Thursday, March 28, 2013
12:00 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
That Awkward Thursday is a feature hosted by Wholly Books where it's not only okay but encouraged to share your awkward moments!
As a (almost) 25 year old, I realize that by reading YA books in public places I am going to get that look. I am going to automatically be judged by the fact that I am reading a vampire/werewolf/faery/insert other paranormal creature here. This is something that I have grown accustomed to and most of the times I don’t really care. However, every now and again I come across a cover that I am a little embarrassed to be seen with. It’s not that the cover is bad necessarily. It’s just that the cover looks very kidish. Case in point: Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
I’ll never forget a couple of years ago I was working at a newspaper. Every day during lunch, I went out back to a picnic table with some trees and sat and read. It was amazing because it was nice and cool and so relaxing. Seriously, it was the best lunches ever! Anyway, one day as I was walking back to my office and co-worker saw me and stopped me. We started talking and then she noticed the book. Our conversation went something like this…
Her: What are you reading?
Me: Um..just a book…it’s uh about Greek Mythology. *tries to hid book cover*
Her: Oh, that sounds interesting. What’s it called? *pulls my arm up so she can see the book cover*
Me: Uh, Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Her: I’ve heard of those! My grandson loves them! He’s 10.
Me: *blushes* Yeah, they are pretty good.
So, um, yeah, being told by your co-worker that you are reading the same book as their 10 year old grandson is just a wee bit embarrassing. Don’t get me wrong it’s not that I’m ashamed that I’ve read them or anything, it’s just I don’t like how people act like I’m an idiot because I read MG and YA books. I know they are good but most of these people have never read a MG or YA book so they have no idea that they are. THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE MISSING!!
Okay, so let’s take a look at this cover…
It is very obviously children books and almost 25 years are not their intended audience.
Have you ever been embarrassed to read a book in public? If so, what book? Why?
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