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Started by darkhorse on Oct 10, 2018 9:02:35 AM
Things You've Seen Other People Read on the Train


darkhorse - 10 Oct 2018 09:05:05 (#1 of 42)

Twenty-something woman with nose stud reading what seemed to be the latest Tracy Beaker on a kindle.

I noticed the Nick Sharratt illustrations.

FleurDuMal - 10 Oct 2018 09:47:57 (#2 of 42)

One of the advantages of reading a Kindle (normally) is that people can't tell whether you're reading the latest Booker Prize winner, or a sparkly piece of chick-lit.

always the former for me, oh yes.

StephanieSuperpowers - 10 Oct 2018 09:51:31 (#3 of 42)

There was one day last week when I genuinely saw four different people reading the same book at the same time. I made a mental note to look it up and promptly forgot what it was.

Some, I don't know, book. Pages, text, a grey, white and orange cover with the author's name in massive ALL CAPS. Lost on me, of course, as these things often are.

HorstVogel - 10 Oct 2018 09:55:03 (#4 of 42)


or look at top sales:

RosyLovelady - 10 Oct 2018 10:19:15 (#5 of 42)

I recall the pitiful sight, on the Circle line, of apparently adult women reading Harry Potter books in hardback.

StephanieSuperpowers - 10 Oct 2018 10:22:18 (#6 of 42)

I worked with one such once. Reading children's books was not an aberration.

RosyLovelady - 10 Oct 2018 10:25:56 (#7 of 42)

Was not, meaning it may be now?

Anyway, perhaps it depends on the books.

HorstVogel - 10 Oct 2018 10:32:36 (#8 of 42)

Well, Harry Potter wasn't just read by children in German, was all the rage amonst the ladies too at the time.

Have I missed something?

StephanieSuperpowers - 10 Oct 2018 10:33:44 (#9 of 42)

Well, I don't work with her any more so I don't feel like I can speculate.

SheikYerbouti - 10 Oct 2018 10:36:18 (#10 of 42)

A lot of adults read Harry Potter. It's a bit childish, for sure, but at least they are properly written. There was no excuse for those 50 shades books at all.

HorstVogel - 10 Oct 2018 10:42:06 (#11 of 42)

Not having a go at Potter readers, haven't got round it perhaps, so many other things to read.

Moschops - 10 Oct 2018 10:44:18 (#12 of 42)

I once sat opposite a woman reading a thick report entitled


, and thought it would probably have been better not to draw attention to it.

SheikYerbouti - 10 Oct 2018 10:44:29 (#13 of 42)

Yes, I'm saving them to read to my daughter when she's older. As you say, plenty of other things to read.

johnarrgh - 10 Oct 2018 10:45:24 (#14 of 42)

Maybe the 4 different people reading the same book on the train were members of the same reading group cramming it in before a meet?

pranzingfrogg - 10 Oct 2018 10:45:51 (#15 of 42)

I enjoyed the Potter books. Great escapism. They shortened the commute wonderfully. The films were entertaining, with good effects, and totally undemanding. Nonsense is fine as long as you don’t take it seriously.

Moschops - 10 Oct 2018 10:46:42 (#16 of 42)

I lost interest in the HP books when they doubled in size after (I think) the 3rd one, started to feel like more of an ordeal.

TRaney - 10 Oct 2018 11:03:48 (#17 of 42)

You could have some fun by printing increasingly outlandish titles on a piece of A4 and pretending to read a sheaf of paper on the train.

If you find that kind of thing fun.

downbuzz - 10 Oct 2018 11:23:46 (#18 of 42)

The main thing I remember is seeing people read the Metro on the London Underground.

Faraway - 10 Oct 2018 11:32:08 (#19 of 42)

Both Potter and Fifty Shades were ridiculous fads imo.

Agaliarept - 10 Oct 2018 11:36:53 (#20 of 42)

You could have some fun by printing increasingly outlandish titles on a piece of A4 and pretending to read a sheaf of paper on the train.

This guy already does that with fake hard backs.

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