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Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging meme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I’ve been meaning to take part in this for a while so, since I have an entire Tuesday to myself, I think today is a good day to finally get involved! If you’re also taking part, be sure to add your post to the Linky so other bloggers can read it.

Anyway, this weeks’ topic is Unpopular Bookish Opinions. I’m not sure I have many of those, but I’m going to give it a go!

I hated The Raven Cycle.

Or, at least the first book, since that’s all I managed to read. This series seems to be hugely popular within the book blogging community, but it did nothing for me.

I love deckled edges.

I think they look really cool, and make the book look more unique.

But — I don’t like sprayed edges.

I think a lot of them look pretty tacky, and I hate that they seem to be gaining popularity. I just want to have nice, white edges. Is that too much to ask??

I don’t understand how people can stand to colour co-ordinate their bookshelves.

Honestly, the thought of having my books out of series order gives me the fear! Yeah, okay, they look great in photos… But I just couldn’t do it.

It’s okay to stop reading a book if you’re not enjoying it.

It took me a long time to learn this one, but life is too short to read books you’re not enjoying.

I prefer reading ebooks over physical copies.

I love having physical copies of books because nothing brings me more joy than filling my shelves with beautiful novels. However, I find that I tend to read ebooks faster than physical copies. I’m not really sure why… Maybe because it’s easier to find a more comfortable reading position with my Kindle? Who knows.

I don’t like readathons.

All they do is make me compare myself to other people, who clearly have more time to read / a better attention span than I do.

Hardbacks are beautiful, but they’re awkward to read.

I love the little half-shelf of hardbacks that I have. I think they look so nice, and I love when they have surprise designs inside the cover — but I find them really uncomfortable to read. They’re heavy and clunky, and the dust jacket is never in the right place.

Setting monthly TBR lists is not for me.

I only ever read what I feel like reading at the time, and I’m often prone to jumping between books if I discover I’m not in the mood for one I’ve picked up. There’s no way I could ever stick to reading set books in a month.

The “do audiobooks count as reading” debate is a load of nonsense.

Of course they count as reading! Who are you to judge how someone chooses to devour a story? I fully believe we should be supporting reading — in all of its forms — and embracing the changes in the industry is essential to do so.

What were your unpopular opinions this week? Please let me know with a link to your post below!

— Shaunna x

29 year old book blogger from Scotland. Probably nervous.


  • Sammie @ The Writerly Way

    I think the rainbow shelves look gorgeous, but like you, I want my shelves organized in some sort of fashion where I can easily find something, with like books/series with each other. I will probably always be envious of people whose bookshelves look gorgeous, but I will never make an effort to do that with mine. xD

    Totally agree with your DNFing thing! It took me a while to learn, too, but life’s too short to try to force yourself to read something if you’re not enjoying it. I agree with e-books, too. I love that they’re portable, since I seem to be on the go half the time, and it’s super easy to just throw my Kindle in my purse and read in-between errands and such. I agree with hardbacks, too. I’ve actually at times purchased a hardback and a Kindle version of books when they were on sale, just because reading the hardback was too cumbersome.

    And the audiobook “debate”? Utter nonsense. One of the biggest wastes of time in the book community, in my opinion, because why does it matter how someone chooses to consume a book! As long as they’re not eating it, it’s all equal. xD

    Here’s my TTT post.

    • sfmclaren

      Yeah, definitely always going to be a bit envious of those beautiful, rainbow Instagrams, but it’s just not the life for me hahaha.

      I’ve also purchased books in both physical and ebook copy before, just because I prefer reading ebooks when I’m in bed!

      Also, definitely wouldn’t recommend eating books to anyone!!

      Thanks for visiting!

  • Nicole

    I also love deckled edges on my books! So pretty. And while I have a soft spot for colored edges in theory, I hate that it often ends up messing things up in practice. Either the color leaks through to the pages, or the gold color comes off on my fingers, or whatever. So I don’t like colored edges as much as I want to.

    • Shaunna McLaren

      I didn’t realise deckled edges were a thing until my boyfriend bought me Furyborn for my last birthday, but I fell in love with them instantly! I didn’t even consider the whole coming off on your fingers thing but yes, that’s also super annoying!

      Thanks so much for dropping by!

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