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I am always curious to know what other people are reading. Although I have never asked a stranger what he is reading, I do take a peek at the cover of someone's book if I come across them reading. Have you ever seen a stranger in an airport, coffee shop, library, etc. and interrupted him to ask what he is reading? How did the conversation go and did you end up reading the book after talking to him?
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I don't interrupt people who are reading, but I do work in a coffee shop kind of setting, so I will often see people with books that interest me. Sometimes I quietly look up the book on Amazon, but if the person seems friendly and I'm not feeling too shy, I will strike up a conversation. Sometimes it's hilarious. I remember once I asked a customer what he was reading, and it turned out to be an old science fiction novel he'd picked up at one of those Little Free Library boxes (have you seen those?). All he had to say to me was how chauvinistic he found it to be. What an intriguing review!
Overall I usually really enjoy these conversations, though I can't think off the top of my head of anything I ended up reading after talking to one of these customers. And I would never have these conversations with a stranger at the airport, any other coffee shop or even a library, as I am mortified of strangers.
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Usually, I only ask if it's someone whose taste I know lines up with my own. Once in a blue moon I'll get to talking to someone and end up asking about what they're reading when I need suggestions. I've made a few friends this way.
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I travel a lot so not only do I ask strangers what book they are reading, I am often asked myself.I have been introduced to many new authors this way and hope I have helped others find new reads too.
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Yes, I have! And the conversation went well considering I later married this person.
Thank goodness for books -- they led me to my hubby!
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Its a good conversation starter, at times it can be rude. I know I can get annoyed when people talk to me when I am reading but if you love reading and books, it is nice to share with others.