So today brings the second round of my discussion posts, and this one is in the form of a question.
Now this is one I’m particularly interested in. There is a story behind this question, which I’ll tell you about below.
But what I’m here to ask today…
Do you ever feel embarrassed to buy a book?
The Story Behind This Post
So, this is why I’m asking this question. A few weeks ago, I was in my favourite bookstore, spending a good long time searching through the shelves. While I was stood looking through the YA books, there was a boy with his friend nearby, looking through the Manga shelves. I wasn’t paying attention to what they were saying, since I don’t know them and I was busy looking through my own books, but they gradually started getting louder so it was a bit hard to miss what they were saying. And this one tiny snippet I overheard inspired this entire post;
“Why don’t you just buy that one? You said you wanted it.”
“I don’t want to take it to the till. The person that works here might judge me for it. I mean, it’s not a proper book, it’s all pictures.”
I think in the end his friend did convince him to get it, but the fact he was hesitant because he felt like he would be looked down on really made me think.
Thinking through it…
At first I thought it was a ridiculous idea. I mean, if the workers in a bookshop were going to judge you for buying a certain book…why would they sell it?
But then I thought about it from my own point of view. I’ve never felt embarrassed to buy a book – Never. And I honestly don’t think I ever will. I love books, and I feel no regret about that. If I want to buy books, I’ll buy them. But I did realize that there are certain books I might feel a bit embarrassed about at first if someone saw me buying it. I’m thinking of books like Fifty Shades of Grey. Now, I don’t judge people at all for reading that series – I was tempted to read it myself at one point, but never did. But I feel like, realistically, if I went to buy it in a bookshop, I’d have a tiny moment of worry about what the people around me might think if they saw. Only a tiny moment though, because I think I’d get over it pretty quickly. The fact that worry was there though made me wonder.
I still don’t think there’s any need to be embarrassed about buying a book at all. Like I said before, the bookshop wouldn’t sell a book if they would judge you for buying it.
So now I ask you…
What’s your opinion?
Have you ever felt embarrassed to buy a book? If yes, which book was it?
Or do you think there would ever be a book you’re too embarrassed to buy?
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