Monday, December 15, 2008

Musing Mondays: Reading on the Go

This is my first Musing Mondays post. MM is hosted by Just One More Page. Here's this week's topic:

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)?

Good questions. And my answer is: I guess it depends on where I'm going. If I'm just heading out for a quick shopping trip, or an evening in a restaurant, or a theater or movie – then no, I probably wouldn't take a book with me. Generally, I only take a book if I know I'm going to have down time, when I can get some reading done: visits to the doctor and dentist and hair cutter; waiting in line to get my driver's license renewed; anytime I'm traveling by bus, rail, or air. On occasions like these, I definitely pack a book. And I suppose it's usually just the book I'm reading at the time – unless that happens to be too heavy to carry around.

The last great take-a-book-along opportunity was Election Day back in November. I stood in line for nearly three hours, waiting to cast my vote, and I was really happy I'd remembered to stash a book in my handbag.

And speaking of handbags, how many of us are willing to admit we shop for purses with book-carrying-capacity in mind? Isn't that the true sign of a hopeless bookworm?


  1. I've given up carrying purses, but I still carry along a book! Now, THAT's a book nerd.

  2. I have a tote bag that doubles as a diaper bag. This one is similar to the one I have. Mine is slightly larger. ;)

  3. Welcome to MM! I hope you'll come back and play along with us again next week!

    And yep, I'll own up to the bag-with-book-in-mind buying :)

  4. Since I'm audiobook freak, I buy coats according to their pocket configuration. I'm sick.

  5. My newest purse is a leather backpack. It wasn't bought consciously with book toting in mind but now that you mention it...

  6. Book- purse connection -- uh, yeah. I just wish I could give up the purse and keep the book! However, I like Kylee's tote -- then I could take the little computer wherever I go!

  7. Oh I've left many a cute purse on the shelf simply because my book wouldn't fit into it. It really is a sickness!

    Thanks for checking out my blog. Can't wait to see some of your reviews and how you do on all of your challenges! :o)

  8. I definitely shop for a purse or bag that will hold a book. :-)

  9. 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 always shop for bags with book-carrying capacity in mind...whether they are gym bags or briefcases. :)


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