WHO ARE YOU & WHY DO YOU HATE BOOKS. // #BookBloggerHop

Posted August 18, 2017 by Amber in Memes / 27 Comments

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Have you ever walked into a stranger’s house, noted all the photographs of their pug on the walls, the clearly-never-touched grand piano, and the pristine, uncomfortable chairs and wanted to scream to yourself WHERE ARE YOUR BOOKS YOU MONSTER?

If the answer is yes, this week’s Book Blogger Hop question is for you.

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I like books.

This week’s Book Blogger Hop question really appeals to me because I’m an awkward muffin and I have a really difficult time finding topics of conversation.  I have a hard time following conversations although GOODNESS KNOWS that I like to butt into everyone’s.

This week’s prompt is:

When you enter an unfamiliar house or apartment for the first time, do you feel disappointed if you don’t see any bookshelves, or books on the coffee table?

If you don’t have books or AT LEAST some clear form of pop culture love SOMEWHERE easily visible in your house, I don’t know what to do with you.

SERIOUSLY.

What will we talk about?  The weather?  Everybody’s health?  DO YOU WATCH MOVIES AT LEAST.

Harry Potter panic attack troll in the dungeon

Unfortunately, even in a world where people are finally reading YA and watching Sci-Fi, it’s still not easy to discuss things.

I don’t distrust non-bookish people, necessarily, because we can usually talk about films.  HOWEVER.  I have the rottenest luck because most people I meet IRL are really into thrillers and romance and drama and that stuff is okay, I suppose, but THERE ARE DRAGONS AND SUPERHEROES GUYS.

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I have Backup Plans

Fortunately, I have always been a resident Harry Potter expert (excluding Pottermore and The Cursed Child because NO), and a lot of people will talk about that, worst case scenario.  Us 90s kids are hopelessly nostalgic.

nickelodeon face 90s kids yay

Also a lot of people look at me like I’m a child and ought to do grown up things like read non-fiction books about finance and have all my furniture in white.

WHY.

new girl why Schmidt facepalm headache no

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Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Billy on Ramblings of a Coffee Addict.  Each week, bloggers answer a different question about their own lives or reading habits.

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27 responses to “WHO ARE YOU & WHY DO YOU HATE BOOKS. // #BookBloggerHop

  1. Em

    Whenever I walk into somebody’s house for the first time, I always try to find their book shelf first! Gotta scope out what kind of books they read so I know if we can be *real friends*

    • Right? Either you make a BEST FRIEND FOR LIFE or know you’ll never be more than just casual acquaintances. My heart weeps a little when I see no fiction.

  2. Oh my goodness yes. I remember being a maid I would always scope the home owners bookshelf before getting started. You really got a good idea about who lived there from their shelves. Admittedly, I’d work harder in a home with good books. Bad of me, I know, but someone with Tolkein and Rothfuss on the shelf got better service than people with “How to Balance your Checkbook for Dummies”

    • Oh, that just makes me sad. Balancing your checkbooks is really just commitment and basic math!!! But I get where you’re coming from – it’s so much easier to do more for someone you feel is a kindred spirit. <3

  3. Jenea

    Ha! I look for bookshelves when I go to peoples houses for the first time! My husband thinks I’m crazy too, I told him I can tell if I will have something in common with them at least. Movies, being there is a better than nothing I guess. 🙂

    • Exactly! At least you know they like stories. What people do for leisure says a lot about them, whether that be books, films, kayaking, little league coaching, or wine-tasting!

    • Confession: My husband did not own a single book when I met him. The only book he could EVER remember reading and enjoying was Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” in elementary school. He just found he couldn’t sit still and focus. BUT THERE IS HOPE. In the six years we’ve been together, I’ve managed to turn him on to audiobooks, which he LOVES. Now he reads almost as avidly as me, so… there’s hope!

  4. Okay, so I am in Nanny. I’ve been working with as one family for over 6 years. When I first started working for them I noticed the only books that I could find in their house were for their baby.

    At that time I did not watch television or movies really, so I had no way of connecting with the parents that I could think of. Because my life is reading and video games. Haha!

    I have since learned that they re readers and I was a judgmental little butt.

    • It is fair that some folks are more eBook people or library borrowers than book hoarders. :). I do give them props for having books for the baby – a lot of parents I see these days are giving way to electronic means instead of a hard copy book. <3

  5. That’s a good question. I never really thought of that. Next time I go to someone’s place I am definitely going to look! The bookshelves in my apartment sadly fell apart so all my books are in UHaul boxes in my closet. I hope people don’t think I’m a monster when they come here haha!

