Non-reader Friends: Do they exist and are they even really “friends”?
This is such an interesting topic, because don’t we usually choose to hang out with people we have a lot in common with? My husband is actually a non-reader. Well, he’ll read articles but not novels – he says he read enough in English lit classes (his undergrad is English) and then law school, and was done with that. I get it, I stopped reading in high school due to too many books we were forced to read and analyze to death. That kind of puts you off. But otherwise, I tend to hang out with my fellow book club people, of various book clubs. I’m sure my friend circle will expand as I meet more Moms now that I have something in common with them, but before my #1 hobby being reading meant most of my friends are readers too.
NO. But it is not nice to tell them so. So smile. And nod. (and pretend to text while secretly reading via kindle app.)
Do I know know people who are non-readers? Sure. Family members. Work colleagues. But I think the foundation of most of my friendships is a love of books. Friends that read make the best friends! I do have other interests and like to think I am capable of having discussions not involving books. But for me, conversations don’t last long before I want to know what everyone is reading. Or before I’m recommending my latest book find. Casual non-reading friends are fine. But good friends? Those are the relationships cementing over books.