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 I happened upon this listopia list on Goodreads yesterday. 'Books I will never read.' The list is of popular books that your friends insist you simply must read, and included books like the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, and a lot of what most people consider great "classics." In fact, I was surprised I didn't find Game of Thrones on there, especially because it's become a hit T.V. series, just like Charlane Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books, which were on the list. Maybe I just didn't get far enough.

There were quite a few books on there that I can very comfortably say I'll never read. Like biographies about Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber and a lot of those political books that bash people just because they don't agree. I'm far beyond the age of caring about them. There was also Pride and Prejudice. I've tried several times, unsuccessfully, to read that book and I just can't bring myself to care about it. The first time I tried reading it, I was a teenager. I thought maybe I was just too young. The last time I tried reading it was last year. I don't know, maybe I'm still too young, XD Maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance. Who knows?

But the thing that bothered me was that there were so many great books on that list. I read Harry Potter at least once a year, even though I've read some of them at least ten times. (The first three XD) Even so, I still find a lot to enjoy in them, and I think I'll be reading them once a year until I die. They're really a modern classic. I don't know if that list was meant to be a personal list, to say the author will never read any of those books just because they're popular, or if it's there just to get people to vote on the books they never plan to read, but I say never is a long time and refusing to read a book just because it's popular isn't a good reason not to read it.

I actually refused to read Harry Potter when it first came out because it was so popular, and once I read it, I discovered something. Maybe some things are popular because they're really that good.

I've resolved that I won't refuse to try something just because it's popular. Someday, I might even read Twilight. I hear they get better around the third book, and I do think Stephanie Meyer has some decent ideas. Although why the vampires sparkle is still beyond me.

Anyway, I guess the TLDR version of this post is, if you refuse to even try something because it's popular, you're limiting yourself and having a very closed-minded attitude.

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