Musing Monday 7/16/18

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

Welcome to July. Goodness where is the time going this year? It seems to be going by very fast!

Random Question: Do you ever get teased or looked at oddly for reading?

My recent travels made me notice a few things I have been overlooking for a long time. I love to read, I always try to bring a book with me either in my Kindle or a hard copy anytime I go somewhere. I do this with crochet as well, but let’s stick to the books for the moment, lol. At home, I tend to get more judgmental looks and I have even had people call me weird for choosing to sit in a park and read for several hours. I have been teased as a bookworm both good natured and not so good natured.

However, while I was abroad, I didn’t have any of those things happen. Instead, I was several times asked what I was reading and had some nice conversations about books. I noticed overall there were a lot of other people reading as well. I saw people like me reading on public transport or in parks just enjoying a nice day. I am not saying this doesn’t happen in the US and I am not saying everyone in Europe reads, but there were enough moments that happened to make me take note.

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4 responses to “Musing Monday 7/16/18”

  1. That’s some interesting insight into reading habits. One must wonder if it’s because of our dwindling attention span over here. I think social media has made it challenging for some people to engage others in conversation.

    Can’t say I get odd looks when people see me with a book, but they are usually shocked when I say I don’t watch TV because I prefer to read.

    Hope you have a great week.

    • Social media and the land of everything right now sure has had something to do with attention span. When I first arrived back overseas I even caught myself fidgeting a bit and checking my phone while on the Tube, which was silly for most of the time because no signal underground duh! Luckily I am fairly self aware of things and when I noted I was doing it I made an effort to change it and once I got on the train the phone went into my bag (headphones staying on because what can I say I like my music) and I took out my book to read or just people watched in general. I can imagine you get looks for the TV vs Read thing. I would rather read too, but I do have a habit of having the TV on in the background when I am doing most things because it helps my anxiety. Can’t tell you what is on most of the time though, lol.

    • That could really be it. Yet another point for better public transport right? LOL People would read more too!

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