You may have read about how I'm easily distracted when I read. So how does it make any sense that one of my favorite places to read is in crowded places?
I love going to restaurants, parks, malls, bookstores, libraries, coffee shops, the beach, the pool, or other places where there are tons of people who are chatting and going about their business. (I swear, the people at my local Potbelly know me by name and what I'm going to order before I do.)
How does this make sense? I mean, half the time I can't even concentrate on a book if there's music playing. I just start singing the song, and reading the same sentence over and over. But when I'm in a crowded place, all the noise just blends together, and I get lost in my book.
But sometimes I get a little embarrassed when I'm reading certain books. I feel like some super smart person is going to come up and ask me what I'm reading and then judge me.
Why do I care?? Better yet, why do I think anyone would want to come up and talk to me? Especially since it's pretty much never happened.
I remember being out one day, reading Jennifer Rush's ALTERED and folding the front cover all the way around so people wouldn't see this...
Because the book police were there and would be like, "Pardon me, miss. Why do you have a picture of a half-necked (because the book police have southern accents) teenage boy on your book? What kinda sicko are you? I'm gonna halfta confiscate that."
This is only one of the reasons that I'm loving my iPad so much more. That, and I can prop my book up and eat at the same time. And let's face it. The only thing better than reading is being able to stuff your face while you do it!
How about you? Do you like to read in public, or do you prefer to be alone? Do you ever get embarrassed by what you're reading?
Am I alone??? TALK TO ME!