Today’s topic is kind of self explanatory… basically it’s going to revolve around the question of whether you read in public or not.
Why should you read in public?
Well, for starters reading in public can be more convenient than reading in private. By only reading in private, you are kind of limiting your reading time to when you are alone… and exactly how long are you alone? For me, I have school and then after school stuff that all involve other people and can be considered as “public”. If I were to say I don’t read in public, I’m basically limiting myself to reading to around the 6 hours where I’m alone… and if you count having to do homework and wanting to update this blog, that leaves me little reading time. So why won’t you want to read in public if it means you can squeeze some more reading? Yeah, why not? That brings us to…
Why not? AKA Why I Hate Reading in Public
One of the reasons why I HATE reading in public is that when I was a kid, sometimes I was teased for being the “book nerd”. At that time, it was embarrassing. Today, I embrace the title. But that being said, I always feel like I’m being judged when I’m reading in public. Especially when I’m reading stuff that makes me react emotionally… you know like shed a tear here and there… or full out bawling. Yeah, that too. Always spontaneously bursting out in tears and whimpering in public is not exactly something I like doing. It’s just a side effect of reading. But it also makes people think I’m crazy and insane. Plus, I hate it when people see me cry…
And there’s the time when the book makes me make all these weird facial expressions like raising my eye brows, glaring at the book, and smiling / frowning. I always get weird looks when I do that too. Almost always followed with “What the heck are you reading?!? Which isn’t actually a bad question, but is when you’re reading an indie book or an ARC or some book that’s not “popular” (popular at school, I mean)… then things just get awkward.
If I’m being honest, I do read in public. Especially in school. What? It spices up what are usually boring (and sleepy) days! But usually when I do read in study hall or on the bus, it’s usually the books that I’m reading aren’t going to cause any emotional break outs or weird facial expressions. That basically means I leave The Fault in Our Stars and If I Stay at home. :'( The people who read those books are either really clueless or really brave.
So what about you?
Do you read in public?