Dec 15, 2008

Musing Mondays: On The Go Reading

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about reading on the go…
I always like to have a book with me at all times – call it a nerdy grown-up security blanket – and rarely do I leave the house without slipping one into my bag (even if I KNOW I’m not going to have a chance to read it). Do you take a book with you? Do you take whatever book you’re currently reading, or do you have a special on-the-go book? And do you have a preference for a these types of book (paperback, hardback; short stories; poetry etc)?
My response:
This is an easy one for me. I NEVER leave home without a book in my bag, even if I'm not sure I'll have time to read any of it. When I gave up driving a year ago, I became very dependant on other people to help me get where I need to go. Thankfully, I have family members and friends who help me out and I appreciate their time in doing so. Therefore, sometimes, I may have to hang out while waiting on a ride, so having a book to read is the best way to spend that time. Not to mention how fast the time goes while waiting if you're reading. Sometimes I get so entranced in my reading they have to honk the horn to get my attention!
Typically, I only read one book at a time, so that is the one I take with me. Although I prefer to carry trade paperbacks, sometimes it just doesn't work out that way. I carry a pretty big bag, so taking along a hardcover isn't too big a deal - I just take off the dust jacket and leave it home so it doesn't get torn or damaged.
Another good thing about always having a book and pulling it out, is that it creates converstations with people around me. I may be wrong, but I believe reading is very popular right now and when people see you with a book, they inquire as to what you're reading. It opens a whole dialogue and its another way to promote the books I read. I love sharing my love of books with people and if I am responsible for even one person going to the bookstore to find a book to read, then I feel pretty good about that.
Are you an on-the-go reader or do you do all of your reading at home?


  1. I'd agree with your statement that reading is popular at the moment - certainly more people ask me what I'm reading now than they ever have in the past.

  2. I don't go anywhere without a book either Lisa, even if I won't have a chance to read it. I still have to have it there in my purse.

  3. I always carry a book with me. I've been caught waiting one too many times without one and that won't happen anymore.

  4. I carry a book wherever I go! I usually glue to my current read: coffee over breakfast, laundry, travel, lunch,...It doesn't matter if it's hardback or trade paperback, although I usually buy the latter. My friend in Hong Kong always makes fun of my wearing a bag even when I'm traveling.

    I bring two books. usually my current read and a just-in-case book, usually one in my TBR pile.

  5. Not only do I think reading is popular, I think reading is sexy too! I get so mad at nyself when I get stuck somewhere without a book.

    Matt- You live in such a wonderful city! I wish I could read every morning in a cafe eating croissants and drinking my coffee!! I'm so jealous!

  6. I'm always talking to strangers about the books we're reading!


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