Unlike King Richard in Shakespeare’s script, it is not a horse I desire but a shirt.
Why a shirt?
Well, it doesn’t have to be a shirt, but it would be nice.
Let me explain: a strong sense of pride in the books that I have read occasionally overtakes me, and I am in want of displaying my pride on my chest for all to see. Yeah, maybe it’s a bit vain of me to want to “show off” the books that I’ve read by wearing a shirt of it or carrying a bag, but I see it differently.
Think of the following situation. A person sits on a college campus in the library reading a book. Another person who has read and loves said book notices them and thinks “hmm… I wonder how they’re getting on with it. Do they like it as much as I did?” Let’s say the observer goes up and strikes a conversation with the person, either questioning or complimenting their reading choice. Books recommend people to each other!
There is a problem with the above scenario, however… If someone came up to me and struck a conversation while I was trying to read, especially in a library, irritation would probably be more prominent in my countenance than interest. So there’s that…
Let’s choose a different scenario, then! A person stands in line at a coffee shop, no book in hand, but sporting a tee of Huxley’s Brave New World. Another person who had also enjoyed the book immensely when they had read it notices and strikes up a conversation. Perfect! It’s in line, so there’s nothing else to do. It’s not like one person is interrupting precious reading time. This is a book recommending one person to another without actually having to have the book on hand.
This has actually happened several times to me, and I think I’ve enjoyed it each and every time. “Oh, you’ve read that book, too?” or “That’s my favorite series!” Even if you’re not exactly outgoing, it’s showcasing a part of yourself for others to see that you’re proud of. Also, it’s like being a walking book ad. How cool is that?
As I sit here with open webpages of novel tees (haha!) and character socks, I wonder how many people are like me. How many people love wearing shirts with book titles or illustrations because they’re just that proud of reading and loving them?