Let’s Talk Bookish – What Do You Do When a Book Triggers You

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As it is once again Friday, it is time for another Let’s Talk Bookish edition. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is about what I do when a book triggers me!

Triggers are something that are really important as a reader as there are somethings that you just don’t want read about, or are going to be dangerous to you and your mental health.

Everyone has different reactions to triggers: What is yours?

I don’t really have too many book triggers, so I am not entirely sure what my response is to them. The most likely triggers are anything to do with chronic illness that hits too close to home or anxiety and depression if I am in a bad headspace. So I think the response that I have depends on the situation and how it could affect me. But the most likely response is for me to put the book down and move on to something different, as there is a possibility that it could put me into a slump.

Do you have measures in place to help you avoid books that could potentially trigger you? If you get triggered without previously knowing there would be a trigger, do you still care to finish the book?

I would say that I do have measures in place to avoid any of my triggers if I feel like I need it, but they are all pretty simple. The only things that I really do are things that I would normally do before I picked up a book, I will check out the blurb and if that doesn’t make it clear, I will read a couple of reviews to get a clearer picture. When it comes to whether I would finish the book if I ended up finding something triggering, it would depend on what I am feeling and whether it would affect me for a while if I did finish the book.

Does it affect your eventual rating/review?

I don’t think that it affects my rating unless it triggers me because it is a negative or inaccurate representation, in which case I would reflect that in my rating. But I will reflect that the book did trigger me in my review because I think that it is important so others who may be looking for that kind of information can find it out.

There you have it, what I do when a book triggers me! What do you do when a book triggers you, let me know in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – What Do You Do When a Book Triggers You

  1. I don’t really have any triggers when it comes to books but if I know I’m in a really bad headspace because of my anxiety, which has really hit this year, I’ll make sure I know the general themes of a book before picking it up or I’ll simply re-read something light-hearted and fluffy. If it hits when I’m part way through a book and I recognise that it is no longer right at that time, I just put it down and move onto something else.

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