Musing Monday

This week’s MM.

When is it inappropriate to read in front of others? Is it ever appropriate?

To be honest, this is something I’d never even thought of. I usually read whenever I’m waiting for something or somebody or when I’m on transport. If there’s too much noise, I stick in my iPod. I used to be able to block out other sounds when reading but I’m more easily distracted these days. Obviously, if I’m waiting or travelling on transport with a friend, I don’t read since I have somebody to amuse me. 🙂 I also used to do a lot of reading in the lounge room while the rest of the family watched T.V. Of course, I can’t do that anymore since the noise distracts me but that habit really made me feel more like Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

I don’t really think there’s a time when it’s inappropriate to read unless you pull out a book in the middle of a conversation with a friend! I remember one time, a long, long time ago when I was…15, a friend remarked what a large book I was carrying around with me at the shopping centre and I slipped out it was in case I got bored. Ooops! :-p I’d meant while I was waiting for the bus.


  1. I almost always read a book when I’m having breakfast or coffee with my BF, unless I’m involved in a group dinner in which participation in a conversation is expected. When I have dim sum with my family, almost everyone is occupied by some reading materials, i.e. newspaper, magazines, or a book. 🙂

  2. I do the same, i.e. plug in my iPod, and enjoy the music and lose myself in what hopefully ends up being a good book! I normally always read while commuting, have been taught never to read while eating (unless am eating alone), and always have a book or two on me, in case the conversation gets dull, and I want to slip away! 🙂

  3. I had this friend who was always going on about her ex, even after I’d politely told her that she needed to kind of get over it. So as punishment I pulled my book out if she ever brought him up. I did it once, and iddn’t actually read a word – was trying to make a point. She got the picture 😛

    Hehe yes, I agree that we all have had Matilda moments! Matt – I can’t eat when I have dim sum (or yum cha as Aussies call it for some reason) – I’m usually too occupied choosing what to eat and making sure I don’t spill all over myself 😛

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