The other day I was deep in conversation with someone and we got to talking about books.  What our favorites are, etc.  Before this person could even answer (they were pausing to think), I jumped in.  This person was in law school, so my immediate assumption (which I spoke aloud), was Tom Clancy.  Indeed they’d read every one of Clancy’s books.

But I’ve been thinking about it, and was this really fair of me to assume?  I mean, I really could have been way off base.

So it got me thinking.  What might people assume I read before I say anything about my reading tastes?

They probably think I read a lot (if not exclusively) of science fiction, being a Trekker and into Star Wars, wanting to see the upcoming Cowboys and Aliens, etcetera.

I’m not sure what else they’d assume about me.  But they’d be surprised to see the broader range of books I read and have read.  (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Sherman Alexie, Dickens, Austen, Bronte, and the list could go on and on.)  In fact, I’ve only ever read one Star Trek book, never even cracked the cover on a Star Wars book, and the most science fiction I’ve read beyond that is a collection of Philip K. Dick short stories in grad school.

What do people assume about your reading habits before you tell them anything about what you’re reading?  Is it fair that we make these sorts of assumptions?