What do you mean, “I don’t read”?

Having blogged about books for more than four years now, I tend to have a skewed perception of the general public and how much people usually read. Plus, having grown up with a good deal of bookish friends, I’ve almost always had someone to talk books with.

So it’s always been a little difficult for me to relate to people who don’t read. And it wasn’t until recently that I met people who actually said they don’t read, and I’m just like “…oh. Okay.” I don’t really know how to respond because the idea of not reading, or not even wanting to read, is totally foreign to me. So much of my life revolves around the things I read that there’s going to be inevitable distance between me and someone who doesn’t read.

Do you ever have trouble relating to people who don’t read? Or do you make sure to surround yourself as much as possible with people who DO read?

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11 thoughts on “What do you mean, “I don’t read”?

  1. I don’t actually know that many readers IRL. I don’t know why. So I try to keep my book talk to a minimum. It is always astonishing to me when people aren’t interested in discussing books, how many you’ve read, etc. It can definitely be disappointing.

  2. I was just having a conversation with a friend the other day about how perplexed we are when someone says they don’t read. What do they DO? How can you not read? What do you do when you’re between work and chores and whatnot? It is baffling to me! My friends are all readers and I work in a public library, so I really do surround myself with readers.

    • Yeah, I don’t know either. I don’t read nearly as much as I want to/should, but on the other hand, anything I’m doing on the internet…involves reading, just not reading books. So actually I’m pretty much reading all the time, so…

  3. I have two reactions to non-readers: 1. I feel sad. I wonder if they had teachers that made them hate reading or they didn’t grow up in a reading household. 2. I feel like it’s a challenge! I want to figure out what they like and what kind of book they would love. I think everyone is a reader, it’s just a matter of getting the right book in their hands.

    • I pretty much have those reactions as well, but a lot of people are just determined not to read, and it makes me sad. 🙁

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