SHOULD WE REGRET READING BOOKS?

Hey guys! Today, I’m coming at you with a new discussion! Today, I’m talking about whether we should we regret ever having read a book. I personally have never regretted reading anything, but I know that isn’t the same with all readers! Let me know in the comments which books you regretted after reading them!

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HELPS YOU DISCOVER WHICH BOOKS YOU DO AND DON’T LIKE

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

Reading books helps us discover our tastes in life. We can learn whether we have an inquisitive mind and enjoy mysteries and thrillers, or if we love a good gooey romance combined with a really cool space war. Books like Twilight and Alex Rider are books that really helped me to infer my reading tastes. I discovered the YA age group through Twilight and with Alex Rider I discovered that I actually love books (and movies) involving spies.

Twilight also introduced me to staying up all night to read a book. it was y first all-nighter and I honestly wouldn’t trade it for anything.

NO READ = NO DISCUSS

Carry On

Okay, so if you know me at all then you know that I hate Carry On with a passion and originally I wasn’t even going to read it. But, how would I have known that I detest this book if I never picked it up? If you never read the book, in my mind you don’t get much of an opinion about it unless you have actually sampled some of the media you’re talking about. Because doesn’t that just make more sense?

So, reading the book enables you to discuss the book. It doesn’t matter how you felt about the book, because now you get to dive into the book as much as you want to, and you can get something out of the book, other than just plain reading it.

WELL, NOW YOU KNOW

andThe Night Gwen Stacy Died   Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)   Fangirl   Wild Awake   Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Think of the books you’ve most disliked in the last couple of years, do you wish you hadn’t read them? I see this talked about a lot in tags and other bookish discussions, and I see people talking about books they really wish they hadn’t read and I’ve always enjoyed this discussion. I think it’s really interesting because I can dislike a book or even hate it, but I’ve never regretted reading one. Sure, upon reflection Twilight isn’t great and I didn’t exactly think the Fifty Shades trilogy was the best literature available but, hey now I can join in on the discussions and have a properly informed opinion!

Why regret reading a book when you now have that experience, that you’ve hopefully learned from? Reading books is an experience, it teaches you what you enjoy and it shows you how you are your preferences can change over time.

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DO YOU EVER REGRET READING A BOOK?

DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD REGRET READING BOOKS?

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15 thoughts on “SHOULD WE REGRET READING BOOKS?

  1. I only regret reading books in the sense that I wasted my time on it. For example, Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris was a massive waste of my time so I now wish I hadn’t picked it up and had instead spent my time reading a more enjoyable book. But, it’s not something that keeps me up at night… I can cope with a shitty book every now and then!

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  2. I don’t think I’ll regret reading a book, I’ll probably regret it because I waste my time trying to finish it even though I know I wouldn’t enjoy it 😀 I still have a hard time DNFing books, but I’m slowly trying to be okay to do that because really, who has the time to read books you don’t enjoy?? This is an interesting post Ellyn!

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    1. I think that’s what everyone has been saying in response to this post. I think it’s just such a let down to invest that time into a book just to end up not liking it in the end!
      Exactly, DNfing is fine you just need to et yourself get used to it and let it become an option, and you can always come back to it anyway!
      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed! ❤️

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  3. I don’t think I regret reading books because at least I learn something, I discovered I can’t read horror books by trying to get through one, I did give up before the end but I don’t regret it, maybe a tiny bit annoyed that I spent all that time not to discover the outcome, but not in an obsessive playing on my mind all day kind of way 🙂

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  4. Great post! I don’t think I’ve ever regretted reading something , even if I didn’t like it in the end. I definitely think that it helps you grow as a reader and learn more about your likes and dislikes. I feel like who I am today has been influenced at least in some way by every book I’ve ever read so so can’t regret that. Again, great post!

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  5. I don’t think I regret reading something that’s bad, but maybe regret buying it or requesting an ARC. One time I read a novella from an author who was a client of one of my friends. I told her I would review it without knowing anything about it and it was not good, but I didn’t feel like I was in a position to give a low rating. So that one probably would have been better left unread.

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    1. I can relate to that, I always feel bad about owning a book that I don’t enjoy so I then try to get rid of it pretty quickly! Oooh, yeah, I try to never give a definite with that stuff. I don’t think I would feel right about reading something by someone I know.

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  6. Thinking about it, I don’t think I have ever regretted reading a certain books. Yes, I might have disliked some pretty big books over the last couple of years (Carry On and Fangirl to give an example), but I don’t regret them. They tell us who we are as readers and in that sense, the books we don’t like and even loathe are pretty important to our reading identity.

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