Top Ten Unpopular Bookish Opinions
I thought this would be a really hard topic because, honestly, I didn’t feel like most of my views are all that controversial. But then when I started exploring my past discussion posts, I found that I went through a period where I was talking about some very tough topics that could definitely stir up strong feelings.
Still, even when I’ve expressed an opinion that I thought might upset a lot of my readers, I usually found that there were quite a few people who either shared my opinion or could totally understand where I was coming from. Pick a subject, any subject, and you’ll probably find a hundred differing opinions.
I thought this topic was really interesting, and it made me want to go back and think about some of the views that I’ve shared that I was nervous about (or just thought might go against the “popular” grain)…
1. I don’t absolutely love book swag or book box subscriptions.
Let’s start with a non-controversial (though perhaps still somewhat unpopular?) opinion, shall we? I don’t love most swag. I mean, I love some of it, but I’m extremely picky. And since book boxes have lots of swag, I’m generally not a fan of them either. Check out my post about swag and here’s the one about book box subscriptions.
2. I no longer post negative reviews.
This isn’t exactly an opinion, but I wrote a whole post explaining why I now only include positive reviews on my blog (hint: it has to do with the fact that I’m on submission). I know lots of people don’t like this policy, but it makes sense for me and my career.
3. I think we sometimes have unrealistic expectations of POC authors and books with POC characters.
This one’s hard to explain without referencing the post I wrote about my reaction to seeing a GR reviewer complain about the English-sounding names in a book with Asian characters. And I don’t know that I’d say my opinions were specifically controversial, but I was hesitant to write about it because there’s part of me that thinks I have no business even engaging in the conversation.
4. I don’t think we should push people to read banned books just because they’re banned.
I wrote a whole post about banned books and how I felt like the message being given was trending toward, “People don’t want you to read these so they must be especially good. Read as many banned books as you can or you’re missing out!” I talk about it much more eloquently in that post, so I suggest you read that if you’re interested in seeing what I had to say.
5. I (sometimes) like to write in books!
I had fun writing this post: I Wrote in a Book and I Liked It. Gasp!
6. I think it’s okay for parents to monitor what their kids read.
Yikes! This one is probably my most unpopular opinion. I know lots of you are yelling, “Censorship!” in your heads, and I honestly get it. Still, I don’t think I’d do anything differently. You can read more about my opinions on this in Sex and Violence in YA Books: Is There a Difference?
7. I love giveaways!
I think I’m supposed to look down on them or something, but I don’t. I love giveaways! But I did write a post about how I Have Giveaway Guilt.
8. I think it’s okay to talk about faith on your blog.
In my early years of blogging, I wrote a post called Faith in Blogging: How to Stay True to Who You Are Without Rocking the Boat. I know many people think you should really just keep your faith to yourself, but that’s hard to do when it affects so much of who you are (including book reviews—for instance, I get frustrated when Christians are only depicted as stereotypical hate-filled people in books).
9. I think sometimes books portray characters as “judgmental” when they’re really just concerned (or being human).
Oh, this is a tough one! I went back and reread my post on Is It Ever Okay to Judge? and I think I’m still just as conflicted now as I was back then. I still think it all comes down to how the issues are handled—I don’t think it’s realistic to expect a person (or a character) to never think negatively about someone else’s choices. How we treat those we disagree with is key, and there really is a difference between judging someone and disagreeing with them (I wrote a post about the other side of the coin in a post about celibacy shaming). Also being open to hearing other people’s views and doing your best to see the world from their point of view is HUGE—I think a lot of judgment would disappear if we just tried to understand others’ perspectives more.
10. I generally don’t have a desire to reread books.
Okay, I wanted to end on a less serious note. This one doesn’t have a specific post to go with it (though, actually, I did write a post about how my kids love to reread and it baffles me). So many bookish folks find comfort in rereading old favorites again and again. Not me. Pretty much the only time I do this is when I have a series I want to finish and it’s been way too long since I read the other books (and even then, I usually try to avoid an actual reread with something like Recaptains).
Whew! Putting all of these tough topics in one post suddenly makes me feel very controversial indeed! (I’m already sort of regretting not just writing a simple post filled with points about how I don’t reread.)
Still, it’s good to think critically and have opinions about things—and all of these posts stirred up some great discussions (I spent a long time rereading comments, and it’s made me that much more thankful to be part of this wonderful community!).
What are your unpopular opinions? I want to know!