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.
- 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.
- If you don’t read or like a popular genre. *cough-Young-Adult-cough*
- If you prefer your E-reader to a physical book.
- If you don’t have “perfectly” arranged or organized bookshelves.
- If you don’t buy a new book(s) every day or week. *bank account weeps*
- To only read occasionally.
- To only read books from one genre.
- 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.
- To only buy used books.
- To dislike a highly talked about and popular book.
- If you only like to read the classics.
- If you don’t like to read the classics.
- If you liked the book more than the movie/television show.
- If you liked the movie/television show more than the book.
- To organize your bookshelves by colour.
Note: I don’t know how you find anything, but bless you rainbow-loving-reader!
- If you are a book blogger.
- If you’re not a book blogger.
- 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!
- If you don’t reread books.
- 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”.