Reading

You Are A Reader

You are a reader.

Regardless of how many books you’ve read this year. Regardless of what genre and age category those books fall into. Regardless of how long those books are or even how long it took you to finish them.

I realize the Goodreads Choice Awards winners were announced yesterday. I can’t say I’m surprised at the books that won or even the ones that were nominated. And I don’t think it will surprise you when I say I haven’t read well, ninety-nine percent of them. That number probably isn’t accurate. I’m not a mathematician. I’m a reader, a writer, a lover of words, not numbers.

You aren’t any less of a reader because you didn’t read the nominees or winners. Also please know you aren’t strange or stupid for not liking a book that won.

You aren’t any less of a reader for any reason. But you aren’t a reader if you don’t read. In which case, our friendship doesn’t exist.

26 thoughts on “You Are A Reader

  1. I think the best advice I’ve found when I was struggling to write is: if you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write. All writers are readers first, right? =]

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  2. “I haven’t read well, ninety-nine percent of them. That number probably isn’t accurate. I’m not a mathematician. I’m a reader, a writer, a lover of words, not numbers.” It’s like reading off a blogger mirror. This post is so encouraging!(:

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  3. You’re doing better than I am with those books. I read 0% of them. There are several that I want to read, but I haven’t bought a new book in quite some time. I have too many as it is, and I’m moving halfway around the world in four months, so I don’t need to add to that collection at the moment.

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      1. I have to reduce my collection first. I can’t take everything, although I’d love to. I’ll buy the books again in Canada, though. Should be cheaper than in Japan!

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      2. Few bookstores have a significant English section. There are a couple with big foreign book areas, but they’re both in Tokyo. I often bought what I could find because they could be gone a month later. Books are usually twice as expensive as they are in Canada because they had to import them.

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  4. I completely agree! Thank you. Always good to know there’s others out there that have a similar perspective on reading and what is deemed worthy of being read. I decided last year that I can’t bring myself to vote for the Goodreads awards, as I never read 99% of the books nominated, and even if I’ve read one or two, is it really fair to vote and say that’s the best one when I haven’t read the other books nominated? That would be like a film winning an Academy Award because most of the Academy had only seen a few of the films nominated and thus selected those as winners.

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    1. Yeah you have a good point, but sadly that happens. I think it’s safe to say most voters haven’t read every book in each category. They’ll just vote for the book they read and liked even if it’s the only one in that category. I like your analogy. That wouldn’t be fair at all.

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  5. I love this post! Awesome words here!
    Did you vote at all? I voted on some categories, but not all because I don’t read those genres. I just voted for the books that I read, lol.

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