‘Have books ‘happened’ to you? Unless your answer to that question is ‘yes’, I’m unsure how to talk to you.’
– Haruki Murakami
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Ahaha, I got a really good LOL out of this quote when I first saw it! Yes, it is a little over dramatic, of course I am able to understand and talk to people about topics other than books, but to me there’s nothing more of a conversation stopper than someone who says they hate, dislike or don’t read. Having wonderful bloggers that have tagged along for my bookish ramblings has almost made me a bit spoilt. There is such a brilliant reading community on here that completely understand my hobby bordering on obsession that sometimes I forget just how clueless most people are about the wonders of reading.
My first brush with reality on this topic was last year in halls, but just last week I had another one!
A couple of weeks ago I was assigned to a group to work on a presentation assignment. One of them was a person I had never talked to before but I knew she followed my twitter. We had a group meeting last week and it turned out we were the only two of five to show up. This meant we were able to have a nice relaxed natter and get to know each other. Somewhere along in the conversation she asked me if I liked English. I asked her if she meant the subject and she replied yes. I said something along the lines of err, not really, I hated English in secondary school and wondered what the cause of the random question was. She told me that she had just assumed I was doing a joint degree in Psychology and English because I tweeted about books so much and often had statuses saying I was a certain number of pages through a book (automatic tweets from Goodreads). When I told her that I didn’t take English and simply read because I loved and enjoyed it she got this confused and slightly blank look on her face, as if she couldn’t understand why I would read a book other than to complete a degree! After that there was a bit of a lull in the conversation.
These people, they don’t know what they’re missing!
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