty heavy, John Green managed to include moments where the focus was on the characters and being who they are. You cried, you laughed…It was an emotional roller coaster.

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I was hooked from the very first page. It was a crazy crazy read. Definitely one of a kind. Amazing character development. There are so many characters, but Michael Grant has managed to give them so much personality, that every single characters is important. Michael Grant pushes you immediately into the story. It is strange and weird. So much action. So much drama. Insanity.  An epic read.

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After reading so many books, I find it hard to find books that feel special to me. But this series by Patrick Ness is mind blowing. The worldbuilding was fantastic. I loved the unique writing style, it made the story so much more alive. The characters where so loveable and the villains were really evil and you loved to hate them. Great character development. Amazing amazing story.

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