The other day, as I was carefully ruling the world, I stumbled upon this quote that made me squint. Seriously. I pulled right up and said, “WAIT. HOW CAN THAT BE?” and then proceeded to write this post and throw difficult life questions at you. Because that’s who I am and you love it.
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Haruki Murakami
I immensely disagree.
Most people interpret books differently right?!? Like those who say The Fault in Our Stars is about finding happiness where you can, even when your life sucks, have clearly never met me. Because I’m 94% sure the ENTIRE point of the book is to fight the misconception that eggs are only for breakfast. THEY’RE NOT. They’re delicious all day long, all year round. I vote* for scrambled eggs as queen! Huzzah!
* Not that we vote for the queen??? And even then, I should be queen so what am I even saying??? Someone shut me up. I’m sprouting nonsense.
And not only do we have different interpretations of the one book, we have the ability to discuss! Conversation — yay!
When I started book blogging I decided three things very rapidly:
- I need to rule this internet. It’s a mess without me.
- In order to rule humans, I need to read all the books that they’ve read.
- I need to read all the books of ever.
One of the BIGGEST reasons I wanted to read (and have read) so many books (particularly popular ones) is so that I could chat to anyone about them! I’ve got to the point where I’ve basically read all the famous YA books. The Hunger Games? Divergent? Perks of Being a Wallflower? Hush, Hush? Eleanor and Park? City of Bones? Percy Jackson? You name it. I HAVE PROBABLY READ IT. Or at least heard of it. And anytime I pop onto someone’s blog
to see if they’re recruitable to my domination cause I almost always recognise the YA books they’ve read. I can talk to them! I can say, “OMG I HAVE READ THAT TOO, ISN’T IT SO GOOD? DID YOU ABSOLUTELY FREAK WHEN THIS AND THIS HAPPENED?” And boom. Insta-awesome.
It is always easy to connect to a bookworm. Just read their favourite books.
And do you know why books get famous? I don’t believe it’s because of luck…I believe it’s because a lot of people read it and said to their friends, “Hey you should read this book.” And then more and more people buy it and read it and — HELLO THE BOOK IS FAMOUS AND EVERYWHERE. Books usually get famous for a reason! I’m not saying everyone has to love them. NO NO. I wouldn’t say that! Although I do get confused when people don’t read popular books purely because they’re popular. I mean, each to their own, of course! I just don’t understand the reasoning behind that one. (Although if a book totally doesn’t appeal to you and is popular, I’m totally not saying YOU MUST READ IT. Of course not. Read what you want is the most important thing!)
I’m also an advocate of obscure books. Some of my most favourite books of ever you’ve probably never heard of. How to Lead a Life of Crime? Life in Outer Space? Takedown? The End Games?! And if I hadn’t read them, my life and my writing and my brain wouldn’t be the same. I’d probable be less traumatised too, because oh my gosh, those books are heartbreaking and yet glorious.
I think we SHOULD read what everyone else is reading. (Provided we WANT to read the book!) Because it makes conversation. It gives us ground to relate! It can help us understand what other humans are thinking about. And we can absolutely definitely all read the same books and think a MILLION different things about them.
ohhh, i DEFINITELY am keen on your thoughts, squidlings!! do YOU read popular books?? do you think if everyone reads the same books it’ll limit their ability to think as individuals? oh oh and have you read most of the famous YA books?!? which ones haven’t you read yet? LET US CHAT!
I totally need two disclaimers down here though:
- I’m talking about YA like I always do, so I kinda don’t think ANYTHING in this post applies to 50 Shades of Grey. Just no.
- I also don’t mean to attack the person who made the quote!! This post is NOT an attack, it’s a discussion! And I think that quote has been around forever, also. So.