Personally, I hate this question. I was reminded of this fact a few minutes ago while reading a blog post giving advice to introverts attending writers conferences. One of the suggestions was to ask what are you currently reading as a conversation opener.
Generally, I’m speechless when someone uses that question on me……. even when I am in the middle of reading a book in a public place.
Not always, but most times, I’m enjoying the book and under the right circumstances would be excited about sharing why, in great detail. So why is this question a conversation killer for me?
The first thing that comes to mind is hype around what is considered to be a must-read book. Pretty much never, is how often anyone will find me reading a critically acclaimed book. Filtering what I’m reading through this criteria robs me of words. I assume the asker will be expecting me to name some fabulous book. Maybe I assume wrongly…. I might need to give that some thought.
The reason I rarely read recommended books is because (in my mind) book critic’s ratings are on the same scale as movie and fashion critics. Their picks usually appeal to a niche market, not the mainstream. I march to the beat of my own drum. I like what I like and don’t spend time worrying about what’s trendy or popular. How’s that working out for me? Very well, I have to say.
The second filter has to do with time. When I hear the question, what are you reading, I feel like the answer should be along the lines of – this month we are reading ____
The thing is; most often the current book was started a few hours ago and in a few more hours it will be a different one. That’s just the way it is for me. Gobble, gobble. The only time a book lasts longer is when it doesn’t appeal and breaks are needed to help get me through it.
Maybe the last reason I’m reluctant to name a book is because I expect it will be a conversation stopper when you hear what I’m reading.
So, what am I currently reading? …… Blog posts.
I’m taking a break, a new book will be starting shortly.
I have been reading awesome authors with amazing stories. Maybe I just need to get over my own insecurities and stand tall and proud about what I’m reading.
In this setting, I like telling you about books I’ve read. I’m still behind, so more are coming …. soon.