Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a bit of a weird ranty post, though hopefully, it won’t turn out too negative! I seem to be have been surrounded by people who don’t read lately and it’s weird. Everyone else is more interested in socialising and playing video games which is great and I’m definitely at least 45% interested, but also can’t I just come along and read my book instead???
So, I thought I might write a post talking about all the things I wish I could say to people who aren’t “readers!”
1 I promise to socialise if you promise to let me finish reading!
I love socialising (when I’m in the mood for it) and I love hanging out with my friends but, I’m sorry I can’t join in properly until I finish my book. I feel like sometimes my friends (none of them are readers lol) don’t understand that reading is important to me and they definitely don’t understand how hard it is to finish reading these days between family, school and my blog!
Sometimes I just want to rant and make them understand but that’s pointless besides, I probably don’t understand their gaming issues. Also, yelling is rude.
2 Please don’t talk to me while I’m reading 😟
If you catch me reading while I’m not on the bus, you better back away real fast. I know that many other readers only have the chance to read on the commute to and from work and school so if you find us reading outside of that time you better not talk to us! We’re busy and this reading time is sacred and rare. Reading is a precious and often secluded time please please just leave us alone.
The same goes with audiobooks!
^^This gif is from one of my fave movies, Austenland, pls go watch it!
3 Don’t assume you know me just because you saw me reading a book!
Just because you see me reading a book on my way to Uni, it doesn’t mean that I’m a “stereotypical book nerd” or that I’m obnoxious and arrogant. I swear I do have other hobbies and interests!
All readers are different, I might be the most social person you’ve ever met (I’m not), you don’t know! I have a personality and other hobbies, I’m actually a huge film nerd – don’t assume you know me just because I’m reading a book.
4 Telling me they’re fictional won’t change anything!
Yes, I know they’re not real but that doesn’t mean I don’t care! I grew up with some of these characters and I would be heartless to sit there reading my book and never reacting.
5 Please turn the tv off, I can’t read with background noise
I can read with people talking and sometimes music, but reading is hard and book induced headaches are a very real thing – you coming into a previously silent room and turning the tv on is not helpful and the fact that you don’t get this is frustrating
6 Don’t school me on my buying habits
I don’t always spend money on books – in fact, I spend the least amount on books these days – books are expensive and I’m completely aware of that so how about you mind your own business?
7 No, I don’t want to just watch the movie!
I know it’s easier and I definitely do love movies, I’m literally a film major. But, I also love reading the book beforehand so I can understand all the references so leave me alone. Also, everyone knows that the books and movies are usually pretty damn different.
8 Just because I read, doesn’t make me a Nerd
I mean, I am a nerd, but not every reader is.
9 YA is not dumb!
This is so obvious to me and so many other readers (though, not all, unfortunately) but so many people seem to think we’re idiots for reading YA and so they get all judgy and rude. Nevermind, that I’m literally a teenager reading in my age group.
10 Not every reader is socially unconscious
When my anxiety isn’t through the roof and I’m having an alright day I can actually be pretty social so why don’t you and your stigmatised views just leave?