Here I share what I think & how I use my rights as reader!

Here I share what I think & how I use my rights as a reader!

I was browsing goodreads when I noticed this quote by Daniel Pennac. This inspired me to write this post. When I liked this quote before I thought it was really interesting and on-the-spot (if I say so myself). It really applies to what I believe reading should be. I think I might have abused some of these rights for my own selfish benefit. :yesyes:

The right to not read.

Yes! I’m quite frustrated when people asked me why I don’t read certain books. Like I don’t want to read TFIOS for example, because I knew from my gut that I wouldn’t like it. Or I’m very reluctant to read classics because it’s not really something I particularly enjoy. First and foremost I read for fun, that’s my goal. It’s a hobby I’m very passionate about. That being said people have their own reason why they read which affect on what they, well, don’t. Elizabeth wrote a very interesting post about it; you guys better check it out.

The right to skip pages.

I skip/skim pages when events feel like filler. Those events were neither build-up nor significant to the grand scheme of things. Most of them are mundane activities that the sole purpose is to expand the story. What warrants it? I’m not sure but I know one if I read one.

Also, if it’s really tedious and I just want to get to the good parts already I skip! Yes, I skip and I’m not ashamed to admit that!

The right to not finish.

You guys know that some books are not meant to be finished. It sucks, you’re frustrated and you want to cut all those negative turmoil building inside of you immediately. The best way is to stop. It’s not my kind of book and I don’t wanna waste my time on it (more than I already did). :angry:

The right to reread.

You guys know that I love re-reading. I might have explained that deet before in this post. Some books deserved to be read more than once! Or sometimes thrice!

The right to read anything.

I’m full-pledge adult but I love reading books marketed for teens. Is that wrong? No. And you shouldn’t be embarrassed to read anything you damn want. Why do people try to restrict themselves of their options? I will never ever limit myself and my reading choices. If I found something I know I’ll like even if it’s a children’s book I will still read it. Reading anything I fancy is my prerogative. ;D

The right to escapism.

Yep! Yep! Yep! I love drowning in stories, places and worlds that I know I will never experience. It also calms me down when anxiety kicks in. HAHA To be able to escape and see before me the lives of these characters that I grow to love is an exhilarating feeling. Sometimes you need an escape and reading is one of the best choices out there!

The right to read anywhere.

Ok, so I don’t usually read anywhere. Any noise places sour my mood for some reading. Same goes to places I feel uncomfortable with. But we’re allowed to read in any place and not just in the comfort of our homes or the library. Take your books to the beach! To road trips! Anywhere!

The right to browse.

I browse. I love browsing (but don’t open it if its still sealed). I want to at least try it first before buying them. I cheapskate, I buy things that I know I really love. A little sneak peek won’t hurt!

The right to read out loud.

I’m not really one that reads loud. My grandma reads out loud, not loud as in yelling but I can hear her murmur some words. If I were her I’ll be exhausted by page 3. But hey if you’re comfortable reading out loud then go ahead as long you’re not disturbing anyone.

The right to not defend your tastes.

In connection to number 5, we really don’t need to defend out tastes. Period! I’m tired of hearing of people belittling adults who enjoy reading YA. We’re allowed to read anything and from those choices you mold some sort of preferences. It is something you personally achieve so detractors shouldn’t have to right to demean me/us. So yes, I don’t own them explanation and neither are you!

So how about you? Are you aware of the reader’s bill of right? Which of these do you often use? Whats is your take on it? Care to share me your thoughts? :heart:

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16 Responses to In which I discuss the Reader’s Bill of Right!

  1. I totally agree with what you said although I don’t do some of them like read out loud and read anywhere. I don’t like reading out loud because 1) My jaw would hurt from reading all those chapters and 2) what if I was in the library? Lol. I definitely read books to escape since real life is so stressful, plus I also read so that I could share to my readers of my blog what I thought about a book.

