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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-03-12 03:52 pm

[ SECRET POST #3721 ]


⌈ Secret Post #3721 ⌋

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
People exaggerate. To me it's like all the people who claim they were reading George Orwell in third grade - yes, you do have some people who can truthfully claim that, but you shouldn't feel bad if you were reading Goosebumps and The Baby-Sitter's Club. (Like most third graders.)

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, as much as I love reading, I actually don't own that many books. That's what libraries are for! I simply don't have the money or the space to fill my appartment with books. Thankfully I live in big city where the libraries are ah-mazing, and I tend to get the majority of the books I'm looking for.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
I think your secret just reminds me about how certain people like to brag about how much they read and it's kind of like.... so?

Just all your quotes remind me of people who are really OTT about their reading habits.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:19 pm (UTC)(link)
On the other hand, can you really say that reading is one of your hobbies when you read one book a year? That's like saying gardening is one of your hobbies because you planted a tulip bulb or that aquaculture is one of your hobbies because you have a goldfish. You like reading, but you don't necessarily want to spend that much time on it. There's nothing wrong with that. I like horses, but I don't actually want one and horses aren't a hobby of mine.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:20 pm (UTC)(link)
It's natural for people to exaggerate their love for their hobbies, but I guess reading is especially obnoxious because it's tied with the "I'm so quirky/intelligent" self-perception. I do read a lot, but it's not really about the "books", it's about the stories. I like stories. I don't care if I read it on a kindle, a physical novel, or even a visual novel game. Video game, series, whatever.

Of course books are nice as a way to unplug from technology, as opposed to other mediums of storytelling, and I own more books and impulsively buy more than I care to admit. But really, it's not about the book itself.

Also I never get people who like the "smell" of book. I honestly hate buying used books because the smell makes me gag. I'd rather have a crisp, fresh, new book without the smell, rips, scribbles, tatters, and such.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:25 pm (UTC)(link)
I mean, if you're going to let your hobby be defined by a bunch of random strangers on Facebook of all places ... alright then.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:25 pm (UTC)(link)
It's a fact that some people read fast, some read slow and some in between. It doesn't mean that people who read more books or more quickly love books better. I don't read books as much as I used to--I read more fanfic. Mostly because I know what I'm getting with fanfic (in terms of universe and characters, although not always quality)--with published fic? Not so much. Although I do have a few authors whose stuff I will always read because I can be pretty sure I'll enjoy it.

I don't have a lot of books in my house--just a few faves--I can't afford to buy a shit tonne of books nor do I have the space for them. I can get pretty much any book I might like to read from my public library.

And as long as you enjoy the books you're reading, it doesn't matter how many or how fast you're reading them.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Reading one book a year doesn't sound like you're a bibliophile, no.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:44 pm (UTC)(link)
That's all just puffery, anon.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:48 pm (UTC)(link)
But do you drink tea? Apparently you can't even walk by a book these days unless you drink tea. Tea tea tea. I'm sure most of these people don't even like tea but just want to fall in with that books and tea aesthetic on tumblr.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Hobby

>an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure.

Words don't mean what we want them to mean unless we're Humpty Dumpty. So if you read regularly then one of your hobbies is reading. If you do not read regularly then one of your hobbies is not reading.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 08:53 pm (UTC)(link)
I do some of those things but not others, and I never feel like I fit in with the 'bibliophile' aesthetic either. I love the fuck out of my kindle, for one thing, and I'm actively trying to get rid of paper books bc I live in a tiny apartment. I don't really have anything against people who want to label themselves that way, but it has become kind of a cultural marker of a certain way of loving books. You don't have to match it to love reading.
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[personal profile] plushulala 2017-03-12 08:56 pm (UTC)(link)
OP, I can relate.
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[personal profile] coffeeyoukai 2017-03-12 08:57 pm (UTC)(link)
I mean, those things generally are true of most book lovers, which is why people talk about them, so...

