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Monday, March 16, 2009

Musing Monday

This weekly event is hosted by Just One More Page.
We were all warned as children to 'never talk to strangers', but how do you feel about book-talk with random people? When you see people reading, do you ask what it is? Do you talk to people in the book store or the library? Why or why not? What do you do if people talk to you?

I still adhere to the “don’t talk to strangers rule”. Not because I am anti-social—maybe a little—but I am quite shy and tend to avoid social situations on most occasions. I live in New York and depend on public transportation which means people are reading around me a lot. I do get curious about what other people are reading but never ask because I wouldn’t want to be disturbed during my commute and I don’t think they would like it either. I do try to covertly get the title of the books though.

In the bookstore it is a different story. People come up to me when I am browsing and talk to me about books. What I like, which books I would recommend…all that stuff. I guess I look like I have read a lot. I find that on the rare occasion someone does approach me in a bookstore, I do like talking about books. During my commute, I would rather people left me alone. It is the only really quiet time I have to read and I would prefer that I not have to give a short summary, title and author of my book to a random stranger.


  1. From reading today's musings, seems like talking in book stores is fair game but commutes are a no no!

  2. My commute is my "zen reading time". It is the only time I just get to sit and read without being bothered. Also my reading concentration seems to be sharper when on public transportation so when someone disrupts that flow it is hard to get it back.



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