Click to see the previous post in the series on having to do everything.
I’m really not sure how this came to being one of the most unspoken rules that I’ve seen. Even if it were spoken, I highly doubt that it would be called limiting your bookshelf.
But that’s what it is.
I follow a lot of book bloggers on Bloglovin’. Way more than I could ever keep up with on my own. When I scroll through the posts, I see something really odd: Everyone is reviewing the same books.
There are plenty of reasons for this, but it’s half disappointing. I like to be surprised with some book that I’ve never heard of before. I love watching someone get so excited over a story that I don’t know from start to finish. I like to see someone’s joy in sharing something with their readers that hasn’t really been shared before.
Reading popular books isn’t a bad thing–not in itself. Some people honestly love popular books (a lot of people, really. There is a reason they’re popular). Some people are gifted them. Some people are forced to read them by their friends.
Where is starts getting weird is when the only reason that you’re reading and reviewing them is to keep up with the Jones’s.
I know I fell into this trap of thinking. I still do sometimes. If only I could review what people actually wanted to read. Then I could get people to read them!
This is going to get depressing really fast if you hate the popular books you’re reading. The answer to this?
Read what you want to read.
I know that I’ve half covered this in the first part of this series, Similar Posts, and a little bit in the last one, but this has bothered me for awhile. I don’t know if people only read popular books because that’s what’s in or not, but never feel as though you’re restricted just to what’s new, in, and loved by 152 other book bloggers (unless you really do just want to read it).
Don’t limit your bookshelf to please someone else. If you’re going to limit it, limit it for you.