If the goal is truly to generate some kind of “cool factor” for reading — and not just make it a way to distinguish yourself as a Special Snowflake — why not simply talk about what you have enjoyed reading lately? Why not praise a book, review it, take out quotes you enjoy, offer to lend someone something that really moved you? All of this can happen without the added smugness of being “A Girl/Guy Who Reads,” and without the implication that enjoying books makes you better than someone else. We should all be reading more, and it is perfectly fine to enjoy the feel and smell of an old book in your hand, but it is probably best to remember that doing so doesn’t make you a member of the Illuminati.
September 24, 2012