As most of you know, I spent the holidays with my in-laws. For an eleven-day trip, I brought with me eight books, received three more for Christmas, and purchased six more while I was there. I mention these numbers because my in-laws were astounded and confused why a person would need that many books. In fact, it became a bit of a contest to tell me how long it has been since they have each read a book of some sort. (If I did not know any better, I would have thought they collectively decided on a way to torture me.)
This behavior is not out of the ordinary. Why is it that when someone brings up a love of books, non-readers delight in sharing their utter disregard for books? Why brag about not reading anything? Do they think it is going to impress me? Are they doing it to see my reaction? Are they truly proud of their lack of accomplishment in that area?
Do others see similar behaviors in non-readers? What is it that causes this divide?
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