That being said, I'm not really sure why you'd want to call yourself a bibliophile if your preferences don't match those of other bibliophiles, but you do you, I guess.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 09:13 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm really confused why you are so bitter about this. you can enjoy reading without being A Bibliophile, in much the same way as you can be a person who sometimes rides their bike for fun without being A Cyclist. You don't need to exactly follow a specific list of How To Do Thing in order to like thing.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 09:22 pm (UTC)(link)
i mean, if you read one book a year, i can see how someone might not consider you that much of a reader. y'know, considering that you don't do that much reading.

on the other hand, that kind of policing is pretty funny, because it can lead to a lot of related arguing – say, if that one book you read is some deeply philosophical work of art, wouldn't it make you more of a bibliophile than the person whose high horse is made of crappy ya novels? if you give that one book a lot of thought, doesn't it make you a 'better' reader than the person who rushed through twenty books in a few months to hit some arbitrary mark, but can barely remember them in the next year?

so yeah, i'm with you. there's a lot of ~*bibliophile*~ stuff that i just can't relate to. another one of mine is hardcover editions – sure, they're pretty, but they're twice the price for the same content and they're hardly ever handy, which, as an opinion, might well get you staked. i also like ebooks, because i travel a lot, which is also a cardinal sin in some circles.

tbh, in terms of argumentation, it reminds me a bit of that time a few years ago when Being An Introvert was suddenly considered some sign of having a high intellect, quirkiness, and general superiority by a vocal few. sorry, the extend to which you enjoy/need/want company has no bearing on whether or not you're a numbnut.

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[personal profile] ketita 2017-03-12 09:28 pm (UTC)(link)
I gotta agree with some of the other commenters. You don't quite sound like a "bibliophile" to me, but.... so what? You can enjoy books however you want, regardless of what you call yourself.
I would personally wonder a bit at somebody who told me they love to read, or reading is their hobby, and only reads ~3 books a year. I mean it's fine to enjoy reading and just not have so much time for it, but I guess I'd expect some sort of qualifier? It's like how I won't call myself a cosplayer - I'll say "I cosplay sometimes", because I don't do it consistently or that often. I only make a new costume once every few years.

That said, I don't personally identify with a lot of those statements either, and I do read a ton.

Incidentally, I went and did a count of how many books I've read this year so far (since January). It's at least 13, though I guess that's not surprising since I'm a literature student... (the irony is that had I completed some of the readings I was *supposed* to have done, there would be like 4 more books on that list).

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 09:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Good... for you? I don't quite understand the nature of your complaint here. Is anyone actually trying to make you feel inferior for not doing all these things? Because it sounds like you're making a big deal out of this in your own head and imagining slights where there are none.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 10:13 pm (UTC)(link)
A lot of this is me, too, TBH. Especially the smell thing. I just have never noticed a particular smell to books.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Hobby police are looking through your folders
Hobby police are talking to your niece
Hobby police have got their final orders
Hobbyist, drop your book, it's Hobby police!

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[personal profile] alwaysbeenasmiler 2017-03-12 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Everyone reads at their own pace! Don't let them shame/guilt about your reading habits-- just because you don't read 100+ books a year doesn't mean you don't enjoy them-- rather it means you are savoring them like fine wine!

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I hope no one's shaming you for reading at your own pace and saying you can't be a true book-lover if you don't read X amount of books, OP, because that's really not cool. I do get engrossed in books and when I get one I really love, it almost physically hurts to put it down before I'm done. On the other hand, I can't read all day. Even when I was a kid and had copious amounts of time, I'd get a headache and my eyes would start to hurt if I tried to spend the whole day reading. I tend to switch positions a lot when I read because staying in one position makes my neck hurts. I love the smell of new books, but old book smell is kinda gross. I love looking at pictures of people's pristine bookshelves full of literary knicknacks, but it'd drive me crazy to have my own bookshelf like that and I have no desire to own zillions of books. Even if it's a release I'm really looking forward to, I always wait for the library to get a copy and I only buy it if the book truly blows me away.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-13 12:12 am (UTC)(link)
This just sounds to me that you like the term bibliophile and seek justification to call yourself one.

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[personal profile] litalex 2017-03-13 03:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't get why the OP is so bitter either.

I don't think books I have smell like anything and I've switched to e-books because I don't need to add to my pile of 1,000 books. I did, however, read a book to the end no matter the hour of the day...

But I don't care one way or another if I'd qualify as a bibliophile.