COMMONLY ASKED BOOKISH QUESTIONS ft my opinions and debunking common myths

Hey guys! Welcome back to A Literary Latte! So I’m actually currently on holiday at the moment so this post is also prewritten (as was my previous post) so sorry if I’m not able to reply to comments as quickly/blog hop!

Anyways, today’s post is one I’ve been thinking of writing for quite a while, and I’ve finally gotten round to it! & That’s commonly asked questions in the book community that I am here to answer once and for all. To give my opinion and debunk those myths and rumours that float around the online.
Let’s go!

Are you allowed to damage your books?

Personally, I’m afraid my answer to this would be a simple no. Do not damage your books on purpose.
Of course, there’s a difference between damage and a little wear and tear from age – the odd bent page or cracked spine is okay. Ripping out pages however, is inherently Wrong.

Does dog-earing books count as purposeful damage?

Now this is a debate that has long torn the bookish community in half – to dog-ear or not to dog-ear? Well. Personally, I am very much in the USE A BOOKMARK side of the argument, but as long as it’s your book you can do whatever you want! Dog-ear all you please!

Do audiobooks count as reading?

This is a long-term question that there has been many a discussion post about, but to me I would 100% say audiobooks count as reading! After all, you’re hearing the same words, the same story, just listening to someone else detail the plot!
I don’t think it’s fair to say audiobooks aren’t reading because at the end of the day, we should encourage people to read, and if audiobooks are the only way they can do so for whatever reason, or they just prefer audiobooks, then why not?!

Are ebooks real books?

I wrote a discussion about this in my previous post, but as someone who very rarely reads physical books, I would say of course ebooks are real books – just as audiobooks are! Again, it’s the same story, just in a different format – and if you want to hear more on that ebooks vs physical books debate then you can click here to read my latest post ;).

Can you read more than one book at once?

This is an interesting question because I know there are a lot of people who will happily start 5 books at once, and others who have to finish book 1 before moving on to book 2. Personally, I’m in the latter category. If I’m reading a book I have to finish it before I move on – and a lot of the time I don’t want to start a new book because I’m loving my current one that much. I also find that if reading another book at the same time I tend to get confused with which book is which & what events in the book have happened.

Should you reread the previous books before moving on to the next book in the series?

This is one that I find SO hard – because my tbr is pretty big right, so I don’t really have time to read the previous books before moving onto the sequel – especially if it’s one I really want to get to! But with a lot of books, even if I loved them, I have a terrible memory and just can’t remember what happens, which makes moving onto the sequel a little difficult. There’s no rule you have to do so – that’s just me personally!
It’s also the reason I never get to sequels; for example I loved Caraval but still have yet to read the rest of the trilogy because I just haven’t had time to reread book 1!

Is it okay to read books outside of your ‘age-range’?

Similarly, this question is also one discussed quite frequently, and to an extent, I would say the answer to this is: of course! Read whatever you want to read! If you’re an adult, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with reading middle grade, for example – it doesn’t mean you have to enjoy it any less just because you’re not in that age demographic anymore! However, the reason I say to an extent is with children/teens – sometimes it’s not appropriate for them to read adult books etc!

Do you have to collect books to be a bookworm?

I’ve noticed that in the online book community particularly there seems to be the idea that to be a proper bookworm you have to have shelves and shelves of books and display your hardcovers in a trophy cabinet. But this is definitely not what makes you a bookworm! Of course lots of bookworms enjoy having shelves of beautiful books (and I like looking at these shelves on bookstagram because they are super aesthetic??), but you don’t have to!
By definition, a bookworm is just someone who loves to read. So you don’t have to collect your own books to do so – it could be ebooks, or audiobooks or library books – it doesn’t matter!

Do you have to read new-releases? Or hyped books?

Of course not! You don’t have to read any books – only if they appeal to you!

Do you have to review the books you read?

No! Plenty of bookworms don’t review books or don’t even have any form of bookish social media to write reviews/share their thoughts! Doesn’t make you any less of a bookworm!

And that’s all of the burning bookish questions! Hope you enjoyed this post! But in the meantime…

Do you dog-ear books? Which format of books do you prefer? Do you finish sequels or stop at the first book?

I’d love to talk in the comments! :).

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28 thoughts on “COMMONLY ASKED BOOKISH QUESTIONS ft my opinions and debunking common myths

  1. The point about reading series is a tough one for me. I started several excellent series years ago and have been loathe to pick them up again since I don’t have the time to go back and read the first titles again. Oh – the bookish dilemma!

