Let’s Talk Bookish – Bookish and Blogging Myths

Hi guys and welcome to my first Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by J.R. @ Eternity Books, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Bookish/Blogging Myths.

You can choose to write about bookish myths, or blogging myths, or about both! I’ve chosen to do a little bit of both, and talk about some myths, untrue sayings, and untrue expectations that people have about books/reading and blogging.

*You can learn more about LTB and see August’s topics here

#1: Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover – A saying that most don’t follow

I am going to go ahead and say it. I think, and based on what I’ve seen on Goodreads, people do judge books by their covers. Especially books with gorgeous covers. This is one of the things that nobody cares much about and does, because who can resist a beautiful cover???

To be perfectly honest with you, I have personally chosen not to read books because the cover was ugly. I use covers to decide if I should check out the books further, and mostly avoid books with covers that are not pleasing.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! We don’t have all the time in the world (we’ve got books to read!), and if something doesn’t catch our attention at first glance, then you shouldn’t feel bad about not checking it out. Imagine going through Goodreads and looking through every. single. book. just so you don’t judge it unfairly. I think that would be completely impossible.

#2: Classics Are The Gods of Literature – The Greatest Lie Ever

Most of the times, for school, you have to read a bunch of stories that are considered literary classics, many of which were written long ago, and some many centuries ago (Shakespeare anyone?).

The problem is, these books are so highly praised, and are called classics which are supposedly timeless, it’s pretty much ingrained in our minds that if we don’t like them, then there is something definitely wrong with us.

Here’s the truth: most of the classics that I’ve read have been horrible. I’m actually trying to recollect any that I have liked, and the only thing I can come up with is Anne of the Green Gables (I loved this series!!! This is probably part of the reason why I love English history and the Victorian Era) and maybe A Christmas Carol (I liked the moral/theme).

Everything else, such as books by Mark Twain, Charles Dickens (minus Christmas Carol), Lord of the Flies by William Golding (I passionately hated this book), A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (I didn’t even manage past the first few pages), were not good. And that’s a problem because this makes kids hate books and it also bores them because it isn’t relevant to their lives.

#3: It’s So Easy To Be A Blogger – Ok, maybe this is The Greatest Lie Ever

Sorry to burst your bubble, but nope, blogging is not easy. Sure it’s fun, it’s amazing when you meet so many supportive amazing lovely fellow bloggers, it’s a chance to be creative and let yourself shine, but it is far from easy.

Being a blogger means countless hours spent writing and perfecting posts, blog hopping, responding to comments, and constantly worrying about your stats. Okay, some of you may not worry about your stats, but I 100% do. It is energy draining, it is time consuming, and it can also be sometimes depressing.

However, I personally think the pros outweigh the cons, because it is so uplifting to see other people read and love your work, admire your site design, tag you, and nominate you for awards (this always make me so giddy and happy!! Thank you so much guys!!!!). It’s also amazing how bloggers support you during hard times, are super welcoming to those who are new to this, and in general are the most amazing, kind, and lovely human beings! It may not be easy, but bloggers have your back every step of the way.

#4: You Will Have Instant Followers and Become the Next Big Thing – *Sigh* Yet Another Great Myth

TBH, I thought it would be super easy to gain followers. Just write a post, sit back, maybe type a few comments here and there, and wait for the numbers to rise.

Of course, that didn’t happen.

Why did I think that being a lazy potato would help me gain followers? Because it seemed like all the big and popular blogs just wrote one post every few weeks, and they had over 1,000 followers.

But that’s not how it works. You can write awesome content, you could be the most original and unique blogger, but you won’t gain followers if you don’t go find them. No one will visit your corner of the web if you just sit and wait for them to magically appear.

It also won’t happen in one day. But don’t give up because once you start to gain exposure, you’ll realize how amazing and rewarding all your effort is.

#5: Reading is a Waste of Time – The Most Ridiculous Statement Ever

You know that look you get when someone asks what you’re doing, and you say “reading”? To me, that look translates to: “This girl is wasting time. Why is she reading all the time? She could be using this time to do something more productive.”

It’s annoying, because then I get self-conscious and I can’t really enjoy my book anymore because that look is still lingering in my mind and nagging me to get up and go be productive.

But reading isn’t a waste of time.

It can be used to de-stress, to escape, and to learn. You can brush up on history, learn about ancient times through amazing adventures, learn about legal and police procedures through mysteries and thrillers, and even to increase your vocabulary. Most of the ‘big’ words I know, I probably picked up from reading books.

Reading is also a hobby. If I was making something, or cooking/baking, or painting, I don’t think I’d get that look, because those activities seem more productive. But reading is a hobby as well, and should not be considered a waste of time.

So this statement, or thought, is 100% completely ridiculous.

Those are just a few blogging and reading myths that I think are completely not true. There are a few more that I could think of, but I think this post is long enough as it is lol

This Week’s Participants:

Jane @ Blogger Books | Ruqs @ Many Things Bookish

What are some untrue blogging or reading myths/expectations that you’ve encountered? Do you get that look when you say you’re reading? Am I the only one who doesn’t like assigned reading in Literature? Be honest, have you judged books by their covers?

Chat with me in the comments below!


75 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Bookish and Blogging Myths

  1. People thinking that reading is a waste of time is so ridiculous! Also, one thing that I can’t stand is that some people think that if you’re reading you aren’t doing anything, and that they can come over and start talking to you, or interrupt you and stuff. Plenty of people read for fun, not only if they’re bored! This is a great topic to discuss, because there are so many untrue things about books and blogging floating around!

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    1. I know!! I always feel like people are judging me for “wasting” time, and my parents are constantly like, you’re reading again 🀨?? Lol, it’s super annoying. Reading is an amazing hobby that is doing something, and people should respect it like they would any other hobby.

