Thursday, September 22, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: In Public



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

Do I ever!  And because I'm also a quote fiend, I found my favorite quote about this very topic on Goodreads:

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” 
― Lemony SnicketHorseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

I always carry a tote bag with the books I'm currently reading (usually one fiction and one non-fiction), and two or three more I'm interested in.  I take advantage of every free moment I can to lose myself in a book.

I do hide the covers when I read during my lunch break at the hospital.  People can be very opinionated and judgmental (*cough* doctors *cough*).  I love to talk books, but sometimes I just want to read, and be left alone, and not get into a heated discussion defending my reading taste.  Let me explain:

While reading The Russian Concubine I was told I was reading "smut". The book is far from being smutty, and I had to throw down with the doucher and put him in his place.  

Another time I was reading poetry, and was told I should trash it and read something worthwhile: the newspaper.  I tried to defend the arts in all its forms, but to no avail.

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While out in public I don't hide the covers because the general population is  capable of interesting book discussions, which I always enjoy.

Not really, but yeah, this is hilarious

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How about you?  Do you carry books with you when you're out and about?  Do you hide the covers?

7 comments:

  1. Hi!
    I've always got a book with me. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Food for Thought
    http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2011/09/booking-through-thursday_22.html

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  2. I always carry a book. Check out my full answer for this week's Booking Through Thursday.

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  3. Only when traveling.

    here's mine:

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

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  4. The only reason I even carry a purse is to have something to put my books in whenever I go out. I buy my books based on size (will this one be able to fit a 600 page book?). LOL

    I sometimes hide the covers of YA books when I'm reading before a class because, like you said, some people can be judgmental. But at least I read YA books in public now. Before, I would always double-book and read one book at home and another (a classic or literary fiction) in public.

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  5. I always carry a book with me too! Since i ride public transportation I think its so funny who stares at the book I am reading and who doesn't.

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  6. I always have a book with me or my Kindle, or both like today. The only time I hide covers is if I am reading smut and there are kids around.

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  7. (Yeah, I know this is totally late. ;)

    My answer is a resounding NO. Read why here:

    http://skyewriteordie.blogspot.com/2011/09/booking-through-thursday-on-tuesday.html

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Thanks for the feedback. Be well, and happy reading!

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