Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hey, whatcha reading?

Does this bother anyone else? When someone sees you reading and they decide that the most appropriate question is "What are you reading?" I cannot describe how much it bugs me! I hate it when people ask me that.

There is an exception, which is when my mom asks because I know she genuinely wants to know and might possibly want to read the same book.

As for the rest of the people who ask (my boss, my co-workers, my boyfriend) my response is to hold up the cover or, if it's on my Kindle reply with a sassy "A book." Because seriously, none of them are big readers. So if I tell them the name of the book and the author, it's not like they're going to respond "Oh, isn't her way with description fantastic! I haven't read her new release yet but the last one was great."

No, that never happens. If I do give the name of the book and/or author, it is inevitably followed up with another even more annoying question:
"What's it about?"

A couple of issues with this question. First, it's very difficult to explain a book in one sentence, especially when the book is complex. Could I say "Oh, the Hunger Games is about teenagers who have to fight to the death because of the government"? Umm, no. That's sounds ridiculous and does the book no justice at all. Second, why should I bother explaining it when the majority of people a) don't really care and b) have no interest in ever reading the book anyway?

Therefore, I usually revert to a sullen teenager and answer "Stuff."

Now I'm thinking I sound kind of bitchy. Maybe if I got into an animated conversation about the book and how great it is and what it's about I could inspire the people around me to actually read a book. But...then again, maybe people should just not bother me when I'm reading. Problem solved.


Deb Salisbury said...

ROFL! Ahem. Not fond of those questions myself.

And I REALLY hate to be interrupted when I'm reading.

Love the answer "Stuff." But being a loooooong way past a teenager, I'd get labeled a looney. ;-) Hmmm. Might be a nice label, though I'd rather be called eccentric.

DaniSue said...

Thanks! Good to know I'm not the only one who is bothered by this :)