This is going to be a bit of a rant about something that has left me disillusioned with the whole online book community as a whole, and that is materialism.
Ever since I started book blogging, watching “booktube” videos and visiting other book blogs I noticed my book buying behaviour changing. I had to have the prettiest copies of every book, every book of a series had to match and I had to have every new release the moment it comes out just to complete my collection of whatever series the book is a part of, even if I didn’t care about reading it that much. Before I delved into the bookish parts of the internet I was an avid reader with a massive library but that library was made up of books that I loved, of battered copies that I have reread time and time again. Books that have broken spines from too many rereads. Books that have smudges of makeup or wrinkled pages from being carried around in my bag because I love them so much. A battered book is a loved book, but the bookish world of the internet only cares about what looks good on Instagram or in the background of their videos.
Isn’t the only thing that really matters about a book is that you can read it? Does the cover of a new book in a series that doesn’t match the previous books magically stop you from reading it? No. It does its job. And maybe we should all think about how we are lucky to be able to afford those books in the first place. Some people have to wait until new releases appear in a secondhand bookshop before they can afford it. Some people cannot afford to be fussy about whether their books in a series match, or whether or not the cover is a bit battered. So think about that.