Ask any bookworm what their haven is, the answer will always be curling up in their comfy bed with an unending supply of books, food and coffee/tea.
See, we’re such simple creatures.
But have you ever wondered why we like to stay holed up in our bedrooms instead of venturing outside with our books? Because reading in public is a complicated process that may involve inevitable death due to embarrassment. And apparently I do have a death wish because you can frequently(read: always) find me reading in public.
And so I decided to make a list of pros and cons of reading books in public because I’m obsessed with lists and have a severe need to analyse everything. But this can be very useful for you, so keep reading on!
1. Efficient time management
This is so helpful if you have a TBR like mine which is threatening to crash down upon your head leading to inevitable death.
Unfortunately, I have to go to school almost everyday which highly limits my reading time unless I read my books there. Most of my reading is done in my free classes, lunch break and in the 5 minutes between two classes, when one teacher has left and the other hasn’t arrived yet, because EVERY MINUTE COUNTS!
2. The awe and respect
Most bookworms are pretty antisocial and quiet and don’t have hundreds of people coming around to talk to them, which is fine since we have to read our books anyway. But more often than not someone will gape at the size of the book we’re reading from the corner of a room and look at us with awe and respect like wow you actually read for pleasure, you must be a superhero.
It’s a huge thing for them.
I remember starting the Lunar Chronicles in the beginning of the school year and I was so into that series that I would finish one book each day. So I took a different book to school everyday and one of my classmates was amazed when she fond out I was actually reading and finishing them in a single day.
3. You’re armed with your weapons
It’s pretty much common knowledge that books, especially hardcover books can be excellent weapons. You won’t know until you’ve been a prey to a book attack or accidentally dropped books on yourself while trying to take Bookstagram pictures*
So yeah, now you have a foolproof way to deal with the annoying people in your life!
*I know you’re reading this Cait
4. Books make for excellent hidey-holes!
Are you desperately trying to avoid someone who’s coming right your way and is about to see you in 3….2…1…NOW?
Just lift up the book to pretend you’re reading. Tada!
Aren’t books a lifesaver?
5. Warding off work
Now this is slightly rare but sometimes when people see that you’re busy reading with eyes glued to the pages, they tend to leave you alone.
Oh well, she looks busy with her book, I’ll give this work to somebody else.
IT’S A MIRACLE
6. Finding other booklovers
But hands off the best advantage of reading in public is that another bookworm might see you reading their favourite book and may come over to gush and scream over the book. They might even lend you their books and you might become fast fangirl friends!
So don’t shy away from reading in the public!
On the other hand though…
1. People who judge you
I can’t even remember the number of people who start judging me when I whip my book out.
No, I’m not an all-knowing smarty pants.
I’m not trying to boast okay, just let me read
No, I don’t hate talking to people I just like reading much more!
Yes, I actually do things other than reading(unfortunately)
JUST STOP JUDGING!
2. Damaging or loosing books
Your books aren’t really safe in the world out there because people are stupid and careless and don’t respect these wondrous pages filled with words.
You might keep your book down and turn your head for one second only to find that your book has magically disappeared like all your food does.
They somehow end up with broken spines, folded or torn pages and the worst- food or water stains. And let’s not think of the possibility of the covers folding over if you don’t keep them carefully in your bags. The mere thought of this might encourage you to never take your book out of your house.
3. Embarrassing outbursts
While reading in our cozy beds it’s safe for us to scream at our book, cry when a character dies or just giggle at funny and adorable characters. And we get so used to that freedom that we often forget that out in the real world people are actually watching us and it’s not normal to yell ‘DON’T DIE’ while commuting to work.
This can lead to high levels of embarrassment or death.
So now you have to exercise great control over every inch of your being to not betray your emotions, which is NOT easy when your favorite character dies. You’d be surprised at how often that happens.
Because writers are plain rude and love to toss our feelings off a cliff.
4. Getting comfortable
This is a major problem because reading in public drags you away from your comfortable lair a.k.a your bed . You can’t lay back into your bean-bag in a train, lie down on your side at school or just be comfortable in any possible way.
Honestly, we should all start carry our reading homes with us like turtles and tortoises.
5. Constant interruptions
Sometimes Many a times it’s impossible to read more that a couple of sentences before someone interrupts your peace and happiness.
‘What are you reading?
‘So what’s this book about?’
‘Can’t you read sometime else?’
‘OMG did you hear about-‘
‘Wait, you’re reading?’
No, I’m actually volunteering for the next Hunger Games. Want to join me?
6. Being tagged as a nerd
Oh yeah, that happens too.
But I’ve got used to it, plus I now take pride in being called a nerd. Yes, I read big books and cry and yell at them. I’m a nerd through and through. What do you do beside gossiping and loitering around?