  2. I LOVE this post, Mitchii! And agree with everything, even if I don’t relate/do some of them (I’ve never been one to read out loud, although if a character’s name is hard to decipher, I’ll say it out loud a few times to try and get it right) (and I also cannot read anywhere – I’m really picky about where I read. I almost always have to read by myself).

    but not having to defend yourself is a huge one when you read YA. I practically exclusively read YA (I cannot even remember the last non-YA book I read … I actually think it was an MG book so I went down instead of up in reading level XD), and there’s such a negative air surrounding that, which I think is so horrible.

    Readers can read how and when and where and whatever they like because reading it just for us!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think I’m pretty frustrated to defend myself and my preferences. Reading is something I personally enjoy so I get to choose which books I read. 🙂


    1&5. I totally feel that this is important. And also when people tell you NOT to read something (maybe they don’t feel that it’s right for your age or if it’s a banned book), you have the right to read it if you please. You chose what you want to and don’t want to read.

    3. Indeed! No need to waste your time on a book you’re sure you won’t love.

    9. YES YES YES. I’m a really huge talker, so I read aloud all the time. And my family members don’t give me weird looks because they’re used to it. But sometimes my mom would ask me to shut up because her brain’s filling with my words, but I WANNA KEEP READING.

    10. Hell yes. If I like to read picture books, why do you care? It’s what I like, and it doesn’t affect YOU, so it isn’t your business.

    Loved this post so much!! <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      You know, kids are not naive as adult think they are. They are capable to know & understand what they read. It is better to not to shield them too much about the world but to be there and explain things. I think kids like that approach better.

  4. Tory says:

    I wasn’t aware of this bill of right! 😛 But it’s super useful and I think I will just chuck this in the face of whoever questions my choice of books. The last point especially, because I get asked more often than not, what kind of books I read and I do mostly enjoy YA… then I get especially irritated/frustrated that I seem to /need/ to defend myself because of the condescending tone the question is asked in (most of the time). And to add fuel to fire, the person asking is even younger than I am… T_T But reader’s bill of right! I love this post and how it’s given me a lifeline to that question. xD

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think reading is a personal choice/experience, one that shouldn’t belittle by others just becasue it doesn’t abide to their “own” preferences. So don’t need to defend your tastes, Tory!

  5. Megz says:

    Aaaah, this is so so so good! Well done! I love all of this and I think we should make a nice poster of it!

  6. Yes to everything in this post! I exercise my right to skip pages *quite often*, especially if the story is really exciting, I’ll breeze past a page of description to find the next chunk of dialogue. Sometimes I’m impatient and want to get to the good stuff!!

    The only time I’ve ever read out loud, was to my dog. I think I read the first five Harry Potter books to her over the course of a few months; she would sprawl across the couch beside me and start snoring — then the second I’d stop reading, she’d wake up and look at me like “What’s happened? Keep going!”

    Anyway, love your blog — it’s just gorgeous!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Me too! My lack of patience does trigger my impulse to skip pages! I used to talk to my pets too (don’t have one right now). Sometimes they look at you and know what you’re saying. It probably was entertained. Aw~ thanks! <3

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I LOVE this!! (And thanks for the shout out btw) I especially love the right to read for escapism – I see/hear a lot of people talking about escapism as if it was this dirty thing. Hell yes I read for escapism! (In fact, it’s the #1 reason I go on reread binges). I read for other reasons too, but I don’t understand why people see escapism as a bad reason to read. (And as you said, there are no bad reasons to read)

    And I’m aaallll about the skimming/skipping pages. I have a hard time putting books down even when I hate them, so I’ll skim just so I know what happens haha. Because even at my worst (1Q84) I STILL need to know what happens.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yes, there’s no bad reasons to read. I learned that from you! LOL, that impulse to know what happened despite how boring the story is is still hard to deny.

  8. Cindy says:

    This is so awesome! I can’t believe I’ve never seen this before! Thanks for sharing it, I think I might write up a post of my own to spread the word a little more.. so much YES!

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