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jared huh
Now that I've been commuting for a while, I've noticed a pattern. 

I read on the train(s) most days, actual paper books.  We own plenty that I haven't read yet, and the extra weight doesn't bother me.  I also read at lunch sometimes; it depends on whether the other person in the office is having lunch at the same time and we can chat, or if I need to run errands, or what.  All together this adds up to a lot of reading time a day, which is awesome!  Except...

I keep finishing books on the morning commute, or at lunch.  Leaving me with nothing to read on the way home.  A few times I've realized I'm close enough to the end of a book to plan and bring a new one too, but more often than not I finish a book on the morning train and am a little sad.  I can entertain myself with the scenery or my phone on the way home, but reading has become enough of a habit that it feels weird to not have a book in my hands.  Maybe I need to bring a safety book to the office, just in case.

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How long are your books?

They vary in length pretty drastically. I tend not to bring shorter reads on the train for fear I'll finish them too quickly, but the novels range from 200-600ish pages.

I always bring a safety book if it looks like I am vaguely near finishing! Because it's when I DON'T have one that suddenly my train is delayed 45 minutes or something, grr. Also that is why my kindle is great for commuting :)

Exactly, when you don't have a book is when things delay. I've managed the safety book a few times, but only when I'm reading a series. I think I have to start underestimating how long it'll take me to finish and if I have less than 100 pages throw something else in.

It always bums me out when that happens, especially if I'm on a plane. This was a horrible experiment, but I did once download some free (ie classics) to my phone in the kindle app, just as a backup (in addition to a real paper book I thought I might finish, and did). The tiny screen had about 6 words to the page. I just need to start bringing 600+ page books, or starting new ones when I have to fly.

Edited at 2013-02-09 05:50 pm (UTC)

I usually fly with a new-to-me book (or a few) to give myself as much reading material as possible. Something about reading on the phone on the train - likely the small type combined with the extra movement - makes me a little nauseous after about 15 minutes so it works as a stop gap for only a short period of time.

Word about the train/phone. My problem is always that I won't start a new book unless I've finished whatever I'm already reading, which may not be an issue you have? But I don't read multiple books at once. So if I'm close enough to done that I'll run out, but not close enough that I can just finish whatever I'm reading before the trip to have a new one for said trip, well...it's heavy carry-on time. (Most of my flying is work-commuter type flights, not vacation-with-several-days-between flights.)

I'll read two books at once if one is a re-read. In fact just before a trip I'll frequently pick up something to re-read specifically so I can put it down and not travel with a book that I only have 50 pages left to read. Most of my travel is also several day vacation type, so I can always stash an extra book into checked luggage if I need.

I always keep a few extra books in my car for exactly this reason :)

Actually, I always have a book in my car too. Because I've got a backpack on the train I try not to carry more weight than I need to, but I may have to accept that a second book is necessary weight.

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