Today’s Monday Musings was inspired by last week’s random question on Miz B’s Should Be Reading blog: Do you have people in your life (face-to-face) that are readers like you? Or, do you find that you have to reach out to those online in order to find like-minded folk?
For me, this is an interesting question, because at various times in my life, it has been both! I think that my preference nowadays is to talk to people in person rather than online; however, there are people who would not be in my life if I hadn’t reached out to folks online.
For real, in-depth, meaty book talk, there are a few people I turn to:
The first one is my husband, Scott. He’s into much of the same stuff that I am, and I’ve put him onto so many good books that he calls me his “dealer”. We often sit and read together and read little bits to each other that are funny or clever. I also read out loud to him while he’s driving us on a road trip. We’ve read so many of the same things that book references have turned into a kind of shorthand language.
The second person is one of my oldest friends, Kyle. He’s even more of an avid reader than me (which is astonishing), and a faster reader than me (which is frightening). He and I have the kind of deep, detailed discussions that make other people’s eyes glaze over. That book shorthand language works with him too.
The third person is a co-worker, Karl. He’s the trade book buyer for our store, and he gets lots of comps and shares them with me, and I sometimes share my comps with him. His reading has been more broad than mine has, so I get lots of good recommendations from him. He’s also one of the only people I know who is also into young adult fiction.
There are some people online with whom I bounce around book recs, neat quotes, and stuff like that, but it’s much less frequent. As I mentioned above, though, online interactions have brought some wonderful people into my life… including my husband! He and I met online in a book discussion group while he was still living in Texas. See, books can bring you other precious things besides entertainment!