Why it’s Totally Okay if You Haven’t Read My Books (and Why it’s Almost Always Okay to Not Read Someone’s Book)

A healthy attitude for writers to emulate!

The Z-Axis

Sometimes when I run into acquaintances or old friends, people I’ve stayed in touch with via social media, one of the first things I hear is “I’m sorry I haven’t read your books yet!”

My response is usually something like, “Why are you sorry? It’s not your job to read my books.”

I’m constantly surprised by how sorry-not-sorry people are, though. They’re very sorry they haven’t read my books, they assure me, but when I assuage their fears, they’re wildly relieved. It’s not, “Good, I’ve bought myself some time.” It’s, “Thank goodness, now I don’t have to read it at all.”

Not only do they no longer have to feel guilty about not having read my books yet, they also are immediately unburdened of the responsibility to read my books in the future. It turns out, not only have they not read my books, they were not really ever…

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