Reasons I will never understand people who don’t like reading. Now I’m not talking about people who just don’t read that much or they don’t read because they’ve never found a book they like. I’m talking about the people who HATE reading, who will put down reading, who will tease you about reading, who will ask annoyingly stupid questions about reading.
I’m sure we’ve all had these people talk to us before, the timeless “But why would you want to read a book?” or the always good “Why would you own so many books? I hate reading” Well that’s fantastic you hate reading but I like it and I’d prefer if you didn’t belittle my hobbies.
Okay so this post is going to be rant sorry in advance!
They ask stupid questions.
How many times must I explain that when I read I can imagine a scene that is better than any high def screen in the universe? I’m sucked into the book and immersed in the imagery.
When they ask you: But how do you know the characters good-looking there not real.
- They are as real as your characters in a movie. 2. They are freaking gorgeous in my mind and If I can find Fan art of that character I will show you that everyone is imagining the same thing when they read the book!
They ask what you’re reading and then proceed to talk over you to tell you how much they dislike reading.
Why, why? Did you want to discuss why you hate reading to me, who you can clearly see is reading and enjoying it!? What am I supposed to say to you? Would you like me to try to convince you to like reading by reading a specific book?
To be honest once upon a time I would tell the person they just haven’t found the right book and recommend something to them but these days I’m a lot more anti-social and would rather be reading my book than discussing why you hate them. I’ve played this game before and oh, would you look at that, I don’t care.
When they belittle others for reading.
I have a friend who doesn’t read that often and the one time, one time she picked up a book her brother in-law proceeded to laugh at her and ask her why she would read a book for that much, that she stopped reading it. You have no right to laugh at someone for wanting to try something new.
Stop being an Asshole!
They ask for a book to borrow so they can feel like they’re being nice.
When people look at my shelves, make comments all about how they hate reading and then ask if I could recommend something for them? I have been suckered in the past and recommended books. For them to then ask to BORROW IT! Sure why not? and then I’ll never see the book again and you’ll never read it anyway. No, go borrow it from the library not my shelves.
When you’ve lent them a book
So you’ve done the unthinkable and lent a book hater a book that they promise they’re going to read but haven’t started in over a month? Now here comes the awkward “Hey can I have that book back?” and the inevitable response “But I haven’t read it yet” How long must I wait until it’s not rude to say well your never going to read it and I want it back? I’m not good at confrontation *sad face* Never lend books to non readers
When I lend out a book
When they ask you what your books about..
When I explain what my book is about especially if it’s a fantasy and they ask why I would want to read something like that BECAUSE I LIKE MY CHARACTERS 400 YEARS OLD SNARKY AND IMMORTAL AND THEY HAVE TO DEFEAT SOME WITCHES AS WELL AS DEMONS OTHER WISE THE WORLD WILL EXPLODE. I’m sorry but how can I not read this is the real question.
I have to say a lot of my real life friends are book haters and we’ve learnt to get past that and continue to be friends so there is some hope left! Even if us readers have to put up with such silly questions we also get to explore worlds book haters couldn’t even imagine so it’s all worth it in the end.
Have you had a book hater in your time? I hope you’ve all come to the same realization that arguing with them is a waste of perfectly good reading time and never let anyone discourage you from doing something you love 🙂 Happy reading you amazing people!