Bookish Expectations


This week’s Book Blogger Hop (a meme hosted by the Coffee Addicted Writer) question comes from Maria at A Night’s Dream of Books.

When you enter an unfamiliar house or apartment for the first time, do you feel disappointed if you don’t see any bookshelves, or books on the coffee table?

Confession: I don’t get out much. And the new people who have come into my life after meeting my wife are all college professors, so…

We lend and borrow books all the time; it’s absolutely beautiful.

I’d like to think that I wouldn’t be that judgmental of people’s choices, if I were brave enough to venture outside my current circle.

Every year, I ask my students how many books they have in their houses. Many of them say none. It makes me sad because I know what a difference it makes to that child’s literacy development. I suppose this is why, sometimes, I’m not as hung up about when they make off with my books. I’ve replaced Scars by Cheryl Rainfield seven or eight times so far.

Which reminds me…

How do you react to book-less domiciles?


  1. Nice answer, Eli! : )

    I really don’t like to be judgmental when it comes to people’s choices, either. Not everyone reads, or even likes books. And, as other participants have commented, maybe some people prefer ebooks, or just have their books in other rooms. I realize that my feeling of disappointment is totally irrational, but there it is. I can’t help it. I feel the way a kid would when waking up on Christmas Day, and not finding any presents under the tree. Lol.

    Since your classes have to do with literacy, it’s understandable that you would ask your students how many books they have at home. It’s also understandable that it would make you feel sad when some of them reply, “None.” Yeah, that IS sad….. You’re so nice, too, to say nothing to them when they “borrow” your books! Lol.

    Thanks for commenting on my BBH post!! Have a GREAT day!! ❤ 🙂


    • Thanks. To be honest, it is a little irritating when they make off with my books. It gets expensive to replace them. I had a kid last year who loved a book so much she wanted to buy it from me. They’re interesting. Happy reading!


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