“If you don’t like it, you don’t have to read it.”

I’ve heard this a lot. Or maybe, read this a lot would be more accurate. Whenever someone has something negative to say about a book they’ve read, this is the go-to response: “You didn’t have to read it.”, “No one forced you to read it.” Or anything along those lines. It annoys me. A. Lot.

I get it, sure. You loved the book and you don’t like it that this other person didn’t. There’s just a small problem with this idea of not reading a book if you don’t like it: how are going to know you won’t like it if you don’t actually read the book first? Yep, you have to go through the experience of not liking a book, before you can draw the conclusion you didn’t like it.

So, any things you’ve read or heard about book reading and reviewing that just irks you? Let me know in the comments.


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