Monday, March 16, 2009

Musing Mondays: Stranger Danger?

As always, Musing Mondays is brought to us by Rebecca.

This week's question is:

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 love book talking to random people! Whenever I see someone reading, I always try to take a peek to see what it is, although I don't always interrupt them, especially if they look rather into it. I think that I usually book-talk strangers at the bookstore. I like seeing what people have in their hands and seeing whether I've read it or haven't or would like to. I like when people see something that I'm carrying around and give a comment like "Oh I just read that and it's FANTASTIC!" because then I'm even more excited to take it home and read it, so I try to do that for others. Plus, since I read all the book blogs, I like to pass on info on books that I've heard good reviews about.

My most recent book-related convo with a stranger was about the Outlander Series at the library book sale. I got the ever-so-perfect "just you wait for the next book in the series! it's great!" comment. I think that the Twilight series has started the most conversations for me though. I've started conversations with people out at lunch, in the bookstore (when I was picking up my own copies of the books and when I saw others picking it up), and at the library. The Twilight convo at the library is probably why I don't really book-talk with the librarians there though. I was there picking up my on-hold copy of Breaking Dawn and it went like this:

Librarian: Oh, these books certainly are getting requested a lot!

Me: Yea, they are really popular right now and are kind of fun reads. You haven't read them yet?? (assuming when a book because really popular, as a librarian, you would want to read it...)

Librarian: Oh no! I mean, they are just SO LONG!

Me: **head-desk** oh, yea, they are kind of long...but they are Young Adult, so they read really fast...

So that kind of stopped me asking the librarians there for reccomendations or if they've read something because they obviously aren't picking up 2666 (which was fantastic), or Outlander (also amazing), or maybe even the last few Harry Potter books due to the length...which just makes me think YIKES. I mean, I could understand being intimidated by the length of something like Pillars of the Earth, but TWILIGHT??? I mean, come on! It's not exactly a literary masterpiece that takes intense focus to understand.

Overall, I feel like book people are good people, so no worries of stranger-danger for me!


  1. Oh my goodness, no wonder you don't talk to your librarians! Not very encouraging, are they!?

  2. What an odd librarian? I can't imagine not reading a book like Twilight because of that. I agree with you -- Pillars of the Earth might give some people pause but Twilight doesn't seem to have that kind of length. And I guess she did sit out the Harry Potter series -- or at least the last ones! And if a book is great, length doesn't matter? How often have you wished a book would just go on and on?

  3. I love it too when carrying around a book and someone tells me it was fantastic!

  4. I can't believe that your librarian would say something like that! That's ridiculous!

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