Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at the blog by the same name. It asks a usually book-related question that if you choose to answer you can link to in the comments. This week’s question is interesting and one I hear all the time.
What is your response when somebody tells you “I don’t read.”
My response is usually to be appalled in my head, I mean how can someone not read. But I know a lot of people who don’t so I keep my face in check and calmly say, “I bet you haven’t found something that really interested you yet” and then I try and delve into what might interest them. From there I try to make suggestions and if I have a book that might work I will loan it to them. If they just don’t seem to care, I will back off. Like sports, reading is not everyone’s cup of tea. Gasp, I know. Really, they just need to find what interests them. Logan, my oldest says he doesn’t like to read as much, but he will pour over sports blogs and sports articles. He’s reading. No it’s not books, but it is reading, I think people read more than they think. Would I love for everyone to read at least 5 books a year, obviously yes. Do some people seem flabbergasted when they hear I use to read almost 200 books a year, well yes.
We all have different interests and different ways to spend time. I love to read and try to give my love of reading to others. My husband loves to read, but when he’s not in the mood to read, he’s just not in the mood and he won’t read for a month or so. But then he’ll go and read 5 books in a row. We’re all different. I can’t change politics or someone’s mind about it, but maybe, just maybe I can hand them a book (not about politics) and they can fall in love with reading. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone turned off the news and picked up a book. 🙂
So go forth and spread your love of reading. The world needs a little more love right now. And reading is a wonderful way to share love. At least I think so.