Whether you only read when you’re curled up in bed under cozy blankets, or you’ve perfected reading and eating / walking / napping at the same time so that you never have to put your book (or ereader) down, you’ve almost certainly been interrupted in the process. I know I have, and it usually makes me wish I was a literal bookdragon / bookwyrm who could breathe fire and incinerate the offenders.
Last month, Charvi @ Not Just Fiction started an awesome new meme:
Off Tangent Thoughts (OTT) is a bi-monthly meme that has a basic list-based format wherein bloggers express their points in the form of a short or long list with the points under the list being merely a couple lines or even complete paragraphs.
The current prompt is “Thoughts you have when someone interrupts your reading” — incredibly relatable, and incredibly frustrating.
Thoughts I Have When a Stranger Interrupts My Reading
- Seriously? I put on headphones for this exact reason, I’m not even listening to music because I wanted to concentrate on my book.
- Is it not actually clear that I’m ignoring you and hoping you’ll give up? Repeating your question isn’t going to make me suddenly change my mind.
- Do I need to physically get up and change seats? Apparently this is what I get for plopping down in the first available spot I saw.
- Grrrr. Stop talking to me. Go. Away.
- I’ve been told I can’t tell when people are hitting on me, is that what this is? Or are they just trying to make conversation? Either way, I don’t like it. (And I wouldn’t go out with someone who interrupts my reading.)
- There are all these other people around, why don’t you talk to one of them instead?
Oh right, everyone else is staring at their phone. And probably some of them are reading too.
- I was raised to be polite, but there is a time and a place and this is not it. [gives single-word monotone answers to their questions without looking up, hoping they’ll get bored / pick up on the hint]
- How and why are you still here?
- Excuse you, don’t touch me or my Kindle. I’ll sue — or bite.
Thoughts I Have When a Friend Interrupts My Reading
- Remember that time when you asked me how I have time to read between classes and extracurriculars and work? Well, part of the answer is that I don’t constantly stop to make small talk about reading.
- I know for a fact that we’re Goodreads friends, and that you actually look at my Goodreads sometimes because you brought it up the other day. So you can go read my review instead of asking me about a book I apparently read three years ago, that’s what the site is for.
- You do realize that we don’t have the exact same taste in books? Please stop asking me for recommendations on the spot, it takes time for me to go through the books I’ve read to find ones that I think you, specifically, would enjoy. It’s an art.
- Also no, I don’t have recommendations for books to buy as a gift for your cousin’s best friend’s fiance’s little sister. Why would you even ask me that.
- Yes, I would love to hang out with you … some other time that is not right now. I know we’re both super busy, but I’m sure we can work something out
as long as you leave me alone now because otherwise I’m not sure how much longer we can be friends.
Thoughts I Have When My Parents Interrupts My Reading
- I said I was coming / would do that later / am busy! Did you not hear me the first fifty times??
- Why do I have to help my brother with his homework? I don’t even know how they teach math or English these days
because screw Common Core, and just because I survived high school doesn’t mean I can teach him anything.
- If we’re being practical, I guess I should be grateful to them since they got me into reading in the first place.
- And took me to get my first library card.
- And bought me this Kindle.
- And they pay for the wifi I use to download books. Still …
- You would think that someone who told me all about how much they loved reading “when they were my age”
and who regularly gives me book recommendations that I may or may not immediately forget about, would know better.
What goes through your mind when someone interrupts your reading? Have you found any (ideally legal and nonviolent) tricks for making them go away sooner? If you’ve also done this meme, feel free to leave your link below!