There is one plus side to my outrageously long commute, and that is that I can dedicate that time to reading.
I used to read almost every day before bed, but these past few years, I’ve been so exhausted after classes (or work) that I would fall asleep as soon as I snuggled under my covers. My time on the train or on the subway can be devoted entirely to reading. There are few alternative activities that can occupy that time.
Another thing that has helped me read more is my tablet. I set up borrowing eBooks from my public library a little while ago. What this has meant for me is that books where I was #143 (actual position) on the waitlist, I could get access to an electronic version of the book within a much shorter amount of time. In fact, I can have multiple books at a time, although I read one book at a time.
So far, the books I have finished on my commute, with a little bit of extra time in-between, include:
- Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
- The Hunger Games* – Suzanne Collins
- The Fault in Our Stars* – John Green
And I’m working on Divergent* – Veronica Roth, while also dabbling a little bit with The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff. (An asterisk (*) denotes a book that I read on my tablet.)
As you can see, reading crazy popular young adult books is a lot easier for me to do through the eBook borrowing system than through physical books. Another benefit with reading on my tablet is just that it takes up less space than books in my bag, which has been feeling kinda full of late. My new commute has made me a little sleepier than I’d like for my commuting reading time, so I need to get myself a bit sorted.
Also, I like to try to read some news. On the DC Metro, you can read the Express. I also like reading Time magazine but I haven’t been able to do for some time. Soon!
Do you like to read/listen to books on your commute? What have you been reading lately?
If not, how do you pass your commute time if you’re not driving?