“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 . . .
My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.