It’s Okay: Bookworm Edition

bookworm edition

Here is the thing — there are people out there in the world who will tell you that in order to call yourself a Bookworm or to participate in the book community, you need to meet a certain criteria. Some people call this Gatekeeping. Personally, I don’t care what fancy word you choose to use. At the end of the day, it’s a type of bullying.

So, I am here today, dear reader, to tell you none of those “things” people say matter. So much so, I am going to take the time right now to list tell you it’s okay to do [insert “thing” here]. Alright? Cool. Let’s get at it.

It’s okay…

  1. To listen to audiobooks.
    Note: Some of us readers don’t get it and that’s our problem. I am one of those people. In fact, I am making a point of listening to one audio book this year to see what it’s all about.
  2. If you don’t read or like a popular genre. *cough-Young-Adult-cough*
  3. If you prefer your E-reader to a physical book.
  4. If you don’t have “perfectly” arranged or organized bookshelves.
  5. If you don’t buy a new book(s) every day or week. *bank account weeps*
  6. To only read occasionally.
  7. To only read books from one genre.
  8. To dog-ear your pages
    Note: I will still shake my fist at you in theory, but, at the end of the day, it’s your book to do with what you will.
  9. To only buy used books.
  10. To dislike a highly talked about and popular book.
  11. If you only like to read the classics.
  12. If you don’t like to read the classics.
  13. If you liked the book more than the movie/television show.
  14. If you liked the movie/television show more than the book.
  15. To organize your bookshelves by colour.
    Note: I don’t know how you find anything, but bless you rainbow-loving-reader!
  16. If you are a book blogger.
  17. If you’re not a book blogger.
  18. If you’re not an English Major.
    Note: Shocking, but people you go to school for other things, can also love to read. I know, I am just as surprised. HA!
  19. If you don’t reread books.
  20. If you do reread books.

You know what’s not okay? Being a book bully and snob. We can joke about this or that, but please refrain from telling me what “counts”.


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14 thoughts on “It’s Okay: Bookworm Edition

  1. I really don’t understand book snobbery, we’re all bookworms at the end of the day. We can like different books/different mediums but we’re all still essentially people who like books. Why can’t people just let others enjoy themselves without wanting to tell them it’s wrong or, like you said, doesn’t count 😩

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    1. I get excited when people like to read. Period. Not liking the same things as me just means I get book recommendations that I wouldn’t get otherwise. Certain online platforms love to talk down to readers who don’t fit their “ideal”. To them, I bite my thumb à la Shakespeare!

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  2. This post is amazing! ❤️ My sister and I constantly talk about the toxicity that is present in the book community. At the end of the day, reading should be an enjoyable experience – that’s why we book lovers fell in love with reading in the first place.
    – Danielle

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