Booking Through Thursday
No, not THAT kind of R.I.P.
Reading. In. Public. Do you do it? Why or why not?
The shuttle van will be arriving in another few hours to take me to the airport where I intend to stick my nose in a book while I wait until boarding time. Once on the plane, my book will again be in hand and I will spend the flight in Mythago Wood. You see, reading is one of my favorite ways to pass the time, especially when waiting. I sometimes read while waiting in line or at the doctor's office, for example. I most likely will be reading while dining the next couple of nights since I will be alone, eating in a hotel (or one near it) restuarant, which is another time you can find me reading in public.
I have no qualms about reading in public and do it frequently. I never mind being asked what I am reading, although I have discovered that reactions vary. I think some people ask just to be kind. These seem to be people who really do not care but think they should ask out of politeness. Or perhaps the bored look on their face is just because they have no interest in the type of book I am reading. I most enjoy the light that comes into another reader's eyes when they find out I am reading something they are interested in or have read. Such encounters can lead to good conversation. (Note: there are times I do not like to be interrupted while reading, of course; specifically when I am eating lunch in the breakroom while reading and a certain someone decides to tell me about her most recent health problems).
I am the person who is always craning her neck to see what you are reading. I may not approach you, but I will be checking out the cover to see the title or author's name. I love to see people reading in public. I feel a sort of connection with that person, no matter what book he or she may be holding in his or her hand.
I recently acquired a couple of bookcovers to help protect my books from bends and curls while stored in my purse or bag. It was a very pratical purchase, not to mention I love my bookcover with handles! Still, I feel somewhat guilty about covering up such beautiful covers. I mean, what if there is someone out there like me who wants to know what I am reading?