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Things Readers Are Sick of Hearing

Taking a break from Atlas Shrugged posts, I bring you a fun article on a list of things that people who love books are sick of hearing. See which one provokes you the most.

1. “You’re staying in tonight to read?”
Is there anything so exciting that would take me away from my couch and punkin in the evening? I won’t exchange my reading time for anything except for maybe a good cocktail.

2. “I wish I had time to read, but …”
…but you have to be glued to the phone and make sure you don’t miss every latest Facebook status updates. I gotcha!

3. “You’re buying more books?”
This is end of a date if this question pops up in the conversation. Buying books like grocery, and proud of it!

4. “Oh, I don’t really read.”
I have actually met a lot of people whose response to my question “what is your favorite book?” is “oh, I don’t really read.” How is that even a thing?! You are doing yourself a great disservice if you don’t let yourself get lost in some fictional world every once and awhile, or learn about real life things that have happened to other people. Reading is such an amazing thing, and it makes you so much smarter and someone I would actually want to have a conversation with.

5. “You must have loved [the only novel people who don’t read are talking about this year].”

6. “Can’t you just wait for the movie to come out?”
An Artist of the Floating World was published in 1986. I’m still waiting.

7. “Why do you always have a book in your purse?”
What am I gonna do while my espresso is being pulled? Books are my life!

8. “Fiction doesn’t count.”
It’s shown scientifically that human beings who read fiction are more empathetic and kinder people.

9. “Can I borrow your copy of…”
I will only loan my books to friends who love books. I’m livid about people passing my books on to others, or books coming back dog-eared, and stained with coffee rings and have crumbs stuck between the pages.

3 Responses

  1. This is so so perfect.. especially the

    If I can borrow your book! !

  2. Wow! I snorted my beverage at #5.

  3. #2 is the one I hear a lot that annoys me… I get that people have jobs, kids, etc., but own your choices. You could make time to read, but you choose to do other things.

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