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Madness in the Book Community

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Hello everyone!

Last night while I was reading, I was thinking about how we are always in a competition. Sometimes I feel ashamed because I am part of this community and all I see is people trying to feel superior than others just saying comments to make them feel like they’re doing something wrong. I decided to write about it so, let’s get started.

First, as I wrote a few weeks ago, if you read slow you’re doing something wrong. That’s something I’ve read on twitter, facebook and other social medias like a million times. What’s the point in reading fast? Why would you make someone feel bad just because he/she reads slowly. At least they’re reading, at least they’re sharing the love of reading, at least they’re enjoying it. No one has the right to treat someone like something less just because their reading speed isn’t as fast as yours.

Second, we have bookstagram. There’s a competition on instagram and it’s going insane. Personally, I love taking pictures of my books and posting them. I do it because I love it and I don’t even care who likes my pictures, who follows me and who doesn’t but there are a lot of people who only care about the likes and followers. There’s a competition between who posts the cutest picture, with the perfect filter, with the most likes, with the most comments. Use bookstagram to share your love for books and forget about unimportant things like a freaking comment, likes or followers. Yeah, some bookstagrammers have accounts that I admire because they represent the hard work of those readers and sometimes they get the opportunity to promote some bookish and non bookish merchandise, and I’m happy for them. That’s another thing people can’t stand and start talking shit because they think some bookstagrammers only post a lot of bookish pictures just because they want free stuff to promote.

Third, we have the famous Advance Readers Copies aka ARCS. People are so desperate to get ARCS. There are fights over ARCS on twitter, yeah, I’ve seen the tweets. If you get an ARC, you are lucky and I’m happy for you, but there’s no need to rub it in the face of others and start tweeting stuff to feel superior than those who didn’t got one. Another thing about ARCS is that some people think that you need to receive ARCS in order to own a blog and share your love for reading. I own a blog, I don’t receive ARCS all the time and I don’t even receive that many ARCS, but I still write on my blog and talk about books non stop because my love for reading is more important than receiving ARCS.

I need to stop rambling, I know. I just think that those are some of the negative things that happen in our book community daily. Sometimes I feel sad about this because we should support each other in every way. We love to read, we love books, we love this community so please, respect each other and be happy for each others achievements. Feel free to share these thoughts; I think it’s important people realize how bad we treat each other in this community without noticing. I hope to read your thoughts about this so let’s talk in the comments if you want. Again, respect each other. Thank you so much for reading. Until next time, xoxo.


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8 thoughts on “Madness in the Book Community

  1. I totally agree with you! Sometimes just looking at people’s bookshelves can make me jealous (where do they get the money I typically think) or I wish I had more followers on my blog. Then I just have to step back and remember I’m doing something I love and that should be enough. I like how you weren’t scared to put your thoughts on this matter out.

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  2. I am so with you on this. Sometimes being in this community is so stressful. You always have to have the greatest books, the greatest hauls, the greatest posts. It’s important to just ease into things. I remember feeling bad for a time because I couldn’t really afford to buy new books and I thought I was going to lose followers because of that. It’s ridiculous.

    My account has gotten better because now I just love posting about what I love, no pressure. ARCs are great but newsflash people: THEY ARE GOING TO BE PUBLISHED SOMEDAY. You’re gonna be able to read them too. People need to calm down.

    Great post Nino, you always get me going.

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      1. It definitely is, the good thing about books is that they’ll always be there. There’s no rush.

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  3. Lovely post 🙂
    I joined the WordPress and bookstagram communities after I had my baby girl. It’s my way of staying connected to the world, making new friends and keeping my spelling/grammar skills up to scratch.
    I don’t have a lot of money so I can’t really buy new books (my local library is awesome!). I don’t have a lot of time so I can’t read as much as others. I never really worried about that though, this is my creative outlet it is purely just for fun

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