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  • Writer's pictureIlena Alvarez

Grief: When Others Do Not Love the Books You Love

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

Ah, the pain of loving a book that your friends and family just don't get. We've all been there - you recommend your favorite novel to your best friend, only to have them shrug it off and tell you they prefer something else. It's enough to make you want to curl up in a ball and cry.

But fear not, dear reader! Just because your loved ones don't appreciate your literary tastes doesn't mean that your favorite books are any less wonderful. In fact, it might even be a good thing - after all, if everyone liked the same things, life would be pretty boring.

So the next time your cousin tells you that they can't stand science fiction, or your roommate rolls their eyes at your romance novel, don't take it personally. Instead, embrace your unique tastes and celebrate the fact that you're not afraid to march to the beat of your own drum.

Besides, there's always the possibility that you'll convert someone to your way of thinking. Maybe your sister will finally understand why you love post-apocalyptic dystopian novels so much if you convince her to read your favorite one. Or perhaps your coworker will discover a newfound appreciation for fantasy after reading that book you've been raving about.

At the end of the day, the joy of reading isn't about impressing others or conforming to their expectations. It's about finding stories that speak to us, that transport us to different worlds and inspire us to think and feel in new ways. So keep on reading what you love, and don't worry too much about what anyone else thinks.

And who knows? Maybe someday you'll be the one recommending a book to your friend, only to have them say, "I can't believe I never read this before - it's amazing!"

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