If you've been paying attention on Twitter & Booktube, you may be aware of the drama that has been happening over the past few days.
In a recent video from Steve Donoghue, he stated that he believed some of the bigger Booktubers weren't "real readers." This was then followed by some comments that may or may not have been meant to be sexist, regarding those who make high-quality videos and that they probably didn't get lost in the books they read. This is only a loose explanation, and if you want to know more, I will link to some blog posts and videos at the end of this post.
I'm not here to call out Steve on his comments, because enough of that has been done already. I'm here to reinforce what we all know - we are all readers.
Do you read books?
Do you like books?
Do you like reading?
Do you buy books?
Do you borrow books from the library?
I hate to tell you this, but you are a reader
You only need one thing to be a reader - a book. That's the only thing that defines a reader.
Who of the following a readers?
Despite all the differences, every single of those people are readers - just because someone may read differently to you, doesn't mean they are not any less than you. Their opinions on books matter just as much as your's or anyone else's.
No one can tell you that you're not a real reader because you read and talk about books differently to them. No one has the right to make you feel any less or ashamed about how you read.
No one should call out and shame people for their reading habits and tastes, because we are all readers - there is nothing "real" or "not real" about it.
See You Soon
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