Okay, if you haven’t checked out “A Reluctant Reader’s Bill of Rights“…you need to! I don’t know how I want to describe it but I think the word stunning would be suitable.
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That might be a little strong for some people but readers are not “some people”. These rights give readers the chance to be free to do what they want with a book, whether they like it or not.
For the last few years, I have been reading a lot of different kinds of books. Some of them I loved and some of them I absolutely hated. Most of them were for classes so normally we would have to talk about them. Everyone would always be so excited to talk about it and I am over there in the corner like “really, how did you like this thing?”. I usually felt out of the loop and sometimes even like a bad reader. I felt that I had to like every book I read. That is definitely not the case! I’m a huge fan of fiction/fantasy and anything that is not that, I get bored very quickly. That is just how my brain works. I’ve had to tell myself many times that it’s okay not to like every single piece of work that I read. These “Bill of Rights” just reassured me on what I already know. It puts my mind at ease and I’m sure it relaxes a lot of other reluctant readers.
These rights talk about more than just having the right to hate a book. Another one of my favorites is the right to not finish. (My picture is of an unending road…make sense?) Photo CC by: pixabay.com
I don’t know how many times I feel bad or guilty for not finishing a book but it’s a lot. It feels like I’ve done an injustice or something to the book and all of my fellow readers. Like because I haven’t finished the book I can’t tell anyone how it ended and if it was good or bad. But maybe some books are never meant to be finished. Not because it was bad but because the next person to read it is going to be the one to finish it and delight in all of its glory and beauty. A reader and a book is like a relationship. Picture CC by: pixabay.com
Sometimes you don’t always get to see the end of it but that’s okay because the next person has a chance to enjoy it. (I hope that made sense!)
Basically, these rights give great relief to readers who may not like to read as much as others. Please check them out and add your own right to the list!