Hi guys, Jenn here. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of tags and reviews. I haven’t really had a chance to just write a post about my current thoughts regarding reading. This week I want to talk about the pressure of the bookish community online.
As many of you know the three of us at Thrice Read are pretty involved in the bookish community all over the internet. We are here on WordPress, on Twitter, and on Instagram. So, we follow a lot of other book bloggers. With our community being so close there are often trends that go through it. One person will read a book and recommend it and it becomes an almost domino effect. Therefore, we feel a certain amount of pressure to read the trendy book.
Trends are not inherently bad nor is the pressure to read certain books. A lot of the time the books that become trendy become some of our favorite books. However, there is a downside to that as well. At times we find ourselves forcing ourselves to read a book when we have no real desire to do so. This ultimately results in us disliking the book just because we felt forced to read it.
I love the bookish community and I want to continue to be involved in it. I want to continue to receive recommendations and read books others love. But, I am not going to force myself to read something I’m not in the mood to read. It is unfair to myself, the book, or the author. I will continue to follow some trends but I’m taking the pressure off.
How do you feel about the pressure to read and the trends in the book community? Do you feel the same? Or am I crazy?