When Reading Becomes a Job

I was a professional book nerd, and I hated it

Amanda Kay Oaks
Jul 11 · 5 min read
Woman leaning over laptop with her head in her hand, looking sad and tired.
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The pressure to take everything we love and monetize it is a massive side-effect of the side-gig economy we live in. Because so many of the things we consider hobbies could be careers, many of us think that they should be.

As someone who loves books and reading, who is also a writer, it felt very natural to me that…