What I do know is that there is such thing as books we individually think are bad, or that we just don't like. And this post is not a debate about whether there are bad books or what makes a book bad, it's simply about the good things these bad books have to offer.
See, if you've read my about page, you know that I never regret reading a book, no matter how terrible I think it is. And now I get to discuss why it is I feel that way :-)
In no particular order…
They make you appreciate the good books more.
If there were no bad books, the good ones wouldn’t seem so good. But not only that, the bad ones just make me appreciate that there are people with the skill and talent and hard work it takes to write those good books.
They make me feel like I can one day succeed as a writer.
Every time I read a good book, I get all down because I’ll never be able to write anything that amazing! But, let’s be honest, if that terrible book can be can be successful and loved by people, then so can my writing because I’m pretty sure it’s at least better than that!
They help you learn what makes a bad book and thereby what makes a good one.
This is immensely helpful if you’re a writer, but it’s also helpful as a review and a reader in order to figure out what you like and what types of things to look for.
A little rage every now and then is good for your soul.
Or maybe not. I don’t know.
They point out things that are wrong with society and our ways of thinking, even if they do it by accident.
Sometimes books are terrible because they’re sexist, racist, anti-feminist, etc. I mean, I’ve read some books that made me feel insulted as a woman and fear for society as a whole since not only did someone write it, other people love it. But those are the types of books that actually make me step back and think, and realizing these things, these ways of thinking and acting, help us grow as people.
You still learn something and/or get to experience a new perspective.
I know I said this was in no particular order, but I saved the best for last. This is my favorite thing about books—getting to understand people by seeing and experiencing things through their perspectives, or just getting to experience things and situations I never would in my life and drawing my own conclusions from it. Even books I don’t like give me the opportunity to do this because they’re still stories about characters who have different lives than mine.