The “You’re Not a Real Reader” Debate

Hey Book Nerds!

Instead of doing a wrap-up or TBR, I decided to go on a bit of a rant. I was on Twitter about an hour ago, when I saw on a booktubers page that someone sent them an anonymous message on Tumblr saying that because she reads mostly YA, she doesn’t really understand literature. This got me fired up, so here are my thoughts on this matter.

Booktubers, book bloggers, and readers in general have been getting a lot of hate for years on their reading tastes. If you only read YA you are not well rounded enough. If you read only academic based books, you don’t understand “reading for fun”. If you read erotica or romance novels, then you definitely are not a real reader because are those even books? These are just some of the common perceptions “real readers” have of us “fake readers”. So what classifies someone as a “real reader”?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Do you love to read? Then you are a real reader. Do you find joy and pleasure in reading? Then you are a real reader. Do you read for the fun of it? Then you are a real reader? Do you read at all? Then you are a real reader.

That is what makes you a real reader- if you read. There are no guidelines or rules that have to be followed in order to be apart of this ever so important “real readers” club that apparently the majority of us are not invited to.

Whether you only read one genre or you read every genre imaginable, one does not classify you as a “real reader” more than the other. As I said before, I don’t care if you only read erotica or nonfiction or YA or Fantasy or Middle Grade or Romance or what have you. All that matters is that you are reading. Read whatever genre or genres you want or don’t want to. Read what you will enjoy and what you love to read, because guess what? You are reading, and that is all that matters. If you never read a classic in your life, that doesn’t make you any less of a reader than someone who can recite Jane Austen and Charles Dickens from memory.

So, no matter what you read, or how much or how little you read, as long as you are reading, you are a “real reader”. Don’t let anyone else try and tell you you’re not because of your reading tastes.

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” -Anna Quindlen



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