When is the right time to disturb a book lover?
Interrupting a reader at the wrong time can lead to:
- An uncomfortable atmosphere.
- A glare.
- A snarl.
- Muttering under the breath.
- An angry outburst.
- Bad thoughts about you forming inside the reader’s head.
Don’t panic because I have some advice:
If you spot any of these warning signs then it is best to leave your reader alone:
- Your reader is engrossed in a book and is totally relaxed. Don’t spoil a lovely reading moment by disturbing them.
- Your reader has just come in through the front door clutching their latest book purchase from the local book shop and has raced over to the armchair with a goofy happy smile on their face. Don’t go near them.
- Your reader has raved about how wonderful their book is and how it has taken them to new heights of reading enjoyment. Stay away for a good hour or so.
- 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*)
- 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.
- Your reader has finished their book and is now writing a review. Leave well alone as this is very important and good magical things will happen to them for the rest of the day. They may also feature in the author’s gratitude list and they might get a mention on social media.
- Your reader has been quiet for hours 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.
Do not even think about committing the deadliest of book sins either – trying to catch their attention by talking about their book when you have already READ it.
For your own safety do not try this at home.
This is a dangerous way of disturbing someone who is engrossed in a good book.
Can you imagine what would happen to you if you gave the plot twist away by mistake?
Value your life. Do NOT disturb a reader with your views on the book’s middle or ending.
Here are the signs that you want to be looking out for when thinking about interrupting your reader.
These are good signs that it is time to disturb:
- Your reader is yawning a lot and flicking through the pages quickly. They are struggling with the book so will welcome a distraction.
- Your reader has placed their book down and is rising from their chair. Go for it!
- Your reader announces that they have finished their book.
- Your reader can be heard criticizing the author, muttering under their breath and shaking their head a lot. The book has sadly 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.
- You want them to talk to you about Brexit.
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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