Why You Should Read the Books You Hate

We usually hate the books we don't agree with.

This is because they challenge our beliefs, values and ideals.

But sometimes, the books we hate can teach us more about ourselves than the books we love.

Remember: You don't have to agree with everything that's written.

You just need to be informed about the world around you.

Moreover, when we argue with author's opinion (in our heads), we become better readers.

Better book critic.

The next time you find a book you don't like, think:

  1. What is it about the book that makes you comfortable?
  2. Do you really have nothing to learn from this book?

Every book is valuable.

Good or bad, both teaches you about the craft of writing.

Source: @thebooktheque on Instagram

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    It could be just boring.

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    What kind of books do you "hate"?

    For me it's more like that certain topics don't interest me at all (like marketing or business management). Maybe there are books I disagree with, but if they are well written it's interesting to see multiple sides of the same problem.

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      That's true. For me, I don't particularly enjoy books on maths. But I try to sit down with it, even when I don't have the inspiration to study it. I've found that by forcing myself, I have been able to appreciate maths more in my life.

      The books that we hate are basically the one that challenge our beliefs, values and ideals. So, reading those provide a perspective that we would have missed if we had not read that.

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        If you read them with an open mind and a readiness to change. You could also read a book you hate but disagree with everything.

        Given the investment of a book vs youtube video vs article if you hate a subject but want to be challenged a lower-cost strategy might be better suited to begin with.

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