On Being A Reader

As you may, or may not, know I'm the BlogHer Book Club host. We're switched up our program a little and with our latest book, Dominique Browning's Slow Love,  we're really focusing on discussions. The latest discussion is about how we define ourselves by our work and what happens when the work goes away. Who are we without it?

Rita mentioned that she identifies herself as a writer and always has regardless of her actual job title. That interested me because of hwo it an be a work title but it's also something we are the same way a musician is a musician whether or not they make money doing it. I was thinking how people don't define themselves as readers often and then, of course, Chris did.

It made me think of how I have, upon occasion, identified myself as a writer. At one time it was my job title. It's on my resume. I've never been completely comfortable with it. When I was a writer, yes I wrote, but it was more... refining than writing a lot of the time. But I don't think I've ever defined myself, when asked what I do, as a reader.

Why is that? Is that reading seems like a passive activity? It can be. Half of what I read is for my personal enjoyment. At the same time, it's also what fuels this blog. It would not exist --  nor would the many, many other book blogs out there -- if we were not readers.

I do a lot of things that involve reading for others as well. A lot of my job involves reading what other people wrote. In fact, most of what I do, be it on this blog, in my leisure time, or at work, is read and share other people's stories. I actively participate with them. So why is it that I don't identify myself as a reader? Why is it that "reader" isn't one of my self-identified work titles? It's something I'm going to think about for awhile.

Do you identify yourself as a reader to other people? To yourself?