As a book lover do you:
a) Use books as conversational ice-breakers?
b) Sometimes find yourself overcome with the urge to talk to someone about the book you can see they are reading because you’ve either read or want to read it?
c) Get spoken to because of what you are reading?
d) All of the above?
I realise that being interrupted while you are reading, or interrupting someone else while they are reading, is somewhat impertinent. But, sometimes I’ll see someone reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves or some other wonderful book and just feel the need to tell them how wonderful it was to read.
And I’m an introvert. The people avoiding, robot embracing sort of introvert.
Books are just the best subject to talk to strangers about, especially when faced with awkward social situations where all you want to do is avoid small talk (I can only pretend to like so many cats). One minute these new people are near strangers and the next you’re debating Shakespeare’s worth. All from books.
If I didn’t love reading I wouldn’t have a blog, bookish internet friends, book festivals to visit, volunteering roles or probably even my job. From one thing sprang a chain of events that have pushed me forward in all sorts of ways.