Instead of focusing on books for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the fabulous Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl), I want to focus on us readers.
I have been told by non-readers that sometimes, when I talk about my reading… I come off as a bit pretentious. Has anyone else ever had this problem? When we genuinely love what we do and the books we read, but sometimes blur the line between excited sharing and being a bit of a snob?
Here are a few times where people have called me out:
In discussing Game of Thrones, I throw in my two cents starting with “I haven’t seen much of the show, but I know in the books….”
Intention being “dude I don’t have that much time to watch TV, but I feel like I can contribute, because I hear the books and the show are/were similar!” comes off as “Your show is inferior to my books, harrumph” (which is true, buuuut… okay just kidding, please don’t kill me, GoT fans!)
When asked what I did last weekend, I respond with, “I had a couple ARCs to read, so I didn’t get much done.”
Ooomph. Okay, in afterthought that one comes off badly to me, too. Not everyone is blessed with ARCs. The people who know what they are may be unamused, and all the rest look at me like I’m speaking Martian.
When everyone is discussing a new movie, groaning from the sidelines, “Ughhhh the book was so much better.”
While this is almost always 100% true, nobody is amused by this because they aren’t going to run out and read the book. Just let them enjoy their movie in ignorance.
Somehow, I manage to bring up the number of time I’ve read Gone With the Wind in conversation often.
Really, it’s not that big of a deal. Reminds me of all the people who talk about how many times they’ve given blood, or how many 5Ks they’ve run this year. You’re passionate about books – got it!
More than half of the conversations I have end in book recommendations (even if the person isn’t a reader).
You know that feeling when everyone is taking about a new TV show and it’s awesome and they love it so much and YOU should watch it? We readers do that about books too. I have recommended Children of Blood and Bone to about 10 people this week, and 6 of them were perfect strangers.
Talking to my friend who doesn’t have a lot of time to read anymore about all sorts of awesome books that are coming out (and not stopping when he subtly hints about his lack of reading time).
Not everybody is against reading, but it’s a little bit like rubbing your Louis Vuitton shopping bags in the face of Walmart shoppers. It’s just mean.
And apparently my husband doesn’t appreciate it when I bemoan a friend is further on her Goodreads challenge because she’s reading graphic novels.
And yes, I know, graphic novels are books two and I’ve read one this year as well, but I’ve read more pages so *grump* *grump* *grump*.
Not to mention the whole, “Sorry, honey, I can’t do anything this weekend, I have a readathon.”
I haven’t done a lot of these – but all y’all that do sixteen million readathons and reading challenges and are in like 20 books clubs? I don’t get where you have the time! And I’m a little mad about how much you read. So jealous.
Sometimes, I have a book I don’t want to lend a friend because it’s signed. And so many books are signed these days it shouldn’t matter… but… mff.
Really, just in general, there’s so many *twitch* moments in lending someone a book. What if they break the spine? Dogear the pages? Spill coffee! Be still my terrified heart.
Not to mention the way our hearts break into a million little pieces when someone tells us they don’t read.