Contrary to the popular belief, readers don’t always stay locked inside their Hobbit holes, hissing at sunlight and curled around a hoard of books (I mean, unless you’re paperfury). Anywho, readers do like to come outside once and a while, but that doesn’t mean we leave our precious books behind. So without further ado, I present the types of readers you see out in public.
The ‘Walk and Read’ Reader
This is the reader that can be seen constantly weaving in between people with a practiced skill. They don’t even have to look up from their book to see where they’re going. Bonus points if they’re just leaving a bookshop or something similar.
These readers are very concentrated and excellent double taskers so it would be in the best interest of everyone around if you don’t interrupt them. You may mean well, but if you break their concentration and send them tumbling, then no one is happy. Especially if the book is damaged. If that’s the case, run.
The Over-The-Shoulder Reader
This is the reader that will without a doubt look over someone else’s shoulder, even if they have their own book. Now, this can be really annoying or you may not care, depending on who you are. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to deal with this kind of reader.
You can ignore them, and maybe they’ll go away. It might help to move away from them slowly and they should get the hint and move on their merry way. If that doesn’t work, clear your throat a few times and give them some pointed glances. If they still just don’t get it, call them out. Ask them politely to step away from the precious bookish merchandise, and advise them to bring their own book next time to avoid being a total creeper.
The Emotional Reader
This is the reader that lets their emotions free no matter what or where they are when they’re reading. They reach a sad part? Bring on the waterworks. Something funny? A cackle will follow. Their OTP does something adorable, and they melt into a puddle of goo on the sidewalk. They do all of this and more with the pride of a true warrior!
The best way to deal with this type of reader is to provide tissues and maybe the occasional sweet treat if you have the time. If you can’t or don’t want to, then just keep on moving. Don’t make it weird, bro; just keep on keeping on.
The Announcing Reader
The last reader is the Announcing Reader. This reader will make sure that everyone around will know what they’re reading. No one is spared from this, and they will shove their favorite quotes in your face and you will DEAL WITH IT.
The best thing to do is geek out with them! Take interest in what they’re reading and maybe tell them a little about your own bookish pursuits. Unless you’re in the middle of reading yourself, then just give them the stink eye until they realize what’s going on and move along.
Have you seen these kinds of readers on the streets? Or maybe you’ve encountered a kind that isn’t mentioned here. Please tell me in the comments down below!
See you next time,