Today's Musing Monday, hosted by Rebecca of Just One More Page posits:
We were all warned as children to 'never talk to strangers', but how do you feel about book-talk with random people?
When you see people reading, do you ask what it is?
Do you talk to people in the book store or the library? Why or why not?
What do you do if people talk to you? (question courtesy of Dena)
I'm an introvert so don't have the tendency to jump into conversations with strangers out in public. However, my son and my husband, whom are both extroverts do, so when I am out with either James or both or them, we get drawn into all kinds of conversations. My son has no problem engaging strangers and asking them what they are reading - anywhere, anyplace, anytime. I always assume if someone is reading in public - in a restaurant, at the movie theater, in the grocery store, on a plane, train or automobile, that they don't want to engage in conversation. When I read, I become very engrossed in the story and ignore everything around me. I hate being pulled out of the story at an inopportune moment, so tend to give public readers privacy. However, I do try to sneak glances at the book to see what they are reading out of simple curiosity. Yes, that may be me trying to peer nonchalantly over your shoulder.
However. Isn't there always a however? In the bookstore is another story. If I see someone pick up a book I've read, I may add my 2 cents worth "Oh, that's an excellent story." I rarely ask for strangers opinions in the aisles, but have had other folks ask me for mine which I don't mind at all.
Dena's question brings to mind another one for me. Are you mindful of what books you read in public, since there is that innate curiosity in all of us to peer over shoulders. Which book would you most likely take with you - a classic, a mystery, or that steamy romance that you've been dying to finish?