How to Spot a Book Person
It was a winter Saturday morning. But the weather was warm, no rain, no wind. A great day to sit outside and read a book.
But while waiting in a long line with other people?
Well, if you’re a book person, yes.
We readers spot other book people anywhere.
We are these people:
- A book is in our hands at the doctor’s office or post office line.
- We don’t walk out the door without our eReader shoved in a purse or pocket.
- A book is within arm’s reach of our bed or desk or nightstand.
- We have many bookshelves, but not near enough.
I immediately spotted the lady in line with a book. I was drawn to her. We’d never met, but I knew I’d like her.
And because of her book, I knew I was about to learn much more about her.
I asked what she was reading, of course. It was Madame Bovary, a classic (and one I’ve never read).
I asked her if it was good.
She liked it so far. She was intentionally reading more classics this year. She had missed many while growing up. Lately she’d been sifting through book piles at thrift stores and yard sales and had gathered quite a collection of classic books.
She’d recently finished Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Great Expectations. We chatted about each (we both loved Uncle Tom’s Cabin but I’ve not yet braved Great Expectations).
Even though we had different life’s circumstances, we were learning how similar we were.
Read the Book, Read the Person
While we can’t always judge a person by her book’s cover, if we keep reading deep enough, we can learn a lot.
I am currently reading these books. . .
• Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash
• The Lake House: A Novel by Kate Morton
• Words on the Move: Why English Won’t – and Can’t – Sit Still (Like, Literally) by John McWhorter
• Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett
• You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
I’m scared to ask . . . What does this say about me??? This for sure: I love my library because these are all library books.
We learn a lot about a person by their choice of books.
When I visit a home, I’m always drawn to the owner’s bookshelves. Without their speaking a word, I learn something about:
- Who the person is by their books.
- Or who they want to be.
- How they like to escape.
- What they want to engage.
Book selections explain things aside from their content.
Sometimes friends recommend a book for us. With this, we learn something about them, but we also gain a glimpse of how they see us.
I’ve been reading a Caroline Myss book with some relatives and friends this past year. By reading the same book, we align our thoughts and discuss questions when we gather and we grow in similar directions.
Thank a Book
When I finished my conversation with the woman in line, I asked her name. I wanted to be able to call her by name when we met again (likely while reading a book). We were kindred spirits.
We both laughed when I told her I’m also Lisa, of course.
I’ve yet to see this Lisa again on Satuday mornings. But I always look. I trust our paths will likely cross again.
And again we can connect in person.
All thanks to a book.
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God can use anything to connect people. Are you a book person? Do you have another interest that draws you to others? Please share in the comments.
For more, here are 13 Signs You Know You’re a Book Person from the Huffington Post. #10 is definitely me.
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