Sometimes at work, I talk to people about books. There are several avid readers at my workplace, which is great since books are one of my favorite things to talk about. And I've realized that talking to them about books is actually really refreshing. Because sometimes I forget that there is a whole world of readers outside of the bookish communities I'm engaged with on the internet.
There are readers who just read. Who don't go on Goodreads to rate a book the second they're done with it. Who don't blog brilliant reviews. Who aren't writing books themselves. Who have never heard of Publisher's Marketplace and who don't know the terms for all the fifty million subgenres.
And it's nice to be reminded of the readers outside of the publishing bubble because, really, they are the vast majority of readers, and they have a lot of smart and insightful reasons for liking (or disliking) books, too.
This probably seems like a really simple topic for a blog post—and it is, really—but it's something I hadn't thought about enough until I went back to work after four years of stay-at-home motherhood. Knowing what non-writers read and why they read it is just as important as the publishing community's opinion, and book discussions with my co-workers can be just as fun and just as deep. And sometimes it helps me feel more inspired to write when I get home, when I think about this whole huge potential audience who might one day enthusiastically embrace my words.
How about all of you--do you discuss books at work? With family? Friends?