As regular readers have hopefully figured out by now, I’m a huge book lover. I’m also a writer, so my brain is always full of stories, characters and dramatic emotions, all jostling for attention. A good book can become all-consuming and I get lost in the story. I have been known to sob my heart out whilst reading.
My husband however, usually only reads a couple of books a year and that is generally on holiday or whenever we travel somewhere by train.
I love literature and will read most genres, from classic literary fiction to YA supernatural romance. He prefers action thrillers and is currently working his way through the latest Dan Brown.
Usually our conflicting attitude to books is something that I don’t think about much, it’s just how it is and it works for us.
However, this week I interviewed one of my friends for the blog and was a little envious whenever she mentioned running off to discuss something she’d just read with her other half. I imagined all the intense discussions I could have with my hubby about the things we’ve read and the authors we love. It would be amazing to recommend a book and for him to be as excited about it as I am.
I can also relate to this post on being married to a non-reader, which looks at the issue from both sides of the relationship.
However, as our perspectives are so different, when we do try to discuss books things can get a little heated. For example, we recently talked about what makes a novel ‘good’. His argument was that if a book has an exciting story, it doesn’t really matter if the writing is good or not. As an aspiring writer, I had to disagree.
But there are also a lot of positives when it comes to living with a non-reader.
For a start, there isn’t much competition when it comes to shelf space; you might understand how important that is if you have a book collection as vast as mine. Although it is annoying whenever he mentions my shelves are getting out of control and maybe it’s time for a tidy up and –god forbid – to THROW SOME BOOKS AWAY. Bah, no chance, mate!
I’m lucky that my hubby understands that reading and writing are important to me and gives me the space to indulge. Sure, sometimes he wants to chat when I’m trying to read, but I do the same thing to him whenever he’s watching football, so I guess that makes us even!
Reading and writing give me time to exercise my imagination and be creative. As I’m busy, that means he can spend hours playing FIFA or Counter Strike and watching marathons of his favourite TV shows. This means we both get to enjoy some alone time without it becoming an issue.
And really, it’s probably enough to have one giant book nerd in the house, I can do without the competition!