    • Oh no! I hate it when my bookshelves collapse! I’m sure you come off as really cool immediately and the books are just an extra to your awesomeness.

  6. I have a similar, but sort of opposite problem…
    Everyone online (even if I met them IRL first!) seems to greatly prefer YA/NA and/or Romance… and I detest these. Everyone IRL seems to be EXCLUSIVELY fantasy (usually Urban – which I don’t dislike, but I’m not super into it).

    I read a lot of genres with preferences to high fantasy, (newer*) sci-fi, thrillers, drama, historical fiction, and anything with really solid interesting characters….

    I gave up trying to have real conversations about books ages ago. 🙁

    I don’t judge on the books in the house front though. I grew up in a house with a lot of reading, but not many owned books. A few of my siblings don’t enjoy reading so that kind of helps a bit.

    I do agree with you on some sort of indication of a hobby. You don’t have to read, but what are you doing with your spare time?!

    • We need to switch places so you can meet all the thriller people I know! Although I do see a lot of romance as well… which I am not into personally because I find it all super cheesy. I grew up in a house without a lot of reading, but my mom is very crafty and my father got me to love sci-fi with his tacky old sci-fi films. Books have always been my thing, so it’s a source of joy when I see others with them. Although, moving houses is a bit of a nightmare! Hobbies in generally really are important in building relationships. Golf, for example. I could never have a good conversation about golf, even though some people are really passionate about it and there’s nothing wrong with it at all. 🙂

  7. I think you and I would have a lot to talk about. 🙂 Although I do read and watch thrillers and romance and drama–and love them–I also really like science fiction, dragons and Superheroes. Doctor Who is big in our house, and of course, Harry Potter.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

    • I like thrillers sometimes, but I can’t sit and pay attention to one after the other because I find a lot of the plots really similar. Also all that anxiety! I’m actually happy that YA is doing so well because there’s a resurgence of fantasy that was just budding when I was a kid in relation to that. :). I’m on and off with Doctor Who – episode dependent, really – but I LOVE the concept. Have you tried Dirk Gently, by any chance? A lot of my friends who like Doctor Who seem to like that show a lot. 🙂

  8. I am smiling at your introductory statement!!

    It is difficult to talk about things when there are no books, but I actually always start talking about books no matter what. LOL!!

    ENJOY your weekend, and Happy Hopping, Amber!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  9. OMG, I know the feel! Not from going into someone’s house, but… when I was an in-patient in a hospital, on days that I didn’t feel too bad I’d go to the “common room” where sometimes a nurse or two would come. And I’d sometimes make an effort to talk about things, you know… books, movies, TV series. It was no use. Their culture was about current reality shows and variety shows, which I know nothing about. I’m not sure they even knew what Netflix was. And between them, most of the time, they’d talk about this person or that person; not ideas or art or culture or even the human condition. Just gossip. It’s hard to talk to those people when you don’t belong in their clique, which I found really strange because they were working in the psychiatric aisle. In my own mind, they should have been easier to talk to. On the other hand… nurses are most likely mainly “observant” people, as opposed to “intuitive” (if you know MBTI). It makes sense because their jobs require the practicality of observant people… but it’s always been next to impossible for me to mingle with those.

    Anyway, it just serves as a contrast to show how important it is to have friends with similar interests whom you can talk to. Most of the people I interact with these days are from my NaNoWriMo community, and the others *at least* love movies or TV series or books or music (or all of the aforementioned).

    • Oh no, reality TV. I can’t bear that! All sorts of real-world drama, and I don’t want to deal with that, you know? My mother-in-law is really into those, but they give me a lot of anxiety. I have a very small circle of IRL friends because I get a LOT of social anxiety, so it’s usually just my husband and a couple I’ve known for years with similar interests. I hope to build a better online community of friends with more similar interests!

      BTW, thanks for stopping in. I love reading your blog, your posts are so interesting and insightful. <3

      • Aww, you’re sweet! ❤

        I feel the same about reality TV. ^^; Though I wouldn’t say I have social anxiety, those shows tend to increase my paranoia about people misinterpreting my words and actions, thus making me generally scared to talk at all. >_>

        I work from home so most of my interactions during the week are online (with said NaNo com), but I find that it does the job, you know? It satisfies my need for some social interactions and I don’t feel so isolated anymore.

        Take care dear. ^_^

  10. Ugh, the way I see it…if all I can read is nonfiction, I might as well just go outside and people watch. I NEED my fiction! More than that, I have become addicted to YA, though I love me some good adult romance. I wish I could have more book buddies IRL 🙂