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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1104 comments Mod
So, as someone who just finished reading the graphic novel The Story of My Tits on the red line train this morning, it got me wondering, do you fret about what you are reading in public?

I could see how some people might be shocked about a book with Tits in the title being read by their neighbor on the train. But, it wasn't like it was porn or anything. It was actually a rather well done, touching story about a woman who had a lot of breast cancer in her family and ended up facing breast cancer herself.

So, do you freely read whatever you want in public, even if it is something that might be offensive to others? Do you put book covers on racy paperback books? Or is everything on your kindle these days so no one can really tell what you are reading unless they are reading over your shoulder?

Do tell!

message 2: by Denise (new)

Denise (ribeachgirl) | 126 comments Well, I think it will come as no surprise that I don't generally care about the opinions of strangers. I fully admit that I have pretended not to speak English in order to avoid talking to people on airplanes and then pulled out a book clearly written in English. Most people annoy me with their pretensions and their expectation that I will want to hear their opinion on what I read (or don't read).
Also, I just can't picture anyone being shocked by anything in public anymore. So many people watch movies and tv shows on their tablets or phones with the volume up so loud that you can hear every word from across the aisle. How can it be shocking to see a book with a "bodice-ripper" cover, or "tits" or "fucktard" (my personal favorite curse word) when the next guy over has Game of Thrones going on his Ipad? Sadly, I think it's probably more shocking in some cities to see people reading books instead of engaging in some other form of media.
No, the only person that I hide my books from is my mother. My mother was shocked (and apparently appalled) when I gave The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror to my 16 year old niece because there's a sex scene in a graveyard. It wasn't just that she was shocked that I would give such a book to my niece. She couldn't believe that her 40 year old daughter had read such a book. So I patted her on the head and told her how cute she is, and I've never given her a book recommendation since.

message 3: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1104 comments Mod
Nice answer, Denise.

I used to see women on the train all the time with quilted book covers on their paperbacks. Not do much anymore since the advent of eReaders.

It always makes me smile though when I see people reading on the train no matter what they are reading.

message 4: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 491 comments Mod
God, you're so right about the lack of books/over abundance of electronics. I have sat in some of the most boring waiting rooms on earth and been the only person with a book. It astounds me.

I don't usually worry about people being offended by what I'm reading, it's not like I'm telling them they have to read it. I remember getting some strange looks while I was reading Cunt but it didn't make me stop reading it or wrap it in a paper bag. Honestly, what I read and where I read is no one else's business just like it's not my job to tell others what they should and shouldn't be reading (my boys being an exception but I let them choose their own books from an age appropriate array.)

Now for my true confession-I had to take a kid from work to a supervised visit at DCF today and I had our current book in my bag. As much as just sitting there made me want to drink I felt the need to hold the cover down on my lap so no one could read the title. I guess there are some situations where I do care!

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