Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
Here’s my Musing Mondays ramble for this week:
I love to see the books strangers are reading. When I go to the library, I enjoy noticing the books other folks are borrowing. At the bookstore, I like to see what other people are buying. But most of all, I like to catch strangers in the act of actually reading—and then trying to get a glimpse of the cover to find out what it is.
If I see someone in my doctor’s waiting room with a book, I always try to get a look at the cover. Same thing at airports, while waiting for the oil in my car to be changed, at the park near my office . . . anywhere that I see someone reading a book. Best of all is when I see someone who is reading a book that I’ve read myself, or, better yet, reading a book that I own. Instant connection!
Plus–I’m the type of person who always has a story going on inside my head, and seeing a person with a book is just another story prompt for me. WHY did she pick that book? WHERE did he get it? Is it for a class? Is he reading it to impress a special someone? Is that book going to be a life-changer for her? I can go on and on . . . and sometimes I do.
But nowadays, there’s a catch. A big one. I can’t do this when the stranger is reading an eBook.
EBooks add such an air of anonymity to what you’re reading. No one knows what it is, unless someone is literally hanging over your shoulder to read the screen—and even I won’t resort to that. This definitely takes some of the fun out of my reader-watching activities. Finding readers “in the wild” with actual books is becoming more and more rare—and I miss it.
What about you? Do you notice what strangers are reading? Have you ever “caught” a stranger reading a familiar book? Please share!
The wonderful photos above were taken by photographer Ourit Ben-Haim and can be found, along with many others, on her fabulous blog http://undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com/. She hasn’t posted in about five months now, and I miss her.
(Also–thank you to CleopatraLovesBooks for giving me the idea for this post! One line in one of her posts over the weekend stuck with me and prompted this rambling!)