Have you ever found yourself faced with explaining your love of books to a non-reader?
I feel like sometimes being a reader is like having this weird, underground hobby. Most people don’t walk around talking about “OMG I just read this amazing book”. It’s not like movies where people talk about what they saw last weekend, or people shouting out the current Sox score throughout the work day. Reading is a private thing.
So… how do you turn the conversation to your passion? Do you even try?
For myself, there are two ways to all about books (short of being in a place populated with them, like a library).
- Tell people you “read the book” when they start talking about the movie/television show.
- Ask someone who has a book or eReader in hand “What are you reading?”
There are slippery methods at best.
I cannot tell you how many times people have been discussing Game of Thrones and I get a massive unimpressed eyeroll when I try to join the conversation with “Oh yeah, in the book blahblahblah also! *smile*”. Y’all, I don’t have the time to binge GoT. But I guess saying “I read the book” comes off as pretentious? Pfft.
Sorry y’all, this GIFs needed to go together. 🙂 This is one of my favorite scenes in Supernatural. Raise your hand if you miss Charlie….
Anyways, in regards to the second method… my experiencing in asking people what they are reading often ends with people reading inspirational self-help books or dramatic non-fiction which is Definitely Not What I Read. So when I say back, “Oh, that sounds great!” I feel like now I have to add this totally uninteresting book to my TBR when #donotwant.
Plus, see me slinking into shadows like, “Oh, you’re reading something Useful and Grown-Up. I’m definitely not reading a YA fantasy about building imaginary worlds.”
Fortunately for me, there is the internet.
The wonderful thing about the online book community is that it’s very simple to find a group of people who enjoy the same types of books as you and are anxious to talk about them.
I love Book Twitter. And Bookstagram. And the Blogosphere.
This week’s Book Blogger Hop asks:
You are suddenly transported into a future time in which (horrors!) books are unknown. How would explain books, and how wonderful they are, to the people of that time?
Short answer: I refuse to believe a world like that will ever come to be. Brb, going to cry in a corner.