Reading in transit


I’ve discovered that I pretty much only read when in transit – when I have the opportunity to sit around, I tend to use the computer/iPad for more internet-based activities e.g. Duolingo, blogging, Twitter, reading blogs, reading the news etc. Either I’m getting less enthusiastic about reading, or I need fewer distractions when reading.

I do spend rather a lot of my time travelling though – today I will have spent over an hour in the car (I can’t read in the car), probably 90 mins with nothing to do at the airport, 90 mins on a plane, and 90 mins on a train. That’s easily a 300 page book plus its review. In the *new house* (so excited about moving) I will be much closer to work so less commuting so less commute reading – perhaps more reading at home? Who knows.

What about you?


7 thoughts on “Reading in transit

  1. Adam Stone 18 January 2014 at 8:51 pm Reply

    I read a lot on the bus to and from work, as it makes sense to do something productive during that time!

  2. Iris 19 January 2014 at 9:02 pm Reply

    I am no good at reading in transit, well, only if the train is very quiet. Lately, I can only seem to read on my couch when there is nothing happening around me. This might explain my slow reading 😉

  3. Charlie 20 January 2014 at 2:50 pm Reply

    I’m like Iris, I find it difficult to read whilst travelling unless it’s quiet. Though I can read more on public transport than as a passenger in a car (car sickness). I’d say it’s the distractions causing you issues, most likely. It’s too easy not to read nowadays.

    • readingwithtea 20 January 2014 at 3:01 pm Reply

      I do struggle with car sickness so very sympathetic on that! Maybe it’s just that I’m used to lots of time on transport!

  4. cyclingwithheels 21 January 2014 at 6:43 pm Reply

    I do like to read in transit, but I’m very rarely in transit these days – at least not a form of transit that allows for reading (I did my best, but had to conclude that reading while cycling is never going to work). When I first started cycling almost everywhere, I found I was hardly reading any more, so I made a point of giving myself time to read at home.

  5. […] I love to read while on public transport. Particularly something really engrossing for when I have to get in a Flying Tube of Doom (the rest of you call them aeroplanes), but a really long train ride is the best. I read the first Hunger Games book on the London to Lancaster train (2 hrs and 20 minutes, since you ask) and was barely coherent when I got off. I have relished train travel to visit Ma and Pa Physicist because it’s 4 1/2 hours of uninterrupted reading time. Particularly if I splurge on First Class – then they bring you unlimited tea as well. People don’t normally try to talk to me on planes and trains (do I give off a particularly unfriendly vibe?) – but Book Riot has some tips on how to be left alone if people often bug you while you’re trying to read. […]

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