I’ve come to the realization that I have a lot of pet peeves. And I rant quite often about these pet peeves.
I thought of another one the other day that goes along with my whole, you know, book blog. I kind of feel like I’ve already talked about this before, but I couldn’t find anything like it in my posts, so maybe I’ve just complained about it to my friends. So now I can complain about it to you guys!
I think an example best explains it:
Person: Wow, you read? That’s so cool! I love reading. I read all the time.
Me: Really? What’s your favorite book?
Person: Oh, you know, [insert middle-grade staple book here].
Me: Yeah I liked that a lot in elementary school too….
Person: I haven’t read a book in so long…. I can’t actually remember the last time I read a book not for school. I just don’t have time to read anymore.
Me: …but… you said you liked reading…
Please refrain from having any conversations similar to this with me. I will pull my hair out.
If you loved reading or wanted to read or even liked reading, you would make time for it. Do not tell me you don’t have time! I take 4 AP classes and journalism and creative writing and write a column for a magazine and have a part-time job and go out with friends and run a blog… But I still make time to read. Because I love reading. So if you “love” reading, you can make time.
But I get it if reading is not a priority. That’s fine. That’s your prerogative. But please do not tell me that you love reading when you don’t read. The fact that you enjoyed reading when you were a child and teachers forced you to is completely different from enjoying reading now. If you’re busy doing other things and would rather do something else like play sports or watch TV, then go ahead. But that means reading is not on your radar, so you must not love it as much as you supposedly do. You do not read all the time if you can’t remember the last book you read for leisure. And your favorite book still has pictures in it.
If you liked reading so much, you would make it a priority. I understand that not everyone wants to do this, but do not tell me you love something that you never do.
Alright, my rant is over. I feel like this post has a lot of anger in it. Whoops?
Is this a pet peeve for any of you guys? Or is it just me being unnecessarily hostile?