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      1. My parents are very supportive of my reading and blogging which is great, but my sister’s always like why are you reading? Come play with me!!! Why are you on your computer???? 😬

        Does your family read your blog? Do you know other people in person who blog? I don’t.

        Reading is one of my favorite things to do, and I also wish that everyone would respect that!

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        1. Haha, my parents are supportive too. But you know, sometimes it seems like all I do is read all day every day.
          Yeah, I have family who do, but I don’t know anyone else IRL who does.
          Reading is a wonderful thing, and I’m so glad we both love it πŸ™‚

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  2. I definitely judge books by their covers because I have no time to sieve through piles of books, ebooks or physical πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

    You know me and my classics πŸ˜‚
    I know we discussed this before but yeah, some classics are absolute bores and others…are good πŸ˜„πŸ’«

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  3. I love this post! I agree with you that people judge books by their covers – I know I do! I really try not to, but I’m much more likely to pick up a book with an attractive, illustrated cover over one that has an image of real people on the cover.

    Also, I feel bad for people that start a book blog or booktube channel thinking it’s going to be easy. It takes so much work to build a following, create amazing content, and promote it.

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    1. I’m glad you do!! Haha, it’s much easier (albeit unfair) to just use the cover to decide if you’re going to check the book out further, or just move on. It’d take forever to check every single book, and the cover is always an easy way to cross something out.

      It’s a sad and naive thought, because as you said, it takes so much time and effort to make a blog or channel what you want it to be. Hopefully more people will come to realize this before they start blogging and then can have a more realistic view about it entails.

      Thank you so much for reading and following my blog πŸ’š

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  4. Great post. I love the honestly with which you talk about classics. I don’t think I agree 100 percent, but I understand your argument, which many people on wordpress seem to agree with, too. The thing with classics is that if you look at contemporary fiction most people now love – the most popular authors largely relied on classics to come up with their characters and stories (there are certain archetypes). I think it is essential that everyone, including kids, know where their current beloved literature originates from. It is the history which we should not ignore and dismiss – we can learn a lot from these books if we are open-minded and have patience.

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    1. Thank you so much Diana! I’m glad you see my point, and I definitely see yours too. Yeah, I’ve noticed that books these days are sometimes retellings or loosely based on classics, which is great. It “revamps” an old story and makes it more modern/relate-able to us today.
      I do think that classics are important and can help teach valuable lessons from and about the past, but it can be overwhelming and boring to be reading just classics from some people, especially for kids. And not all of the books are great to be honest. But I do see your point.
      Thank you so much for sharing your opinion πŸ’š

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  5. I absolute love your idea with the discussions – I’ll join later! And your answers are also on point! I absolutely agree with everything you said – might use some of your inspirations for my post later haha! You are so right, classics are always super hyped and I sometimes feel pressured to read them because some people believe you’re not really a bookworm7lover when you haven’t read and liked all the classics out there – and that’s so annoying!

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    1. Aww, I’m happy that you love it!! I’m so glad you agree! I was nervous about the classics one, because it seems like some people actually do like them and I really don’t understand all the hype. I know, I also feel pressured to give it a good rating because, you know, it’s a classic. Yeah, it’s definitely annoying.

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      1. YES!!!! Same!!! I don’t want to write rubbish about the book because I feel like other people would just say mean things because you know, it’s a classic and that’s why everyone should have read and liked it!

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        1. I’ve seen someone on Goodreads say that you should give classics a high rating and a great review because they are classics, and that it’s not about you liking them, but about them being classics. And I think that that is absolutely absurd. You shouldn’t have to give a book a biased review just because it is more ‘special’ than another.

          I’m probably going to go off on a rant if I continue, so I’ll stop here πŸ˜‚

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          1. Hahahahaha! But that’s such bullshit! (Excuse my language!😁) That destroys everything this book blogger community is about: expressing your own opinions and then nicely chatting with others… that is just – aggg! That makes me mad now πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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            1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ IKR. (No problem lol) It is definitely not what this community is about. Haha, don’t get too mad! Many folks pointed out that that doesn’t make any sense and that it’s about reading for yourself, not for the books, so I guess it has been addressed. I added my opinion as well, lol.

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  6. Great post…but I still love my classics more than anything *runs and hides* πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I was one of those strange little kids that read my elder siblings’ recommended school reads for fun… I know… I’m very peculiar lol!!!
    This is such a cool post though. :))))

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    1. Thank you! There’s nothing wrong with you loving classics!!! Don’t hide πŸ˜‚ I just personally did not like them, and it also could be because I didn’t have much of a choice in reading them. Haha, at least you enjoyed them!
      Thank you πŸ’š You could take part too next week if you’d like πŸ™‚

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  7. Ooof, I have definitely bought books that had adorable covers, that didn’t live up to expectations… but if people tell me a book is good and the cover is rubbish, I usually give it a chance anyway!!
    And I agree, book blogging can be so hard!! Blog hopping is just as hard!! I am behind (again) but hoping to catch up this weekend, and also maybe draft some posts myself (because I am definitely out of my backlist of scheduled posts now!!)…

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    1. Haha, yes, that’s always super disappointing. That makes sense. If a book has great reviews and has been recommended to me, I’ll probably check it out, ugly cover or not.

      You are not alone. I am also so behind! I didn’t post anything on Wednesday, and Thursday, and barely got this post out today!! I haven’t blog hopped in a while either. I’ve got reviews to write, books to read, and a tag as well!!! So much to do, so little time lol! I hope you are able to catch up and good luck πŸ’š

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  8. I loved this! I was definitely in the same boat as you when I first started blogging though. Everything seemed easy and I thought it wouldn’t be time-consuming and that I’d just get followers with minimal effort πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ so naive

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