If you want to hang out with literary people, you’ll want to speak their language. Knowing how to talk to other readers is a beautiful way to build on one’s relationships, to form communities, and to contribute to the thinkers of the world.
Readers are rarely boring because they are curious and driven to grow. Even in the escapist books, a reader will gain creativity, wonder, learn mythological culture, and build vocabulary, which in turn promotes effective communication. Readers build insight and wisdom through swift and universal pathways not always accessible in their personal lives. Readers make the time to pursue knowledge far beyond social media or casual chatter. They go much deeper than a news clip. And this is why you may want to join them. Readers know stuff. Here are some great ways to engage!
Basics of Literary Talk
Extend Your Knowledge – do research if the content prompts further study. My most common searches are for maps of the setting, or unexplained jargon, or vocabulary words that look familiar but are still unclear. Other research might involve legal questions, history, politics, author background, or cultural values.
These reader discussions can form a sphere of colorful energy! Talking lit allows your own mental expansion, suggests that you are a part of something meaningful, that you are an active participant in the world.
Readers become less self-involved. Life is vibrant for readers. Grab a book and come sit!