“What do you tell people you read?” . . . Hmmm . . . When Carmel sent me this week’s question, my first thought was, “Huh?”
Eloquent, yes, I know, but there it is.
And even after being given more information, it’s still a complicated question. For me, at least.
If you’re sitting there, minding your own business, reading on some version of e-reader, and someone comes up and asks, “Hey, whatcha reading there?” what do you say?
Well, in most situations, I’m going to tell the truth. Surprising, I know. I do seem to have a problem with being straight-forward, don’t I? *snorts*
But not always . . .
Like when the person asking is the creeper I’ve been trying to avoid eye contact with, and I’m reading something smexy. Yeah, dude . . . In a situation like that, I’m going to say, “American Sniper,” or, “How to Improve Your Terrible Credit in 30 Days or Less for Dummies.”
Yeah . . . that’s right . . . keep moving . . . you don’t want any of this.
But seriously, I think there’s a reason erotica sales are off the charts these days. There’s a freedom in being able to read that kind of thing without an embarrassing tangle of limbs on the cover to give you away. That being said, I don’t read a lot of erotica, and when I do, it’s at home, so that hasn’t been a problem.
BUT I do have conservative Christians in my extended family who would be offended by most of what I read, UF especially. So when the holidays are upon us, and an aunt or a cousin is curious about what I’m reading, I can either tell them the truth, and get a knowing look about the state of my soul, or I can distract and deflect by saying, “Nothing you’d be interested in, but what about you? Have you read any good (Oprah book club) books lately?”
And that’s typically how I dodge that bullet. I don’t lie about it. I’m not ashamed of anything I read. But I have been known to change the subject to something less volatile. All I can say is, thank goodness the holiday season only comes once a year.
Those situations, however, are few and far between, so mostly . . . I just tell the truth. Right now I’m reading Magic Bites for the maybe 5th time, maybe 6th, b/c I have no willpower, and Kate #7 is the last in this story arc, so I don’t want anything to fly over my head, b/c it’s been a year or more since I read it . . . and I love Kate . . . and I might be a maniac . . .
What about you?