When Should You Disturb a Reader? #bookaddict #booklover #reader

When is the right time to disturb someone who has their head stuck in a good book?

If you interrupt a reader at the wrong time it can lead to:

  • An uncomfortable atmosphere.
  • A glare.
  • A snarl.
  • Muttering under the breath.
  • An angry outburst.
  • Your reader forming some bad thoughts about you in their head.

Don’t panic because here at Blondewritemore we have the answer to this difficult question.

If you spot any of these warning signs then it is best to leave your reader alone:

  1. Your reader is engrossed in a book, amid a luxurious and peaceful setting, like the reader in the photo on this blog post. Don’t spoil a lovely reading moment by disturbing them!
  2. Your reader has gone on and on about how wonderful their book is and bored you silly with how it has taken them to new heights of reading enjoyment. Stay away and let them devour their book!
  3. Your reader is sat with their book, looking a little flushed, dabbing their sweaty brow maybe, biting their lip and occasionally looking up to see if anyone is watching them. Your reader is enjoying a naughty bit so leave them alone….(*Blonde writer pauses to gaze out of her kitchen window, with a dreamy expression on her face and reflect on the last naughty bit she read in a book*)
  4. Your reader keeps muttering the name of the book’s fictional character in their sleep and wakes early to do a spot of reading before work. Give this reader a wide berth – they have a crush on a fictional character and need to be left alone to work through their feelings.
  5. Your reader is sat reading and as they turn the page they make a gasping sound and look shocked. This is not a good time to disturb them as they are in the middle of an exciting bit! Walk away!
  6. Your reader has been quiet for sometime whilst engrossed in their book. Being disturbed whilst deep inside a book can be harmful for a reader. Think of it like a diver coming up to the surface too quickly. Let your reader surface naturally!

 

Here are the signs that you want to be looking out for when thinking about interrupting your reader. These tell you that it is a good time to disturb:

  1. Your reader is yawning a lot and flicking through the pages quickly. They are struggling with the book so will welcome a distraction.
  2. Your reader has placed their book down and is rising from their chair. Go for it!
  3. Your reader announces that they have finished their book.
  4. Your reader can be heard criticizing the author, muttering under their breath and shaking their head a lot. The book has not lived up to their expectations and a break away from these negative thoughts is needed.

Finally, if you have to disturb your reader whilst they are engrossed in an amazing book, make sure you have good reason to!

The following are not good enough:

  • You want help unloading the dishwasher.
  • The house needs cleaning.
  • You have no clean clothes.
  • The kids won’t stop squabbling and the pets won’t stop being naughty.

Your reader is in a state of literary euphoria, leave them alone and….get on with the housework! Sigh!

Good luck on disturbing your reader!

 

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49 thoughts on “When Should You Disturb a Reader? #bookaddict #booklover #reader

      1. That’s awful! You must be traumatised lol
        How many followers and likers of Roxy and the Vampire story are you at now? Is there any stopping you?

      2. Well they will be, they have free books to demand! lol
        Don’t tell me all of them are begging you to continue – you’re feed would be on fire! lol

      1. Oh is it Thursday already??! Only 4 days of Easter holidays left… then I have to go back to school 😒😒😒

      1. Nice to be back! I LOVE that post. There are only three reasons to disturb a reader. 1. profuse bleeding 2. fire 3. running low on chocolate, red wine and coffee!
        Any chance of a reblog?

      2. Alas, I am not a ‘Tweeter’. Severely technically challenged here! Sad, it is a great post and deserves to be spread about so more can see it. Thanks anyway.

  1. Short answer: never. Not unless the zombie apocalypse has started, or house/kid/favorite pet is on fire.

    Take your cue from Archimedes, who died because no one dared interrupt his writing to inform him that Syracuse had fallen to the Romans, who were slaughtering everyone in their path.

  2. Excellent tips! Now if only I can get my hubby to pay attention to the last bit on a regular basis. Sometimes I wonder if he secretly harbors self-destructive tendencies.

  3. I want you to know that I snorted when I read the title of this, as my first thought was YOU ARE NEVER TO INTERRUPT A READER!! Honestly, I have the worst disposition when this happens to me…I am a work in progress. And you did give some safety measures for those who decide to put themselves in the line of danger. Good show, friend!

  4. If her hair is on fire—literally on fire—you may interrupt her, provided she’s not exhibiting any of the 6 warning signs Lucy gives above. Anyway, funny stuff. And what some people might not realize is you pass along, or at least might, these literary habits to your offspring. My DD is just like me; she can become so engrossed in a book, she won’t hear or take notice of anything around her, even a complaining parent (selective hearing, methinks!)! A terrific multitasker, I am not.

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