Monday, August 28, 2017

6 Things Readers Want You To Stop Asking

6 Things Readers Want You To Stop Asking

We've all been there before... We've mentioned our love of reading to a non-reader just to have them ask a ridiculous question. Some questions are easier to answer than others, as some just make you want to roll your eyes and walk away from the conversation.

Here are some of the things that I am totally sick of being asked.

Please note: This is meant to be a fun post!! I know that I can come across as a bit snarky sometimes. But I promise, while the questions below are real, I'm just trying to have some fun with them. :)


6 Things Readers Want You To Stop Asking


How do you have time to read so much?
I have to admit, this question really gets my blood boiling sometimes.

If someone is asking honestly, I will answer simply that reading is my hobby and it helps me relax, so I make the time for it. Whether that is by listening to an audiobook while driving, cleaning the apartment, or prepping dinner. I also read a lot while doing cardio at the gym and I make sure to read for at least a half an hour before bed every night. If someone truly wants help adding more reading time to their life, I have absolutely no problem working with them to help them find the time.

Unfortunately, more often than not, people ask me this question in a condescending tone, as if they think reading is a waste of time, that I am lazy for reading so much, or that I have nothing better to do with my life. In that case I always just have one rebuttal question; How do you have time to do any of the things you like? Again, you simply make time if you care enough.


Don’t you get bored just sitting there reading?
Sure, sometimes I struggle with a book and feel a bit bored. But I can get bored with a great number of things; watching movies or TV, hanging at a bar, shopping, et cetera. If I'm feeling bored with a book, I usually just DNF it and move on to the next one.


Why do you keep a TBR list? 
I LOVE lists. When it comes to my TBR, I would be pretty lost without it! I love hearing someone rave about a book and then immediately jumping on Goodreads to add it to my list so I don't forget about it.


Don’t your eyes hurt after hours of reading?
Only if I'm reading off of the iPad or my laptop. The back lighting from those two devices can give me headaches. Luckily, I do 99% of my reading on my Kindle or with physical copies.

If reading gives you headaches, you should schedule an appointment with your optometrist to see if you need reading glasses.


Doesn’t the number of books you want to read stress you out?
While it is a bit daunting to see the total number of books that I want to read, I think it's great to have such a long list! Every now and again, I do "TBR Takedowns" to try to cruise through a few books on my list. I also go through and review my TBR every now and again to make some cuts with books that I am no longer interested in. This keeps my list fresh and interesting to me.

The only time I am truly stressed out over the number of books that I want to read is when I fall behind on my honest review pile, or when all of my library holds come in at once and I don't have any renewals! :)


Aren't you worried that your eReader battery will die on you?
Nah, I'm pretty good at making sure my Kindle has a charge. Plus the battery itself lasts a LONG time, much longer than my cellphone battery lasts! I have the Kindle Paperwhite and the battery lasts for 28 hours or more.


Thanks for reading!
Did I touch on any questions that you are sick of being asked? Which ones did I miss? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

28 comments:

  1. I think the one I get asked the most is, "How do you read so much?" I just say that I like to read and I read fast. And like you, I'm usually multi-tasking, especially while watching tv. Reading is a hobby just like anything else, so you make time for the things you enjoy.

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  2. The TBR list and you bought another book don't you have enough books? Who can have enough books, come on. I know I can't. I love to look at the covers, wait for them to come in at the library, peruse them at bookstores and it's even better to get them in the mail.

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    1. Oh my gosh, yes!! That is a great one! I can't believe I missed it!

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  3. Totally that first question! And also; Why did you buy a book? You already have so many..... Like Brenda said :)

    Ugh...

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    1. Some people will just never understand a readers love of books :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Love this post. I hate "Do you actually think you'll read all of those?" In reality no, but in my fantasies - each and every one! Stop asking people....

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  5. "Don't you get bored?" Um if reading bored me, do you think I'd spend a lot of my time doing it???

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  6. Great list! I also get quite irritated when people ask me "how do you have time to read so much?" I mean its just like anything else, if you like doing something, you make the time to do it! I know what you mean about it being condescending, its like they are accusing me of having no life.

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    1. It's so incredibly frustrating!!! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  7. I don't like being asked "What is that book about?" of a book someone sees me sitting there reading. Being pulled out of the reading experience is a jolt, plus I don't usually feel like immediately going into analysis mode to produce a one- or two-sentence synopsis that won't do justice to the book really. That's why i like blogging, because I have plenty of time to formulate my thoughts (or keep them private)!

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    1. Oh my gosh! That is a good one, Lory! Stuff like that always makes me feel so pressured and I totally panic!

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  8. I've gotten the first and it makes me wonder what it is about books as opposed to another hobby that makes people ask this question. Also the bored question really bugs me too. People don't ask that about watching television or movies. Aren't books just another form of entertainment?

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  9. One of the most annoying questions I keep being asked is "How do you even read books? They're so boring" and I'm just looking at them like WUT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Non readers almost never understand readers :/ Great post Erica!

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    1. Ugh that's a rough one!! I can't stand people that feel the need to knock someones interests.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I love making lists and I love nothing better than crossing something off my list. Totally agree with you!

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  11. Ha ha awesome list. I SO agree with #1. Apparently spending three hours watching the game on TV is okay (and I like a good game, don't get me wrong) but three hours reading, and people are like huh?? lol And I don't think relatives understand the concept of a TBR list AT All. :)

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    1. hahaha it's so silly!! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  12. "Don't you get bored just sitting there reading?"

    That is definitely one I get ALL the time! I feel like it is the silliest question. Why would I do it during any free time I had if I didn't enjoy it? I kind of see it like if I asked someone "Isn't it boring just sitting there watching football?" when obviously they enjoy it!

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  13. "How do you have time to read so much?"
    This one definitely gets me irritated. The short answer is I don't really. I'm a student and don't have a lot of time for anything but everyone has their hobbies that they make time for. I don't know, it's just annoying. And, I totally feel like it can be condescending.

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    1. Absolutely!! It's such a ridiculous thing to ask!

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  14. Hahhaaa! This list made me laugh so much... I didn't even think about how condescending these questions are... but really it is all about making time for what you love. One time someone said "well if I had as much free time as she had I'd read that much too" and yes that was a quote! It hurt my feelings but then I realized it came from a place of jealousy and envy rather than anything about me! ♥️ (You've been asked some doozies!)

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that! And I totally agree, you gotta make time for what you love! If you say you don't have time, you just need to take a look at how you're managing your time! :)

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