Musing Mondays — Reading in Public

Today’s Musing Mondays question is… “When is it inappropriate to read in front of others? Is it ever appropriate?”

Well, I am pretty much always reading in front of people when I am stuck in a queue somewhere or in a waiting room or in the student lounge between classes. I’d say those are appropriate instances to whip out a book. But if someone started talking to me, I would definitely put the book down (no matter how hard it can be!) and chat with them, much in the same way I might stop typing on my computer or might tell the person I’m on the phone with that I have to go.

I think my most egregious example of reading in front of people is the time I was reading at a party. I know! But to be fair, everyone else was playing poker and I didn’t know most of them, so I felt pretty validated using my alone time to finish up The Catcher in the Rye. Wouldn’t you? Maybe?

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3 thoughts on “Musing Mondays — Reading in Public

  1. caite says:

    If it was someone I knew and they interrupted my reading, I might stop. Maybe.
    But…if people do it in public, strangers, that is just rude I think.

  2. Alison says:

    Good point! I forgot about those crazy people on the train who try to talk to you no matter how many books you're reading. 🙂 But generally I try not to let my book be a shield!

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