Thursday, September 22, 2011

Always have a book...

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Do you carry books with you when you’re out and about in the world? And, do you ever try to hide the covers?

Are you kidding me? I carry at least one book everywhere I go and at pretty much any time. I carry something on my commute to work, if I'm going downtown to meet someone for dinner, to the gym, on a walk. I carry something to read when I walk between the bedroom and the livingroom. One thing to understand is, I live in New York City. Most of us non-celebrity types either walk where we are going or get there by mass transit. To own a car is prohibitively expensive, it takes ages to drive anywhere, and I hate the way cars clog up our already crowded city with noise and pollution. There is nothing like a subway ride for reading! Usually I allow a little extra time to get where I'm going and I'm always sorry if I end up getting delayed, not just because I don't like to be late, but because I won't have those few minutes when I'm on my own at the restaurant bar and I can pull out my book and read! Sheila and I joke that the first time we met, we knew we'd be friends because we both arrived early to the bar with a book to read. We still do.

As for covering the covers - no, why would I? I'm not into bodice rippers or anything. I don't really have time to read stuff I think is too embarrassing. Sometimes I will admit to feeling a little self-conscious about reading something I judge as being too popular, you see, I have a thing about following the crowd. But that's because I have been known to be a little snobbish about my reading. But if I'm reading Harry Potter or some other best seller when everyone else does, I always do the full monty. It serves to remind me that sometimes I'm not all that different from everyone else. Also, a book cover can be a great conversation starter. I remember a great conversation I had when I finished reading The Da Vinci Code in an airport with a man who was certain that the symbols, the sect it describes, the whole thing was absolutely real. He was dead certain. He went on and on about the symbols, he had nearly memorized the thing. I remember a certain point in the conversation with The Ragazzo said: 'You do know this is fiction, don't you?' The man first looked perplexed, then a little defensive, and answered, 'well, sure. But wouldn't it be great if it were real?' Yeah great. We could all be chased by rabid albino priests.

7 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

I too think the best time to read is while commuting. One simple closes out the real world and gets engrossed in another!!

Here is my BTT: In Public post!

fivealarmbookreviews.com said...

I always have more than one too. I can't imagine being caught out without my book. Everything I Carry With Me

Trish said...

LOL! i love the line about carrying a book from the bedroom to the living room (or however you put it). made me laugh!


Trish - my BTT post

Tribute Books Mama said...

Traveling is a good time to read, makes the time go by faster.

here's mine:

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/09/booking-through-thursday_22.html

Lori said...

Me too....everywhere I go. Check out my full answer for this week's Booking Through Thursday.

Marie said...

i alwasy have a book with me too- i pick my purses by whether or not a paperback will fit. or if it doesn't, i carry a tote. as far as embarrassing books, i received a book for review once that wasn't a bodice ripper but was waaaaay to risque for me to review- i blushed just saying the title. sigh! so much for that one.

Runs Like A Gay said...

I'm reading Pynchon's Inherent Vice right now, have to hide the cover because people make awful assumptions when they see the cover on the bus.