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  2. Audiobooks are definitely not reading. Listening is not Reading. You are right – we should encourage people to read, and not to listen. If your eyes are not on the letters – you are not reading – you are LISTENING. You may as well watch a movie and call it “reading” – after all it also has the same plot and characters.

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    1. I think that is kind of unfair to people who can’t read due to vision issues. Or like my brother, who has a really hard time retaining written information. In school my mother used to read a lot of the text books out loud to him. They finally allowed a dispensation for him to be able to take some of his exams orally in high school. He still had to power through it sometimes but he would miss out on a lot really great stories and educational content without audiobooks or readers.

      Keep in mind, writing is really just language, and has its roots in oral communication. Listening is also a skill, and involves engaging in the same visualization processes as reading does (in terms of creating images out of the descriptions of characters, places, things, etc.). In many cases, listening also helps develop memory better than reading does. It is not nearly as passive as the audio-visual experience of TV. Also TV adaptations are much more limited in their ability to convey the exact text as written, whereas audiobooks are not.

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      1. Disability is a different topic altogether and I am not saying that listening is not a skill, but these are different skills.

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      2. Listen, I don’t want to brow beat you, but I do want to explain why I found this comment triggering. Before my brother received accommodation people would say stuff like this to imply he was stupid, which was really hurtful.

        Rather than considering that people process information differently and change their teaching strategy they decided the problem was his behavior and tried to medicate that problem away, which did nothing to adress his problem but it did make him tear clumps of hair out of his own head. The kid had bald spots.

        I guess what I’m saying is, resorting to the default and saying that disabilities are for another discussion is kind of a disability issue? Because what really did the most damage was people simply not considering the possibility that some people just have different needs.

        Ok, that’s all. Just needed to get it off my chest.

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      3. Yes I 100% think audiobooks are still books and count as reading?! There isn’t anything wrong with enjoying the books in a different format and of course some people are unable to read in the traditional format. It’s incredible that there are all these different options nowadays which make reading so accessible!💛

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    2. In the literal sense of the word then yes audiobooks are technically not reading but listening. I should have said do they still count as books which is still hugely debated. To which I would say yes – there is nothing wrong with enjoying books in a different format?! Especially as it has been done for years (scrolls, slabs etc).

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  3. I remember sometimes I would accidentally read an adult book while I am actually too young to understand the contents. It’s both a good thing and a bad thing – most of the time I’d find it boring and dislike the book. Other times it’s a great way to learn more about the adult world, and some more deep/important topics that even as someone young we should be aware of.

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    1. Oh yes, I definitely think that it depends on the subject of the book and the age/maturity of the person in question. For example, 50 Shades of Grey would 110% not be appropriate for a teenager & so is marketed at adults. But literary classics and other adult books could be insightful and not pose any particular issue! 🙂

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  4. i agree with what you said about dog-earing pages! usually i only dog-ear pages if they’re not mine and the book already has been dog-eared before, but i can’t stand folding a new book. i am so bad with remembering what happened in series! usually i just dive in and continue reading the next book, but sometimes it helps to read a summary or book review of the previous books just to get a recap of what already happened. awesome post!

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    1. same! i can’t be the first person to make a mark on the book, apart from cracking the spines. i rarely read physical books but when i do, initially bending back the spine is my favourite bit… controversial!😂 I don’t tend to read physical library books though so this isn’t an issue!
      i’m so bad at remembering what happens with books which is why i reread so often, so series is such a problem with me & usually why i only read series that are finished! online summaries are something i never thought of and could be super useful – maybe i’ll finish the caraval trilogy after all?!

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  5. Excellent post! I’ve dog earred school books so I can quickly flip to important quotes while writing essays, but typically don’t dog ear books I read for fun. I prefer physical books, but audiobooks and ebooks definitely count as reading!

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    1. Thanks so much Kay!
      Ooh I can’t dog ear books, I just feel too bad! I’ll just use anything as a bookmark instead😂
      Ahh yes, everyone prefers different formats – it’s up to the reader and we should never discourage reading in any particular format?!💕

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  6. This is such a cool post!
    I do dog ear books sometimes, but that is generally with my second hand or older books, since I feel it adds to the wear-and-tear and overall old-book appeal?
    – Emma 🙂

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  7. I am a recent audiobook lover. I was sceptical in the beginning but now I love them so much! I am quite picky though as the voice has to be right!

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  8. Love all these questions, and your answers!! Oh my goodness, I’m so guilty of dog earing.🙈I know it’s a bad habit, but sometimes I just don’t have a bookmark on hand and I’m not willing to try to memorize the page number because I know I’ll forget it and then spoil something for myself looking for my part, haha!

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