When it comes to self-censoring the books I read, it’s usually more about the genre than the content. I’m not a big fan of sci-fi or fantasy. I’m usually all over realistic fiction and… that’s about it. But the problem with me is that I categorize most books under realistic fiction. Harry Potter could have happened, after all. The whole point of the story is that we muggles just don’t know about their hidden world!
Anyway, when I self-censor I do it by reading the inside book cover. If it doesn’t feel plausible in any way then I won’t read it. Or if there’s something that annoys me in the blurb about the book, I’ll put it back on the shelf. Or if it’s too… been there, done that I dismiss it.
Okay, so I self-censor a lot. But I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing. Sure I don’t ‘spread my wings’ as far as they can go, but it’s because I’ve done it before and end up not finishing a book — one of the worst book fears a reader usually has. I’m sure there are a lot of books that, had I given them a chance, I would have loved! But there are also a sea-full of books out there that I am almost guaranteed to love, so I can afford to be a little picky. After all, book love develops from book likes 🙂