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A Party For Book Lovers, Introverts, And Geeks

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photo courtesy of Silent Reading Party, Portland

You are not going to believe this.

If you’ve been looking for a way to find other rainforest minds, this may be your answer.

I’m not kidding.

A Silent Reading Party.

You heard me.

A fellow named Christopher Frizzelle, in Seattle, USA, created this event. People come together and read. No small talk. No chitchat. Just bring your book and read. Maybe have a glass of wine. Or coffee. Did I mention, no small talk?

What could be better than that?

“Every first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m., the Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel goes quiet and fills with people—crazy-haired, soft-spoken, inscrutable, dorky, NPRish, punk, white, black. The reading public. It fills right away, all these people who don’t know each other, and they sit very closely, sometimes three strangers to a couch. By 7:00 p.m., you can’t get a seat…”  Christopher Frizzelle

He goes on.

“…The insane thing about a party where you’re not supposed to make small talk is that it makes you want to make small talk. You almost can’t not do it. (But what a relief to not have to!)…” Christopher Frizzelle

And from the women who started a Silent Reading Party in Portland, Oregon, USA:

“…And there’s something special about the silence, too. We so rarely sit quietly with strangers. It’s restorative, almost church-like. It’s really beautiful to look around and see a room full of people who’ve made time in their lives to read together. It gives you faith in our species.” (Jeff O’Neal interview of Portland SRP on BookRiot)

Faith in our species.

What could be better than that?

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To my bloggEEs: What do you think of this idea? Wouldn’t it be a safe, fun, cool way to find and be with other rainforest-minded souls? Let us know if you start one and how it goes. (And, if you’re an extravert, you’ll love it, too. Maybe you host a Not-So-Silent Reading Party.)

Thank you to Pamela Price for inspiring this post.

 

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Author: Paula Prober

I'm a psychotherapist in private practice in Eugene, Oregon. I specialize in counseling gifted adults and consulting with parents of gifted children. The label "gifted" is often controversial and confusing. I use the metaphor of the rain forest to describe this population. Like the rain forest, these individuals are quite complex, highly sensitive, intense, multi-layered, and misunderstood. They're also curious, idealistic, highly intelligent, creative, perfectionistic, and they love learning. I've been an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon and a guest presenter at Oregon State University and Pacific University. I've written articles on giftedness for the Eugene Register-Guard, the Psychotherapy Networker, and Advanced Development Journal. My book, Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth, was released in June 2016 by GHF Press and is available on Amazon or at your independent bookstore.

26 thoughts on “A Party For Book Lovers, Introverts, And Geeks

  1. I’m going to be a killjoy for once, but just to express my *personal* preference. Other people might find this fun, but not me. When I read, I like to be alone. And reading at home is more comfortable than going to a place to read my own books. It’s a different thing if you are borrowing, but you could have that experience of reading with others at a library, with probably a wider variety of material to choose from.
    Still, in my experience of going to libraries, I usually find them too noisy. There’s always someone talking, even in whispers. I have misophonia and misokinesia, which means I typically fixate on (and become aggravated with) other people making those small noises and movements that stand out when there’s relative quiet. Funny story: that’s actually how I met my husband. One day when I was at college, I had to kill time between lessons. I went to a library nearby. I sat alone at a table, but there was a couple of elderly people chatting in the table next to me. In my irritation, I went to a table in the opposite side of the reading room, and there was a young man reading in silence. Then this guy begins to talk to me! I was annoyed at first because I wanted to study, but answered his questions anyway (he was too friendly and respectful not to), and when he left he asked for my number, and I decided I had nothing to lose. Now after eighteen years, he knows I don’t like interruptions when reading. 😉

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  2. Reading? No small talk? Sounds like my kind of party!

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  3. I have been to something similar and really enjoyed it. We read silently for a time and afterwards we talked a little about the books we were reading. I do enjoy reading alone, but this can be a good way to mix things up every now and then.

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  4. If I were well enough to do this I would…but I’d probably prefer that we get to move around. And I’d like occasional quiet talking to be allowed. When my husband and I first met, one of our favourite going-out activities was to visit the giant bookstore in the central city and sit in the comfy chairs near each other, reading. Lots of other people were sitting reading too. There was a literary buzz in the air – it was a nice feeling.

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  5. Yes it’s a cool practice, allowing ourselves just to be, in fact it’s part of my MasterCreator Class where you experience being in your own world and that of others… it is a completely different experience being with others… it reminds you how important it is to honour one another. Much love barbara x

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  6. Um, Silent Book Clubs have existed for over a year now – check facebook and there might be a group near you!

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  7. Um, Silent Book Clubs have existed since at least 2012 – there might be a group near you!

    https://silentbook.club/

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  8. I love this idea. My shnoo Max and I do this almost every weekend morning and it’s one of our favorite things to do. On weekends when we don’t get to do it, it’s sad for both of us. We’ve discussed before inviting a similarly minded friend or two over to join us for a reading session! That way, those who are lonely but also want to spend their time doing their thing can get rid of the loneliness but still do their thing. 🙂

    I have another idea for a party for people who hate small talk that I’ve been meaning to blog about. I think I will soon! 🙂

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  9. This is a regular occurrence in my home. However, it is unscheduled. I love walking in the room and everyone (I have four daughters and a husband at home) is reading. The four year old sometimes is getting a book read to her or likes doing puzzles or drawing. I need to take a picture because I know someday they will all be out of the house and I will miss their bodies sitting next to me while we all read. We often discuss what everyone is reading. Getting a book recommendation from a nine year old is very lovely. For those who wonder how this happened, Reading to my kids almost every evening practically from birth let to a love of books for everyone. Favorite family trip is the library. 🙂 Maybe I will want to start a silent book club when all my girls are grown.

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  10. Honestly it sounds weird or awkward, however I know if I went to one I would have a great time, so I would totally try it!

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  11. This is a wonderful idea!

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