Hey there, and happy Friday! I’m very excited for this week’s Let’s Talk Bookish topic, which I think is going to be really fun! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: Should We Read More Serious Books?
So, what’s good about reading serious books?
Reading serious books, books that talk about harsher, more mature and complicated topics can be less fun. Kind of. Some books are light-hearted, full of funny jokes and witty banter. Some books are fluffy contemporaries that you can curl up with and laugh through. And I have nothing against those books! Those books are great!
But more serious books, like They Went Left, by Monica Hesse and A Thousand Perfect Notes, by C. G. Drews cover more intense subjects, such as the holocaust and child abuse. That’s not to say that those books can’t have funny moments, or that they can’t be fun to read. In fact, some of the more serious and intense books that I’ve read are some of my all time favorites.
The thing that is best for me about reading serious books is that when I’m reading a book about a character that’s going through something hard, I can really feel what that character’s going through. Depending on the writing, sometimes I can almost feel like I’m right there, looking in on the scene, almost close enough to reach out and comfort the character.
In some serious books, I get a better understanding of different situations and lifestyles that characters could be living. In more serious books, I can learn a lot about different serious subjects.
So is that saying that you shouldn’t read less serious books?
No. No way. And this might be partially because I’m 13 and still kind of in the age group that upper middle grade novels are aimed at, but I firmly believe that everyone should read a nice light funny book once in a while. The Penderwicks are a good example of that. That series is one of my favorites, and while it’s not completely drama free, in the most part, you’ll be laughing like crazy throughout the books.
Books are great! And if you make yourself think that you should only read heavier books, then you’re going to start missing those lighter less serious books, and then you’ll stop wanting to read books entirely. Okay, that might be a bit dramatic. But my point here is that you should read less serious books as well.
So, back to the main question… Should we read more serious books?
If you want to, go ahead. But I’m not here to tell you what to read or what not to read. I’m just giving you suggestions on what books I think you’ll enjoy. So if you feel like you want to read more serious books, go ahead. If you feel like you want to step back and read less serious books, that great too!
I personally think that it’s good to keep a balance. I think that you shouldn’t read all heavy, mature, serious books, and that you also shouldn’t read entirely lighter, less serious books.
So, overall, I think that you shouldn’t read entirely heavy, mature, very serious books, and that you also shouldn’t read entirely lighter, less serious books. I think that having a balance with the seriousness of the books you read is important, like reading a combination of different genres instead of all fluffy contemporaries, or historical fantasies.
Do you think that we should read more serious books? Do you agree with any of what I wrote? Chat with me in the comments below!